Submitted by Denair High School:
Earning a first-round bye as the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs benefitted Denair on a couple of levels.
First, the Coyotes limped to the finish line with injuries to a number of key players, most of whom are expected to play Friday at home against Le Grand in round two. Fullback Dylan De Silva, who rolled his ankle three weeks ago, will be in backfield again. His presence is a huge part of Denair’s powerful running back.
As much as De Silva and his teammates needed a physical break, Coach Anthony Armas said they also needed to rest mentally. They’ve been practicing since early August and playing games starting a few weeks later. Part of the reward for earning the No. 1 seed meant not having to play last Friday – or even practice since last Tuesday.
The time off was evident at Monday morning, when Denair (8-2) worked out on the Veteran’s Day holiday.
“We had a long break, which I think some of our guys really needed,” Armas said. “If we’re healthy, we’re ready. We just need to hold on to the ball, execute and play defense. If we can do those things, we’ll be all right.”
De Silva has been getting treatment on his high ankle sprain for a couple of weeks now. Armas said he’s been able to get back into the weight room, but he’s purposely not run 100% on it yet.
“Once you roll an ankle, it just takes some time to heal,” Armas said. “I think he’ll be able to deal with it this week.”Continue reading “Rested Denair opens playoffs at home against Le Grand” »