Victor Valley (2-4, 1-2) suffered a 40-30 loss Saturday at Los Angeles Harbor that makes next week’s 1 p.m. home game against first-place Southwestern (4-2, 3-0) crucial.
Quarterback will be an issue as freshman O’Ryan Bradley, who ranks sixth in the state in passing, left the game with a hip flexor.
Coach Dave Hoover said Bradley got injured in the first quarter but played through it until it became unbearable and exited with 3:26 left in the third and the Rams trailing 33-10.
Freshman Elisah Filipili finished up, completing 12 of 18 throws for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Bradley’s status for next week is up in the air. But Hoover has faith in Filipili, who gray-shirted at Pasadena City College last year.
“There is no quarterback controversy. Bradley is our guy,” Hoover said. “At the same time we trust Eli just as much. He has been a trooper. Of course he wants to play but he has taken his role of backup seriously. He has worked hard and been here every day. Eli is a very charasmatic guy, the kind the kids will rally around.”