SL coaches' picks, team-by-team capsules

August 24, 2013 

SL head coaches were asked to rank teams on predicted finishes. We then tallied the points (eight points for first, seven for second and so on). Here are the results.

Coaches' Poll

1. Le Grand

2. Ripon Christian

3. Mariposa

4. Waterford

5. Delhi

6. Gustine

7. Denair

8. Turlock Chr.


• Delhi HawksHead Coach: Rod McCombs

Years/Record: 4th, 12-18

Last season: 4-6

Key returners: Garrett Thomas, Jr. QB; Joel Cantu, Sr. RB-LB; Jose Martinez, Jr. OL-DL

Key losses: Joseph Cantu, RB-LB; Ryan Saavedra, FB-LB

Key newcomers: Hayden Steger, Jr., FB-LB; Rico McCombs, RB-DB

Rivalry game: Turlock Christian/Denair

Stadium (capacity): Hawks Stadium (2,000)


• Denair CoyotesHead Coach: Rich Goodwin

Years/Record: 11th, 57-42 (coached from 1985-'93 and '12)

Last season: 2-8

Key returners: Adam Rudd, Sr. QB or WR; Sean Anderson, OL-DL; Cody Shannon, LB; Alex Valle, Jr. RB-DB; Dominyc Silva, Jr. QB; Ryan Galhano, Jr. OL-DL; Lewis Mendoza, Jr. OL-DL

Key losses: Everett Wagner, OLB; Connor Sosa, DB

Key newcomers: Brandon Steeley, Jr. TE-OLB; Austin Hughes, Jr., RB-LB

Rivalry game: Turlock Christian

Stadium (capacity): Jack Lytton Stadium (2,500)


• Gustine RedskinsHead Coach: Russell McWilliams

Years/Record: 3rd, 2-18

Last season: 1-9

Key returners: Isaiah Figueroa, Sr. RB-OLB; Mekhi Vargas, Sr. RB-LB; Josh Laupua, Sr. OL; Hector Haro, Jr. OL

Key losses: Alex Serrano, RB-LB; Justin Franco, CB; Andrew Salazar, OL

Key newcomers: Robert Mello, Jr. QB; Andrew Serrano, Jr. TE-LB; Spencer Alamo, Jr. LB.

Rivalry game: Orestimba

Stadium (capacity): Redskins Stadium (3,000)


• Le Grand BulldogsHead Coach: Rick Martinez

Years/Record: 12th, 78-48

Last season: 10-2

Key returners: Juan Gomez, TE-LB; Ryan Martinez TB-S; Dustin Slate, FB-LB; Edwardo Bedolla, OL-DL; Christian Williams, WR-DB; Angel Zaragoza, C

Key losses: Roman Hernandez, OL; Mauricio Contreras, QB; Daniel Rosas, K

Key newcomers: Joseph Kryger, Jr. OL-DL; Victor Martinez, WR-DB

Rivalry game: Mariposa County

Stadium (capacity): Gary Fontes Field, "The Fog" (2,000)


• Mariposa GrizzliesHead Coach: Ryan Oliphant

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 4-6

Key returners: Jarrett Williams, OL-LB; Phillip Rauch, RB-P; AZarom Lerma, QB-DB; Ryan Perez, OL-DL

Key losses: Chase Gibson, OL-LB; Liam Fieldstedt, RB; Jason Scherf, TE

Key newcomers: Jadin Battles, WR-TE; Brandon Verley, OL-DL; Brandon O'Brien, LB; Michael Spielman, TE; Kamari Bailey, RB-DB

Rivalry game: Le Grand

Stadium (capacity): Pioneer Market Grizzly Stadium, (750)


• Ripon Christian KnightsHead Coach: Randy Fasani

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 9-3

Key returners: Andrew Brown, Sr. RB-LB; David Henderson, Sr. OL-LB; Billy Marr, Jr. QB; Eric Broker, OL-DL

Key losses: Danny Vos, QB; Brandon Dotinga, WR-DB; Clayton Blankers, TE-DB

Key newcomers: Will Kamps, So. OL-LB; Tyler Driesen, So. C-DL; Travis Vander Molen, So. WR

Rivalry game: Ripon

Stadium (capacity): Stouffer Field (2,500)


• Turlock Christian EaglesHead Coach: Robert Kissee

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 2-8

Key returners: Malik Portillo, Sr. TB; Manuel Preciado, So. WR-CB; Domonique Zendejas, WR-LB; Carlo Ordaz, Sr. OL-DL

Key losses: Chase Gonzales, QB; Nick Steeley, WR

Key newcomers: Jack Farrar, Fr. WR-S

Rivalry game: Denair

Stadium: Waterford or Hilmar


• Waterford WildcatsHead Coach: Chris Lawrence

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 9-3

Key returners: Jesus Vega, Sr. RB-DB; Josh Hickman, Sr. QB; Angel Sosa, RB-S; Wes Wright, FB-ILB; Johnny Beccera, OLB

Key losses: Brandson Angle, RB; Dylan Gonzalez, RB; Alvah Stanfield, ILB

Key newcomers: Ryan Cherry, RB-S; Robert Galvan, OL-DL; Barrett Conner-Basher, RB-LB; Tory Larios, OL-OLB; Brett Jones, So., TE

Rivalry game: Hughson

Stadium (capacity): Wildcat Stadium (2,000)

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