Ygnacio Valley football team ready to see some progress

CONCORD — Phillip Puentes understands that building a football program is a process. The second-year coach at Ygnacio Valley High School spent his first season at the helm trying to impart that to his players.

Now, coming off of back-to-back 2-8 seasons, the Warriors are ready to see some progress.

“We were really young last year,” Puentes said. “We changed the foundation and changed the culture of the program since last year. Some guys we lost because they didn’t want to work that way. We have a great nucleus that wants to win really bad. We’re trying to get these guys to understand its a process to get from A to B.”

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Here’s a quick look at the Warriors:

Ygnacio Valley

COACH: Phillip Puentes

2012 RECORD: 2-8, 1-4 DVAL

TOP RETURNERS: OL Christian Maravilla Sr., 6-3, 245; TB Khalil Branch Jr., 5-11, 230; LB Will Rivas Jr., 5-9, 215.

TOP NEWCOMERS: OL Alfonso Verduzco Soph., 6-2, 230; WR Jordan Abernathy Jr., 5-10, 185.

KEY LOSSES: QB Jamari Pope, OL Ricardo Verduzco.

OUTLOOK: Second-year coach Puentes is looking for growth from his team this year. A league championship may be a little far-fetched but if the Warriors end up competing for a playoff spot, it will be a successful season.

Curtis Pashelka