Western Athletic Conference team outlooks
08/28/2014 11:33 AM
08/28/2014 11:34 AM
Central Valley Hawks
Head coach: Scott Edwards
Last season: 6-5
Key returners: Jamarea Lumpkin, Jr., 5-8, 185, FB/LB; Moses Ghiorso, Jr., 5-10, 165, RB/DB; Jayden Garcia, Sr., 5-10, 220, FB/LB; Gurvak Dhami, Sr., 6-1, 280, OL/DL; Danny Alvarado, Sr., 6-1, 225, OL/DL.
Key losses: Ja’Quan Gardner, RB; Kendel Johnson, QB.
Key returners: Robert Nieto, Jr., 6-0, 170, WR/DB; Lino Uti, Jr., 6-0, 200, LB; Adrian Badillo, Jr., 6-0, 200, OL/LB; Emani Anitelea, Jr., 6-0, 190, TE/LB; Noah Postley, Jr., 5-11, 230, OL/DL.
Rivalry game: Ceres
Stadium (capacity): Ceres Stadium (2,500)
Head coach: Bret Durossette
Year/Record: 4th, 7-23
Key returners: Brad Bussard, Sr., 6-0, 165, QB; Brent Bussard, Sr., 6-0, 200, LB; Ramon Coral, Sr., 6-4, 260, OL/DE; Caleb McDade, Sr., 5-10, 190, OL/DL.
Key losses: Dylan Canatsy, WR; Harmon Chung, WR.
Key newcomers: Johnni Smith-Willis, Jr., 5-8, 160, RB; Seth Gibson, Jr., 5-10, 150, RB.
Rivalry game: Central Valley
Stadium: Ceres Stadium
El Capitan Gauchos
Head coach: Mike Machado
Year/Record: 1st (school’s first varsity season)
Top newcomers: Josh Stewart, Jr., 6-0, 215, RB/ILB; Elijah Reid, Soph., 6-0, 175, WR/S; Reno Bandoni, Jr., 6-2, 245, G/NT; Isaiah Knott, Jr., 5-9, 150; RB/DB; Chase Whitaker, Soph., 6-4, 200, QB.
Stadium: Stadium ’76, Merced College
Head coach: Alex Gonzalez
Last season: 1-9
Key returners: C.J. Avila, Sr., 6-1, 215, QB; Servando Ambriz, Sr., 5-7, 140, Slot; Justin Louro, Sr., 5-10, 215, T; Cole Brown, Sr., 6-1, 155, WR; Jesus Sierra, Sr., 5-8, 155, RB/MLB; Anthony Deol, Sr., 5-8, 135, Slot.
Key loss: Jorge Mendoza, OL.
Key newcomers: Eddie Avila, Jr., 6-0, 155, RB; Rene Garcia, Jr., 5-11, 235, OL; Justin Reimann, Soph., 5-9, 140, OLB.
Rivalry game: Le Grand
Stadium: Livingston High School Stadium
Los Banos Tigers
Head coach: Dustin Caropreso
Year/Record: 3rd, 16-7
Last season: 5-5
Key returners: Alec Barcellos, Sr., WR/OLB; Bailey Rodriguez, Sr., FB/NT; David Walker, Jr., RB; Daniel Fernandez, Jr., FB: Adam Herrera, Jr., QB; Gilbert Fuentes, Sr., S.
Key losses: Josh Priest, OL; Darren Batey, MLB; Michael Severino, OL/DL.
Key newcomers: Evan Duran, Jr., C; Andrew Costa, Jr., OL; Anthony Machado, Jr., TE.
Rivalry game: Dos Palos
Stadium: Carlyle G. Loftin Stadium
Head coach: David Snapp
Year/Record: 4th, 14-18
Last season: 7-4
Key returners: Frank Ginda, Sr., 6-1, 230, RB/ILB; Kalama Kamoku, Sr., 6-1, 225, RB/LB; Juwan Epperson, Sr., 5-11, 135, QB; Josh Tui, Sr., 6-2, 250, OL/DL; Maurice Harden, Sr., 6-0, 180, WR/S; Robert Ricks, Sr., 6-3, 235, OL/DL.
Key losses: Victor Cortez, C; Wyatt Orozco, OL; Hunter Mendez, TE.
Key newcomers: Deontae Smith, Soph., 5-9, 170, RB/DB; Thor Rodoni, Jr., 6-2, 190, C; Chris Munoz, Soph., 6-0, 170, WR/S.
Rivalry game: Los Banos
Stadium: Veterans Memorial Stadium
Head coach: Nick Marchy
Year/Record: 4th, 23-10
Last season: 9-2
Key returners: Ruben Rosas, Sr., 5-11, 215, MLB; Damien Paulo, Sr., 6-0, 205, QB; Hunter Powers, Sr. 5-11, 190, OLB; Damario Hammonds, Sr., 5-10, 170, WR/DB; Thomas Turner, Jr., 6-0, 200, OL.
Key losses: Jordan Levu, TE/DE; Jessie Nuia, OL/DL.
Key newcomers: Michael Lawson, Jr., 5-8, 165, WR/DB; Antonio Villareal, Jr., 5-8, 165, WR/DB; Alec Espos, Jr., 5-7, 165, WR/DB; Jamal Broussard, Jr., 5-10, 190, RB.
Rivalry games: Escalon, Central Catholic
Stadium (capacity): Patterson Community Stadium (3,000)
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