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OCVarsity Kickoff '16: La Habra preview

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OCVarsity’s season preview for 2016:

LA HABRA HIGHLANDERS

Coach: Frank Mazzotta

Last season: 13-2 overall, 5-0 league

Scouting report: The Eric Barriere era produced fond memories, countless number of highlight-worthy plays, and most importantly, quite a few wins. Coach Frank Mazzotta won’t ask his next starting quarterback to be Barriere, he’ll simply ask that individual to be himself. The question still remains, though: Who will that individual be? Junior Zach Fogel and transfer Joe Hernandez have been battling through camp and neither has claimed the job just yet. Whoever emerges will have plenty of help around him, such as star wide receiver Prince Ross, and a reliable offensive line to work behind. The defense is filled with standout players. Camron Rivas and Marcus Carrasco form arguably the best linebacking tandem in Orange County. Madison Wheeler could see some time at running back, but he has made a name for himself as an enforcer at the back end of the defense.

Bottom line: The Highlanders have a number of playmakers on both sides of the ball who have proved they can perform on the biggest of stages. The October 21 trip to Buena Park should decide the league champ.

Players to watch: Eli Anderson, RB/SS, Sr.; Marcus Carrasco, LB, Sr.; Zach Fogel, QB, Jr.; Joe Hernandez, QB, Sr.; Camron Rivas, LB, Sr.; Prince Ross, WR, Sr.; Madison Wheeler, FS/RB, Sr.

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