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2016 Palomar League preview

08/15/2016, 11:30am PDT
By John Maffei

Del Norte, Mt. Carmel, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Vista, Westview

Westview quarterback Beau Nelson


Last year: 1-10

Coach: Patrick Coleman. Overall record — 14-27 (4 years). Record at school — 1-10 (1 year).

Division: III.

Section titles: None.

Players to watch: QB Jake Moore completed 131 of 256 passes for 1,503 yards last season. WR Anthony Ullrich caught 38 balls and RB Robby Hauck rushed for 394 yards.

At a glance: The Nighthawks are in their second year under Coleman and return 15 starters, so the football IQ is on the rise. Running a five-receiver offense at times, Moore completed only 51.2 percent of his passes and threw 14 interceptions. Those numbers must improve. Coleman is confident they will. Moore has a number of targets, including Ullrich and D’Angelo Gunter, who played just seven games. There is talent at the skill positions. Still, the team never scored more than 17 points in a game last season and was shut out three times. Anthony Jimenez is one of the anchors on the OL and DL, positions that lack depth. The defense, which allowed 50 points in three games, also must take a step forward.


Last year: 9-4

Coach: John Anderson. Overall record — 33-27 (6 years). Record at school — 33-27 (6 years).

Division: I.

Section titles: None.

Players to watch: Two of the best players in school history — QB Lucas Johnson and WR Rashid Shaheed — are gone, so the team will build around WR T.J. Sullivan, RB Isaiah Tate and lines that include three returning starters on each side of the ball.

At a glance: QB Dylan Hunt, who backed up Johnson, saw action in five games, throwing for 81 yards and rushing for 105. Hunt started every game at safety, so he has game experience. Sullivan, who had 43 receptions, is a big-time target and a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Kavika Muller and Chimeka Ochi anchor the DL. Both are big, athletic run stoppers. Brendan Cathers, Roman Bacoy and Benyamin Esmaeili are returning OL starters. PK Ashlin Morey made 50 of 55 PATs and hit on all five of her FG tries.


Last year: 6-6

Coach: Damian Gonzalez. Overall record — 99-92-3 (16 years). Record at school — 79-71-1 (12 years).

Division: I.

Section titles: 2 (2007, ’11).

Players to watch: Chris Butler is the leader of the defense and a big-play guy from his FS position. He’s also a threat on offense as a WR. Butler is drawing interest from colleges. RB Jared Adelman, who has speed and moves, returns and is poised for a big season.

At a glance: After back-to-back double-digit-victory seasons and a San Diego Section Division I title in 2011, the Titans fell on hard times going 4-7 in 2013 and 1-9 in 2014. But the team bounced back with a 6-6 season and a first-round playoff win in 2015. The team returns 32 lettermen and 11 starters, so there is something to build on. There is experience at the skill positions, especially WR and RB, but the OL is new. On defense, the majority of the DL returns.


Last year: 4-7

Coach: Damon Baldwin. Overall record — 72-51-1 (12 years). Record at school — 72-51-1 (12 years).

Division: I.

Section titles: 2 (1970, ’73).

Players to watch: WR Hunter Gurrola caught 28 balls last season and had a great summer. WR Tristan Stacy is coming off a very productive sophomore season.

At a glance: The Bulldogs must replace QB Marco Cobian, who took nearly every snap the last three years. Casey Buggeln, a player with great tools, was the JV starter. He steps up to replace Cobian. RB Caleb Berman had 39 carries last season. Wyatt Stevens and Travis Johnson lead a big offensive line. TE Riley Armstrong fits right in with the big OL. Stacy, a DB, LB Dawson Castro and DL Baron Napier are the only defensive starters returning. Brendan Johnson, a big transfer from Washington, could help on both lines.


Last year: 13-2

Coach: Tristan McCoy. Overall record — 25-30 (5 years). Record at school — 25-30 (5 years).

Division: I.

Section titles: 3 (1993, ’95, 2015).

Players to watch: QB Mark Salazar and RB Milan Grice give the Broncos a great one-two punch. Grice rushed 297 times for 1,972 yards and 23 TDs. Salazar completed 147 of 218 passes for 2,248 yards with eight interceptions and 21 TDs. Add All-America PK Matt Araiza, who made 66 of 69 PATs and 18 of 21 FGs, and the Broncos will score.

At a glance: After a San Diego Section Division II title and a state Division III-A championship, you’d expect this to be a rebuilding season for the Broncos. Not so. The offense returns 10 starters, including the entire OL, led by James Lee and Chase Layne. WRs Leo Wagner and Christian Baker also return. The defense returns three starters, but they’re good ones in DB Kaelan Pestano (64 tackles), DL Matt Roehrig (57 tackles) and DL Aric Tateyama. LB Ramon Colon, who had 42 tackles, is also back.


Last year: 4-7

Coach: Dave Bottom. Overall record — 27-28 (5 years). Record at school — 1st year.

Division: I.

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

Players to watch: FB Vavega Sialoi is only a junior, but he’s starting to get calls from colleges. DE Suni Lesu has opened some eyes with his play.

At a glance: The once-proud Panthers slipped to 14-29 in the four years since their last winning season and 21-35 since winning the San Diego Section Division I title in 2010. So Dave Bottom, who turned around the program at Alvarez High in Salinas, was brought in. He has 16 lettermen returning from last year’s 4-7 team with 11 of those starters. Nico Rosas and Abraham Lopez figure to be the RBs. Sophomore Josh Davies takes over at QB. The defense returns huge DT Messiah Tinoisamoa, LBs Rey Serrano and Ben Miller and CBs Carlos Rodriguez and Lopez.


Last year: 8-4

Coach: Kyle Williams. Overall record — 17-17 (3 years). Record at school — 1st year.

Division: II.

League: Palomar.

Section titles: None.

Players to watch: The team’s top two offensive players — QB Beau Nelson and RB AJ Leonard — are back. Nelson completed 151 of 268 passes for 1,975 yards and 17 TDs, with 12 interceptions. Leonard is small, but he’s a tough, hard-nosed back who rushed 257 times for 1,205 yards and eight TDs.

At a glance: A new coach doesn’t mean a new offensive philosophy for the Wolverines. Williams will run a four-receiver offense, built around Nelson. WR CJ Franklin is his main target, but Jackson Nau and Connor Simpson will be factors in a group that has big-play ability. Langston Glover-Castro is a returning starter at OT, but the OL lacks experience. DB Emeka Anyanwu, who had 46 tackles, is a returning starter. Other than Anyanwu, the secondary lacks experience. LB Liam O’Keeffe is a returning starter.

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