The Lowell and Jefferson high school football teams have definitely had their growing pains in nonleague play. Neither team has found its way into the win column as of yet and both have given up a ton of points.
Time is running out before the start of league play for both teams, but they have the chance to get turned in the right direction against one another Friday night in Daly City.
"We just focused on our fundamentals, just getting back to basics," Lowell coach Danny Chan said. "We had to lick our wounds after Tennyson, they're very good. We've been working pretty well the past week getting ready for Jefferson."
Lowell (0-2) has had two weeks off since its last game and has used it to awaken an offense that was only able to come up with seven points against Tennyson after scoring 26 in its season opener.
"It's hard to simulate game speed with as talented as Jefferson is, but I think we got better over this time," Chan said.
The Cardinals have been a bit in transition after last season and have introduced a new quarterback, Antonio Hughes, into the mix and it is his first time under center. Hughes had the one touchdown pass against Tennyson.
Kenny Li, who started at quarterback in Lowell's game against Terra Linda, has also been a key component. He is someone Chan calls his "Swiss Army guy" who can play all over the field.
But Lowell still has plenty to work on after giving up 72 points in its first two games.
"This game is more of a preparation for our own league," Chan said. "Our whole thing is we want to play on Turkey Day and in some ways I could care less about the nonleague stuff because it is a stepping stone to get better for our own league."
The Cardinals kick off Academic Athletic Association play next week against rival Washington at Kezar Stadium.
"Not that we're overlooking Jefferson, but it's something we have to do in preparation for playing under the lights [in the AAA]," he said.
The teams met last season and it was Lowell that finally broke out offensively. The Cardinals rolled to the 42-0 win to pick up their only nonleague win. The same could happen this season.
Jefferson (0-3) did not score its first points until last week when it dropped a nonleague contest at Petaluma 53-12. The offense got going as running back William David did.
The senior tailback ran for 134 yards on 17 carries against Petaluma.
The Indians have given up no fewer than 50 points in a game this season.