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2012 Cowboys JV preview: New players, new challenges

Posted: August 23, 2012 10:37 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 10:37 p.m.
 

Last season, a talented and disciplined group of players led Canyon junior varsity football to an impressive 9-1 record.

This year, the team is starting from a different launching point entirely, as Cowboys JV head coach Cesar Arevalo inherits the nucleus of a team that went just 1-2-2 in the Foothill League at the freshman level.

“It’s my job to get these kids ready for varsity,” Arevalo said. “At Canyon, there is obviously that high level of expectation, and even though these kids definitely need some shoring up, there is a talented roster here.”

According to the coaching staff, the Cowboys have been showing marked improvement in their physicality this summer.

One player who has come a long way since last year is lineman John Chemmo.

“John’s a pretty big guy who was probably told that he had to watch his strength as a kid,” Arevalo said. “We are starting to teach him that while that’s true, he can be as aggressive as he wants out here on the field.”

Chemmo and company will be entrusted with protecting the team’s freshman quarterback, Race Ludwig.

Due to transfers out of the program and a general lack of depth at the position, the Cowboys elected to give Ludwig the nod as the team’s signal caller.

“Race is a smart kid with a nice set of tools,” said Arevalo. “He’s a lefty with a big arm and a ton of experience at the youth level, and we are hoping that experience allows him to step in and be successful right away.”

On defense, linebacker Jordan Sykes will help round out the team’s front seven.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, a late cancellation by Morningside has left the team without a week 0 opponent, allowing less game preparation for a league season in which the team hopes to correct last year’s mistakes.

“They haven’t seemed really affected by it,” Arevalo said. “And in the long run, this team will be fine if it starts believing in its own talent and playing as a collective group.”

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