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Two goals for Canyon JV

League championship is in Cowboys’ sights

Posted: August 27, 2013 8:01 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2013 8:01 p.m.
 

Canyon junior varsity head coach Frank Nelson has two goals for his team this season.

“Our goals are to be league champions and to prepare the guys for varsity football,” Nelson said.

As freshmen last season, the majority of the JV team finished in third place with a 6-4 overall record at the lower level in 2012.

Nelson coached the freshman last season, and how now moved up to JV with the team.

“Last year we had a lot of first-year players. In my experience, the biggest improvement of players comes between their first and second year.

One player that has shown such improvement is quarterback Jack Pinkston, who Nelson says worked very hard over the summer.

Pinkston’s improvement should be further aided by a strong receiving corps that includes D.J. Ramirez — who led the freshmen team in receiving a season ago — Bryce Houck, Dennys Cardona and transfer Markeill Taylor.

The Cowboys won’t be one-dimensional, however, as Nelson wants to “mix it up” offensively with running backs Rashad Singletary, Dylan Nelson and Ricky Aguilera.

Canyon isn’t as deep at every position, though.

“We don’t have a great deal of depth on the offensive and defensive line,” Nelson said. “Our skill positions and our linebackers and secondary have more depth.”

Some of that linebacker and secondary depth is provided by defensive back Adan Escamilla and linebackers Chris Morris and Petey Carrillo.

Nelson thinks his team has improved, but he knows that their schedule, which includes Westlake and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (not to mention their league schedule) will be more challenging than last season.

But even if the tough schedule keeps Canyon from Nelson’s first goal, it should help them reach his second.

“(JV) is about getting players ready for Friday night football,” Nelson said.

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