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Both Eagles and Oilers face Bay Area powerhouses Friday night

on September 13, 2012

The Richmond Oilers (0-3) and Kennedy Eagles (0-2) will be put to the test Friday night as both teams look for their first win of the young season.

The Oilers travel south to Fremont for a 5 p.m. kickoff against the California School for the Deaf (2-0), while the Eagles host city foe Salesian Pride (3-0) at 7 p.m.

Oilers head coach Tashaka Merriwether said because the JV game had to be canceled, the varsity game was pushed up to 5 p.m.

“California School for the Deaf has a great quarterback and running back,” Merriwether said before Wednesday’s practice. “And that’s something we haven’t faced this year. This running back is able to break tackles and keep running after first contact.”

Merriwether went on to add that if his team misses assignments and leaves people open like it did last week against Salesian, California School for the Deaf will capitalize on their mistakes.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are just trying to get back to basics. According to head coach Mark Carminer, the Eagles turned the ball over 17 times in their first two games. “You can’t give any team that many offensive series and expect to come out victorious,” he said.

After the Eagles’ lopsided loss to the El Cerrito Gauchos last week, head coach Carminer said he had three new Kennedy students join the team. “On Monday they just came up to me and said they wanted to help out,” he said Wednesday during practice.

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