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Wildcat offense to lean heavily on ground game
by Rudy Rivera
Aug 27, 2014 | 376 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gregory-Portland's David Sullivan hauls in a pass as Tyler Bluemel covers him during workouts.
Gregory-Portland's David Sullivan hauls in a pass as Tyler Bluemel covers him during workouts.
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Some people may think that after losing the school’s career leading rusher, the Gregory-Portland football team may look to gain yardage through the air, rather than on the ground, but Head Coach Matt Anastasio disagrees.

“We have experience in the backfield returning and with a line that has even more experience, our ground game will be the key to our success,” Anastasio said.

Anastasio refers to running back Steven Starcher, who will be the main cog on offense for G-P. But the ground game doesn’t end with him, as Blaine Monroe has looked solid during the team’s workouts.

“We did some things in the backfield to get Blaine the ball more and take some of the heat off Starcher,” Anastasio said.

Other players who may see work in the backfield include Alex Guerrero, Keenan Gissendanner and Anthony Huerta.

While the backfield looks poised for a good year, they will rely on their offensive line, and this year’s version is smart and experienced.

Thomas Campos moves from center to left guard, and Augie Martinez will move to the center spot. William Withers has improved greatly and will play left tackle, while Nick Michaels will play right guard. Brandon Acosta will play right tackle, while Isaac Salinas will be included in the mix.

“I expect a lot from these guys; they all started as youngsters last year and will be much improved,” said Anastasio.

With that said, Anastasio has to find a quarterback, and right now it looks like sophomore C.J. Frost, who is in a learning curve right now, will play. Eric Alvarado, last year’s backup, will return in a couple weeks after being injured, and Eric White may see action as well.

“Until we feel real comfortable we will run that ball at a 70/30 clip, but once they pick up the offense and defensive schemes, we will throw it more often,” said Anastasio.

When G-P throws the ball, they will look to David Sullivan, a receiver with good hands. But the Wildcats will also feature Zach Flores, Justin O’Neal and Joe Castillo. Dalton Sowell is a solid play at tight end, according to Anastasio, who said Sowell is playing well, and getting better every day.
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