West Hills quarterback Spencer Moyer passed for 2,136 yards and 19 TDs last season with only three interceptions.
El CAJON VALLEY
Last year: 3-9
Coach: Parris Pisiona, 1st year
Key players: Nathan McCullough (RB-LB), Tyler Pannel (TE-LB), Faamama Lauifi (RB-LB), Adel Morales (OL-DL), Muhamad Tahir (OL-DL), Alejandro Delgadillo (WR-DB), Charles Smith (WR-DB), Tyson Smith (QB-DB), Jeremiah Valdes (OL-DL), Luis Morales (WR-DB).
Scouting report: Pisiona spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Mount Miguel and brings enthusiasm and commitment to build a solid program. The numbers are low — 32 players with no JV this year — but there is a core of good athletes who will be forced to play both ways (see Hoover, 2014). Tyson Smith, a junior, takes over at QB and has good pounding runners in McCullough and Lauifi, plus Pannel and Luis Morales to find downfield.
Last year: 9-4
Coach: Kellan Cobbs, 4th year
Key players: Jacob Burton (DL-TE), Riley Reyes (DB-WR), Kellen Gaeir (LB), Thomas Youmog (RB-DB), Lyndon Franklin (RB-DB), Kyle Tinney (DL-FB), Victor Garcia (OL), Ryan Roj (WR), William Burton (DL-TE), Gustavo Gutierrez (WR-DB).
Scouting report: Seth Collins and Mike Ladesma combined for 3,496 yards and 258 points in leading the Eagles to the Division III semifinals. They’re gone. Sophomore Jacob Siegfried takes over at QB. Franklin, a transfer from Cathedral, and Youmog (624 yards, 5 TDs) will get the carries. Defense should be a strength. Jacob Burton (6-6, 265) is a four-year starter headed to Arizona. Reyes (140 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 INTs) and Gaeir (89-4-1) are being recruited by the brainy colleges. Bryce Strickland (57-61 PATs, 6-9 FGs, long 42) is excellent.
Last year: 6-5
Coach: Ron Hamamoto, 4th year
Key players: Tre Owens (QB-WR), Jaccob Jardim (RB), Camryn Butler (LB), Agape Kyle (LB), Juan Preciado (DL), Rashaun Willis-Brown (RB-DB), Jose Gonzalez (DL), Torrey Mack (DB), Curtis Stevens (OL-DL).
Scouting report: Hamamoto was much more optimistic in June, but injuries and two transfers left him without his projected QB, top two RBs and a key WR. Plus, a low turnout means the Monarchs will not field a JV team — a first for Hamamoto in 30 years of coaching. Owens, a terrific WR and RB, takes over at QB in the wing-T offense. Stevens, a 6-2, 300-pound junior, got some experience on varsity. Gonzalez was a top-tier JV player. Jardim and Willis-Brown are small but shifty in the backfield.
Last year: 4-6
Coach: Tim Estes, 4th year
Key players: Frankie Gutierrez (QB), Jacob Kitten (OL), Adam Childress (WR), Bobby Wallace (RB), Spencer Gulihur (LB), Trent Forster (OL), James Branson (WR), Aiden Rasmusson (WR), Matt Homan (DL), Noah Jackson (DB).
Scouting report: For the first time, the Sultans named three permanent captains — Gutierrez, Kitten and Childress. All three have 4.5-level GPAs, great work ethic and are very coachable. Gutierrez, a three-year starter, threw for 1,312 yards and eight TDs last year with Childress (30-390-4) his favorite target in the spread offense. Kitten (6-2, 275) is a beast at tackle attracting college recruiters. Another straight-A guy, Forster (6-2, 240) is improving steadily on the line. Wallace rushed for 429 yards as a sophomore. Gulihur is the leader on defense.
Last year: 9-3
Coach: Casey Ash, 5th year
Key players: Spencer Moyer (QB), Taj Broomfield (WR-DB), Dominic Tufi (OL), Austin Estrada (TE-DL), Richard Imbimbo (OL), Marco Giaquinta-Fowler (OL), Oscar Morales (DL-OL), Tyler Sepulveda (DB-WR), Ryan Jewell (WR-DB).
Scouting report: Ash admits “it will take more than one person to fill the shoes” of RB Jacob Shaw (1,218 yards, 15 TDs) and WR Raphy Carr (75-1,210-9) in order to defend the league title and get beyond the quarterfinals. With his size and arm strength, Moyer is a Division I prospect after posting 2,136 yards, 19 TDs and only 3 INTs. Broomfield (41-605-5) is attracting colleges, too, and he’s a fantastic corner as well (4 INTs). Giaquinta-Fowler (6-0, 275), Tufi, Imbimbo and Morales should provide protection and holes.