El Rancho ready to be assertive in Del Rio race

first_img Reyes called senior two-way lineman Gabriel Covarrubias (6-1, 260) “another big part of what we will do,” and singled out senior running back Mike Perez (5-8, 150). Among the newcomers, Reyes praised Ezequiel Barillas, a 6-0, 170-pound senior linebacker who transferred from Warren, senior Rene Robledo (WR, 5-11, 160), and sophomores Garrett Carrillo (OL/LB, 5-11, 230) and Steve Mendoza (LB/RB, 5-9, 155). — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Dons return 14 lettermen, including seven starters on both offense and defense, from last season’s 6-5 team that finished 3-2 and tied for second in league. Both quarterbacks who shared time under center a year ago return. A.J. Toscano, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior, appears to have the edge over senior Michael Perea (5-11, 160) in their battle for the starting spot. “Toscano can also play linebacker, and he might see time on the special teams,” Reyna said. “He’ll be a big part of everything we do this year. “Toscano is more of a runner. Perea is more of a drop-back passer and he is a fine defensive player also.” Some of the other key returners include third-year varsity letterman Giovani Sandoval (senior, DE/RB, 5-8, 155), defensive backs Richard Torres (senior, 5-7, 145) and Erik Garcia (junior, 5-7, 148), defensive linemen Fermando Hernandez (senior, 6-1, 175, another third-year varsity performer), Felix Romero (senior, 5-10, 240), Javier Santana (senior, 6-3, 250) and John Serna (senior, C/LB, 5-10, 240). “The commitment so far from our returners has been outstanding,” Reyna said as he prepared for his fifth season. “As always, we have some talented newcomers, and if they can fill our needs in some spots, we’ll be fine. “The inexperience is always a concern, and it will be a matter of how quickly players progress in learning their responsibilities.” center_img PICO RIVERA — A new-look offense, a talented, versatile quarterback to run it and the usual aggressiveness that always marks the defense give El Rancho High School football coach Willie Reyna good reason for optimism. Now, if Reyna can just find the assertiveness last year’s team leaders had among this season’s players, the Dons can qualify as solid contenders in an effort to halt Santa Fe’s bid for a fifth consecutive Del Rio League crown. last_img read more