Central Catholic is always a contender for the section Division 4 title, but this years club is capable of so much more. With the arrival of Rey Vega (transfer from Davis), the Raiders boast a three-deep rotation at tailback with 5-foot-11, 205-pound Blake Escobar at fullback. Coach Roger Canepa became a legend in the foothills for his ability to overpower foes with a physical run game, and it looks likes he will return to that style. The Raiders wont lack for competition state-ranked Placer and St. Marys come in early, then Central travels to play Downey and Aaron Zwahlen, a University of Hawaii commit.
MIA: Hawks' Defense
History will be made when Central Valley's Jason McCloskey makes his first call in tonight's opener vs. Gregori: It will be the first time CV has had someone other than Tim Garcia making a coaching decision. Garcia had coached the Hawks since the school fielded its varsity team in 2006 but he's now the offensive coordinator at Davis. McCloskey will benefit from one of the district's top backs (Ja'Quan Gardner) and a veteran QB (Abraham Navarro), but he also has to rebuild a defense that gave up 35 points a game in the WAC. Defense has been a weak spot for CV since its first season, but there's a playoff berth to be earned if the Hawks make a few tackles.