Schurr retools offense

first_img “Sure, it was great to have Jesse here, and it’s tough to lose someone like him,” Dick said. “You can’t really replace him, but we’re moving on, and our goals are the same as they have been each year. “We want to win a (league) championship, our first goal, and then work hard to try to win a CIF championship. It’s not like there’s anything that needs to be fixed. The program is in good shape.” Conversations about Schurr High School’s football program the past two seasons pretty much revolved around Jesse Ramirez, the pint-sized running back who rewrote the Spartans’ record book in leading them to back-to-back Almont League championships. Ramirez and his 4,926 yards and 71 touchdowns are gone, as is head coach Mike Mayoral, who retired. Elvin Dick, the Spartans’ offensive line coach the past three seasons, takes over the reins and Steven Cano will try to fill Ramirez’s shoes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Schurr returns seven starters, four of them on offense, and should benefit from what Dick calls “a lot of returning players at skilled positions and three starting linemen.” He said his philosophy about whether to rely on the run or pass “depends on what types of kids we have.” “Last year, we ran the ball more,” Dick said. “This year, I think we can throw it a little better, so we may be more balanced. We lost a couple of key linemen, so we might not be quite as strong up front.” Cano, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior, started at free safety last season and also saw limited time as Ramirez’s back-up. Cano did find time to rush for 160 yards against Walnut when Ramirez was sidelined by an injury in the second round of the CIF playoffs. Newcomer Joseph Orduno, a 5-10, 180-pound junior up from the junior varsity, will step in at quarterback. center_img “He really dedicated himself this summer to learn the offense,” Dick said. “He has a good arm, he’s more of a pocket passer, and he still has to prove himself. He doesn’t have great speed, but he moves well enough for us to move the pocket a little now and then.” Senior center Jesus Norona (5-8, 215) heads a list of returning wide bodies up front that includes three players tipping the scale at 300 pounds or better: Michael Diaz (senior, OT/DE, 6-4, 304), Philip Garcia (senior, O/DL, 6-7, 315) and Chad Brown (senior, OL, 6-4, 305). Other key returners include Richard Duran (junior, O/DL, 5-10, 230), Julian De La Hay (junior, WR/CB, 5-8, 165) and Art Castellanos (senior, CB/WR, 5-8, 165). Matt Alvarez (senior, FB/LB, 5-10, 190) and James Robledo (junior, O/DL, 5-10, 225) join Orduno as impressive newcomers up from the junior varsity. Dick also singled out Rudy Jordan (sophomore, CB/RB, 5-6, 160), who is up from the freshman team. “Our No. 1 goal is simple,” Dick said. “We want to improve every day and see where it takes us.” — 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!last_img

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