(Montebello) – Schurr is looking to rebound from a 3-7 2011 season in which they missed the playoffs. And the Spartans will be doing it with a new head coach. Marco Ramirez isn’t new to the program after spending the last several years on the Spartan staff. But he is new as the head man replacing the retired Ben Negrete.
“I think we lost a little bit of our swagger last year. That wasn’t what Schurr football is all about,” Ramirez said. “This year we have more experience and we’re trying to get that back. we’ve been working hard.”
The Spartans haven’t completely settled on a quarterback. Sal Chavez and Rudy Madrid are both in the mix. Madrid, who started several games last year, has a slight edge.
“Real slight. It’s pretty close right now,” Ramirez said.
Abel Troncozo and Eric Perez will line up at running back with Troncozo expected to get the bulk of the work. Outside Ramirez feels they have some good targets in Aaron Handy and Ricky Fonseca. Fonseca could be in the verge of a breakout year.
Up front Jose Gutierrez, David Garcia and Gilbert Montien will be the bubbas opening holes for Troncozo and Perez.
The Spartans have always been known as a defensive minded program. This year the Spartans will be counting on linebackers Jonathan Enriquez and Ivan Lezama to lead the way. Willie Retana will anchor the D-line and Jose Aguero will lend support in the secondary at cornerback.
Schurr opens with Anthony White’s Buena Park Coyotes on August 30, followed by Downey, Diamond Ranch, Cal and Whittier.