TEAM: Mt. SAC Mounties
2002 RECORD: 5-5 (Would have been 4-6 but Ventura forfeited all of their games from last season).
HEAD COACH: Bill Fisk (17th season)
RETURNING STARTERS: 8 (Offense 5, Defense 3)
2002 Recap: "We were in kind of a disarray in the
beginning," stated Coach Fisk. "We played some good defense and did some
good things. But we really couldn't put any points up on the board," Fisk
continued. The Mounties' offense ended up being run by their third-string
quarterback Zac Connors. The highlight of the season was upsetting the Palomar
Comets on the road 31-23. But the Mounties' lack of offense caught up to them
in the second half of the season. They lost back-to-back nail biters
against Mission powers Pasadena and Cerritos 12-6 and 13-7 respectively. There
was also a 24-21 loss at the hands of Long Beach. Finally, the season ended with
a 28-16 loss to El Camino. Despite the tough year 29 players went to the next
level with scholarships. 13 of those were to division I schools.
2003 Outlook: There will be competition for the quarterback position
this season. Adam Ernst (6-1, 210; SO) returns and he will compete with
freshman Domonic Breazeale (6-7, 215; Alhambra HS). The depth on the
offensive side of the ball appears to be improved. Coach Fisk likes his depth at
running back led by returning starter Daniel Nembhard (5-10, 180; SO). He
will have competition from Caz Hill (5-7, 199; SO) who is a transfer from
Pasadena. Matt Storm (6-3, 270; SO) is the only returner on the offensive
line. The defense, which was the strong point last season, will have a lot of
question marks. They will be inexperienced.
Players to Watch: WR Delanie Walker (6-2, 220; SO), who signed with UTEP out of high school, is still a division I prospect according to Fisk (Last year stats: 36-613 5 TDs). Walker could be an All-American. OT Keith Ornelas (6-4, 280; SO) is a transfer from Cal-Berkeley, and C Matt Storm will anchor the o-line as the only returning player there. The Mounties' defensive coaches hope for a big year from DL Austin Jackson (6-3, 265; SO), who transfered from USC to Mt. SAC before last season. S Bobby Godinez (6-1, 205; SO) will be the captain in the secondary.
First Game: At Moorpark, Sept. 6, (7 p.m.)