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2012 Grizzlies frosh preview: Development must start in ninth grade

Posted: August 26, 2012 11:03 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 11:03 p.m.
 

Although Golden Valley freshman football went 0-10 a year ago, first-year head coach Don Hoy understands that fact means next to nothing.

“The luxury with the freshman team is that every year you have new players,” Hoy said. “It’s a clean slate. Whatever issues or things that transpired a year ago have no effect on our season.”

Ironically, perhaps nothing embodies the Grizzlies’ fresh start like Hoy’s arrival.

While new to the high school coaching ranks, Hoy’s familiarity with many of the team’s incoming players from his time as a coach in the Canyon Outlaws youth football organization made him a logical choice for the position.

Perhaps Hoy’s biggest asset is his understanding of the developmental processes that spawn good football players, a trait necessary for success in the building of a football program.

“When coaches are constantly coming and going, players aren’t able to progress properly,” Hoy said. “And that’s been part of the problem here in the past.”

Making Hoy’s transition easier is the performance of his offensive and defensive lines through summer drills. At the heart of the lines is Brian Barrera, a player who looks to bully Foothill League opponents with his strength and aggression.

Taking advantage of the solid line play should be Shane Tamura, a gifted athlete that will see the majority of the team’s carries at running back.

The Grizzlies’ offensive attack will be rounded out by Jake Gilland at wide receiver.

“We are going to battle tackle-to-tackle this season,” said Hoy, who purchased lunch pales for each player to “bring to work” before the season began. “You can expect us to leave everything on the field this season.”

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