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2012 Indians JV preview: Linebackers lead the way

Posted: August 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Compared to relying on Hart’s usual fast-paced, high-scoring offense, the 2012 junior varsity football team’s strength is on the defensive side of the ball.

“Our defense hits hard and is going to be tough this season,” said head coach Dan Cota. “Especially our linebackers.”
Led by Thomas Bito, Joseph Bilbo and Devin Currie, the Indian linebacking corps highlights a strong defense that appears it will be tough to score on in the fall.

“All three guys love to hit and are going to bring it on every play,” Cota said.

Hart will also count on a strong secondary to shut down the oppositions’ receiving targets with impact players such as Blake Fall, Shawn Wolven, Jacob Shore and Gabe Salcedo.

Applying pressure on opposing quarterbacks will also be a big component for the Indians on defense as Ethan Quinn, Raymond Calles, Devin Norton, and Levy McIndoe make up a defensive line that Cota calls “very fast and athletic.”

On the offensive side of the ball, a battle for the starting quarterback position is still going as Taylor Todd and Isaac Dominguez compete with the regular season quickly approaching.

At running back, Cota will use linebackers Bito and Bilbo as the primary ball carriers as the Indians face the challenges of a lack of depth at the skill positions.

Defensive linemen Quinn, Calles, and Norton will also be used on offense as they join Stephen Simon IV and Martin Zdimal to round out the offensive line.

“I want to see my team play fundamentally sound and apply everything we taught them on the field,” Cota said.

Hart finished 2011 with a record of 7-3, and it look to improve on that when they open up the season on the road at Tesoro in Rancho Santa Margarita on August 31.

“We want to keep improving everyday, but our main goal is to win league every season,” Cota said.


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