Game Preview: Pacifica at Troy

"They have no weaknesses and are scary," said Pacifica coach Guy Gardner. "You know what's coming at you, but you just can't stop it...

You might throw the word defense out the door on Friday when Garden Grove Pacifica travels up Beach Boulevard in an attempt to tackle the Warriors of Fullerton Troy.


Pacifica (3-1) and Troy (4-0) each average more than 40 points per game, and at the same time both have yielded their share of points.


Troy has been very productive with its returning backfield of junior Derrick Coleman and senior Chris Ramirez. Coleman has already piled up 816 yards and 12 TD's and teammate Ramirez has sped to 546 yards and 10 TD's.


Compounding the matter for the Sea Dogs will be the family connection of quarterback Tyler Swaney throwing bombs to his 6-foot-5 cousin, split end Josh Swaney.


"They have no weaknesses and are scary," said Pacifica coach Guy Gardner. "You know what's coming at you, but you just can't stop it. The best way to defend Troy is to keep them off the field."


Josh Swaney has grabbed 13 receptions for 511 yards, good for an impressive 127 yards per game average. Tyler Swaney has thrown for an efficient 24 of 31 for 602 yards, one interception, with all five of his TD passes going to his kin.


Pacifica might be a little short in a talent-to-talent match-up with Troy, however the Sea Dogs can score in a variety of ways; including converting turnovers into touchdowns as well as excelling on special teams.-


Pacifica's defense has scored five touchdowns and all-purpose Tyler Ortiz has scored on a punt return along with catching 20 passes for 250 yards. Ortiz is also the Sea Dogs punter.


Tri Vo helps give Pacifica a formidable ground game with his 148 per game average and senior quarterback Andy Garcia balances the offense with 621 yards and six TD's.


Gardner said that he's got an excellent group of receivers, but he must find a way to get them all more involved. Eric Strain, Tony Jaksitis, and sophomore Josh Brannon have each scored on multiple TD receptions.


"They are tough and will cause us a match-up problem,'' said Warrior coach Jim Burton. "They have a nice big offensive line and have a balanced attack."


The Troy defense is anchored by senior middle linebacker Alex Charle and the senior corner back duo of Jonathan Hwang and Jimmy Jea, each with two interceptions.


Pacifica features all-league lineman Mike Kempster (6-3, 275), who goes the entire game, and defensive tackle Kyle Lockwood (5-10, 290).


"We really have our work cut out for us," added Gardner. "They have played stronger opponents. We'll try our best and at the same time we'll try to improve our game."


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