Editor’s Note: We continue our look at Wildcat Varsity Football in preparation for the 2018 Season.
Greg Owens on Punter and Kickers
Wildcats Head Football Coach Greg Owens also specializes in coaching kickers and punters for the Wildcats. His punter this year is the experienced senior Jermond Bryant-Amos. Last season Bryant-Amos punted in 8 games punting 16 times for an average of 38.06 yards per kick. His long kick was 56 yards. He had one punt inside the 20 yard line. Coach Owens said Bryant-Amos has an extremely strong leg but he added he needs to work on his consistency. Coach Owens has two junior soccer players competing for the job of kicker: Osiel Lopez and Brandon Zavala. Coach Owens said both kickers have good work ethic but they need to improve their consistency. He said Lopez did a great job this summer getting in shape at The Edge. Coach Owens said Zavala did well in the spring but has been hampered by muscle strains in August. Volunteer Coach Chuck Eoff has also been working with the kickers. Coach Owens said soccer players have to learn how to properly kick a football. He said neither kicker has a strong enough leg to put the ball into the end zone consistently on kickoffs so he said the Wildcats will do directional kicking and pooch kicking.
Defensive Coordinator Alex Guerra on Outside Linebackers
New Wildcats Defensive Coordinator Alex Guerra also works specifically with outside linebackers. His group includes several with experience and others who are new. The experienced hands include junior Kylan Wade, senior Cason Churchman, senior D.Q. Pitts and senior Rio Becerra. The new to varsity players are senior Blayne Hohenburger, senior Kaleb Myles and junior Aaron Douglas. Coach Guerra called them a good group of kids. He said they have shown good retention of things learned in the spring. In his defensive scheme, Coach Guerra said he expects outside linebackers to be the leaders of the defense. He said they will also be expected to do a little more pass coverage. Coach Guerra said the outside linebackers could be pretty good. He expects them to make up for lack of size with quickness and second and third effort.