|Featherstone feels that poor pass defense, they ranked
11th in the 12 team conference giving up 26 TDs and had only 6 INTs, and
a slow start hurt them.
"We lost the opener at Hancock.
You can't afford to lose early in the year," he said.
Despite their record El Camino did play the roll of spoiler last
season by defeating, number one, Palomar College 35-31 and Pasadena
College 30-23. The latter
win upset Pasadena's chances of playing for the SoCal Championship.
In order to prove that last year was just an aberration the Warriors
must shore up the pass defense and build on the success of their two
upsets from last year. Featherstone
is most excited with his defense. He
feels that he has four legitimate Division I players. The players, profiled below, are MLB Brian Smith, DL Brian
Pollock, DE Ryan Riddle, and CB Gerald Fletcher.
Here are the top players expected to lead a turnaround this
DT Brent Pollock (6-2, 310) SO Peninsula HS
DE Ryan Riddle (6-4, 235) SO Clover City HS
DT Brandon Yandell (5-11, 275) FR Carson HS
DE Leon Lautalo (6-3, 245) FR
DL Alvin Salima (6-5, 245) FR Carson HS
MLB Brian Smith (6-2, 225) SO Peninsula HS
Elias Ellis (5-11, 225) FR Leuzinger HS
Pete Rosas (6-3, 245) FR Santa Monica HS
CB Gerald Fletcher (5-11, 164) SO Westchester HS
CB Nigel Clements (5-11, 190) SO St. Bernards HS
CB Travis Johnson (5-9, 165) FR Narbonne HS
SS Jamal Gatlin (5-10, 195) FR San Pedro HS
S Earl Williams (6-1, 195) FR Downey HS
FS Marquis Walker (6-1, 190) FR Dominguez HS
FS Robert Clark (6-3 1/2, 205) FR Cypress HS
OT David Avalos (6-3, 295) SO Leuzinger HS
OT Soli Letuli (6-7, 310) SO Westminster HS
OG Al Nungarey (6-1, 300) SO Downey HS
OG Josh Holloway (6-2, 265) SO Paramount HS
OL Chris Voltatorni (6-3, 285) SO Mira Costa HS
OT Clinton Holiona (6-1, 290) FR Aeia HS
Ron Venters (6-3, 190) SO
Brian Johnson (5-11, 190) FR Westchester HS
Chris Howard (5-11, 185) SO Banning HS
FB Je Hanson (5-10, 195) SO
TB Marcus McCall (6-1, 215) FR Carson HS
TB Craigston Robbins (5-9, 185) FR
TE Kolo Kapanua (6-4, 245) FR
WR Morgan Ralls (5-10, 170) SO
WR Joe Kensey (6-3, 195) FR Centennial HS
WR Mike Sanford (5-8, 160) FR Westchester HS
WR Delvondre Kemp (6-1, 190) Tr. from Wisconsin Narbonne HS
Placekicker / Punter
PK Casey Gardener (5-11, 185) SO
P Wilfredo Licon (6-0, 240) SO
Jim Chambers, former athletic director at Lynwood High School, takes
over as the new secondary coach and will try to bring improvement.
Also Kevin McNeil, who is a former QB at Saddleback College, will
be a volunteer coach with the receivers.
Coach Featherstone is still looking to hire another defensive
line coach. However, if he
can't find one then he may coach on that side of the ball this year.
Coach Featherstone says that it is imperative to get off to quick start to be successful this year. "It all depends on how you start out, I think, if you have a young team…If you don't play consistent ball in the Mission North you're going to be a 6-4 or 5-5 team," he said.
The Warriors, ranked 12th in the COA pre-season poll, will be tested
early with the opener at home against 11th-ranked Allan Hancock.
The conference schedule is always tough with games against
Palomar (3), Saddleback (9), Cerritos (6), Long Beach (8), Pasadena (2),
Riverside (18), and Mt. SAC (10). "I think we can be as good as anybody else.
It all depends on how we play in those big games," said
The Warriors have experience in some key positions, particularly quarterback, offensive line, and special teams. So some freshmen will have more time to learn. Without an easy date on the schedule, however, the learning curve begins now.
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