The Warriors are training to turn this season around and rebuild the program with a new head coach
WINTERHAVEN, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The San Pasqual football team is looking to finally turn things around this season after only playing in five games last year due to both issues with covid and not having enough players.
After being on staff for ten years, Manny Sanchez is now head coach of the Warriors.
Sanchez says he was surprised when there were more incoming freshmen than usual excited to play and he's ready to take on this challenge.
"Years past we never had that, had that young interest like we do this year, so it's exciting to be able to develop them or to start to develop them from when they're freshmen to get them where they can be," says Sanchez.
According to Sanchez, the past five seasons have been rough not taking home any wins.
He plans on helping build the players self esteem so they believe winning can be done.
"Just building confidence into them, you know they're young and they're kind of timid coming out and just instilling in them, like you know you can do whatever you put your mind too," Sanchez explains. "Your body can do amazing things. You just have to go out and put the effort in."
He goes on to say, this year's team works well together.
"There's not a person on the team who thinks they're better than everybody," Sanchez continues. "Everyone pushes each other and everybody pretty much has the same goal this year."
He says that goal is to improve and get a win.
Senior Tight End and Captain Ethan Jackovich agrees.
"We're gonna focus on the things we need most like offense and conditioning mostly," says Jackovich. "Conditioning will help us a lot."
Coach Sanchez says it all comes back to tradition.
"Back in the day the way before me, you know, the warriors were the team around here, even in Yuma. Everybody knew who the warriors were. And you know, seeing this team come in now, I can see that they're, they're wanting to bring that back," explains Sanchez. "They're tired of just coming out. They want to progress. They want to do more."
The Warriors came out strong last week in their home opener against the Catalina Trojans winning their first game in five years 28-0.
"We're tough, that's all I can say," says Jackovich.
The Warriors next game will be September 9 on the road to face the Mountainside Wolves. The Wolves are 0-2.