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Strength Should Be Panthers' Strength

  • By Lester San Jose
ROSEMEAD - Rosemead High football coach Matt Koeffler has continuity on his side. He'll have the luxury of having his starting quarterback, and running back contributing to the offensive side of the ball again.

Quarterback Matt Macias brings his mobility once again to the fold, with Koeffler looking to take full advantage of this by moving him around on passing plays.

Koeffler will also definitely have help this season with a sleeper in the passing game, receiver Jaime Robles, who showed great ability in getting open; and catching the ball. So, don't be surprised if he becomes the go-to-guy throughout the season.

Despite losing, 28-7, to Arcadia High in a scrimmage on Sept. 3 at South El Monte High, Koeffler said his team met his goal of showing physicality during the game. Spearheading this mentality this season on offense will be returning 1,500-yard rusher Matt Fargoso, who showcased great agility in the open field, and toughness running inside.

With the offensive line excelling in run blocking, expect to see a heavy dose of Fargoso this season. On defense, Rosemead will feature an extremely stout run defense. Its aggressively penetrating front-seven will certainly cause some trouble for runners trying to run inside, and outside. They can react to and pursue the ball quickly with a swarming mentality, doing this while taking proper tackling angles. Its pass rush will definitely be key this season in keeping opposing passing games honest.

In the scrimmage against Arcadia, their secondary provided good coverage, but the opposing quarterback simply had too much time to scan the field and throw the football to his intended targets. Certainly, pressure was a theme for the defense with the coaches finding ways to create needed penetration against opposing ball carriers and quarterbacks. It didn't help the Panthers when they registered only one sack throughout the scrimmage. This number needs to increase, this or the pressure, in order to get their defense off the field.

Rosemead showed a strong commitment to remedy whatever weaknesses they showed in the scrimmage. There is a lot of resilience in the team, as demonstrated in its attempts to rally later in the scrimmage. But if theres one constant the team can hang its hat on, it's being physical.

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