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Delhi High Preview

Delhi High Preview

Seniors Ryan Saavedra and Bryan Medel must protect sophomore quarterback Garret Thomas this season as the Hawks chase their first post-season appearance.

POSTED September 10, 2012 10:51 a.m.

2011 Record: 4-3 SAL, 6-4 Overall

Head Coach: Rod McCombs (4th year)

Assistants: Joe Cantu, Erik Martinez, Don Blankenship

Top Returners: Joseph Cantu, Ryan Saavedra, Bryan Medel, Corey Figuerroa

Newcomers: Garret Thomas, Sergio Hernandez, Ivan Macias, Jose Martinez

Like other small schools in the Southern Athletic League, Delhi High enters this season with limited Varsity experience and low numbers. Thankfully for the Hawks, the few returning starters reside in the backfield; and important fact when you consider Delhi runs the ball 90% of the time.

Joseph Cantu returns as Delhi’s ace but Ryan Saavedra and Corey Figuerroa will also be major contributors to the Hawk offense. Senior Saavedra lines up at fullback again this season, using considerable size and strength to both run the ball and clear a path for teammates like Figuerroa whose speed and agility will be a much needed compliment to Cantu.

Bryan Medel, the last of the returning starters for Delhi, anchors an offensive line that is both inexperienced and in some cases undersized due to its cast of sophomores. In total, five sophomores have been moved up to fill starting positions including quarterback Garret Thomas. Although this season marks the first time Thomas has played quarterback at the high school level, Head Coach Rod McCombs is confident he will be able to execute as he will be asked to use his feet more so than his arm.

Cantu, Saavedra, and Figuerroa will also lead Delhi’s defense. Saavedra and sophomore Sergio Hernandez constitute the defensive core at the inside linebacker position and Cantu rounds out the rush defense at outside linebacker. Figuerroa’s role in the defensive backfield is crucial as the Hawks must defend the pass, last season’s weak point, if they are to contend with and SAL title of playoff berth.

Delhi is counting on the enthusiasm of younger players to offset the lack of senior leadership as it hunts post-season dreams. With sophomores starting at nearly every position on the field the Hawks will have to grasp the game plan early to both perform to expectations and avoid injury, specifically at the quarterback position.

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