After a big win Friday night you'd think some rest would be a good thing. Just not at Bakersfield High School. Almost unanimously at Wednesday's practice the Drillers said they'd rather be playing today and head coach Paul Golla says the bye actually means more work for his staff.
"You could say 'Well why don't you just take a week off?" Golla said. "We're just not wired that way. We gotta break somebody down so we might as well break both of them (Bullard and Buchanan)."
None of the Drillers may like it, but they got it thanks to winning the Southwest Yosemite League in last Friday's 44-17 win the over defending D-I champs, Liberty. In that game, one player stood out.
"It was something I dreamed of, something I've been playing for for a long time and it just feels right," said junior running back Shane Jones. His big game played a big part in earning BHS the #2 seed in their road to valley but it was a performance that players and coaches feel is just the beginning.
"He's just a man-imal," said junior quarterback Cayden Ochoa. "If he sets his mind to it nobody can stop him and he's the best player in Bakersfield hands down." Jones is averaging 33 yards per catch and 10.9 yards a carry leaving Golla and his staff to scratch their heads and, "say 'How do we get this guy the ball more?"
While his recent success has shown the Drillers might be back and ready to make a run at another valley title, he says he's just focused on the process. "We don't really care about winning," he said. "We just got that bond like no other team."
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