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Decisions still to be made for West Ranch freshman

Quarterback battling ongoing for ’Cats at the freshman level

Posted: August 24, 2013 9:07 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2013 9:07 p.m.


Just like the varsity team, the West Ranch freshman will be led by a new head coach this season.

Sean Delaney is in his first year with the Wildcats’ program and it seems that he has learned as much about the new West Ranch culture as his players.

“It’s been interesting, trying to learn a new system, new kids, new school and new way of doing things,” Delaney said. “It’s been kind of hectic, but it’s been fun.”

With less than a week before their first game, the Wildcats are still in a quarterback battle. Delaney says that two players, Wyatt Eget and Zach Hefferman, are both capable players, but that he plans to name one starter.

At the running back position, West Ranch has plenty of options. Coby Garcia, Paul Riccio, Tyler Walsh and Gabe Garcia should all see time on the field.

Austin Hernandez leads a deep group of receivers and tight ends that includes Joey Innoulo, Rory Mita, Aiden Jackson and Tristin Georgio.

“Hernandez is going to be a huge receiver for us,” Delaney said. “(He’s) a great kid, a lot of talent.”

At offensive line, which is usually a question for young teams, the Wildcats have a solid group of starters. Ranea Valles, Matt Padilla and Taggert Barton will all be important players on the line.

On defense, West Ranch is looking for big things out of hard-hitting safety Adam Julio.

The Wildcats also have a group of two-way players that will star on defense. Coby Garcia will join Julio in the secondary, while Georgio and Riccio should be top linebackers.

Filling out the defense, defensive end Mark McClafferty and defensive tackle D.J. McDonald head the defensive line.

The Wildcats open their season on Aug. 29 at Hawthorne High.



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