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Prep football: Depth not an issue for frosh

Valencia has about 20 more kids out than last season

Posted: September 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

If the Valencia freshman football team struggles this season, it won’t be for lack of depth.

As other schools in the valley struggle with dropping participation numbers, the Vikings have about 20 more kids suiting up for them than last season.

Further helping the Vikings’ cause this year will be the emergence of running back Stone Jackson, who will take over a position that was largely patched together last season.

“He’s not flashy, but he’s a tough, hard-nosed runner, which is great at the freshman level,” said head coach Kevin Kornegay. “Last year, we didn’t have a running back. We had to find some kids that can get it done, but this kid, I’m excited to get us more of a balanced approach.”

And balance should help Valencia improve on last year’s 4-6 effort that saw the Vikings lose many close games in which they were hurt by their lack of a running game.

The Vikings averaged 28 passes per game last season, according to Kornegay.

This season, Valencia has improved on its lines, where it started three converted wide receivers last season offensively, Kornegay said.

Logan Selan, Tyler Lyons and Tyler Bjorklund will anchor the line. The trio will try and open holes for Jackson and pass protect for new quarterback Ethan Yoo.

“He’s kind of a versatile kid. He can run and throw and he’s a smart kid,” Kornegay said. “All the kind of qualities you’re looking for in a quarterback.”

Defensively, the Vikings will be led by linebacker Josh Semko and defensive backs Joseph Ordaz and Matt Spham.

New to the team is Jonathan Porter, who walked on during the first week of classes and has already made an impact despite playing catch-up.

“He’s our No. 2 quarterback, may play some corner, may play some wide receiver. He gives us some versatility,” Kornegay said.

As the season approaches, the Vikings will continue to work on their balanced offense, hoping for success, despite a challenging schedule.

“I think we’re going to be really competitive, I’m excited,” Kornegay said. “We’ve got a tough schedule: Loyola, Notre Dame, Chaminade and (the Foothill League) is always tough.”

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