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Sage Hill Football Position-by-Position: Offensive line home to veteran returners

Seven starters back on offense, including line that averages 230 pounds. Six are back on defense.

August 24, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

As if Sage Hill School, coming off a winless season, can afford to lose anything more.

The football team loses a day in preparation for its season opener on Thursday. The early game against Calvary Chapel at Jim Scott Stadium comes five days after Sage Hill's road scrimmage on Saturday.

"That's tough on us," said Sage Hill Coach J.R. Tolver, whose team usually game plans on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and conducts a walk-through practice on Thursday. "We technically only have two days to prepare for [Calvary Chapel].

"First day of school is on Monday, so we have that distraction."

Time will tell how Sage Hill's short week will affect its kickoff to the season.

The Lighting took part in a three-way scrimmage with Redlands Arrowhead Christian and Riverside Notre Dame on Saturday. Sage Hill needs all the work it can get after it went 0-10, 0-3 in the Academy League last season, losing by an average of 31.6 points per game.

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The season turned out to be the worst in Sage Hill's history and its third winless season in league play.

The players that look to lead the program to its first winning season and first CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoff appearance in three years are below:

Quarterback: CJ McCord is back and healthy for his junior season.

Tolver said McCord broke his left non-throwing arm in the second game of last season and missed four weeks. The injury affected the team's offense, which only averaged 9.6 points per game.

McCord will run a pro offense, no longer the Wildcat scheme the Lightning used the past three seasons. The personnel to run the Wildcat are not there, Tolver said.

Robbie Rosoff, a left-handed sophomore, is the backup.

Running backs: Beau Roth, a junior, is making the move to tailback after playing wide receiver last year.

"Beau is maybe the best athlete on our team, definitely the most experienced football player on our team," Tolver said, adding that Roth played running back before he entered high school. "He understands that in order for us to win games, we're going to have to give him the ball."

Roth takes over for Joe Melita, a first-team all-league performer last year as a senior.

Alfonso Corona, a sophomore, will back up Roth, and junior Kieran Mital will play fullback.

Receivers: Sam Masarik is one three talented returning senior starters. The other two are Logan Hamilton and Will Burns.

Another receiver to look out for is junior Vince Wetmore, a transfer from Edison, Tolver said.

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