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Lancer offense in action. Courtesy photos Rebuilding season ._. starts with a 56-0 loss to Monarchs BY DAVID ZELLER FOR THE ISLANDER The Avalon Lancers football team traveled to Los Angeles last weekend where they took on a very seasoned and strong Animo Robinson Monarchs team. This year's Lancer team is comprised of mostly freshman and sophomores, many of whom are just learning the game. If this game was any indication for the future, it may prove to be a rebuilding season as the team takes on older and more experi- enced teams. The Lancers lost the game 56-0 but came to practice on Monday with heads held high, leadership in place and everyone ready to take the steps necessary to ramp up their game and prove to them- selves that we will improve each week. The boys have been putting in hard work at practice for the past month and a half, and are all com- mitted to becoming better football players as well as strong and dedi- cated teammates and athletes. This year's team has shown a unique sense of discipline and respect, which carries over posi- tively to the coaching side. The team is demonstrating a lot of heart and as the season progresses all will notice great changes in the team, not only in the play on the field, but also in its confidence off the field as well. Freshman Jose Silva had a great showing at the game last week, demonstrating leadership and courage beyond his years and was rewarded this week, being Game time preparation. named as one of the team's new captains. Also showing a lot of potential is the team's quarterback, Jose "Coche" Gomez, as he played his first game with grit and deter- mination. Jason Campos and Christo Hernandez both played hard and are being counted on to carry this team through the sea- son. The team was happy to have Danny Mulgado back on the field, giving the team his experience and toughness. An ankle injury to Mark Tamayo will have him sidelined for the remainder of the season so the team is looking for someone to step in and fill his shoes as one of the team's leaders and main contributors. Alex Lira, another returning player, has been working hard since last season in order to make an impact and he made great use of his time in the game, showing that he has gotten a lot stronger and is ready to step it up this season. This year's team is led by head coach Mike Forcella, Offensive Coordinator Reben Seguera, Defensive Coordinator Jeffrey Hernandez, Trainer Andrew Hobbbs and coaches Enrique Dominguez and David Zeller. The team plays its next game today at home against Trona at Joe Machado field. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. Lancers take the field. . Send your news worthy hi rez photos to We are looking for talented and dedicated residents who have a passion for writing to contribute stories to The Catalina Islander. Submissions chosen and printed will be compensated. For more information contact Jesus Ruiz. Subject line: Freelance Writer. Jason Campos looks for running room. appointment at ClMC. ORANGE COAST THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 i 5