2011 Team Preview: Mt. San Jacinto

After finishing the 2010 football season with a 6-5 record, the Mt. San Jacinto coaching staff, led by head coach Casey Mazzotta, feel like they have enough talent on hand to make some waves this season in the American Mountain Conference this fall...

The Eagles return 7 starters (4 on offense; 3 on defense) and leading the attack this fall will be Nigel Barksdale from the quarterback position.

The talented local product is a dual-threat signal-caller who threw for nearly 1,500 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for 541 yards and nine more scores.

One of Barksdale's top targets is TE Perris Scoggins, a team captain, who hauled in 16 passes last fall for over 200 yards and a touchdowns.

WR Chris Robinson returns after posting 18 receptions for 195 yards as a touchdown in 2010 and he will be joined by freshman Dalton Hunkle who has big-time potential and Steven Dawson who adds maturity and experience at the next level to the group.

RB Joe Henderson is a physical runner inside and he will rely on an outstanding group of lineman to pave the way including OT Gage Niemeyer who is a major D-1 prospect as well as AG Aaron Jeglin and OT Adam Carpenter.

Defensively, Mt. San Jacinto boasts some talented prospects including freshman DT Anthony Gordon who the coaches raved about in the offseason.

DT Michael Chaparosa is another solid defensive line prospect and Tyler Collins adds his skills inside as well.

At defensive end Brian Malone is a top prospect and Bryce Lenhart is as athletic as they come.

His basketball background means he is explosive with great feet and he's just now starting to tap into his vast potential.

The linebackers will be led into battle by Samiuela Stevens who's brothers (Hamani and Tevita) play at Oregon and Utah respectively.

Justin Johnson will man one of the safety positions while Doug Elliott will hold down the other spot and CB Emanuel Hamilton will be tasked with locking down the opponents' best receiver.

Last weekend, the Eagles were plagued by turnovers in a 64-29 loss to College of the Desert. They will try to get their first win of the season this weekend when they take on Chaffey this weekend.

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