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Golden Valley JV football preview: Familiar face at forefront

Like varsity, a Tamura will be leaned on

Posted: August 23, 2013 9:33 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2013 9:33 p.m.

Just like the varsity squad, the Golden Valley junior varsity team will be expecting big things from a Tamura this season.

In this case it’s younger brother Shane.

Tamura is the biggest weapon for the Grizzles on offense and will see time at both running back and receiver. Head coach Mike Edwards says that Tamura is the most athletically gifted player on the team.

“He’s a kid that is super athletic. If he was a little bit bigger I think he’d be on varsity.” Edwards said.

Joining Tamura at the helm of the offense is quarterback Victor Corona. Edwards talked about being comfortable with two kids at the quarterback position, Corona and Nathan Ray, but that Corona is definitely the top guy.

Also playing running back will be Justice Onu and Brian Barrera, who also plays a very important role as a starter on defense.

Filling out the skill positions, William Lahn and Brian Lytle will receive most of the snaps at tight end, while Lucas Leppke and Elijah McCormick are the top receivers. McCormick will also get a lot of carries, as the player that will run a majority of the Grizzles important jet sweep play.

Golden Valley’s weak spot is the offensive line. Edwards says that this squad is still shuffling and needs to improve its technique overall, but that center Leo Rivera and tackle Alex Salvio are solid starters.

On the defensive side, the line is also a big question for the Grizzles.

“The (defensive) line is kind of murky, just like the offensive line is,” Edwards said. “We’re trying to figure out who best serves the team where.”

Leading the defensive line will be Marvin Villafuerte and freshman Christian Seidler.

Golden Valley’s strongest part of the defense may be the linebacker position. Barrera will start at middle linebacker and Trevor McKnight, who Edwards says is the defensive difference maker, is at outside linebacker.

In the secondary, cornerback Nick Nunez is joined by a group of two-way players. Tamura, McCormick and Ray are all pegged as starting defensive backs.

The Grizzles open their season on Aug. 30 at home against Granada Hills.


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