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PREVIEW: Avalon Football vs. Desert Christian

Avalon High is starting its 8-man football season at 5 p.m. today on the island against Desert Christian.

The Lancers went a combined 30-2 from 2014 to 2016, and won the 2015 CIF 8-man State Championship. Last season, Avalon suffered through a 2-6 rebuilding season while missing the postseason for the first time in eight years.

More than half of the players on the Avalon roster are returning seniors, but Cristo Hernandez is the only senior captain. The tight end and linebacker who leads the defense will be supported by sophomore captains Beto Martinez, Jose Gomez and Jose Silva. Martinez is a receiver and defensive back. Gomez is the quarterback. Silva will play offensive and defensive line.

“Bigger and better things are coming this year,” Hernandez said.

Desert Christian (1-0) routed Frazier Moutain 69-22 last week, but hasn’t had a winning season since 2011.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.