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OCVarsity Kickoff '16: Sage Hill preview

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

OCVarsity’s season preview for 2016:

SAGE HILL LIGHTNING

Coach: BJ Crabtree

Last season: 2-8 overall, 0-3 league (11-man)

Scouting report: Change has been the only constant at Sage Hill over the last few seasons with the biggest change coming this offseason in the shift from 11-man to eight-man football. BJ Crabtree, the Lightning’s fourth coach in the last three seasons, has been tapped to lead the transition into this new era. The transition created some hurt feelings in the Sage Hill community and turned away some returners. Crabtree has embraced his young group, tried to rebuild the game from the bottom up and “prove that it’s still football.” Leadership comes from junior quarterback William Leong and senior wide receiver and cornerback Miles McCord. Leong was strong in 7-on-7 summer work and has a strong attention to detail. McCord is a tremendous athlete with sights set on the college level. Sage Hill will also have strength up front with an older group of linemen.

Bottom line: Crabtree has challenged his team to “attack the moment” with plenty to prove as Sage Hill looks to establish consistency and a base for the program to rebuild on.

Players to watch: Miles McCord, WR/CB, Sr.; William Leong, QB, Jr.; Elijah Soto, C/DT, Sr.; Carlos Orozco, DT, Sr.; Ian Morgan, G, Jr.

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