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Valencia JV ahead of the curve

Vikings haven’t had issues implementing any varsity schemes

Posted: August 28, 2013 8:26 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2013 8:26 p.m.

Like most teams in the Foothill League, the Valencia Vikings junior varsity squad tries to replicate the somewhat-complicated schemes of its varsity counterpart as much as possible.

 

Like most teams in the Foothill League, the Valencia Vikings junior varsity squad tries to replicate the somewhat-complicated schemes of its varsity counterpart as much as possible.

And with sophomore quarterback Drew Rivello running the show for Valencia, the learning curve has been small.

“He’s a really smart player and he’s a competitor,” said JV head coach Curt White. “He has good leadership and has a good command of the offense, good presence as a leader. It opens up our playbook, definitely. We don’t have to keep it as simplistic as we would otherwise.”

Behind Rivello will be speedy running back Gavin Butler, whom White describes as a powerful, shifty runner who likes to hit the corner, but is just as adept at running over a would-be tackler if need be.

“He has exceptional speed,” White said. “He’s a strong kid, so he usually takes more than one person defensively to bring him down.”

Valencia also features a strong corps of wide receivers, with five players rotating into the position in Jordan Ross, Branden Butler, Brandon Brooks, Bryce Baradas and Tyson Chapman.

“They all definitely have good speed, good hands, run good routes,” White said. “They all have a really good knowledge of the offense, so that’s what we look for is that they run good routes and don’t drop the ball.”

The only point of concern for White is the offensive and defensive lines, where injuries have made it difficult to solidify a starting five throughout the summer and fall.

“It’s coming around,” he said. “It’s been kind of a musical linemen situation. It’s been a matter of trying to get the right guys in the right spots, but I think we’re finally getting to the point where we’ve got our five guys, and so they’re starting to come together now.”

Defensively, the Vikings will be led by the back end of the defense, with a strong corps of linebackers and defensive backs.

Zach Gaynor, Jermaine Brown and Chris Tcheumani will start at linebacker, with Brooks, Butler and Chapman leading the way in the defensive backfield.

Valencia will get things going with a scrimmage at St. Francis on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before opening up the regular season at Palmdale on Sept. 6 at 4 p.m.

 

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