Wednesday's Blitz: Huntington Beach looks for boost on defense
Wednesday's OCVarsity Blitz takes a look at what is happening at the football practices and camps around the county.
FOCUSED ON DEFENSE: Coach Eric Lo believes his team will be much improved on the defensive side of the ball after it allowed 36.9 points per game a year ago.
“We’ll try to be a little more aggressive," Lo said. "I think our linebackers are going to be improved over last year.”
Bradley Partch and Mitchel Anderson are among the linebackers expected to make an impact.
“You have to be able to put pressure on the quarterback, make him move his feet,” Lo continued. “You’ve got to hit him a few times.”
STOP BIG PLAYS: The leader of the Oilers defense is defensive end Liam Jimmons, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior who committed to USC during the summer.
Jimmons said the Oilers fell victim to big plays last year. He believes they will be successful this year by stopping the run and forcing teams into predictable third-and-long situations.
“There were a lot of high-scoring games from (opponents) lobbing up big balls,” he said of last season. “As long as we get rid of those big plays, we’ll be good. We just have to make sure that we keep teams in third downs.”
FULLY CHARGED: Starting quarterback Grant Lowary recently proclaimed that the Chargers, who have seniors at all of the skill positions, are ready to “air it out" this season.
Seniors Garrett White (39 catches, 510 yards, 5 TDs) and Jacob Price (20 catches, 288 yards, 4 TDs) provide solid options for Lowary at wide receiver.
At 6-3 and 200 pounds, White gives the Chargers a big target in the red zone. Price adds diversity to the receiving set with his speed.
“I think we have a lot of skills at the wide receiver position,” said White, who has committed to Yale. “It’s just a very diverse group. That’s good to give Grant more than one option.”
Senior Jacob Marines is the leading returner out of the backfield. He is accompanied by junior running back Turner Maza. Both players have the speed to take the edge, and they could prove serviceable to Lowary out in the flat.