Vincent Memorial surprised many last year, will build off momentum
Vincent Memorial (August 22, 2012)
They’ll start with unity.
“We want to come together as a team, as one unit,” third-year assistant head coach Ruben Castro said. “Last year, we felt that a big part of our problem was we didn’t find our chemistry until late in the season and by then we had worked our way out of the playoffs.”
That chemistry resulted in a 5-4 overall record and 2-2 Manzanita League record.
The Scots had a good mix of juniors and seniors, led by senior running back Allen Manriquez, who led the team in rushing.
A lot of those leaders are gone for the Scots, so Vincent Memorial is starting anew.
“This season, we’re really treating as the beginning of the program. We’re doing some things we haven’t done before and trying to find different results,” Castro said. “The unity within the program is the thing we’re focusing on.”
That doesn’t mean they’re not looking to be competitive.
“As the season progresses, we hope to see the team come together and work as hard as they can and try to out-work opponents and make it to the playoffs,” Castro said.
They’ll look to a few to help lead them back to the playoffs including junior 6-foot-1, 170-pound starting quarterback Daniel Palma.
“He’s going to be our general on the field,” Castro said.
Palma was last year’s junior varsity quarterback.
Also coming up from the J.V. will be 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior wide receiver Michael Henderson. Moving from strictly defense to going both ways from last year’s varsity squad is 5-foot-8, 165-pound wingback Angel Lomeli.
“He has been a big surprise to us during the summer, making the transition from defense to offense and playing both ways,” Castro said of Lomeli. “He’s got the heart of an elephant.”
The Scots will kick off the season against La Jolla Country Day at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 in La Jolla.
“The kids are working hard, they’re progressing at a steady pace and we feel that if we continue to work hard and progress we’ll be very competitive,” Castro said.