Football capsules


CLASS 3A SOUTHERN LEAGUE

 

BOULDER CITY

Coach: Alex Kazel (first year)

2007 record: 3-7

Returning starters: Three offense, four defense

Top players: RB/LB Jeremy Smith (Sr.), TE/LB Shane Levin (Sr.), QB/K/P Jake Phillips (Sr.), WR Joey Felsenfeld (Sr.), G Tyler Ercolani (Sr.), DE Matt Causey (Sr.), CB Chris Leach (Sr.), DE/LB Alex Dillon (Sr.), SS Alex Critcher (Sr.)

Outlook: Under Kazel, the Eagles will employ new schemes on offense (single back) and defense (4-3). Twelve returning letterwinners could help smooth the transition.

 

FAITH LUTHERAN

Coach: Jacob Kothe (eighth year)

2007 record: 6-4

Returning starters: Five offense, two defense

Top players: QB/WR/DB David Sperry (Sr.), LB/TE Brett Lubbe (So.), DT Evan Newton (Jr.)

Outlook: The Crusaders have a talented but young and inexperienced group, Kothe said.

Faith Lutheran started last season 4-1 before its defense faltered, allowing a combined 83 points in its next two games.

Sperry could be one of the best all-around players in the Southern League. Last season, he rushed for 367 yards and five touchdowns, caught 22 passes for 295 yards and three scores, and threw for four touchdowns. As a defensive back, Sperry had 37 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries.

 

MOAPA VALLEY

Coach: Brent Lewis (seventh year)

2007 record: 9-3

Returning starters: Seven offense, eight defense

Top players: QB/K/P Max Jenkins (Sr.), RB/DB/KR Brad Weiss (Sr.), OL/DT Tyler Lomprey (Sr.), OL/LB Travis Ozaki (Sr.), FB/LB Jake Pearce (Jr.), DL Colby Powell (Jr.), DL Andrew Anderson (Sr.), DE Riley Staley (Sr.)

Outlook: Coming off their first Class 3A state title since 2000, the Pirates have had to do very little rebuilding.

In fact, Jenkins and Weiss have a combined seven years of starting experience in the backfield alone. Seventeen of the team's 38 players are returning lettermen.

With a nonleague schedule that includes 2007 playoff teams as Moapa Valley's first four opponents, it will be easy to get a clear picture of how strong the Pirates are early.

VIRGIN VALLEY

Coach: Kirk Hafen (18th year)

2007 record: 11-2

Returning starters: Four offense, four defense

Top players: QB Terran Leavitt (Sr.), WR Anthony Morris (Sr.), RB Colton Teerlink (Sr.), C Wyatt Robison (Sr.)

Outlook: Coming off a loss in the Class 3A state title game, the Bulldogs were hit hard by graduation.

Virgin Valley lost four starting offensive linemen and returns just eight lettermen overall.

Leavitt has moved from wideout to quarterback, where he will be surrounded with solid skill-position players in Teerlink and Morris.

"We lost so many seniors that people might be looking past us a little bit," Hafen said. "Moapa Valley's definitely the team picked to win the league. It's a huge rivalry, and we're looking to reload -- not rebuild -- this year."

 

CLASS 2A SOUTHERN LEAGUE

 

AGASSI PREP

Coach: Colt Goodman (second year)

2007 record: 5-3

Returning starters: Seven offense, eight defense

Top players: RB/DB DeVonn Porter (So.), RB/SS Bryan Beaman (So.), RB/FS Aerontay Shepherd (Sr.), RG/ILB Sam Spencer (Jr.), C/ILB Vernon Curtis (Jr.), TE/ILB Alonzo Burke (Sr.)

Outlook: The on-campus popularity of the Stars' program is booming -- 43 players came out for spring ball this year compared to only eight in 2007.

It couldn't come at a better time for Agassi Prep, which moves from eight- to 11-man play this season.

Porter and Beaman's speed will be key in running Goodman's spread option attack on offense and cover-3 zone scheme on defense.

"Speed kills, and I've got it," Goodman said.

 

CALVARY CHAPEL

Coach: Cliff Frazier (first year)

2007 record: 5-3

Returning starters: Five offense, five defense

Top players: LB/OT Matt Kinzer (Sr.), WR/CB Juliene Mejia (Sr.), G/DL Dylan Gallop (Sr.)

Outlook: As the Lions shift from eight- to 11-man football and install a new spread attack under former Basic coach Frazier, Cody Taylor and Hunter Rodriguez are in a battle for the starting quarterback role in training camp.

Kinzer has moved from center to tackle, and is "probably the most physical" player on the team, an area in which Calvary Chapel needs to improve, Frazier said.

 

THE MEADOWS

Coach: Frank DeSantis (eighth year)

2007 record: 7-4

Returning starters: Eight offense, seven defense

Top players: RB/LB Pat Kenny (Sr.), G/DT Andrew Duddlesten (Jr.), C/DT Dylan Parr (Sr.)

Outlook: Having lost just seven seniors, the Mustangs appear poised to match last season's run to the Class 2A state semifinals.

Sixteen returning lettermen could help ease freshman quarterback Gerard Martinez into the starting lineup.

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Coach: Ray LeBoeuf (third year)

2007 record: 7-3

Returning starters: Five offense, seven defense

Top players: MLB/OT Billy Paddack (Sr.), QB/LB Raymond Velarde (Sr.), C/NG Kevin Santos (Sr.), OL/LB Nate Swingle (Sr.), RB Cortland LeBoeuf (Jr.), WR Tanner Peterson (Sr.)

Outlook: One year after making their first playoff appearance, the Saints are on the move to 11-man football.

Much of Mountain View's success will be tied to Paddack, who is being recruited by several Mountain West Conference schools and a handful of Western Athletic Conference and Pac-10 programs. The 2007 Class 1A Southern League Defensive Player of the Year rang up 114 tackles last season.

 

CLASS 1A SOUTHERN LEAGUE

 

HENDERSON INTERNATIONAL

Coach: Brett Price (first year)

2007 record: None

Returning starters: None

Top players: RB/WR Jay Sutorious (Fr.), RB/WR/KR Keenan Gladd-Brown (Fr.), OL Cole Fouch (Fr.), OL Jonathon Dapper (Sr.), QB Nick Powell (So.), OL Callison Rivera (Fr.), LB Charles Pachas (Fr.), LB Brandon Harrison (Fr.), DB David Toms (Fr.), DL Michael Sutorious (Fr.)

Outlook: Twelve of the Wolverines' 16 players are freshmen, and with the team playing mostly junior varsity opponents this season, the goal is to build for a full varsity schedule in 2009.

 

INDIAN SPRINGS

Coach: Sope Faga (15th year)

2007 record: 7-3

Returning starters: Six offense, five defense

Top players: RB/ILB/K Derek Oliver (Sr.), OL/DL Roger Atchley (Sr.)

Outlook: The Thunderbirds should have excellent play along the line of scrimmage, which will be key as sophomore quarterback Adam Reinke begins his first year as a starter.

"He throws a good, tight spiral and knows the (pro set) offense," Faga said of Reinke. "We expect some good things out of him."

Indian Springs has had one of its "better camps in years," and should be in the mix to contend for a Class 1A state title, Faga said.

 

LAUGHLIN

Coach: Jason Leonard (third year)

2007 record: 4-5

Returning starters: Four offense, four defense

Top players: RB/MLB Allen Layno (Sr.), QB/OLB Corey Cook (Jr.), LG/DT Michael Johnson (Jr.), RG/DT John Little (Jr.), TE/DE/S Christian Kruse (Jr.)

Outlook: As a Class 1A independent, the Cougars are ineligible for the playoffs this season, but Leonard is optimistic about the program's direction.

Depth could be an issue on the offensive line, where the Cougars need to "get back to the basics," Leonard said.

 

SANDY VALLEY

Coach: John Craddock (second year)

2007 record: 0-9

Returning starters: Two offense, two defense

Top players: RB/S Conner Luther (So.), C/NG Joaquin Mojica (Sr.), RB/LB Chasen Young (So.), RB/S Brandon Knipp (Jr.), MLB/TE Patrick Hartung (So.)

Outlook: Entering their second year as a program, the Sidewinders hope to pick up their first-ever win at Henderson International on Friday.

Junior Andrew Arista and freshman Ryan Hagen are in a battle for the starting quarterback job.

Three of Sandy Valley's 12 players were injured during training camp, Craddock said.

 

SPRING MOUNTAIN

Coach: Aaron Masden (first year)

2007 record: 5-4

Returning starters: None

Outlook: Because all Eagles players are part of the Clark County Department of Juvenile Justice Services, the program never has returning players. Most players typically spend no more than six months in the program.

Spring Mountain will try for its first postseason appearance since 2005.

 

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