Central Division Defensive Coordinator of the Year: Chino’s Nick Moreno

Chico Cowboys DC Nick Moreno

Chino Cowboys DC Nick Moreno

By Joe Torosian

Nick Moreno’s arrival in the Central Division and the Hacienda League paid big dividends in 2015

The Chino Cowboys gave up the ninth fewest points overall in the Central Division. Of teams playing 12 games or more they gave up the second fewest behind only Glendora, 227 to 207.

In 2014 the Cowboys were 20th in overall points surrendered, 284, in just ten games played.

By average that’s a 10-point reduction in points allowed and it translated into a playoff appearance and the program’s first second round playoff date since 2011.

Moreno’s defense produced great individual results as well. Junior linebacker Adrian Alfaro was the Hacienda League’s Defensive Player of The Year and named all-CIF.

Junior cornerback William Morris was one of three players in the division with seven interceptions. He tied Colony’s Khalil Dorsey and San Marino’s Patrick Crowley.

The good news for Moreno and Cowboys HC Jesse Ceniceros? More than half of the defense’s key performers return in 2016.

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