Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
Nordhoff defenders Scott Barron (left) and Nick Cansler combine to bring down Oak Park quarterback Vincenzo Granatelli.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
When a football team loses 28-0, it is rarely considered a step in the right direction. However, for the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program, its Oct. 7 loss to the Oak Park Eagles displayed a level of toughness and resilience the Rangers haven’t shown in recent years.
The Rangers suited only 20 players against the bigger, faster Oak Park squad and according to NHS head coach Lance Wiggins, only 16 were healthy enough to see live action. Despite being outnumbered, the Rangers gave Oak Park fits and proved Wiggins and his coaching staff have the team headed in the right direction.