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Brady helping lead the Vikings ground attack

October 09, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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Coming off a heartbreaking 22-8 loss to Calipatria High two weeks ago, the Holtville High football team knew it needed to rebound in a big way against Palo Verde on Friday.

A few changes were made to the offense, but the main game plan stayed intact as Holtville continued to stress its running game.

The Vikings carried out everything as planned as they ran roughshod over Palo Verde, winning 24-9 and racking up more than 260 yards on the ground.

Leading the ground attack was senior fullback Jared Brady. The perfect compliment to inside/outside halfback Frank Lopez, Brady pounded the Yellow Jackets for 135 yards, a touchdown and two two-point conversions.

"We had that loss to Calipat, but we just had to put that behind us. We changed some things on offense and we were just pumped for this game," said the 17-year-old Brady. "All year we've been a running team and we wanted to stick to it. I think if anything, our offensive line won that game for us. They never took a play off and just made every block they had to."

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While Brady and his teammates used the motivation of coming back after a tough loss to fuel their fire, also on their minds were previous losses to Palo Verde.

"Over the past three years we've always lost to them. They've just killed us," said Brady. "So we wanted some revenge. All the seniors really wanted this game to get back for those other losses."

Brady thinks revenge also may be a factor again in the team's next few games.

Two of the next three games for Holtville will be against Central Union High on Friday and Vincent Memorial on Oct. 26, both of whom beat the Vikings by 20 points last year.

"This week's an important game for us. We really want this win. They embarrassed us last year and now we want to embarrass them," said Brady. "If we have a good week of practice, I think we have a very good chance against them.

"And then with Vincent Memorial, I know we can beat them. If we don't make any mental mistakes we can beat them," Brady said. "We've really been playing more as a team this year and we're doing things as a team. If we can continue to play as a team, we'll do pretty good."

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