HS Football: Unranked Chaparral Takes on La Quinta at Home Friday

Published on: Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:30

Coach Jeremy McCullough: It’s Not Where We Start that Counts. It’s Where We Finish

11902421_1181798741847455_8820637079293411452_nThe Pumas are ready to prove that they are back as a powerhouse in the tough Southwestern Football League. Chaparral finished the 2014 season with a disappointing 3-7 record and failed to make it into the CIF SS Playoffs for the first time since 2005.


New Head Coach Jeremy McCullough hopes to remedy that situation. The Pumas have worked hard this summer to bring the Pride back to the Program.“I like being unranked and being the underdog” said McCullough.” It’s not where we start the season that counts, it’s where we finish”.

11954847_1181796001847729_4789123553521620207_nChaparral is led by senior quarterback Austin Reza who starts his third tear behind center. “Reza has come along away since last season” said McCullough. “He’s got a lot of receivers to throw to”. Wes Long plays a variety of positions while Austin Bacher, Hunter Rushing and Danny Martinez are talented receivers that can change the outcome of a game with a single play.

Senior Running backs Isaiah Hall, and Lloyd Hightower will move the chains on the ground for the Pumas behind an O Line anchored by center Billy Carpenter and guard Bryse Kwansney. “We have a lot of youth and depth coming into the line this season and we are excited to see how they develop” said McCullough.

11921792_1181799778514018_9028198420110747391_nThe defense is led by a solid linebacking corps consisting of Austin Smith, Jose Coral, Lawrence Hooper, Jacob Alexander and Anderson Lindow. Hightower and DJ Young prowl the Puma secondary and Cameron Stroder anchors the defensive line.

La Quinta was 10-3 last season and were the undefeated Champions of the Desert Valley League. One of their losses was a forfeit to Eisenhower. They won 2 CIF SS Playoff games before losing to Serrano in the Semifinals.
11953027_1181801308513865_1751520066935315465_n“Coach Armstrong runs a well coached and very disciplined team” said McCullough. “They are a tough team but we learn from being challenged. You need the adversity to improve and get ready for league play”.

11903718_1181802031847126_9024635682710501583_n“I’m excited about the team and to surpass the expectations and polls. They don’t think we are going to be competitive this year added McCullough. “We have some really good football players, and they are hungry to change what happened last year.”
Game time is 7 pm this Friday night at Chaparral.

Photos by John Carpenter

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