By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Be more afraid of success than failure.
That is the motto Bakersfield High School football coach Paul Golla instills in his athletes every day as they practice under the hot summer sun preparing for a new season.
Coming in as the 2013 CIF Division I state champions, BHS is the team to beat and Golla is ready for another great season.
When Golla hears local teams say they are coming after BHS this season, all he thinks is one thing: You better be great at what you do.
"I tell my players they have to win the day, win every snap at practice and not focus on Friday night," he said.
BHS is gearing up to take on Westlake Village-Oaks Christian in the doubleheader at Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The coach said the team is not holding back at the doubleheader because preseason high school football is very important when it comes to seeding.
If BHS wants to make it to the state championship, the team can't lose any preseason games because that can knock the team out of the running for state.
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One of the team's key players last season was quarterback Asauni Rufus, who had an eye for great plays.
This year, there are two quarterbacks playing at the top of their game and Golla said it's an exciting time.
"Our system is West Coast offense and Naval Academy," the coach said. "It takes a football savvy football player to play quarterback and we have been blessed in the past."