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2016 Eastern League preview

08/16/2016, 12:30pm PDT
By Don Norcross

Christian, Lincoln, Mission Bay, Morse, Scripps Ranch

Quarterback Jaiden Correa launches a pass for Mission Bay.


Last year: 10-3

Coach: Matt Oliver, 17th year

Division: III

Key players: Joey Morones (RB-LB), Ben Goodwin (WR), Jon Stine (OL-DL), Garrett Nielsen (TE), Brad Jeremiah (QB), Ethan Contreras (S-WR), Isaac Rosenthal (LB-CB), Austin Manion (OL-DL).

Scouting report: Goodwin, the reigning San Diego Section 100-meter champion, is a dangerous threat at wide receiver. He totaled 711 yards in receptions last season, scored seven TDs and has been offered a scholarship by Nevada. Junior Brad Jeremiah (6-4, 200) takes over at QB for his graduated brother, David. Morones and Contreras are third-year starters on defense.


Last year: 2-8

Coach: David Dunn, 6th year

Division: III

Key players: Micah Edwards (RB), Kayvon Brown (S), Daelyn Dunn (LB-TE), George McCorley (LB-WR), Asante Hartzog (QB), Reggie Brooks (CB-Slot), Reginald Brooks (CB-RB), Andrew Schasa (C-DT), Lamont Williams (LB-RB), Kevin Banks (CB-Slot).

Scouting report: David Dunn thinks Edwards ranks with Mater Dei’s CJ Verdell and Madison’s Erick Buchanan among the best backs in the section. Brown, McCorley and Daelyn Dunn lead what figures to be a stingy defense. Former Michigan QB Tate Forcier is coordinating the passing game. There’s a load of skill-position talent, but will the linemen deliver?


Last year: 10-3

Coach: Willie Matson, 14th season

Division: II

Key players: Kaydence Jackson (DT-OT), Nate Hines (G), Jaiden Correa (QB), Jack Lashchuk (DE), Naom Bass (DE), Tyrese Reed (S-LB), Brent Jenkins (WR), Keyon Holiday (WR), Marcus Nickerson (CB), Chuck Hicks (Slot).

Scouting report: The 6-3, 280-pound Jackson, a terror on defense, is being recruited by Oregon. Former La Jolla head coach Jason Carter brings the no-huddle to Mission Bay. Look for Correa, a junior, to fill the air with passes. In Jenkins, Holiday and Hicks, there’s no shortage of athletic targets.


Last year: 6-6

Coach: Tracy McNair, 8th season

Division: III

Key players: Markus Turner (QB-RB-DB), Martell Irby (QB-RB-SS), Richard Benson (DB), Dimitri Reeves (OL-DL), Jeremiah Poutoa (OL-DL), Ajani Grays (OL-DL), Anthony Sola (LB).

Scouting report: The Tigers operate out of the single wing, and they’re explosive. Turner accounted for nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage while Irby tacked on another 1,100. McNair thinks the Tigers can score 30 points a game.


Last year: 4-7

Co-head coaches: Roger Engle, Mikel Moran, 2nd season

Division: II

Key players: Kyle Mullin (QB), Jordan Batts (RB), Reid Norberg (WR), Matthew Rasmussen (OL), Michael Solis (OL-DL), Eloy Medina (DT), Dylon Hessenflow (DE), Jason Reza (S), Josh Williams (S-LB), Reese Barnhill (S).

Scouting report: The Falcons run a spread attack, and Engle is expecting big things out of Mullin, a 6-5 senior with excellent accuracy. Norberg, who has committed to play baseball at Miami (Ohio), will be the go-to receiver. Batts is a slasher at RB. The question mark is an unproven defense. Williams is a talented hybrid S-LB.

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