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DREW A. KELLEY , CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
At No. 22 in the Register's Top 25 is Brea Olinda, which is expected to contend for the North Hills League title this season behind the play of, from left, Michael Martinson, Jason Allen and Steven Hayes.

OCVarsity Kickoff '16: Brea Olinda preview

STAFF WRITER

OCVarsity’s season preview for 2016:

BREA OLINDA WILDCATS

Coach: Robb Perrance

Last season: 8-6 overall, 2-1 league

Scouting report: There’s a sense of hunger surronding this Brea Olinda squad. Falling just short of a CIF-SS title will do that to a team. The Wildcats finished as the Southern Division runner-up a year ago, and 14 starters from that team are back, working to capture what they flirted with last fall. Coach Robb Perrance boasts a veteran pair of running backs and receivers, led by senior halfback Michael Martinson (1,085 rush yards) and wideout Noah Rivera (1,146 total yards from scrimmage). On defense, the Wildcats are loaded at linebacker. Mike Salazar, Jason Allen and Steven Hayes were among the team leaders in tackles last year, and the trio will man the heart of the defense. Add defensive linemen Braden Baker, Alex Guerra and Austin Godges into the equation, and Brea trots out a fierce defensive front that should cause opposing backfields grief.

Bottom line: A physical defensive front seven paired with a talented group of skill position players has Brea looking like the overwhelming favorite to win league. With so much experience on the roster, a deep run in the Division 8 playoffs seems like a possibility too.

Players to watch: Jason Allen, LB, Jr.; Dylan Flenniken, QB, Sr.; Steven Hayes, LB, Sr.; Michael Martinson, RB, Sr.; Noah Rivera, WR/CB, Sr.

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