EL CENTRO – Last year was an up and down year for the Southwest Eagles who finished 4-8 overall but did make it to the CIF division IV quarterfinals with a first round victory over Montgomery High.
They look to rebound from a tough quarterfinal defeat at the hands of cross town rival, Central. The Eagles plan to fire back with arsenal that includes a talented core of returning starters at skilled positions, itching to get back on the competitive gridiron.
â€œMy expectations this year are to exceed last year in wins,â€ said Eagle Head Coach John Mitosinka, who benefits from seven returning starters offensively and five defensively.
The Eagles boast the most returning experience at skill positions this year, including perhaps the most experienced QB-RB combo in the Imperial Valley.
Quarterback Edward Romero will look to break down teams through the air while senior running back Nigel Rabb has the speed to outrun almost anyone in IVL.
Lining up in front of Rabb at fullback will be a tandem of Ryan Williams and Jonathon Martinez, two versatile backs that can do it all; run, catch and block.Â With Williams and Martinez paving the way, Rabb will be looking to break out early and often and continue his rushing successes of last year.
Defensively, the Eagles will return a pair of linebackers in Mario Gonzales and Fernando Mercado who will look to provide leadership to a young but quick defensive secondary.
Defensive big men, Kevin Cota and Drew Garcia, will provide the attack from the line of scrimmage and look to punish any opposing ball carriers coming their way.
â€œWe will have speed on defense and that should make up for our inexperience, and overall we have speed on both sides of the ball.Â My goals for this year are as always, make the playoffs,â€ added coach Mitosinka.
And once there this Eagle team will be looking to make some noise.
Southwest Must Watch Games
September 19 vs Holtville High Vikings
The Eagles will be looking for some revenge on the CIF Division Five champs after dropping an early road game to them last year.Â This time it will be on Southwest soil.
October 30 at Central Spartans
The El Centro City Championship is always a top draw in the valley and this year’s prime time Thursday night match-up could make for some pre-Halloween suprises.