LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — The Kern Valley Broncs are different from most Kern County high schools. They’re located well outside of Bakersfield and they are made up of much fewer kids.
But that doesn’t stop the spirit of a team that went just 2-8 overall in 2018. According to senior defensive end Ken Porter, it makes them hungrier.
“It’s not just that we want to get a better record,” he said. “Of course we want to get a better record. We want to compete. We want to show the bigger schools that we play against that we’re not just some small school, we’re not just a knockdown, we’re not another tally on the record. We want to leave an impression, even if that means not winning.
Head coach Ben Goffinet thinks the team forced too much on themselves last year. This season, it’s about slowing down and making things simpler for the guys.
“Compared to last year, our guys are much more ingrained in the offense,” he said. “They know the intricacies, they know how to matchup, they know when to change the alignment, it’s a lot better because we’ve slowed it down.
Goffinet has been with the Broncs’ program since the 1990’s and has certainly seen better days, including some near perfect regular seasons.
With a good group of seniors and a feeling that individuality is out the door, Kern Valley is hoping to right the ship. They’ll have their first chance when they take on Taft in week one.
Catch 23ABC Sports' "2-A-Days" segment previewing all Kern County high school football teams daily at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. leading up to the opening week of the 2019 season.