Last season, a talented QB (Brent Rausch, now at Hawaii) led a juggernaut offense that averaged around 40 points a game. They made it to the playoffs where they lost a tough game to the Renegades in Bakersfield. Although the schedule gets tougher for them this season, Dowty and his troops are ready for the challenge.
When asked about the change in conferences, Dowty says "I am excited about competing with the best teams in Southern California. I’m not sure if there were adequate factors used to realign the conferences, but I think Jim Sartoris is a very fair guy and will do a great job of making improvements each year. I think competitive equality is what we are looking for. Floyd Mayweather is one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, but you wouldn’t have him fight a top heavyweight and expect him to compete."
Dowty expects to have a solid and experienced front line led by pre-season JC Grid-Wire All-American Carlos Savala, one of the hardest workers on the team. Joining that experienced front line is freshman behemoth Colin Munro (6-6, 345). At RB, transfer Leonard Mason has all the tools to be an all conference player. He will be joined by another transfer, Larry Williams, who is very elusive. Dowty expects returning WRs Dion Lee and Colton Quinabo (20 catches) to step it up their sophomore seasons. Freshman Quincy Hearst is a speed demon who should stretch defenses. Thomas DeMarco is a D-1 caliber punter, and he may just take over the reigns at QB.
Defense is where most of the starters return. Jason Luke (40 tackles 3 sacks) and Greg Morley (58 tackles) will plug up the middle at Inside Linebacker. At OLB are Millard Lutu, Jared Shipley, and Mathias Brown. All of the Defensive Backs return. They include Terrence Bright (1 int) and Stefaun Dorsey (3 INT) at Safeties, as well as Earl Brooks (5 INT) and Larain Mallory (4 ints) on the Corners. That’s a returning secondary that had 13 picks last season! Sophomore Chris Clady should do well as a returning DL.
Dowty thinks that if he can stay healthy and improve every week, the Roadrunners will be able to play with anyone. He gives his assistants a lot of credit as passionate guys who take ownership of their domain on the field. "They get little financial benefit. They do it because they love coaching." The Roadrunners are no longer an easy game on the schedule. They are in a tough conference, but they have proven they can play with the big boys.