HEAD COACH: John Featherstone, 19th season
2002 RECORD: 3-7
RETURNING STARTERS: Offense 5, Defense 5
2002 RECAP: "Last year was one of the worst we've had since
I've been here," said Featherstone. "We were minus 12 in turnovers
and our defense was always in a bind.
2003 OUTLOOK: El Camino will find out early what kind of team they
have. In the new "crossover schedule" the Warriors travel to Ventura for the
opener and then host Moorpark. Both are strong Western State Conference
contenders. "We'll have an early chance to see what we are made of ,"
cited Featherstone. Highly heralded freshman quarterback Matt Engle, the
son of offensive line coach Gene Engle, is on hand with all sorts of
All-CIF and All-League honors in High School to his credit. USC transfer,
RB Chris Howard, should be healthy after suffering knee injuries in 2002.
Another ex-Trojan, Kolo Kapanui (6-4, 245), could be a super tight end.
Speedy Mike Sanford heads the receiving corps. While the offense figures to be
improved, it's the defense that has Featherstone excited. "I call it
my ‘no name' defense," declared Featherstone, but it should be a good
one." David and Leon Lautalo take care of one end and one
linebacker spot, while captain Elias Ellis, a strong 5-10, 220-pounder
should star at safety. Three top transfers are expected to help, including
DE Jason Miller (6-4, 235), from California.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Howard, Kapanui, and Engle on offense and the
Lautalo boys on defense.
FIRST GAME: Sept. 6 at Ventura, 6 p.m.