O'Connor Preseason Preview

We break down the Sandra Day O'Connor Eagles before they hit the field this month.

Team: Sandra Day O'Connor
Mascot: Eagles

City: Glendale

Head coach: Rick Mey

2006 Record: 7-4

Region: 4A1 Western Sky

 

Schedule

 

8/22- Scrimmage @ Goldwater

8/31- Paradise Valley

9/7- Agua Fria

9/14- @ Cholla

9/21- @ Cactus

9/27- Mingus (On Cox 7)

10/5- @ Independence

10/12- Thunderbird (Homecoming)

10/19- @ Sunnyslope

10/26- @ Prescott

11/2- Apollo

 

Key Losses: DB/WR Steve Van Kolen,

 

Key Returners: OL/LB Robert Robbins, RB Tyler Rajec, TE Justin McElroy, QB Bruce Eisenhauer, LB Jager Lee

 

Breakdown

 

O'Connor makes the move from 5A2 down to 4A1 and Coach Mey knows the competition will be just as fierce. He tells 24-7, "This will be the best team we have ever had at O'Connor.  However, the move down to 4A1 may not be as pleasant as some think. Our non region schedule this season is much tougher than anything we have seen in the past.  Paradise Valley, Agua Fria, Cactus and Mingus are very tough along with Independence, Apollo, and Prescott in our region.  I feel out of 10 games 7 of our opponents are in the top 10 of all 4A. That will help us in power points and hopefully play-off experience - if we get there."

 

The Eagles have been working hard and the results are showing in the weight room. Mey says, "All of our kids have worked extremely hard in the weight room.  We just tested this past week in Power Clean / Squat / Bench.  We have 12 players total over 800 lbs, 3 over 900, 3 over 1,000, and 2 over 1,100. This team will be the strongest I have ever coached."

 

All of the hard work aside, the offense will have to be more consistent if they plan on repeating the 7-4 season they had last year and Coach Mey knows this, "Our offense needs to improve to the explosive unit it was in the past.  Two and three years ago, we averaged over 30 points a game.  Last year that average dropped to 10.  We really struggled on offense."

 

Players that the coaching staff expect big years from are two-way all region player Robert Robbins, Alex Edwards (5-8 210 DL/RB), Elliott Ness (6-1 215 LB). He played the entire season last year with a broken bone in his foot that really slowed him down and affected his play according to Mey. RB Johnny Lucas (5-8 200) and juniors Correy Minnex (OL), Dillon Baker (OL), Jager Lee (LB and #2 rusher), Tyler Rajec (FS) and Tyler Ermisch (LB) are the others that will be counted on to make plays.

 

Junior QB Bruce Eisenhauer returns but transfer Daniel Davis is pushing him for playing time. Mey says that no matter what happens both are too good to be kept off the field at one position or another.

 

Mey sums his team up well stating, "We are blessed with a team consisting of a lot of quality kids. This group of is a lot of fun to be around and possess an outstanding work ethic. I would be very proud of my son, if he grew up to be like one of these young men."

 


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