They now have bulk up front and now that they are in the Mountain Conference, they have gone from being a tough game on the schedule to a real contender, and should be one of the favorites to win a title.
After a 5-5 season, Coach Andrew Alvillar is excited to start the new conference. "We have not played most of the schools in this conference in a long time. Talking to the other coaches in the conference, we are all feeling good about where we are now. Everybody feels they are in a good position to make a run at the title and earn a spot in the playoffs."
Alvillar is counting on returning QB Andrew Trudnowski to have a big year. He threw for over 2,500 yards last season with 18 TDs, but is looking to lower his 16 interception total from last year. A more confident Trudnowski should have a solid season. He has a very talented receiver in Chris Matthews, a player who is getting notice from D-1 schools. Matthews has the ability to latch onto 50 receptions this season. WR Kevin Hodrick will be the pressure 'go to' guy with his great hands and reliability. Steven Sims and Prentice Gill will also make their mark at wide out. The 'Hawks will have a balanced offense with returning RB Earl Ford in the backfield. With a solid passing game to help keep defenses off balance, he will be looking to improve on his 675 yards and 8 TDs this season. Ryan Simpson should see his share of carries too. On the Offensive Line, Trinidad Poasa (6-2, 330) gained a lot of confidence after a solid performance at the Socal combine, as did Leon Wade (6-2 370). James Vicars (6-6, 350) proves that not only is the offensive line bigger than usual, they will be one of the biggest in JC ball. Freshman Eric Hall should make an impact on the O line also.
When you talk about defense, you have to start with DE DeQuin Evans. At 6-2, 275, Evans will get into your backfield in a hurry. He had 5 sacks last year, and an impressive 14.5 tackles for a loss. QBs will have to have a third eye when facing him. He not only has great speed off the edge, for such a big guy he can turn on a dime. He will lead a very young defense. On the other edge will be Kyle Sharman with Deon Goggins and Nick Pisano holding down the middle. The LBs will be led by Romeo Robinson and Derek Sholl. Joe Rubio and Braxton Lacy will be key players in the secondary.
"We have a talented team with a lot of weapons." Alvillar says. I like the challenge of a new conference. We had a good camp and have stayed healthy up to this point. The recruiting went well for us, but we had to replace a lot of defenders. The Freshmen will be challenged early, which should help us when we get into conference play.”
Recruiting is a difficult challenge with so many teams in the area, especially considering that all of his assistants are off campus coaches. But the recruiting has improved and can be gauged by the amount of D-1 inquiries Alvillar is getting for his players. The Seahawks have two tough preseason opponents in Long Beach and Citrus that will test his young team, but if they have success against those two programs, they will be a frontrunner to win the conference and make the playoffs.