2016 Foothill Football Capsule
An experienced offensive line should be key for Foothill’s football team this fall.
August 24, 2016 - 10:31 pm
League: Class 4A Southeast
Head coach: Marty Redmond, 12th season (69-51)
2015 record: 6-4 (2-2 Southeast League, third)
Returning starters: Six offense, six defense
Base offensive set: Multiple – Spread
Base defensive set: 3-4
Top offensive players: WR Brandon Hargis (Sr.); OL Jackson Reynolds (Sr.); OL Austin Czarnecki (Sr.); OL Jake Broyles (Sr.); OL Austin Evers (Sr.)
Top defensive players: OLB Kealii Maruyama (Sr.); ILB Justin Dunlap; CB Marquise Jerkins (Sr.); OLB Jared Ables (Jr.); OLB Harrison Read (Jr.)
Key losses: RB Justice Jackson; WR/DB Devin Smith; QB Devon Mueller
Outlook: High school football teams often go as far as their offensive line can take them. Redmond hopes that’s the case with his squad, as the Falcons return four experienced linemen in Reynolds, Czarnecki, Broyles and Evers.
All weigh at least 240 pounds, and the group provides a solid foundation for the offense.
Replacing Jackson, who rushed for 1,442 yards and 23 TDs, will be difficult. But Hargis (28 catches, 613 yards, 6 TDs) gives the team a big-play threat.
The Falcons also return a strong corps of linebackers led by Ables, who was the team’s top tackler as a sophomore with 70.
Read (55 tackles), Dunlap (55) tackles) and Maruyama (53 tackles) also were among the team’s defensive leaders last season.
“A strong offensive line and experienced linebacking corps will anchor this year’s team,” Redmond said.