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Canyon freshman football going to the ground game

Team will rely on a strong group of three running backs this year

Posted: August 27, 2013 8:03 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2013 8:03 p.m.

Canyon High freshman football head coach Alex Reinwald is a busy man.

Reinwald — a linebacker for Canyon in 2002 and 2003 — is not only coaching the Cowboys’ frosh team, he’s also Canyon’s varsity offensive coordinator.

But while Reinwald’s varsity offense may rely heavily on the pass, his freshmen on the other hand, may be most effective on the ground this season.

The Cowboys are three deep at running back, headlined by Henry Arellano, whose size Reinwald emphasized.

And while a decision hasn’t been reached on a starting quarterback, the three candidates — Miles Fallin, Jason Preece and Daniel Cervantes — all have running ability.

But despite Canyon’s backfield depth, their best unit may be up front.

“I think our strength is going to be our offensive line. We have a pretty solid group going,” Reinwald said.

A couple of those linemen are Colton Costanza (6-foot-1, 217 pounds) and Justin Hamalainen (6-foot-1, 227 pounds).

While offensively, the Cowboys may be best on the ground, defensively it could be their pass defense that shines. Two defensive backs that have impressed Reinwald are Jake Gavin and Camden Apsay, brother of current Canyon varsity quarterback Cade Apsay.

“I expect to do well. We are going to compete with everyone and show them we are here to play,” Reinwald said.

The freshmen will get the opportunity to show they’re “here to play” Thursday night against Westlake at Canyon High.


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