Salpointe Preseason Preview continues with our preseason previews with a look at the Salpointe Lancers.

Team: Salpointe Catholic
Mascot: Lancers

City: Tucson

Head coach: Dennis Bene

2006 Record: 10-2

Region: 5A1 Southern




8/14- Scrimmage v. Cienega

8/24- @ Brophy

8/31- Basha

9/7- @ Gilbert

9/14- Bye

9/20- Sunnyside

9/28- @ Marana Mt. View

10/5- Ironwood Ridge

10/12- @ Rincon

10/19- @ Casa Grande

10/26- Buena (Homecoming)

11/2- @ Tucson


Key Losses: OL Kris O'Dowd, QB Max Fritz, WR Matt Ransom, OL Chris Ciarvella, P Alex Radovanovich, WR/DB Jacob Hauptman, RB Blake Birmingham, DL Pat Concannon


Key Returners: LB Moses Roberts, DE Lucas Gregor, TE/DE Kevin Grenier, K Charles Blasé, RB Christian Ramirez, RB Chris Miller, DB Kyle McCartin, DB Martin Rodriguez




Salpointe- Year in and year out the Lancers have fielded a solid and dangerous football team. They get great coaching, are always disciplined and have the turnout other programs could only wish for. Coach Bene does a great job of grooming younger players early by moving them up to compete with the varsity squad. Almost ever year they call a freshman up, last year being no exception as they had one frosh and 17 sophomores on varsity yet managed to still go undefeated on the lower levels (9-0 JV/ 7-0-1 Frosh).


The losses are heavy but the cupboard is not bare. QB Max Fritz, OT Kris O'Dowd, WR Matt Ransom and OL Chris Ciarvella all take their game to the division-one ranks. They return D1 prospects Lucas Gregor, Kevin Grenier and Charles Blasé and hope that new QB Treavor Eggleston can follow in the footsteps of past Lancer great QBs Fritz and Tyler Graunke. Bene thinks that junior RB Christian Ramirez could be a D1 kid next year. He says, "Offensively we are young, but our tailback Christian Ramirez is awesome.  We have lacked a real tailback for the few years but Christian fills that void. He is a slasher who is also physical.  Pound for pound, he may be the strongest kid in the weight room." He has also been impressed with basketball player Brian Davis and expects big things from him at TE.


This offense is always high powered and averaged over 33 points per game last year. Some new guys are being broken in at key positions (QB, WR, TE) but a tough defense that gave up less then 10 points per game will be called upon to get them through. Bene says, "We really focused on getting stronger and faster on defense. We feel defensively that will be the strength of our team.  We historically have been known O-lineman, QBs and receivers but this defense may be the best one (defense) I have had so far. They will be led by LB Moses Robert who Bene calls the "team leader". They move Grenier to DE and Bene is excited, "That's 6'4 220 book end DEs." He also has another big d-lineman. Bene tells us, "We have a kid Alex McGillivray who played as a sophomore but sat out last year.  He is 6'4 300 DT. He will surprise people." 


Last year they plowed through the first nine games of the regular season going undefeated until they meet Sunnyside in week 10. This year's schedule looks a bit more challenging as their first six opponents made the playoffs last year, and seven of ten overall.

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