For Evan Armstrong, the low point in Verdugo Hills' winless season came three weeks ago, sitting on the bench with a dislocated thumb following the Dons' 37-12 loss to Lincoln.
"I'd been to every practice, every game, never missed one. Quitting never entered my mind," Armstrong said. "But sitting there I really began to wonder if it was worth it."
No team has struggled like Verdugo Hills this season. In nine losses, the Dons have been outscored, 314-61. Even in the Northern Conference, the City Section's weakest, Verdugo Hills has been outscored, 198-54. Two weeks ago, Verdugo Hills had 14 players show up for practice.
Yet the Dons have a player with Division I talent.
Armstrong, a senior tight end and linebacker, played a pivotal role on solid 3-A playoff teams in 1995 and 1996. At 6 feet 4 and 240 pounds, he has the size that attracts plenty of interest from Western Athletic Conference and a few Pacific 10 Conference schools.