Trevor Browne Preseason Preview

24-7Football.com's preseason look at the Trevor Browne Bruins

Team: Trevor Browne

City: Phoenix

Head coach: Randy Gross

2006 Record: 2-8

Region: 5A1 Metro

 

Schedule

 

8/24- @ Highland

8/31- North

9/7- San Luis

9/14- @ Sunrise Mountain

9/20- @ La Joya

9/28- Corona

10/5- @ Chavez

10/12- @ North Canyon

10/19- Alhambra

11/2- Maryvale

 

Key Losses: OL/DL Marcel Jones, OL Tanner Johnson, RB Reggie Nicholson, OL Cliff Collins

 

Key Returners: LB Anthony Carrasco, QB Jorge Acuna, WR Tim Lizarraga, DB Harold Gholson, HC Randy Gross

 

Breakdown

 

Contributed by Coach Pinnick

 

It's back to the future at Trevor Browne, where alum Randy Gross was tapped to lead the Bruins out of the cellar and back to respectability. Gross played his college ball at Hastings (Neb.) College by way of Phoenix College. After beginning his coaching career at North Canyon HS, he moved along with Jeff Bowen to Westview High School. While at Westview, he led the JV program to a stellar 24-2-1 record in 3 seasons as the head coach. He will try to resurrect a program that only has 3 wins in the previous two seasons. But alas, the cupboard is not bare.

 

At quarterback, Jorge Acuna and Allen Robles will battle it out for the starting job. Jorge had a solid spring and summer and may have the edge, but Robles has managed to keep the heat on him the entire time. In the backfield, Anthony Carrasco will be the workhorse after playing sparingly at the position in the past. Junior Isaiah Kee, who had a terrific offseason, is expected to part of a dynamic duo along with John Hunter. Harold Gholsen and Darrion Murphey should also contribute.

 

At wideout, there is a bevy of talented players who will see time, including Tim Lizarraga, Wayne White, and Andy Perez. The tight end spots will be initially filled by one of the stronger Bruins, Oscar Flamenco, and Nigel Papalii.

 

Up front, the Bruins will be led by big Diego Gonzales, who at 6-4 and a stout 305, will be counted on to provide some punch in the running game. Also look for Kevin Moulis, Sal Hernandez, and Ronald Jones to have an impact.

 

Defensively, the defensive line is big and physical, with Diego Gonzales, Sal Hernandez, Justin Reyes, and Cesar Chavez transfer Isaiah Weaver expected to see significant time.

 

The linebacking corp is a good blend of strength and speed, with Anthony Carrasco and Kevin Moulis manning the inside spots, and Cesar Maldonado, the strongest Bruin, Darrion Murphey, and Oscar Flamenco challenging at outside linebacker. Brian Damper could also be a factor.

 

In the secondary, Jorge Acuna and John Hunter have taken the top spots at safety, while Harold Gholsen and Isaiah Kee look to man the corners.

 

My take:

 

A pessimist could look at the Trevor Browne program and see a team that struggled to a 2-8 record, their closest loss was by five points to O'Connor. They lose their first division-one player in years, have heavy losses, literally, along the offensive line and their leading rusher transferred. There are some positives to look at for new head coach Randy Gross. One, Gross brings new energy and is used to winning as an assistant at Westview. Two, the Bruins only lose nine players and return 25. Three, they were not shut out in a single game. They continued to play hard and scored double-digits in all but one game. Four, they return some players at key positions including QB Jorge Acuna and their leading tackler LB Anthony Carassco. Sure Gross will take some lumps trying to get this program off the ground and it is easy to get discouraged but an optimist can see that there are some things to work with at TB.

 

The Bruins have winnable games against La Joya, San Luis, Maryvale and Alhambra. Beating last season's win total would not surprise me.


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