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2012 Palomar League football preview

08/25/2012, 12:07pm PDT
By Glae Thien, Special to the U-T

Reigning Division I champ Poway moving to Division II


Offense: Torrey Pines lineman Jacob Alsadek, bound for Arizona, stands out at 6-feet-8, 330 pounds.

Defense: Poway cornerback Derek Babiash, also heading to Arizona, had three interceptions in last year’s section Division I championship win.

Game: Poway at Westview, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

•?Teams in predicted order of finish.


Last year: 12-0-1

Coach: Damian Gonzalez, 9th year

Key players: Derek Babiash (WR-DB), Conor Flanagan (WR-S), Nehemiah Gross (RB-CB), Tahj Haywood (OL-DL), Charlie Long (OL-DL), Max Michaels (FB-LB), Alec Moreno (TE-LB), Jonathan Peterson (TE-DE), Ryan Sharpe (RB-S), Max Washam (QB).

Scouting report: The reigning Division I champion, which shifts to Division II this season, draws from a senior class that has gone 31-1-1 on the freshmen, JV and varsity levels. Babiash heads an experienced secondary, and Moreno anchors the linebacking corps. The running attack counts on Gross and Sharpe.


Last year: 8-4

Coach: Mike Woodward, 6th year

Key players: Trevor Barclay (DL), Ryan Eto (LB), Eric Kremp (RB), Nate Ketteringham (QB), Justin Leano (DB), Nathan Macgilfrey (RB), Josh Skolnick (DL), Drew Valentine (DB-WR), Terrell Vest (TE), Cody Williams (WR).

Scouting report: The Wolverines look to be a title contender after reaching the Division II quarterfinals last season. Third-year varsity members Williams and Kremp give veteran leadership to the offense with sophomore Ketteringham at QB. Skolnick and Leano bring all-league credentials to the defense.


Last year: 1-10

Coach: Damon Baldwin, 8th year

Key players: Nathan Cherek (DB-RB), Javier Dominguez (CB-TB), Christian Drews (LB-TE), Patrick Hastings (DL-OL), Daniel Kemp (DL-OL), Travis Kerchner (LB-DB), Paul Mehaffie (OL-DL), Hunter McHargue (QB), Daniel Vantol (DL), Tanner “T-Bone’’ Williams (LB-FB).

Scouting report: The Bulldogs come off an injury-riddled season, which did give experience to younger players who return, including McHargue at QB. Drews boosts the attack at TE, and Mehaffie anchors the offensive line. Dominguez shines in secondary and adds TB duty while further defensive strength comes from Kemp and Williams.


Last year: 5-7

Coach: Scott Ashby, 6th year

Key players: Jacob Alsadek (OL), Miles Ahles (LB), Jake Ashby (C), Collin Brown (RB-DB), Jack Condon (LB), Jackson Gentes (WR-DB), Cole Jazco (RB-DB), Billy Maggs (RB-LB), Andrew Maneval (OT), Grant McGahey (DL-FB).

Scouting report: The Falcons look to improve on last season’s 1-4 home record. Alsadek anchors a solid offensive line that includes three returning starters, leading the way for their hallmark rushing attack, spearheaded by Maggs. Ahles and Condon form a solid duo at LB with McGahey helping up front.


Last year: 5-6

Coach: Tristan McCoy, 2nd year

Key players: Ivy Adair (RB-WR), Cody Barker (OL-DL), Charles Ensley (WR-DB), Nolan Johnson (DL-TE), Ramiro Lobo (OL-LB), Shawn Ng (DL-OL), Mike Searson (QB), JT Stoffell (OL-DL), Anil Tharani (DB-WR), Nick Valles (RB-DB).

Scouting report: Adair keys the running attack and Ensley heads the receiving corps, each coming off all-league seasons. The Broncos have a veteran nucleus on the offensive line to protect Searson, a varsity newcomer at QB. Ng, another all-league performer, anchors the defensive line along with Johnson.

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