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2012 Metro Mesa League football preview

08/25/2012, 12:59pm PDT
By Kirk Kenney, Special to the U-T

Eastlake among region's most talented teams


Offense: Eastlake running back Tavarus Green stepped in for the injured Jude Isbell, rushed for 1,113 yards and was named league Player of the Year.

Defense: Otay Ranch safety Jordan Peterson will make opposing quarterbacks think twice before coming his way.

Game: Eastlake at Olympian, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

•?Teams in predicted order of finish.


Last year: 8-4

Coach: John McFadden, 13th year

Key players: Aaron Baltazar (RB-DB), Tavarus Green (RB-DB), Isiah Olave (RB-DB), Blake Wilson (DE), Ty Stevens (QB-DB), Keifer Graham (LB), Nasser Ali (LB), Emilio Rodriguez (DL-OL), Joseph Carpizo (TE), Wes Braddock (OL-DL).

Scouting report: The Titans are among the county’s most talented teams, especially at the skill positions. That will take pressure off new QB Stevens. The running game should again produce more than 250 yards a game. An experienced linebacking corps should make up for a youthful secondary.


Last year: 9-4

Coach: Gil Warren, 7th year

Key players: Sergio Bailey (WR), Christopher Humphery (QB), Christein Humphery (TE-WR), Norris Shull (OL), Mikel Clementi (DB-WR), Isaiah Gibson (DB-RB), Zac Norton (LB-OL), Lucky Sansano (DL-OL), Andrell Snowden (DB-RB), Ray Tabbs (OL-DL).

Scouting report: There are 14 starters returning from an Eagles team that soared to unprecedented heights a year ago, when they played for the Division III championship. Quarterback Christopher Humphery (732 yards, 10 TDs) returns to lead the offense. The biggest challenge is making up for the loss of five defensive all-leaguers, led by linebacker Santana Leomiti, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.


Last year: 6-6

Coach: Judd Rachow, 8th year

Key players: Javonte Reed (RB), Ray Holden (WR), Richard Walker (WR), Ricky Estevez (QB), Vadid Zavala (DL), Adrian De La Vega (DB), Rudy Segobia (DB), Hui Wolfgramm (LB), Ma’ake Wolfgramm (DB).

Scouting report: Estevez (1,709 yards, 16 TDs) was among the county passing leaders last season. Reed (1,278 yards, 11 TDs) should balance the offense with his running. Improving on last season’s finish will likely hinge on the defense limiting opponents to fewer than the 23 points a game it allowed last season.


Last year: 5-5

Coach: Anthony Lacsina, 3rd year

Key players: Chris Martin (WR-DB), Justin Doton (LB), Rasheed Farha (DL-OL), Jordan Peterson (FS-SS-WR), Anthony Williams (RB-FS), Fransisco Solis (DL), Stevie Alexander (DB-WR), Andy Silva (OL), Deodrick Cunningham (RB), Kyle Hawkins (QB).

Scouting report: The Mustangs are very young, but they return nine starters and should be athletic at the skill positions. Lacsina is hoping new QB Hawkins, a junior, can translate success from freshman and JV teams, where he was 19-1 over the past two years. Several Division I schools have their eyes on junior wide receiver Chris Martin.


Last year: 3-7-1

Coach: Greg Raby, 2nd year

Key players: Gabe Bell (TE), Josh Santos (RB), Luke Parra (LB), Moises Vilalpando (LB), Atal Khaliq (WR), Austin Kane (QB), Caleb Su (RB-WR), Ricky Alvarez (FB-LB), Michael Erickson (OL-DL), Joseph Rodriguez (DB).

Scouting report: Losing 32 seniors — including 17 starters — to graduation will be difficult to overcome. The Barons will look for leadership from returning starting linebackers Parra and Vilalpando, among others. Tight end Bell (6-3, 240) has the size that is attracting looks from college scouts.

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