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Hart JV football ready for real thing

Posted: August 26, 2013 11:02 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2013 11:02 p.m.

Hart High junior varsity head coach Dan Cota believes he has a quarterback and running back that could have success at the varsity level right away.

And if he’s right, that could bode very well for the Indians in 2013.

Charlie Misino takes over under center and Cota says, “he’s one of my better JV quarterbacks I’ve had over the years. Very accurate and great arm. Good feet.”

At running back, Nelson James has won the starting position, with Brennan Dernandes and Michael Cespedes filling in behind him.

“(James) is a big, strong, quick kid,” Cota said, “and has great balance and he runs hard — he’ll run people over.”

Like the varsity team, Hart’s JV will employ a spread offense attack, meaning the wide receiver corps will be leaned on heavily.

“You look at all the top programs in the area, you run similar systems (to varsity) so you’re not reinventing the wheel,” Cota said.

Cota says he has six players that will rotate in at any time in Harley Ritchie, Ethan Lazerak, Dominic Carrillo, Brock Williams, Connor Kies and Thomas Daily.

“Any one of those guys we can put in receiver,” Cota said. “They all had a fine summer and I feel comfortable throwing to any of them.”

Protecting Misino will be an offensive line consisting of center Cameron Rowden, tackles Luis Mejia and Christian Rothwell, and guards Mason Lee and Noah Alverez.

Some similar faces will show up on the defensive side of the ball, with Cespedes quarterbacking the defense from the middle linebacker position.

Christopher Sioussat has won one outside linebacker job, while Dernandes, Ryan Northrop and Lazerak are competing for the last spot.

The hard hitting James will take up a defensive end position, along with Rothwell, while Mejia and Daniel Lopez will line up at defensive tackle.

“We’ve got a lot of guys,” Cota said. “We are three deep at our defensive positions. We’ll be rotating a lot on defense, keeping them fresh, and we feel very good. We’re conditioning, we’re working hard. I know these kids had a good season last year, but they’re hungry.”

Cota is referring to the 9-1 season the kids had last year on the freshman team. Last season’s JV team actually eclipsed that by going 10-0 to win the Foothill League title.

Hart opens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Santiago of Corona at Hart High School.

“You can only practice for so long,” Cota said. “It’s time to get it going. I told the kids, ‘Now we get the icing on the cake. Now we get the fun part.’”


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