First of all, Chace needs to apologize. We missed a day, and it’s all his fault. Something about writing three items for the High School Football Preview section that’s coming out on Sept. 4. Anyway, you, the reader, luck out in this scenario because there will be two questions answered today.
Now, everyone knows who plays quarterback at San Ramon Valley. What about the other side of the ball?
Ben’s question: There’s no doubt that QB Joe Southwick was the catalyst for San Ramon Valley’s run to the NCS 3A title last year. But anyone who watched the team consistently knows that the real key to their success was the defense, a hard-hitting bunch that was loaded with senior talent. This year the Wolves are faced with the task of replacing guys like Kai Cummings, Harmon Bruno and Dan Smithwick. With those standouts gone, who will be the defensive leaders for SRV this season?
Chace’s answer: So I’m a day late, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about the answer. Actually, I think the Wolves defense should be just fine.
San Ramon Valley does have at least one guy returning from it’s stellar group of linebackers in 2007. That player is Garrison Goodman, and he should be extremely solid in the Wolves’ run defense. In addition, I would anticipate that a few of SRV’s offensive stars will also make impacts on the opposite side of the ball.
Byron Gruendl and Bryce Peterson, both slated to play receiver for the Wolves, are likely to play some defense, too. Gruendl should see time at outside linebacker and Peterson will likely line up a cornerback. Another name to keep an eye on in the secondary will be senior safey Nick Russo.
But really, the bottom line is, as long as the Wolves have Southwick running that offense, the defense will just have to be average enough to keep them in games.