volkswagen polo india price Pacific Grove football players have big shoes to fill in 2017
PACIFIC GROVE >> After three consecutive years with 10 or more wins, Pacific Grove High football team slipped to 5 5 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.
More than 80 percent of last season offense graduated, leaving Pacific Grove in a potential re building mood this fall.
have been in this position before, coach Chris Morgan said. have some big shoes to fill on offense. We need all 11 players to pull together. a team is accustomed to success on the field, rebuilding is not something it looks forward to. Yet, as Morgan begins his ninth season, his roster may be his smallest since he took the helm. The Breakers will have between 25 and 27 players, and that includes seven sophomores.
knew this was coming a couple of years ago, Morgan said. senior class has never had a big turnout. You scanning the halls for bodies. We young and inexperienced. Morgan restocks his program, some of his players only have two years of experience playing football. Instead of growing into the program, they will have on the job training.
lot of these kids are still learning the game, Morgan said. we didn bring these kids up to sit. We have a few guys we feel can do some good things for us.
An all league baseball player, the left handed Haines is athletic and has the ability to also run with the football,
a key ingredient in Pacific Grove attack.
have to adjust to the talent you have, Morgan said. had to simplify the game plan and terminology to get everyone up to speed. the departure of every receiver who caught a pass last year, Haines is developing chemistry with a core of new faces, including Nate Lominario, whom Morgan calls an athlete.
Last fall Lominario transferred from Seaside and started at safety. He likely go both ways for a team starving for experience.
attitude is play by play, Lominario said. we be sound. Offensively we could go through some growing pains. But we catch up. the Breakers find that cohesiveness on offense, the defense may have to shoulder the load. It returns linebacker Josh Fuller and defensive lineman Josh Vernon and John Kerick.
At times defense was the Breakers Achilles heel last season, as they gave up 35 or more points six times. Two of those games were wins. Part of that could be attributed to fatigue with several players going both ways since the defensive unit gave up 180 points in the second half.
With the urging of Lominario, the Breakers implemented an off season weight program, one that he believes has strengthen the team.
can see the difference with a lot of our players, Lominario said. be stronger than last year. We won be outworked. quick start out of the gates could build confidence in a youthful group. Two of its four preseason opponents are teams Pacific Grove defeated last year.
The Mission Trail Athletic League, though, has a different look with two divisions this year. Four of the six teams on the Breakers upper Mountain Division schedule went to the postseason last year.
a small school and trying to reload can be a challenge,
Morgan said. kind of a cycle. But we have guys that we have faith in. Hard work pays off in the end. Devine can be reached at 831 726 4337.