This district has the most heavyweights and will provide the most fireworks week in and week out. All these contenders have good programs that are trying to continue that winning tradition. I can really see several of these teams making some noise come playoff time
#1 Del Valle- Has really established themselves as the front runner to defend their crown in 2018.Return several key pieces on offense and defense to include 1-5a co mvp’s Montez and Gardiner. QB Montez should be able to put up big numbers as he will have top receivers Gardiner, Cortez and Rendon. On the rushing attack there will be dual threat QB Montez along with Galindo that will contribute.Defense will be led by linebacker Perez and ball hawk Gardiner as well as Oropeza. They have the edge and fire power returning to make a deep playoff run. They should have a number of JV and freshmen players that could potentially make a big impact as both those units were successful in their seasons.
#2 Chapin -This Program hs been know to reload everybyear however they do return key pieces to build around utility player Mckeever. Running backs Silva and Cambra will complement that offense. On defense they return several key players to include linebackers Saenz and Rodriguez both young but experiences, DB Williams, DL McKnight, and DT Levea. No doubt that defense brings perhaps the most experience back and will be a mainstay in a district with several explosive offenses.
#3 Eastwood- Coach Lopez and Company get a much needed break from 6a, but will see that this new 5a is no cake walk. Castenada will be at the helm and will have running back Rios and reciever Cruz to lead that offense. On defense they will rely on linebackers Murillo and Perez. It shall be seen in the spring who will help make up the rest of the puzzle to that high octane offense.
#4 Eastlake- Will look to build around a young nucleus. Will look at QB Kirtley and RB Donacio to lead the way. WR Donacio should emerge as threat as well. Pinero will anchor a young defense. If they can grow up quick they will be fine
#4 El Dorado- Will not only fall from 6a, but will struggle to make the playoffs. For the first time in this coaching staffs tenure they will not have Mr. Do it all Cedarious. This program failed to develop young players at each level and now their true colors will show. They will rely on running back Davis, but will need to find a QB to throw to Gianni and Milian as quickly as possible. On defense will build around Gonzalez.
#6 Bel Air- they really have stepped up there game recently just very unfortunate on the luck of the draw this time around s with this new district. Will definitely be a rebuilding year for Bel Air.
Overall MVP- Montez-Del Valle
Offensive- McKeever- Chapin
Co Defensive-McKnight-Chapin and Perez-Del Valle
Will Montez get some D1 attention like his brother? What type of stats will he put up with those explosive receivers? How deep of a playoff run can they make?
What defense will be able to shutdown these high octane offenses? Chapin or Del Valle will take on that task?
How many teams can make it past the second round?
Hopefully this district produces several division 1 players along with memorable games.
Very nice breakdown