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Backups step up to lead Gardena Serra to 38-21 victory over Alemany
Backups step up to lead Gardena Serra to 38-21 victory over Alemany

Injuries are piling up in the physically demanding Mission League, requiring backups to step in and coaches to come up with new strategies and revised lineups to survive the physical play. Coach Scott Altenberg of Gardena Serra has lost six players for the rest of the season because of injuries and illness over the course of eight weeks. He's been moving around players, mixing and matching while trying to get his team to make it through the weekly grind. "Nobody's going to shed a tear for us," he said. The Cavaliers still have six healthy big-time defensive players with college scholarship offers, and they were turned loose Friday night against an Alemany team...

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