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SCCS adding some power to its offense

Posted: August 21, 2014 10:39 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2014 10:39 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian running back DJ King, left, makes at catch during a 7-on-7 drill during practice at Canyon Country Park on Thursday. King along with junior Brody DeRevere will be the two main running backs for the Cardinals.

Last season the Santa Clarita Christian football team’s plan of attack when running the ball was to spread teams out and allow Kamron Carroll and Derek Lewis to find open spaces.

Both were successful as Carroll racked up 706 yards and seven touchdowns and Lewis rushed for 523 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Cardinals will stick with that strategy this season but have added another dimension to their run game — a power I formation to take advantage of two powerful backs in junior Brody DeRevere and senior DJ King.

“We had a couple of plays last year where we had a tight end and a fullback, but this season we felt like DJ and Brody are pretty powerful runners,” said SCCS head coach Garrick Moss. “Brody has worked all summer to be our starting running back, but DJ actually had the most yards for a running back behind Kamron and Derek. We’re going to use him as a wide tight end, h-back position and as the single back. They’re going to do a good job of sharing the load back there.”

King ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns last season as well as made 87 tackles and an interception on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker.

DeRevere rushed for 39 yards and a touchdown and had 34 tackles.

Both will be playing linebacker this season for the Cardinals and Moss thinks that they have carried that mind set over to the offensive side of the ball.

“They’re great because they aren’t afraid to throw blocks,” he said. “They’ll go blow up a middle linebacker when they’re blocking for each other. It’s hard to find true fullback-type of players, but they are strong enough, physical enough and have the desire to play the fullback spot.”

There are a lot of moving parts in the Cardinals’ offense.

Receivers don’t have set route combinations and must be on the same page as senior quarterback Jonathan Saavedra to get to the open windows.

The same concept applies to the run game, with Saavedra keying of defensive ends or tackles to decide whether to hand the ball off or keep it.

“It’s really advanced, kind of like what colleges are doing with options and choice routes, but with these guys coming back we thought we could add some complexity,” said Moss. “Our guys are very smart. So it’s a good time to transition into something a little different.”

After finishing 2-2 in the San Joaquin League and losing in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division playoffs, a little different could make a big difference.


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