The first full Friday night of the season is in the books and I personally watched El Cerrito run up and down the field all night at Northgate’s expense. What the score doesn’t reflect, however, is that Northgate came into the game cold without the benefit of a scrimmage last week. El Cerrito, on the other hand, locked horns with perennial San Francisco power Balboa last week and tuned their engines up to peak performance.
What struck me is the speed factor that El Cerrito exhibited. In Eric McDaniel, Michael Hicks, Chris Moncrease, Marvin Shepherd, and even Don-Miguel Tutass, the Gauchos have an ultra-fast attack that they can mold into several different shapes. With a four-year varsity letterman in Tutass at quarterback, the run and shoot is alive and well in El Cerrito.
What remains to be seen is what the Gauchos’ defense will turn into in the coming weeks. That will obviously be the difference-maker for them. Also, don’t count out the Broncos just yet. Once they get their timing down and start coming together as a unit, I think you may see Blaine Johnson make some headlines as a pretty strong running back.