Encinal football team aims for success

ALAMEDA — Encinal High football coach Joe Tenorio gets right to the point when he talks about last season.

“It was a total rebuilding year,” said Tenorio about the Jets’ 7-6 campaign last year, in which his varsity squad included three freshmen and was hit hard by injuries. “Last year was so much about going out there and learning how to play varsity football. … This year, I want results.”

The Jets did win three of their last four games last season, with its offense averaging 26.3 points per game in the victories. Encinal returns junior quarterback Taivale Tautalatasi, who has been impressive this preseason, Tenorio said. The Jets also have junior quarterback Isaac Tapia, a transfer from Arroyo.

Encinal has three running backs who have looked great in practice this year — sophomore Jordan Parker, senior Tyrell Carrigan and senior Isaiah Hunter. Wide receiver is a question mark for the squad, but tight end Kealii Pedro has been playing well this preseason. Left guard Matt Ferrer anchors the line.

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Phil Jensen