Opposition Never Underestimates Mt. San Jacinto

<B>2002 RECAP:</B> MSJC's modified wing-t offense is unique in the college ranks and poses problems for opposing defenses. With their run-oriented offense and solid defense, the Eagles finished the regular season with a respectable 6-4 record. Their season ended on a sour note, however, as the Eagles lost to LA Harbor 27-7 in the US Bank Beach Bowl.


HEAD COACH: Gregg Shaw (4th season)

2003 OUTLOOK: With their disciplined attack, plus six returning starters, MSJC has the makings of a solid squad.  Allan Norman (6-1, 205) was a back-up in 2002 and is being pressed for the QB job by freshman Bryan Abihider (6-2, 205). "We have three good backs returning who all gained about 600-700 yards.  None stand out over the other, but this favors our team since defenses can't key on anybody," Coach Shaw explained.  Although the offense does not create individual stars, sophomore RB Jonathan Morgan (5-11, 190) is expected to have a big year for the Eagles.  There is a much optimism about the backs as there is concern about the line. "We need more offensive lineman. I'm concerned about depth...all of them will be freshman except one," Shaw remarked.

Defensively, MSJC is formidable, especially along the line. "We are strong as a unit on defense, although we'll have a young secondary that should jell towards the end of the season," Shaw predicted. Line stalwarts include sophomore NT Leonard Hongo (5-10, 260) who is a strong anchor in the middle of the D.  Another stud up front is DT Brent Maddox (6-2, 270).  The Eagles are not spectacular or flashy, but always a formidable, worthwhile opponent and that trend should continue in 2003.

FIRST GAME: At Palomar on Sept. 6 (1:00 p.m.; Escondido HS)

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