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2014 Metro South Bay League preview

08/16/2014, 6:00am PDT
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Hilltop, Mar Vista, Mater Dei Catholic, Sweetwater


Raven Middleton will play quarterback and defensive back for Sweetwater.

HILLTOP

Last year: 10-2

Coach: Cody Roelof, 5th year

Division: III

Key players: Daniel Sanchez (QB), Isaiah Dillon (WR-DB), Luis Hernandez (WR-DB), Matt Hanau (OL), Carlos Silva (OL), Sione Tuikolovatu (DL), David Velazquez (DL), Bryton Madarang (RB), Edi Sanchez (LB), Michael Talbert (TE-LB).

Scouting report: Losing nine of 11 starters on defense gives Roelof lots of work to do. Veteran quarterback Daniel Sanchez completed 51 of 107 for 747 yards and four TDs, with just two interceptions. With experienced WRs like Dillon (16 receptions, 367 yards, first-team all-league) and Hernandez (also one of the section’s better kickers) returning, you can expect more of an air attack. While the last name should be familiar, Madarang figures to be the go-to player on the ground. His brother, Drake, graduated after gaining 1,346 yards last year. A large and experienced junior class will need to step up to match last year’s breakout season.

Schedule

Aug. 29: Castle Park, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: at Patrick Henry, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 12: Chula Vista, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: at Grossmont, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: Coronado, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Otay Ranch, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: Christian, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24: Sweetwater, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: at Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.

Nov. 6: Mar Vista, 7 p.m.

MAR VISTA

Last year: 4-6

Coach: Tyler Arciaga, 2nd year

Division: III

Key players: Nijal Collins (DB-WR), Adam Hernandez (LB), Jesus Medina (OL), Zen Jurado (OL-DL), Hugh Anthony (OL-DL), Kaelin Washington (OL-DL), Ziggy Garcia (DB), Andrew Banadyga (DL-RB), Ben Munoz (QB), Josh Cooper (WR-DB).

Scouting report: There will be no time to look back at losing all-section players like Jimmie Hill and Andres Preciado. However, at least Arciaga will not have to untrain players as he did a year ago after changing the offense. Collins (6-3, 185) is one of the section’s premier free safeties and will also be on the receiving end of Munoz’s passes. The problem is almost 80 percent of the team graduated with just six starters returning. Three of those — Medina, Jurado and Washington — are on the offensive line with another two-way veteran Anthony also available. Look for a handful of sophomores to make an immediate impact.

Schedule

Aug. 29: Valley Center, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: Clairemont, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: at Santa Cruz Harbor, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: Gabrielino, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Santana, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: SD Southwest, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: San Ysidro, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24: Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: at Sweetwater, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: at Hilltop, 7 p.m.

MATER DEI CATHOLIC

Last year: 4-8

Coach: John Joyner, 6th year

Division: IV

Key players: Donovan Williams (TE-LB), Luis Victoria (RB-DB), Jaryd Joyner (OL-DL), Julio Lopez (OL-DL), CJ Verdell (RB-DB), Roberto Marcos (WR-DB), George Arce (OL-DL), Michael Pimentel (WR-DB), Adrian Alba (WR-CB), Jayden Emberton-Gaines (RB-LB), Rodrigo Garcia (K), Brian Lopez (RB-LB).

Scouting report: Williams (6-2, 255) is getting plenty of looks from Mountain West schools and he figures to impress with his blocking at tight end and hitting at outside linebacker. He keys a defense that reportedly is much quicker this year, but each of the experienced linemen (Lopez, Joyner and Arce) will be asked to do double duty until newcomers get familiar with the offense. The search has been on for a starting quarterback as Jarrod Rieta tossed just one pass behind Marco Morales last year. At the start, soph running back Verdell and senior Victoria will be asked to carry the load.

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Kearny, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 5: at El Capitan, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: Francis Parker, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: EC Southwest, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: Bishop’s at La Jolla, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Castle Park, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: at Montgomery, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24: at Mar Vista, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: Hilltop, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: Sweetwater, 7 p.m.

SWEETWATER

Last year: 9-4

Coach: Brian Hay, 2nd year

Division: III

Key players: James Zarate (CD), Antonio Garcia (RB-CB), Raven Middleton (QB-DB), Kevin Mendoza (OL), Ricardo Perez (OL), Andrew Wright (RB), CC Portillio (LB), Miguel Triana (TE), Mike Mendoza (OL), Anthony Mora (OL), Benny Castillo (OL), Lee Soto (DL).

Scouting report: Counting both sides of the ball, Hay has 12 starters returning, which is a wealth of experience in this league. The key to the offense is jumbo linemen and the Red Devils have a bunch led by 340-pound Kevin Mendoza, his 6-5, 300-pound brother Mike, 310-pound Castillo and 290-pound Mora. “Little guys” on this team will also be the most experienced with the likes of Perez (250) and Portillo (245). The premium is on running backs. Garcia returns as the team’s leading rusher with 1,335 yards and 10 TDs. Middleton was the backup QB a year ago and the team will utilize his athleticism. Seven home games help.

Schedule

Aug. 29: Santa Fe Christian, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: Crawford, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: Imperial, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: Chula Vista, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Calexico, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Montgomery, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: Castle Park, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24: at Hilltop, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: Mar Vista, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: at Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.

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