enter the 2015 football season with high expectations and plenty of talent to
compete for the American Mountain League Championship. Head Coach Casey Mazzotta has a nice mix of
veteran players to go with a new crop of talented freshmen.
offensive side of the ball MSJC will have to replace running back Eddy
Williams, who led the state in rushing last season with 1098 yards and
quarterback Zach Chesser who passed for nearly 1,700 yards, but Mazzotta feels
like they have the guys to do it. Jake
Newton a freshman from Paloma Valley will take over the reins at
quarterback. Newton threw for 787 yards
as a senior last year and 7 touchdowns.
Freshmen Don’yae Hopkins and Carl Williams along with returner David Mayaka
will shoulder most of the load early in the season out of the backfield. Vanel Dossous returns at wide out for the
Eagles after coming on strong in conference play last year for MSJC. Dossous had 32 catches on the season with all
but 1 coming in conference competition.
Marlon Archer also returns to be a pass catching threat and West Valley
grad Elijah Brown gives MSJC depth at receiver.
Coach Mazzotta calls the offensive line, “A young talented hard working
group”. “I think we will be able to run
the ball, and then control the ball with our passing game.”
defensive unit also has big shoes to fill with the graduation of the American
Mountain Conference defensive player of the year Johnny Williams, but MSJC has
a strong and experienced group up front.
Returning starters Phillip Napoleon, George Obialo, and Wesley Scott
give the defensive line three very high level players to anchor the defense. Obialo was third on the team in tackles a
year ago with 53 and Scott and Napoleon were tied for second with 5.5 sacks a
piece. “Our strength up front will make
it easier for our linebackers and secondary to do their jobs”, added
Mazzotta. At linebacker Chris Whitfield
and John Hauso headline the returners while the coaching staff is looking
forward to seeing many of the freshmen in action including another West Valley
alum Darwin Anderson. C.J. Parker and
Jovan Gooden are the most experienced defensive backs returning for the Eagles
and they will be joined by Humbolt State transfer London Miller and a host of
freshmen led by safety Lee Johnson.
Gonzalez a freshman from Valley View High School will handle the kicking and
punting duties for the Eagles. Overall
Mazzotta feels good about the year, “I’m very optimistic, we are young but we
are talented and coachable.” “I think
throughout the year we will continue to learn and get better, our sights are
set on a conference title.”
The MSJC football team will kick off the 2015 season on Saturday when they host Antelope Valley College at Carl Quandt Stadium on the San Jacinto Campus. Game time is 1 pm.