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A first for Wildcats’ lower level

The junior varsity has implemented varsity schemes this season

Posted: August 24, 2013 9:06 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2013 9:06 p.m.

For the first time in school history, the West Ranch junior varsity program will be running the same offensive and defensive schemes as the varsity squad. And while first-year head coach Sean Bridges knew that it would take some extra time for his players to pick up varsity schemes, he has no doubt that they will be ready play at a high level this season.

“When you have kids that are that smart, it is really easy for them to pick it up.” Bridges said.

Leading the offense will be quarterback Jackson Clark. Clark will be leaned on heavily as West Ranch installs a spread passing attack.

“He’s a quiet type, but he’s a smart kid,” Bridges said. “He picks up on the defenses really well.”

At the running back position, four players will be vying for the starting spot. John Kim, Ryan Kim, James Carter and Evan Rhodes all have an oppurtunity to get snaps.

Rounding out the skill positions are a group of sure handed receivers, including Evan Block, Brent Robinson and Jordan Ares.

Like with any passing offense, the success of the Wildcats’ offense this year will hinge on strong offensive line play. For Bridges, the line is still the biggest question for his team.

“Our offensive line is a big question mark because it varies from day to day.” Bridges said.

Despite this, he does feel strong about the tackle positions, with Travis Bird and Charles McCarthy holding the starting jobs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Bridges will be relying on his middle linebacker to be the quarterback of the defense. Kyle Lingscheit will be tabbed for these duties.

“[The middle linebacker] needs to not only know his position, but everyone elses positions too.” Bridges said.

Jared Marin, Ruben Garcia Martinez, Alek Kehoe and Jacob Antetara will join Lingscheit as the outside linebackers.

Bird and McCarthy will be seeing time both ways, anchoring the defensive line.

Also playing both ways are top defensive backs Ares, Block and Rhodes.

Dustin Kohl was expected to play an important role as a defensive back and receiver, but will miss the season after suffering a compressed neck fracture.

The Wildcats open their season with a home game against Hawthorne High on Aug. 30.


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