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JV Grizzlies start anew

As the program is streamlined, the players are learning a new scheme

Posted: September 1, 2009 9:30 p.m.
Updated: September 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
When the Golden Valley varsity football team hired Andy Campbell to be its head coach in March, so did the junior varsity and freshman teams.

He will not literally coach all three, of course, but his philosophy will trickle down.

“We’re making strides to where we need to be,” said JV head coach John Quam. “Our focus is not only to learn the new system in place by coach Campbell, but to also teach the intensity level that we need to keep throughout practice that we can relate to game-like situations.”

Because of the transition, Quam said the team is starting out with an extra disadvantage as it adapts to the new scheme.

But players such as quarterback Reid Soliman are learning quickly.

“Reid at quarterback came off a good freshman year,” Quam said. “He progressed through summer passing league and I’m looking forward to him taking that next step at the quarterback position.”

Soliman will be aided by running backs Earl Johnson, Jeff Coprich and Brett Melton, whom Quam said will all see playing time. Standout wide receiver Christain Lozano provides a target through the air.

“(Lozano) is coming off a really productive summer,” Quam said. “He was our possession receiver. He’ll be hopefully moving the chains for us.”

Questions could arise regarding the guys up front as the offensive line is still learning the system and the defensive line is by committee, according to Quam.

The linebackers and secondary are a different story.

Cody Choppe, Daniel Castillo and Kevin Isacsson comprise a linebacking corps that Quam said will be the strength of the defense.
The secondary will be led by standout defensive backs Joey Frank and Jose Lopez.

A year ago, the junior varsity team went 4-6.

However, with a new system in place and numbers up from 25 last season to 43 players this season, that could change quickly.

“Our big thing this year is to really learn Campbell’s system, and for these sophomores to be able to apply it next year with the junior class that is already in place,” Quam said. “From there, hopefully I can teach them how to play the game at a successful level so they can transfer what they learned this year to their next two years at Golden Valley.”


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