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Changes abound for SWC Jaguars in 2012 Phillip Brents | Wed, Sep 05 2012 05:17 PM

The 2012 community college football season for the Southwestern College Jaguars will be on one of many changes, according to head coach Ed Carberry.

The most significant change will be not having a dedicated home venue on campus. DeVore Stadium, the team’s home for 50 years, is undergoing major renovation with the building of a four-story field house that will define the future for the school’s football program.

Until construction (and the installation of a new playing field) is completed next year, the Jaguars will play their home games at Olympian High School. Home games remain at 6 p.m.

Besides a new playing venue this season, Southwestern will also be seeing a new slate of opponents by returning to the Southern California Football Association’s Mountain Conference. This marks the fourth time in the last eight years the Jags will change conferences.

Southwestern earned a state bowl berth as a member of the Mountain Conference in 2008.

The Jags finished 4-6 overall in 2011, 0-5 in the Central East Conference.

This year’s Mountain Conference opponents include Chaffey, Compton, East Los Angeles, Mt. San Jacinto, San Bernardino Valley, San Diego Mesa and Victor Valley. The Jags’ three non-league games will be against West Los Angeles, Los Angeles Valley and Palomar.

The Jags offense will again feature a spread offense with a zone option running game, according to Carberry.

Sophomore quarterback Brett Nelson (St. Francis Pasadena) returns after starting all 10 games in 2011. The six-foot-four, 220-pound signal-caller finished with just under 1,700 total yards. Nelson passed for 1,639 yards and 11 touchdowns and tacked on three rushing scores.

Recruits Frank Foster (Valhalla) and Austin Denson (Coronado) are both competing for the starting position. Foster threw for 2,487 yards and accounted for 39 touchdowns in 2011 (27 passing and 12 rushing) while Denson led the Islanders to the San Diego Section Division IV semifinals, passing for 2,061 yards and 24 TDs.

Sophomore running back Pat Mitchell (Morse) started in three games last year and rushed for more than 100 yards in each game. Fellow sophomore Tyler Anderson (Silverado Las Vegas) returns to football after a red- shirt year and a season running track to improve his speed. 

The SWC offensive line returns two starters: sophomore Michael Chance (Mission Bay) and six-foot-five, 365-pound giant Jason Perez (Montgomery). 

Carberry noted his team is deep at the wide receiver position with returning starter Rashad Greene (Daytona Beach), freshman Bryant Mitchell (Mt. Miguel), a 6-8 high jumper, six-foot-five sophomore tight ends Myles Paul and Miguel Hodges (both from Castle Park) and six-foot-five tight end Victor Perez, a standout at Chula Vista High School who initially played at Southwestern before transferring to Eastern Kentucky.

Cameron Lee, a four-year varsity starter from 2011 State Bowl champion Helix, will play on both sides of the ball while fellow Highlander grad Kene Anigbogu will compete for a starting position.

Carberry said the Jags’ “strong suit” features the team’s defensive line in a 4-2-5 formation. That includes red-shirt sophomore defensive end Carlos Murana (Morse) and true sophomore Jamil Raimore (Eastbay/Florida).  Fellow freshman defensive tackles Mike Molina (Chula Vista) and Sean Fuimaono (Bonita Vista) also look promising up front, the SWC coach said.

The linebacker corps includes freshman bounce back Kaahlid Abdullah (Mt. Miguel) and returning starter Jake Kemp  (Bonita Vista).  Newcomer Jeremy Burgos (Notre Dame) had a great spring at the rover position.  The secondary returns two players with starting experience: Kellen De la Rosa and Jonathan King (both from Bonita Vista).  Bounce back Eddie Vega (Eastlake/Ft. Lewis, Colo.) has come out of the summer as a starter.

Special teams

Proven all-conference performers comprise the Jags’ kicking game, Carberry said.  First team all-state kicker from 2010 Chris Navarro (Eastlake) returns after a red-shirt year.  Last year, both place-kicker Jovan Gonzales (Olympian) and punter Nathan Drum (Bonita Vista) earned all-conference honors.

Carberry said sophomore snapper Brandon Jones (Christian Life Academy) is where it all starts.

Southwestern Jaguars 
2012 Schedule

1: Southwestern at West Los Angeles, 1 p.m.
8: Los Angeles Valley vs. Southwestern at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
15: Southwestern vs. Palomar at Escondido High School, 6 p.m.
22: San Bernardo Valley vs. Southwestern at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
29: Southwestern at East Los Angeles, 6 p.m.
13: San Diego Mesa vs. Southwestern at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
20: Southwestern at Compton, 1 p.m.
27: Mt. San Jacinto vs.  Southwestern at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
3: Victor Valley vs. Southwestern at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
10: Southwestern at Chaffey, 6 p.m.

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