Air of familiarity at Silverado

Silverado coach Carl Posey feels like a bit of a lone wolf in the Desert Sky League. After an offseason in which the other four schools in the league changed coaches, Posey returns for an eighth season in charge of the Hawks.

“It’s been a pretty strange offseason up here,” Posey said. “Usually you hear things about what other teams are doing and have a general expectation based on who is returning at coach, but you can’t do that when everyone else in the league is changing coaches. It’s tough to really know what to expect.”

Posey also isn’t sure what to expect from his team. Graduation decimated his 5-5-1 team from a year ago, as only four starters return, and a small senior class leaves the Hawks dependent on juniors and sophomores to mature quickly.

“The thing of it is that when the current senior class was freshmen, it was an extremely big class,” Posey said. “We’ve had a lot of kids either move away or just not continue on with the program. For whatever reason, a lot of kids weren’t able to stick it out and make it to this point.”

One player that has stuck it out is senior defensive end Marcel Buchanan. Buchanan (6-2, 220) is in his third year as a starter and serves as the anchor of a Silverado defense that does have a decent amount of experience coming back. Jordan McCain (6-3, 220) returns on the d-line after a year off while senior linebacker Devin Pauga (5-9, 180) and senior corner Darryl White (5-7, 150) also return.

Silverado did get a big transfer in the offseason in senior linebacker Victor Iosefa (5-11, 205) from Granite Hills, where he was an all-Desert Sky League performer last year. Junior Landon Coleman (6-0, 175) will also play some linebacker, giving the Hawks a solid nucleus at that position.

Offense is much more of a question mark, as the Hawks only return senior offensive lineman Matt Khabbaz (5-10, 197) as a starter. Junior Jalen Whitfield (6-3, 185) will be the starting QB after getting some reps a year ago while Coleman will help carry the load at RB.

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

Sept. 1: vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Los Osos HS)
Sept. 9: SERRANO
Sept. 16: CARTER
Sept. 23: vs. Valencia West Ranch (Valencia HS)
Oct. 7: at Oak Hills
Oct. 14: at Victor Valley*
Oct. 21: GRANITE HILLS*
Oct. 28: APPLE VALLEY
Nov. 4: at Ridgecrest Burroughs*
Nov. 10: BARSTOW*

All home games to be played at Victor Valley HS.