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2012 Indians frosh preview: Balance is needed to continue progress

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

With last year’s starting quarterback Brady White now at the varsity level, the Hart freshman football team has some holes it needs to fill in 2012.

The 2011 team finished 10-0, but head coach Joe McKeon believes this year’s team is just as capable of claiming back-to-back Foothill League titles.

“We’ve got a well-balanced group with a bunch of size and athleticism,” McKeon said. “Our quarterback play has been good this summer, but it all starts on the offensive and defensive lines.”

Christian Rothwell, Dallas Coffey and Mason Lee are just some of the talented offensive and defensive linemen Hart will be featuring in the fall.

At the top of the list of priorities for the offensive line heading into the season is to protect its starting quarterback Charlie Masino.

Masino is given the tough job of replacing White, but McKeon is confident in his quarterback’s abilities to lead a balanced offensive attack.

“Charlie has done very well this summer in passing league, and has shown a good understanding of our complicated system,” McKeon said. “Ultimately, we want to be balanced in both pass and run situations.”

With his great combination of size and speed, Nelson James is expected to be an impact player as he enters the season as Hart’s primary ball carrier.

Wide receiver Dom Carillo is another impact player who the Indians hope can connect with Masino to provide big plays in the passing game.

“Carillo is one of those players who just loves the game,” McKeon said. “He’s going to give you all he’s got on both sides of the ball.”

At strong safety, Carillo is one of the players coaches expect to do big things on the defensive side of the football as well.

Hart will also feature a strong linebacker corps in the fall.

Led by Jack McKeon, Christopher Sioussat, and Noah Alvarez, the linebackers embody the hard-hitting, nose-for-the-football, and leave-everything on-the-field mentality coach McKeon preaches on a daily basis.

“We coach the kids to play hard from the moment the ball is snapped till the end of the whistle,” McKeon said. “Our goal is to become a better football team today than the day before.”

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