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SWC Jaguars kick off defense of conference, JC bowl game titles Phillip Brents | Fri, Aug 30 2013 11:31 AM

The Southwestern College football team will open defense of its Mountain Conference and American Division Conference Bowl championship titles when the Jaguars kick off the 2013 community college football season Sept. 7 with a non-conference game against West Los Angeles at Olympian High School.

Consistency will be key to further success, according to head coach Ed Carberry, who returns for his seventh season at SWC.

That applies to the team’s coaching staff as well as its playing talent.

“We have our coaching staff that returns nearly intact — this makes practice, game planning and game decision-making easier and more effective,” Carberry noted.

Defensive coordinator Junior Monarrez begins his fourth season —11th overall at SWC. He will be joined on the defensive coaching staff by Travis Crawford (defensive backs), Clyde Logan (linebackers), Guy Richaduli (defensive backs), George Jackson(defensive line) and Jamil Reymore (defensive line).

The team’s offensive coaching staff includes Shayne Ganz (offensive line), Karl Danielson (offensive line), Pete Tauvela (running backs and recruiting coordinator), Brad Carter (receivers and university placement coordinator) and Drew Westling (quarterbacks).

SWC led the state in offensive production in 2012 — one of the reasons the team finished 10-1 last season. The Jags’ powerhouse offense could not be stopped in last year’s bowl game, producing 28 second-half points in overcoming a 23-17 deficit against Santa Monica to win 45-31.

The Jags finished the season No. 1 in the state in total offense and points per game last year. Southwestern averaged 359.7 passing yards per game and 199.3 rushing yards per game in 2012.

However, much of that potent offense will need to be replaced in 2013 as players have moved on to four-year universities.

It does help that the team returns its two MVPs from last year’s bowl game victory: sophomore quarterback Frank Foster (Valhalla) and sophomore running back Charles Westbrook (Coronado).

Carberry refers to Foster, the team’s Offensive Player of the Game of last year’s bowl game victory, as “the unquestioned leader” of the team’s offensive unit.

Foster led the Jags on four touchdown drives in last year’s bowl game win, including two in the fourth quarter. He played in rotation with teammate Brett Nelson (now at the University of Louisville).

Carberry noted that Foster led all quarterbacks in Southern California in pass-completion percentage.

Vying with Foster for playing time at the position will be Nate Long (Mission Bay), Ricky Esteves (Chula Vista) and Luis Perez (Otay Ranch).

Carberry said that live scrimmage action “will determine the backup and their in-season playing time.” 

Westbrook turned in a 200-yard rushing performance in last year’s bowl game victory, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a four-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. He finished the regular season with 573 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.

Carberry noted that three other running backs are in the hunt for playing time: Dominque Canez (Otay Ranch) Cedrick Agyeman (Dodge City, Kan.) and returner Junior Nemorin (East Bay, Tampa, Fla.).

Despite losing four of five players on the offensive line to scholarships, Carberry said the key front blocking unit still will “return a lot of experience.”

Andres Perez (Bonita Vista) is the team’s top returner at right guard. The SWC coach stated that Perez has the size (6-3, 305 pounds) has the size, strength and academics to be a Division I college offensive lineman.

Lafaele Pasello (Castle, Hawaii), Vince Salinas (Horizon Christian) and Kevin Bowen (Helix) began training camp as the team’s other starters up front, with freshman big man Ram Samuels (Chula Vista) pressing them for playing time, Carberry sized up.

Freshmen John Boyd (Valhalla), Adam Aguon (Sweetwater) and Puletini Leuluso (Radford, Hawaii) have all shown great promise at the tight end position, according to the SWC sideline boss. 

Carberry termed his team’s receiver corps “deep and talented.” Foster and Co. should have no shortage of targets there.

Rashad Ridley (San Diego) and Cameron Lee (Helix Charter) both bring experience to the position but the SWC coach expects the two veteran players will be pushed by newcomer Kevin Mills (Valhalla).

Mills scored two touchdowns in July’s Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic for the victorious South team.

Marcus Harris (Birmingham, Van Nuys) and Jason Gaines (Christian) also return from last season’s team. Harris made five interceptions in 2012 while seeing duty on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Meanwhile, Carberry noted that former San Diego Caver star Khari Kimbrough has made the transition from quarterback to receiver, adding to the talented mix that also includes freshmen Chris Kelly (Clairemont) and David Eguiza (Eastlake).

“There are numerous other receivers who will have to make their move when the contact starts,” the SWC coach said.

Sophomore linebacker Jeremy Burgos (Notre Dame, Ill.) returns to head the Jags as the 2012 Mountain Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Unanimous first team all-conference and first team all-state middle linebacker Khaalid Abdullah (Mount Miguel) also returns.

As stellar as both were last season, the best may yet to be seen. “Both have had incredible strength and size gains in the off- season,” Carberry said.

Freshman linebacker Blake Wilson (Eastlake) has been an impressive addition to the team that also includes fellow freshmen linebackers Santana Leomiti (Olympian) and Nick Galatis (Clairemont).

Carberry noted that Leomiti and Galatis are “both big hitters” who collected more than 100 tackles in high school. 

In fact, it’s becoming apparent that defense might be Southwestern’s forte in 2013.

At 6-5 and 320 pounds, pre-season All-American Alphonso Hampton (Morse) returns to anchor the interior of the defensive line. 

The Jags coach called Hampton a “giant with exceptional quickness.”

“Hampton showed great promise as a freshman and is ready to reach his potential,” Carberry said.

Returner Jalal Yousofzai (Washington, Ariz.) led the conference in sacks last season while veteran Richard Thorne (Mission Bay) is back for this third year with the Jags. 

Carberry did note that the team’s secondary is, as he puts it, “a work in progress” with that area, the SWC coach said, “having the least amount of returning players.”

Sophomores Daniel Castro (Sweetwater) Kiman Edwards (West Branch) and David Clark (Serra) appear to be the early front-runners.

“The competition will heat up during camp,” Carberry promised.

Special teams

Place-kickers include freshman Anthony Herrera from State Bowl champion Madison along with Billy Bechtel (Otay Ranch) and Van Saban (Helix). Punters include Juan Luna (Castle Park), Ryan Miguel (Bonita Vista) and Saban. 

Nemorin, Ridley, Lee and Agyeman are the leading punt/kick return candidates, according to the SWC coach.

“With 20 linebackers on the roster the coverage teams should be outstanding,” Carberry said.

What should it all add up to? Barring a spate of unforeseen injuries, the Jaguars look to be building on an already firm foundation.

Is Southwestern the best JC team in San Diego County? A Sept. 21 home game against Palomar could decide that. The Jags also play local rival San Diego Mesa at SDMCC on Oct. 19.

This year’s championship bowl game is scheduled Nov. 23. Is it too early to buy tickets?

Extra points
Southwestern capped last year’s American Division Conference Bowl championship with an eight-game winning streak to set a single-season school record with 10 wins.

The Jaguars racked up 568 total offensive yards — 317 passing and 251 rushing. Foster threw for 140 passing yards in the contest while Abdullah (Mt. Miguel) led SWC with 10 tackles on defense.


7: Southwestern vs. West Los Angeles at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
14: Southwestern at Los Angeles Valley, 6 p.m.
21: Southwestern vs. Palomar at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
28: Southwestern at San Bernardino Valley, 6 p.m.
5: Southwestern vs. East Los Angeles at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
12: Bye
19: Southwestern at San Diego Mesa, 6 p.m.
26: Southwestern vs. Compton at Olympian High School, 6 p.m.
2: Southwestern at Mt. San Jacinto, 1 p.m.
9: Southwestern at Victor Valley, 1 p.m.
16: Southwestern vs. Chaffey at Olympian High School. 6 p.m.

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