High School Football

August 28, 2014

Southern League football capsules, predictions

A quick look at the teams in the Southern League.

Delhi Hawks

Head coach: Rod McCombs

Years/Record: 5th, 17-24

Last season: 5-6

Key returners: Garret Thomas, Sr., 6-1, 180, QB; Sergio Hernandez, Sr., 5-10, 187; TE/MLB; Ivan Macias, Sr., 6-1, 191, OL/DL; Giovanni Samuel, Jr., 5-8, 223; OL/DL; Renee Guerra, Sr., 5-9, 154; RB/LB; Jesus Soto, Sr., 5-9, 156, RB/LB; Hayden Steger, Sr., 5-9, 177, FB/LB; Jose Davalos, Sr., 5-6, 150, RB/DB; Nick Ruiz, Sr., 5-11, 147, WR/DB; Robert Diers, Sr., 6-3, 158, WR/DB; Paulo Macedonio, Sr., 6-0, 216, OL/DL.

Key losses: Rico McCombs, RB/S; Joel Cantu, RB/LB.

Key newcomers: Jesse Flores, Soph., 5-11, 254, OL/DL; Scorpio Martinez, Soph., 5-10, 146, RB/DB; Daniel Cortez, Jr., 5-9, 152, TE/LB.

Rivalry game: Denair

Stadium: Hawks Stadium

Denair Coyotes

Head coach: Ted Howze

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 0-10

Key returners: Dominic Silva, Sr., 6-3½, 210, QB; Trenton Howze, Sr., 6-3, 208, QB; Alex Valle Sr., 5-8, 185, RB; Brandon Steeley, Sr., 6-3, 218, TE/DE; Ryan Galhano, Sr., 6-4, 300, OL; Westin Fair, Sr., 6-0, 190, RB/WR

Key losses: Trey Howze, WR/RB; Sean Anderson, OL/DL.

Key newcomers: Austin Hughes, Sr., 6-2, 200, FB; Noah Melrose Sr., 6-2, 260, OL; Kyle Perkins, Jr., 5-8, 200, OL/DL.

Rivalry game: Delhi

Stadium: Jack W. Lytton Stadium

Gustine Redskins

Head coach: Russell McWilliams

Years/Record: 4th, 6-24

Last season: 4-6

Key returners: Hector Haro, Sr., 6-0, 305, OL/DL; Robert Mello, Sr., 5-10, 180, OLB/TE; Spencer Alamo, Sr., 5-9, 180, TE; Nicholas Figueroa, Sr., 5-11, 185, DB/RB; Chris Perez, Sr., 6-0, 170, CB.

Key losses: Isaiah Figueroa, RB; Josh Laupua, OL/DL; Iancarlo Morales, DL/OL; Kolton Christenson, TE.

Key newcomers: Sebastian Figueroa, Jr., 5-11, 170, QB; Brandon LaBry, Jr., 5-11, 185, RB/S; J.D. Laupua, Jr., 6-0, 200, RB/LB.

Rivalry game: Orestimba

Stadium: Redskins Stadium

Le Grand Bulldogs

Head coach: Raul Alvarez

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 12-0, section champions

Key returners: Frankie Contreras, Sr., 6-0, 175, QB; Christian Williams, Sr., 5-9, 160, WR/DB; Cristian Nava, Sr., 5-9, 195, FB/LB; Maurisio Ramirez, Jr., 6-0, 205, DL/TE; Isaiah Alarcon, Sr., 5-8, 155, DB/WR; Victor Martinez, Sr., 5-10, 160, WR/DB; Miguel Granados, Sr., 5-11, 170, OLB/TE; Jesus Perez, Sr., 6-4, 220, OT.

Key losses: Ryan Martinez, RB/LB; Angel Zaragoza, OL; Martin Zaragoza, OL; Anthony Diaz, OL; Joseph Kryger, OL; Lalo Bedolla, OL; Santos Caballero, ILB; Juan Gomez, TE/ILB; Ricky Jacobo, ILB; Steve Garcia, OLB; Shane Grissom, S.

Key newcomers: Nathan Sherriff, Jr., 6-4, 220, OT; Travis Johnson, Soph., 6-0, 180, ILB; Antonio Medina, Soph., 5-11, 150, S; Carlos Iniguez, Soph., 5-7, 160, RB; Jesus Garcia, Jr., 6-0, 170, OLB/TE; Alexis Oseguera, Jr. 5-6, 160, WR/DB.

Rivalry game: Mariposa

Stadium: Gary Fontes Field

Mariposa Grizzlies

Head coach: Ryan Oliphant

Years/Record: 2nd

Last season: 8-3

Key returners: Aaron Lerma, Sr., 6-0, 185, QB; Kama’re Bailey, Sr., 5-11, 180, RB/DB; Jadin Battles, Sr., 6-2, 200, WR/LB; Zack Smith, Jr., 6-3, 180, WR/DB; Aanthony Lerma, Sr., 5-10, 225, OL/DL; Brandon Verley, Sr., 5-10, 230, OL/DL; Michael Spielman, Sr., 6-2, 180, TE/DL; Brandon O’Brien, Sr., 6-0, 190, LB/RB.

Key losses: Jarrett Williams, LB/OL; Phillip Rauch, RB/K; Justin Sherrill, DB/RB; Kory Allan, FB; Ryan Perez, OL/DL.

Key newcomers: Jake Mayberry, Jr., 6-1, 170, DB/QB; Clint Curtin, Jr., 5-9, 150, DB/RB; Jake Williams, Jr., 6-2, 200, LB/RB; Robby Yockey, Jr., 6-2, 210, OL/DL; Jared Lynch, Soph., 6-0, 210, OL/DL; Tristan Mero, Sr., 5-11, 170, RB/DB.

Rivalry game: Le Grand

Stadium: Pioneer Market Grizzly Stadium

Orestimba Warriors

Head coach: Aaron Souza

Years/Record: 5th, 17-25

Last season: 1-9

Key returners: Evan Davis, Sr., 5-11, 200, OL/LB; Christian Sosa, Sr., 6-0, 255, OL/DL; John Save, Sr., 6-1, 275, OL/DL; Noah Zalinski, Sr., 5-9, 160, WR/DB; Noah Winters, Sr., 5-11, 185, RB/LB.

Key losses: Steven Machado, RB; Tanner Pruett, QB; Alex Banks, WR/LB.

Key newcomers: Austin Martins, Jr., 5-9, 185, RB/LB; Joe Sheldon, Jr., 6-1, 190, QB/DB; Joseph De La Rosa, Jr., 6-0, 190, RB/LB; Homar Ruiz, Jr., 5-10, 230, OL/DL.

Rivalry game: Gustine

Stadium: Warrior Stadium

Ripon Christian Knights

Head coach: Trey Ozenbaugh

Years/Record: 1st

Last season: 10-3

Key returners: Billy Marr, Sr., 6-4, 185, QB/LB; Will Kamps, Jr., 6-2, 230, DE/LB/OL; Tyler Driesen, Jr., 6-3, 280, OL/DL; Jared Stuit, Sr., 6-2, 185, TE/LB; Ethan McMurrary, Jr., 6-3, 185, WR/LB; Kevin Kramer, Sr., 5-10, 193, RB/LB; Fletcher Schmeidt, Jr., 5-9, 250, OL/DL.

Key losses: Andrew Brown, RB/DB, Eric Broker OL/DL; Keagan Rivera, WR/DB; David Henderson, OL/LB.

Key newcomers: Brian Sytsma, Jr., 5-11, 168, TB/DB; Derek Dotinga, Jr., 6-0, 175, FB/LB; Travis Zuidervaart, Jr., 5-9, 168, QB/DB.

Rivalry game: Ripon

Stadium: Stouffer Field

Waterford Wildcats

Head coach: Noel Looney

Years/Record: 2nd

Last season: 6-6

Key returners: Tory Larios, Sr., 5-10, 220; OL/LB; Charles Shephed, Sr., 6-2, 150, QB; Dante Berggren, Sr., 6-2, 160, FS/TB; Ryan Cherry, Sr., 6-2, 185, SS/FB; Brett Jones, Jr., 6-2, 235, TE/MLB; Luke Corsant, Sr., 5-11, 220, OL.

Key losses: Wesley Wright, FB/LB, Jesus Vega, WR/S, Angel Sosa, RB/DB; Christian Landeros, OL; Michael Erisman, DL/OL.

Key newcomers: Cullen Bearden, Soph., 6-3, 215, TE/LB; Caleb Reynolds, Jr., 6-1, 165, RB; Tyler Love, Jr., 5-8, 160, MLB.

Rivalry game: Le Grand

Stadium: Wildcat Stadium

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