VOL coaches' picks, team-by-team capsules

August 24, 2013 

VOL Coaches' Poll

1. Oakdale

2. Manteca

3. Sonora

4. Sierra

5. Weston Ranch

6. East Union

7. Kimball

8. Lathrop


• East Union Lancers

Head Coach: Willie Herrera

Years/Record: 4th, 9-22

Last season: 1-9

Key Returning Players: Eddie Daube, SR, 5-7, 160, DB/WR/RB; Clay Cuneo, SR, 6-4, 230, TE/DE; Nick McGill, SR, 6-1, 195, MLB/FB; Victor Lopez, SR, 5-9, 190, OLB/TB; Rocky Perez SR, 6-0, 255, C/NG

Key Losses: Brennan Koeller, LB/RB; Josh Byrd, OL-DL.

Top newcomers: Taariq Davis, JR, 5-7, 155, CB/RB; Angel Roblero, JR, 6-1, 215, MLB, FB; Dylan Tilden, JR, 6-4, 220, OG/DE; Isaiah Gordon, SR, 6-0, 185, QB/S

Rivalry game: Manteca

Stadium (capacity): Dino Cunial Field, 3,500.


• Kimball Jaguars

Head Coach: Charles Spikes.

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 5-5

Key Returning Players: James Akins, SR, 6-1, 265, DL, OG; Gaige Allen, SR, 6-0, 155, FB, CB; Damon Jackson, SR, 6-1, 160, Wing, CB.

Key Losses: Zack Johnson, QB; Evan Owens, FB/DE.

Top newcomers: Rashad Cooper, JR, 5-11, 175, Wing/OLB/DE; Malik Ransom, JR, 5-11, 165, QB/CB; Jacob Taloa, JR, 5-11, 190, QB/SS.

Rivalry games: Tracy and West.

Stadium (capacity): Nicholson Stadium (5,000.)


• Lathrop Spartans

Head Coach: Steve Wichman

Years/Record: First season

Last season: 0-10

Key Returning Players: Kevin Raney, SR, TB, 5-8, 185; Michael Santos, SR, 5-8, OL, 260; Angelo Crescini, SR, 5-9, OL, 245; Joey Lopez, SR, OL, 6-0, 300; Kenny Garrett, SR, QB, 5-10, 170; Hawaii Leaf A'teo, SR, FB, 5-7, 210; TeGerick Conley, SR, TE/DE, 6-4, 200.

Key Losses: None

Top newcomers: Nathan Ogunbanwo, JR, TE/DE, 6-4, 220; Reggie Carter, JR, 5-8, 170, WR/DB.

Rivalry game: Weston Ranch.

Stadium (capacity): Bennie Gatto Field, (4,000)


• Manteca Buffaloes

Head Coach: Eric Reis

Years/Record: 12th, 96-30-2

Last season: 6-5

Key Returning Players: Billy Sharmoug SR, 6-0, 290, OL/DL; Isaac McClain, SR, 6-2, 300, OL/DL; Jacob LedDon, SR, 6-0, 190, RB/DB; Brandon Dabney SR, 6-0, 150, WR/DB; Joe Menzel, SR, 6-0, 175, QB; Alex Laurel, SR, 5-8, 165, RB/DB; Valenti Saavedra, SR, 5-11, 230, C/DL.

Key Losses: Eddie Smith, RB/LB; T.J. Galdos, WR/DB; Sal Pena, RB/LB.

Top newcomers: Domanic Pisano, JR, 5-9, 160, QB/DB; Luis Reyes, JR, 5-6, 150, WR/DB; Letchi Nkwotcha, JR, 6-0, 190, FB/DB; Hector Soto, JR, 5-6, 185, RB/ILB; Steven Martinez, JR, 5-8, 280, OL/DL.

Rivalry games: Oakdale, Sierra, East Union

Stadium (capacity): Guss Schmiedt (3,500)


• Oakdale Mustangs

Head Coach: Trent Merzon

Years/Record: 13th, 130-32-1

Last season: 14-2

Key Returning Players: Brendan McAndrews, SR, 5-10, 190, ILB; Brock Whiting, JR, 6-1, 175, WR/FB; Landon Ichord, JR, 6-0, 215, TE; Tanner Morgan, SR, 5-9, 165, FS; Max Stevens, JR, 5-7, 145, RB.

Key Losses: Spencer Thomas, QB; Arpoika brothers; Bastian Jimenez; Marcus Northcutt.

Top newcomers: Jonathan Carmelich, JR, 6-0, 205, OL; Frankie Trent, JR, 5-10, 195 OL.

Rivalry game: Sonora.

Stadium (capacity): The Corral (3,000.)


• Sierra Timberwolves

Head Coach: Jeff Harbison

Years/Record: 9th, 55-33

Last season: 10-2

Key Returning Players: Jake Pruitt, SR, QB; Adam Bettencourt, SR, C; Bryson Sanders, SR, WR; Aaron Thiel, SR, OL/DL; Khalil Williams, SR, DL; Reid Maestas, SR, S; John Montoya, SR, CB; Garrett DeVillanueva, SR, FS; Hunter Peterson, SR, S; Conner Melton, JR, LB; Lucas Widmer, SR, WR.

Key Losses: Anthony Cota, RB; Jordan Lewis, WR; Guillermo Nunez, WR, S; Jayson Manuta, Slot.

Top newcomers: Hunter Johnson, JR, WR; Labron Aolfaituli, JR, LB, DL; Trevon McCray, JR, LB.

Rivalry game: Manteca.

Stadium (capacity): Daniel Teichiera Stadium (4,000.)


• Sonora Wildcats

Head Coach: Bryan Craig

Years/Record: 5th, 28-18

Last season: 4-6

Key Returning Players: Steve Lawrence FB/LB 6-0, 215; Kade Barajas, SR, 6-0, 175, RB/DB; Ryan Puou 5-8, 150, RB/DB; Andrew Nessie, SR, 5-10, 180, QB.

Key Losses: Jesse Arenholtz, OL; Walter Leyva, OL; Brandon Camara RB/LB

Top newcomers: Brandon Phelan, JR, 6-0, OL, 210; Lance Baker, JR, 6-3, 210; Zerek Saldivar, JR, DL, 6-3, 220; Billy Kiriluk, JR, FB/LB 5-10, 200.

Rivalry game: Oakdale.

Stadium (capacity): Dunlavy Stadium (5,000.)


• Weston Ranch Cougars

Head Coach: Seth Davis

Years/Record: First season

Last season: 4-6

Key Returning Players: Juliese Batiese, SR, DE, 6-1, 195.

Key Losses: Mark Vega-Tatum, SS; Candilerio Elizondo, MLB; Alex Esan, WR/DB.

Top newcomers: Chris Canaday, JR, 5-9, 160, WR; Erron Duncan, SO, 5-9, 160, Slot/SS; Cody Simmerley, S, JR, 5-11, 230, OL; Marcus Moore, JR, 6-1, 190, QB; Khalil Browder, SR, 6-3, 185.

Rivalry game: Lathrop

Stadium (capacity): Weston Ranch Stadium (4,000.)

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