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Silverado snatches up playoff berth

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Silverado football players from left, Rohan Walters, Billy Danford, Justin Polu and Mitchell Kissam July 30, 2013.

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Silverado shook off last week’s loss, and followed it up with a dominating performance Thursday.

The Skyhawks earned a 58-0 victory over Rancho, and sealed a berth in the Sunrise Region playoffs.

Eight Silverado players found the end zone, prompting Silverado coach Andy Ostolaza to call it a “total team effort.”

He credited his linemen on both sides of the ball, praising them for their ability to control the line of scrimmage.

Jarrett Alipio rushed for more than 100 yards with a touchdown to lead the way, while quarterback Armani Jones-Sailor tossed a pair of scores.

Defensively, senior defensive back John Hernandez grabbed three interceptions.

It’s all part of the growing process for the Skyhawks. The team is playing plenty of players who entered the season with little to no varsity experience.

Ostolaza was impressed with how well his team has adapted to the varsity level.

“Our underclassmen are playing better than we thought they would at this time of the year,” he said. "They seem to be moving at a quick pace.”

The Skyhawks (3-5, 2-2 Sunrise Northeast) will have a chance to prove themselves against the upper echelon of Sunrise teams next Friday when they play Green Valley.

“We’ve seen things that tell us these kids are ready to step up and play with the big teams,” Ostolaza said. “And you’re hoping, come playoff time, they start clicking better.”

The Rams are still looking for their first win of the season, falling to 0-8 (0-4).

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