A Tale of Two Teams: Canyon Versus El Modena Varsity Football Game Preview


Leonardo Moreira, Writer

Friday, September 24th at 7pm at Fred Kelly stadium, the Canyon varsity football team will compete against El Modena. It’ll also be El Modena’s Homecoming game.  This is an anticipated non-league conference game.  Canyon comes off a bye-week.  The week off provided an opportunity for injured players to recover and provided an extra week of preparation.

Luke Oliva, senior linebacker for Canyon, says, “Everyone’s gotta do their job.  We played this team before; we know how they play.  They may have good players, but we have a good team…the bye-week helped our players recover from many injuries and brought our team together as a whole.”

Since Christian Lundsberg’s return to the Comanches, things have been different.  The junior quarterback has completed 13 passing touchdowns the past two games.  The last game being a heartbreaking 49-54 loss to Pacifica of Garden Grove.  The Comanches were down 27 to 14 at the halfway point and outscored Pacifica by 8 points in the second half.

The Comanches look to carry the momentum into Friday’s game. The task will be tough. El Modena has a record of 3-1—only dropping a 2 point loss to Sunny Hill—a team the Comanches lost to 41-12, sans Lundsberg.  

The El Modena Vanguard are known for being a scrappy team that frequently comes from behind. Vanguard Head Coach Matt Mitchell says, “We’ve been behind this season and we just keep battling until the end of the game.  We don’t want to look back and have regrets of not giving it our all for 48 minutes.”

The Comanche look to sour the mood of the Vanguard’s Homecoming.  Expect both teams to play hard!