FOOTBALL: San Marino searching for success in 2008

The Titans competed in the Crescenta Valley passing tournament with high hopes for the 2008 season.

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Above: San Marino players urge on their teammates during the Crescenta Valley passing tournament at Glendale Sports Complex.

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Above: San Marino quarterback Steven Wright attempts at pass at the Crescenta Valley passing tournament.

Here’s a look at the 2008 San Marino Titans.

Following a 5-4-1 season and fifth-place finish in the Rio Hondo League, San Marino looks to rebound in the 2008 campaign.
Gone is Mr. Everything John Trawick, but the Titans appear to be in good hands with senior quarterback Steven Wright.
Quarterback
Wright completed nearly 54 percent of his passes in 2007 for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns.
“Steven brings leadership in a quiet way by example and can put anybody on offense in the spot where they need to go, from center to wide receiver,” San Marino coach D.R. Moreland said. “He really knows the game and is highly intelligent.”
Running Back
Trawick carried the Titans on his back in 2007 with 1,329 yards and 18 touchdowns. It’s time to Scott Dooley to step in and show what he can do after rushing for 202 yards and a TD last season. He also caught 15n passes for 79 yards and a TD.
“He’s a tough little guy and he’s not scared of contact,” Moreland said. “You can give your best shot and he’s going to get up and keep going.”
Wide Receivers
San Marino appears loaded at wideout with seniors Will Myers, Daniel Cisic and Dylan Bensinger, and junior Stevie Yortsos. Myers caught 11 passes for 92 yards. Cisic had six receptions for 42 yards and Bensinger added a pair of catches for 21 yards.
Defense
The Titans will be led by senior defensive backs Jonathan Merhaut and Mikeal Rollins, and junior linebackers Benny Hung and Ben Harwich.
“Our defensive line is going to be young, but we have some pretty good size and pretty good strength and our linebackers and secondary are strong, so I think our defense will do fine,” Moreland said.