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2014 Metro Pacific League preview

08/16/2014, 5:00am PDT
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Castle Park, Montgomery, San Ysidro, San Diego Southwest


Castle Park coach Hans Graham begins his sixth season leading the Trojans program.

CASTLE PARK

Last year: 5-5

Coach: Hans Graham, 6th year

Division: IV

Key players: Jordan Danielson (QB), Mylik Steen (RB), Luq Barcoo (RB), Adrian Tolbert (WR), Angel Juarez (OL-DL), Alessandro Torres (OL-DL), Alonso Pereyda (OL-LB), Francisco Dominguez (OL), Angel Salas (FB), Moises Camacho (OL), Alex Madrid (RB-DB).

Scouting report: Lots of experienced skill position players return, led by Danielson, who passed for 549 yards and five TDs in addition to running for another 420 and seven TDs. Toss in Steen’s 407 yards rushing and 19 pass receptions and the Trojans are solid. Up front, Juarez (6-6, 290) is being recruited by Cal, San Jose State, Arizona and Colorado State. He is joined by fellow starters Torres (250), Pereyda (250), Dominguez (245) and Camacho (260), all well over 200 pounds. Depth should come from nine key juniors who have gained experience at the lower levels.

Schedule

Aug. 29: at Hilltop, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: La Jolla Country Day, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: Santana, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: Clairemont, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: at Chula Vista, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: at Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 24: SD Southwest, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: at San Ysidro, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: Montgomery, 7 p.m.

MONTGOMERY

Last year: 4-7

Coach: Ted Jarumayan, 3rd year

Division: IV

Key players: Nate Aragon (QB), Alfredo Gutierrez (OL-DL), Ernesto Sanchez (OL-DL), Brendan Guerra (OL-DL), Alex Moore (WR-DB), Jordan Trombly (TE-LB), Miguel Ballesteros (TE-LB), Cesar Jacobo (OL-DL), Rolando Sanchez (OL-DL), Christian Robles (FB-LB).

Scouting report: With eight returning starters, the Aztecs appear ready for a breakthrough season. The line is monstrous, led by 6-9, 330-pound Gutierrez, who has caught the eye of SDSU, Miami, Arizona and Washington State. Alongside will be Rolando Sanchez (280), Ernesto Sanchez (240), Guerra (245) and Jacobo (260). QB Aragon tossed for 374 yards and four TDs, but almost all of the running backs and receivers graduated, which means the Aztecs will be looking at some of the young sophomores to make an immediate impression. Trombly (6-2, 195) and Robles (5-10, 210) are good-sized linebackers.

Schedule

Aug. 29: Federal Lazaro (Mex.), 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: at El Cajon Valley, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: at Clairemont, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: Calexico, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: La Jolla Country Day, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: at Sweetwater, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: Mater Dei Catholic, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24: San Ysidro, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: at SD Southwest, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: at Castle Park, 7 p.m.

SAN YSIDRO

Last year: 3-7

Coach: Terry Tucker, 2nd year

Division: IV

Key players: Cory Maddox (RB), Fernando Gonzalez (WR), Oscar Fausto (QB), Alexis Quinonez (DT), Anthony Jenkins (DB), Miguel Lara (DB), Yael Pina (LB), Angus Campos (RB), Mohammed Surkhi (LB), Isaac Munguia (DT), Jose Elizalde (DE), Dorian Perez (OL).

Scouting report: In Tucker’s first year as a football head coach, he was fortunate to have all-state freshman running back Maddox, who piled up more than 600 yards while scoring six times. This year, Fausto, who gained more than 300 yards, moves from fullback to quarterback — provided he can hold off Franklin Forbes, a talent freshman. Gonzalez (6-5, 200) is a major target for whoever tosses the ball. Quinonez (280 pounds), Munguia (270), Elizalde (250) and Perez (270) offer great size up front. Linebackers Pina and Surkhi are quick and hit hard.

Schedule

Aug. 29: Escondido Charter, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: EC Southwest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: Orange Glen, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: University City, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: Palos Verdes Chadwick, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3: Crawford, 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: at Mar Vista, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 31: Castle Park, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: SD Southwest, 7 p.m.

SAN DIEGO SOUTHWEST

Last year: 1-9

Coach: Frank Paredes, 3rd year

Division: IV

Key players: Christian Silva (QB-DB), Brandon Molina (WR-DB), Moses Robles (RB-LB), Adrian Samano (WR-DB).

Scouting report: Perhaps a shift over from the South Bay League will help the Raiders. Silva, who rushed just once all last season and didn’t throw a pass but caught 30 for 648 yards, will take over at quarterback, doubling as a key defensive back as well. That’s a tough double and you can bet Paredes will try to find another defensive back to help out quickly. Robles is a good-size running back at 190 pounds. With Silva moving to quarterback, Molina is the team’s No. 1 receiver with 623 yards and six touchdowns. Questions remain on both sides of the line.

Schedule

Aug. 29: Santana, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5: Coronado, 7 p.m.

Sept. 12: EC Southwest, 7 p.m.

Sept. 19: Mountain Empire, 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: El Cajon Valley, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 10: at Mar Vista, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24: at Castle Park, 7 p.m.

Oct. 31: Montgomery, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: at San Ysidro, 7 p.m.

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