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2015 Vista season preview

08/20/2015, 12:30am PDT
By John Maffei

Panthers' man in the middle: center Matt Mauritzen


Matt Mauritzen

2-MINUTE DRILL

Coach: Dan Williams. Overall record — 73-54-2 (11 years). Record at school — 73-54-2 (11 years).

Division: I.

League: Avocado East.

Section titles: 9 (1974, ’81, ’85, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2001, ’04, ’10).

Player to watch: At 230 pounds, OLB Josh Ketcher is a bruiser. He had 60 tackles last season and is the anchor of the defense. He had 11 carries on offense and will start at FB, too.

At a glance: After two rough seasons, the Panthers had a turnaround year in 2014, beating archrival RBV on the last night of the league season to make the postseason, then beating Olympian in the first round of the Division I playoffs. QB JT Trevino came off the bench in that game to lead the Panthers to victory. RB Cesar Mariscal and WR Zach Morel saw considerable action on offense last season and will be key skill performers. SS Brandon Price and DL Vii Sialoi should be defensive anchors. The lines should be a team strength.

DEPTH CHART

Offense

Player / Ht. / Wt. / Yr. / Pos.

Zach Morel / 6-2 / 180 / Sr. / WR

Blake Nuesca / 5-10 / 170 / Sr. / SLOT

Vii Sialoi / 6-2 / 235 / Sr. / OT

Harley Phillips / 5-11 / 250 / Sr. / OG

Matt Mauritzen / 5-11 / 255 / Sr. / C

Breydon Smith / 6-2 / 220 / Sr. / OG

Donovan Pati / 6-3 / 275 / Sr. / OT

Connor Kogler / 6-0 / 175 / Sr. / TE

JT Trevino / 5-11 / 165 / Sr. / QB

Josh Ketcher / 6-0 / 230 / Sr. / FB

Cesar Mariscal / 5-11 / 205 / Sr. / RB

Abraham Lopez / 5-9 / 165 / Jr. / RB

Defense

Player / Ht. / Wt. / Yr. / Pos.

Vii Sialoi / 6-2 / 235 / Sr. / DL

Suni Lesu / 5-11 / 205 / Jr. / DL

Donovan Pati / 6-3 / 275 / Sr. / DL

Josh Ketcher / 6-0 / 230 / Sr. / OLB

Breydon Smith / 6-2 / 220 / Sr. / ILB

Elijah Davis / 5-11 / 175 / Jr. / ILB

Rey Serrano / 5-11 / 225 / Jr. / OLB

Moi Steffany / 6-2 / 175 / Sr. / CB

Alli Suiaunoa / 6-2 / 175 / Sr. / FS

Brandon Price / 5-10 / .185 / Sr. / SS

Zach Morel / 6-2 / 180 / Sr. / CB

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