Pacific hoping that youth is served

The future looks decent for Pacific football, as they have 22 players in the sophomore and junior classes that they feel are capable of playing at the varsity level. Problem is that there aren’t a ton of seniors ahead of them, as only 13 will be part of Oscar Torres’ third season at Pacific.

“Our numbers are up in the younger grades and we have some guys that are really going to be good,” Torres said. “I wish we had a few more seniors coming back to lead to way, but we’ll have to depend on our younger guys to step in and play older than they are.”

The Pirates aren’t completely without veteran leadership, as quarterback Leo Davis (6-0, 180) returns for another year, as do offensive lineman/defensive lineman Luis Barcenas (5-10, 185) and multipurpose player Kevin Hardy (5-11, 185). Hardy will play receiver, safety, linebacker and running back for Pacific.

“The older players that we do have really worked hard this summer to get stronger and better,” Torres said. “We have 35 kids, which is more than we have had but less than most of the teams we’ll play, so we have to be in good condition. That’s one thing we’ve worked on a lot.”

There will be 12 juniors on the varsity squad, with Haneef Hill (6-5, 190) and Jose Maron (6-2, 235) leading the way. Hill is a rangy athlete that will give Davis a big target at wide receiver as well as play linebacker while Maron gives the Pirates some decent size at guard and defensive tackle.

Several sophomores will get playing time, as 10 made the varsity squad. Torres is extremely on this group, with transfer Terrance King (6-2, 210) and Shalon Moore (6-3, 225) getting time at tight end and in the defensive front seven. King will play outside linebacker while Moore will join Maron and Barcenas on the defensive line.

Other sophomores to watch are twins Quincy and Quinton Ross. Quincy (5-8, 170) will play running back and linebacker while Quinton (5-7, 165) will play linebacker and wide receiver.

Pacific 2010 schedule (Home games in CAPS, * indicates league game)

Sept. 10 – JURUPA VALLEY
Sept. 17 – at Rubidoux
Sept. 24 – SULTANA
Oct. 1 – SAN BERNARDINO*
Oct. 8 – at Cajon*
Oct. 15 – at Carter*
Oct. 22 – ARROYO VALLEY*
Oct. 29 – at Colton*
Nov. 5 – RIALTO*
Nov. 12 – at San Gorgonio*