Last year the Chino High School football team settled for a fourth place finish. But the Cowboys have a new coach in place and he’s bringing in a new system.
Let the fun begin!
“So far I am very pleased. I think we’re going to surprise some people,” said newcomer Jesse Ceniceros, who comes over after heading the Norwalk program for seven years. “The kids have bough in to what we’re doing and they’re working hard. It’s a good start.”
Ceniceros is a disciple of Don Markham, so yes the Cowboys (5-5 overall last year, 2-3 in league) will be running the double wing offense that Markham popularized and says he has the right personnel to run that offense.
Junior Angel Herrera, the quarterback of the junior varsity team last year, is the leading contender for that job.
Junior Da’creh West, who Ceniceros believes was under utilized last year, will be the primary back with junior Daniel Pena and sophomore Andrew Almecan also getting the ball.
To run that offense you also need a strong offensive line, The new coach singles out senior tackle Manuel Avina and junior tight end Adrian Alfaro.
While the double wing focuses on the run, Ceniceros believes he has what could be one of the top wide receivers in the area in junior Willie Morris.
The defense will be led by junior linebackers Brandon Serrano, who could also see time at fullback, as well as junior corner Musa Graylor.
Chino’s defensive coordinator will be Nick Moreno, who was coaching in the Pasadena last year.
“I am really pleased with our depth,” Ceniceros said. “I don’t think we’re gong to have a lot of players going both ways and that’s great.
The Cowboys make their debut under Ceniceros on Aug. 27 against Bloomington, which is coming off a 1-9 season and also has a new coach.