High School Football

August 28, 2014

Western Athletic Conference team outlooks

A look at the Western Athletic Conference football teams.

Central Valley Hawks

Head coach: Scott Edwards

Year/Record: 1st

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)

Ceres Bulldogs

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

Livingston Wolves

Head coach: Alex Gonzalez

Year/Record: 1st

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

Pacheco Panthers

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

Patterson Tigers

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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