Valley Christian Academy was missing several key players in a 42-6 nonleague loss to Big Valley Christian on Friday night in Modesto.
Cameron Woodside (concussion), Teagan Mowry (ankle) and Micah Gunter (knee) didn't play, and the Lions (0-5) couldn't keep up with Big Valley.
"They have good breakaway speed," Valley Christian coach Todd Conroy said of Big Valley. "That's what beat us."
Wright Hagerty couldn't play safety because of a separated left shoulder, but he did play quarterback, and his pass to Clint Heckman set up Valley Christian's touchdown, a seven-yard sweep left by first-year player Isaac VanPatten.
Conroy said Hagerty should be healthy when the Lions play host to Woodland Christian to start the second half of Sacramento Metro Athletic League play Oct. 8 at Highlands High School. Woodside could be cleared to return Monday, but Mowry probably won't be ready for another week.
In the meantime, Conroy said several players have stepped up, including Brock Woodside, Nick Norwood at fullback and brothers Isaac and Caleb VanPatten.
Conroy also said the linemen "are not coming of fthe field," including Josh Bowden, Jordan Stoever, Christian Thompson, Logan Grubaugh and Tristen Garcia.
"Guys are working hard, trying to get better," Conroy said. "These guys, they know they lost, but they're not down on themselves. Once they get that first win, this team has an opportunity to do something next year. They might even be spoilers in the second half (this season). Theyr'e going to be resilient."