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Canyon has skilled runners

Freshman team will feature two dynamic tailbacks

Posted: September 2, 2009 10:01 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Canyon’s freshman football team had a lot of success a season ago, and this year’s team might be even better.

“I like them a lot,” said head coach Cesar Arevalo. “I think we’re ahead of where we were last year. If we compare where we were two months ago to now, we are light years away from that.”

The Cowboys will be a run-oriented team this fall, with two dynamic tailbacks in Daniel Castro and Daniel Stevenson.

Arevalo described Castro as a slasher and Stevenson as a pounder, and the change of pace should keep defenses off balance as the passing game comes along.

“We have some good receivers,” Arevalo said. “We’ll have to put in our time. We’ll start off as a running team, and as we improve we’ll look at our options.”

Matt Davis and Justin Derpic could see time at quarterback this season. Arevalo said both were good game managers, but Davis sprained his medial collateral ligament at a recent practice and is still recovering.

Nick Halterman, meanwhile, will anchor both lines.

“He’s worked his way to a starting spot,” Arevalo said. “We don’t know where it is yet but he’s earned it.”

The small but aggressive Esteban Vazquez will play a key role at linebacker.

Canyon will have several two-way players, which isn’t a problem in Arevalo’s eyes.

“It helps their development because it doesn’t keep them rooted,” he said. “Kids at this age should play both sides of the ball so when they get to varsity they can find their spot.”

For now, the freshmen are focused on continuing past success.

“It’s all going to come down to what the kids do on the field,” Arevalo said.

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