Recompense Definition: “an equivalent or a return for something done, suffered, or given”
Even if the Golden Eagles beat Big Bear in their rematch Sept. 1, they will likely never receive recompense for their defeat last year. The intense heartbreak the team felt after the loss in the eighth overtime period is likely unparalleled.
8 > x No game in California had ever lasted into the eighth overtime period until last fall when Big Bear beat Desert Hot Springs 56-50. Coincidentally, in the longest previous game in the state, Perris beat Palm Springs 70-62 in the seventh overtime.
Four starters return on offense for the Golden Eagles, along with six on defense, but some newcomers will play key roles. Coach L.D. Matthews said his team’s strengths are the speed in the linebacking corps and secondary as well as players’ potential at the skill positions. Junior Steven Steed is taking over at quarterback, and one of his chief targets will be senior Keyvion Mayhan, a transfer from Cajon. Senior Devyn Wright and junior T. Armstrong will share carries in the backfield. Junior Charles O’Brien, senior Jesse Ford, senior Ace Lewis and senior Joel Corrales will play both ways up front. Linebackers include Wright, Nick Martinez and Greg Cortez, who is out with a sprained knee. Mayhan and Armstrong will cover ground in the secondary.
“A lot of us think it’s great because it’s a great challenge early in the season, and it will show how we’re going to play this season.”
– junior lineman Charles O’Brien, on the team’s rematch Sept. 1 against Big Bear