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2012 CMAC Season Preview

Bullard, Edison, Madera, Madera South, San Joaquin Memorial and Sanger are previewed for the 2012 season.

EDISON TIGERS

2011 Record: 10-2 (5-0)

Key Players:
Khari McGee, QB, Sr.; Deondre Howard, WR/CB, Sr.; Brandon Wright, OL/DL, Sr.; Justin Holmes, S; Ronnie Manning, S; Kevin Nutt, RB, Jr.; Preston Scott, WR; Blake Wright, RB; Vance Sams, LB, Soph.; AJ Greely, WR/CB, Soph.; Tyrone Muhammad, LB; Nuk Grier, DE; Anthony Shepard, DE/TE, Soph.; Yasmon Haynes, OL/DL; Ali Shabazz, DL

Strengths:
It all starts with QB Khari McGee. He’ll need to avoid the slow start he had last year and pick up where he left off as arguably the explosive offensive threat in the Valley. Fiercely competitive CB/WR Deondre Howard gives the team attitude and intensity. The Tigers have some size, led by 320-pound senior DT/OL Brandon Wright. The running game will be top of the line with RBs Kevin Nutt and Blake Wright returning and McGee also as a rushing threat. Defense has athletes, but is a little young. New head coach and retired NFL safety Ricky Manning will be implementing a 4-3 defense similar to what he played as a member of the 2006 Chicago Bears.

Notable Stats:
Khari McGee—Pass: 2583 yds, 31 TD. Rush: 687 yds 9 TD
Brandon Wright—Def: 102 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 tackles for lose, and 2 fum rec

Quotable:
“On defense this year we will have the mindset of the 2006 Bears team that I played on, where we viciously swarm to the ball all game long and take the ball away with interceptions and strips.” — Ricky Manning, Edison head coach.

BULLARD KNIGHTS

2011 Record: 10-3 (4-1)

Key Players:
Nicko Pacheco, QB, Sr.; Zach Carter, LB, Sr.; Josh Newman, LB; Dejonte Oneal, RB, Jr; Trenton Barnes, RB, Jr.; Grant Arakelian, WR; Isaiah Justice, WR/S/PR, Jr.

Strengths:
The Knights have a lot of skill position players returning but few linemen. QB Niko Pacheco returns and should have more receiving options than a year ago. It hurts to lose a player like Demetrius Warren, but the Knights have two quality RBs to carry the load, in junior Dejonte Oneal and Clovis North transfer Trent Barnes (when he returns from injury).

Notable Stats:
Niko Pacheco—Pass: 54.1%, 1,222 yds, 11 TD, 3 int.
Dejonte Oneal—Rush: 82 att, 462 yds, 6 TD. Def: 3 int

Quotable:
“It’s opposite from last season. In 2011 we were a lineman-heavy team, but this year we’re lighter on the line and don’t have as much depth, but we have a lot of skill guys … We’ll have to change our approach a little bit.” — Don Arax, Bullard head coach.

MADERA COYOTES

2011 Record: 4-6 (0-5)

Key Players:
Nathanial Nelson, QB; Johnny Flores, QB, Jr.; Anthony Martinez, WR; Michael Say, CB/S/RB; Michael Angell, DE; Alec Gamboa, ATH/QB/RB, Soph.; Joel Flores, OL, Sr.; Daniel Sandoval, MLB, Jr.

Strengths:
Although Madera lost 29 seniors from last years team, but head coach Scott McKinney feels he has kids ready to step in to fill those spots. Sophomore Alec Gamboa is a up-and-comer that McKinney has big plans for. He will play as many positions as possible on offense and defense and will even take some snaps out of the Wildcat formation. The O-line loses four starters, but the one coming back is three-year starter Joel Flores. WR Anthony Martin, standing at 6-foot-2, will give the Coyotes that big target they haven’t had in a while.

Notable Stats:
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Quotable:
“We graduated 29 seniors last year, and, even with a record of 4-6, those seniors laid a foundation that taught our younger kids to believe in themselves and our program. Our kids will play hard every week.” — Scott McKinney, Madera head coach.

MADERA SOUTH STALLIONS

2011 Record: 11-2 (5-0 in the NYL)

Key Players:
Lalo Guzman, DB/RB, Jr.; Morgan Stroh, LB/TE, Jr.; Christian Morales, DL/OL, Jr.; Cameron Fick, LB/FB, Jr.; Greg Rodriguez, DB/QB, Jr.

Strengths:
Last year was the year Madera South was waiting for and graduation left a lot of vacancies on both sides of the ball. Young players will have a chance to play right away and make a name for themselves. Defensively DL Christian Morales returns, after recording 58 tackles, 3 sacks last year. DB Lalo Guzman, LB Cameron Fick and DB Greg Rodriguez will join Morales on the defense.

Notable Stats:
Lalo Guzman—Rush: 120 yds, 2 TD
Morgan Stroh—Rec: 5 rec, 99 yds, 1 TD
Christian Morales—Def: 58 tackles, 3 sacks
Greg Rodriguez—Def: 23 tackles, 1 int, 3 pass def

SAN JOAQUIN MEMORIAL PANTHERS

2011 Record:

Key Players:
Victor Martinez, C; Jesus Lozano, RB; Jaylen Ruiz, DT, Sr.; ((()) Vercaba))), T, DE;

Strengths:
The Panthers will rely heavily on the defensive front seven to carry the squad. The offensive line will be led by three-year starter C Victor Martinez. QB Nick Kinder returns and has put in the work in the offseason to get better, but that doesn’t mean Panthers will air it out. They still don’t have the WRs to pass the ball and, even with the graduation of superstar RB Chris Brown, they will remain a run-heavy offense.

Notable Stats:

Quotable:
“The kids work hard, I think we’ll be OK. Obviously we’ll have to avoid injuries … it’s exciting to get started and we’ll have to see what happens.” — Anthony Ghoston, San Joaquin Memorial head coach.

SANGER APACHES

2011 Record: 4-7 (2-3)

Key Players:
Ryan Ramirez, QB, Sr.; Abraham Contreras, OL/DL; Michael Morales, DE; Chris Santos, FB/LB, Sr.; Elijah Shufford, RB/S, Sr.; Chris Torres, RB, Jr.

Strengths:
The Apaches are ready to the 4-7 2011 behind them. Senior Ryan Ramirez takes over the QB position and will be more of a rusher than a passer. The run game will also be bolstered by the transfer of RB Elijah Shufford, who transferred from Clovis North, and will give Sanger a bigger back. RB Chris Torres also returns and will be get carries. Abraham Contreras and Michael Morales will anchor the defensive line. FB/LB Chris Santos is a good character player that leads by example and gives the Apaches toughness.

Notable Stats:
Chris Torres—Rush: 244 yds, 1 TD

Quotable:
“Depth at running back and on the O-line will be our strength this year. A lot of the running backs and offensive line played a lot of football for us last year.” — Chuck Shidan, Sanger head coach.

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