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L to R: Colin Thornton, Keston Kajitani and Ryan Hazzard will lead CVCS football in 2017. Photo: Danny Ritz
L to R: Colin Thornton, Keston Kajitani and Ryan Hazzard will lead CVCS football in 2017. Photo: Danny Ritz

By Danny Ritz

Following a tough 2016 season that saw his team go 2-8, including a winless record in league play, Capistrano Valley Christian football coach Rick Curtis is optimistic about his sophomore campaign.

“We lost some great players, but this year we are actually more experienced than last year,” Curtis said. “We have a good number of highly skilled returning players that are now more familiar with the game and our program.”

What the Eagles lack in numbers, and in terms of senior experience, Curtis says they make up for in quality.

CVCS returns a strong crop of linemen that will be playing both ways, including senior center and defensive end Keston Kajitani and senior guard and nose tackle Colin Thornton.

“We hope our interior lineman will lead from the inside out,” Curtis said.

A large junior class makes up a majority of CVCS’s roster. These juniors return for a second full year under Curtis, who took over the program in 2016. They have adopted a more expansive weight training and offseason training regimen since Curtis took the reins.

Seth Yu, a transfer, will be among the Eagles’ key skill position players, playing running back and defensive back. Joining him on the players to watch list will be Trey Henry (running back/linebacker) and Kegan Babick (running back/linebacker).

CVCS kicks off its season against Tri-City Christian on Aug. 25 at San Clemente High School. –Danny Ritz

Schedule

Date    Opponent                    Location, Time

8/25     Tri-City Christian         San Clemente HS, 7 p.m.

9/1       Riverside Prep             RPHS, 7 p.m.

9/8       St. Bernard                   Capistrano Valley HS, 7 p.m.

9/14     Calvary Murrieta          Capistrano Valley HS, 7 p.m.

9/29     Mark Keppel                Capistrano Valley HS, 7 p.m.

10/5*   The Webb Schools       Damien, 7:30 p.m.

10/13* Fairmont Prep              Capistrano Valley HS, 7 p.m.

10/20* Santa Clarita Christian SCCHS, 7 p.m.

10/28* Southlands Christian    Nogales HS, 5 p.m.

11/3*   Saddleback Valley Christian    San Clemente HS, 7 p.m.

*–League game

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