What the moves accumulated to was a 39-14 win over Malibu, in what turned out to be the Guards' finest offensive showing of the season.
"I think the big transition here was actually to run the I," Aguirre said. "I'd been stopping some of my receivers with the double-wing and it just wasn't clicking. The I is our offense. We're going to run it. We're going to master it."
While the entire Bell-Jeff (2-2) offense rolled with the new game plan, Shirley stood out above the rest, netting four total touchdowns. He carried the ball just three times, but gained 92 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown burst down the right sideline late in the third quarter.
Shirley recorded five receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Adding to his offensive dominance, Shirley made two interceptions and had a fumble recovery where he ripped the ball out of the hands of the Shark's Nathan Dowler on a reverse run, then returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.
"Micah was in that zone today," Aguirre said. "He wanted this bad. Once we get on top, there's no stopping Micah."
"I hate losing," Shirley said. "Losing two in a row was just hard. We really needed a win before we go into league [play]."
Issakanian said he missed the last game for the Guards, a 15-12 nonleague home loss to Rosamond, for a non-football related reason. Previously, he had appeared for Bell-Jeff in its shotgun spread offense, which struggled.
However, under center in the I-formation, Issakanian found his comfort zone and stride as a passer. Against Malibu (1-3), he finished nine of 12 for 133 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Issakanian started the game a perfect five for five.