Preview of 2022 pre-season football for the BVAL Santa Teresa Foothills

SANTA TERESA FOOTHILL DIVISION OF THE BLOSSOM VALLEY ATHLETIC LEAGUE

(Estimated order of finish)

#1 PIONEER

Coaches: Eric Perry

Record 2021: 8-3

What to expect: If there’s something that helps a longtime coach like Eric Perry sleep at night, it’s probably knowing he has a top-notch quarterback at center Gage Houser. A coach described the transfer from Hawaii as the best player in the league. Houser will throw to wideouts Ethan Schweizer and Anthony Stoopenkoffwhich Perry says “is ready to have a breakout year for us”. Given to Ryan is a pass rusher who a coach at BVAL says has the potential to get double-digit sacks after beating seven last season. Expect Pioneer to remain the class of their league for at least another year.

Season opening: August 26 in Santa Teresa, 7 p.m

#2 BRANHAM

Coaches: Stephen Johnson

Record 2021: 6-4

What to expect: Branham returns most of his offense, including 6-3 older passers Willy Augensteinprotected by junior blockers Brady Edwards and Gave Morgan. The team will have an inexperienced secondary this year and rely on linebackers Mateo Poso walk from sideline to sideline. A coach called Poso the best player in the league. Coach Johnson called strong security Zac Van Gelder “the smartest soccer player on the field by far” and will play a multi-faceted role from the slot. Branham starts the season in late August with a solid Cupertino roster.

Season opening: August 25 vs. Cupertino, 7 p.m

No. 3 PIEDMONT HILLS

Coaches: Matthew Kiesle

Record 2021: 5-5

What to expect: Piedmont returns his core starting with QB with two threats Raymond Heredia, who threw for 10 touchdowns and also ran for 380 yards. Two Way Star Angel Maciel is back from injury and Kiesle says: “He’s an explosive receiver and an excellent cover corner.” Isais Garcia moves to linebacker and has an opportunity to take on graduated Isaac Nirza at halfback. Kiesle will rely on a number of talented JV players to make the leap. One of them is Junior Tight End Brian Warnsleywhich he said he can play in the slot too.

Season opening: Aug. 26 vs. Willow Glen, 7 p.m

#4 GILROY

Coaches: Tim Pierleoni

Record 2021: 5-4

What to expect: Gilroy’s first year in the BVAL should be a welcome challenge for the Mustangs, who are bringing back stallions like Senior Wideout Chimezie Elias, a two-way player who led the team in receptions and yards last season. Mauling Blocker Sam Hernandez has started at the line for two years and will open holes for halfback Jonathan Gongora. junior linebacker Tyler Hodges will call signals from the center for the third time in a row. In their first season in BVAL, they will host Live Oak and Carmel before heading to North Salinas.

Season opening: Aug. 27 vs. Live Oak, 7 p.m

#5 SILVER CREEK

Coaches: Stephen Avelar

Record 2021: 4-6

What to expect: New coach Steven Avelar takes on a team that has gone through some changes. However, there are still some players who are expected to make the difference, especially on offense. Headley brothers Kyler, Quinton and ethane will all start and “want to serve pancakes,” according to their trainer. Trajan Sinatra can throw bombs as well as hit 60-yard field goals and Derek Taylor will deploy at any point in Avelar’s Offense.

Season opening: Aug. 26 vs. Hillsdale, 7 p.m

#6 INDEPENDENCE

Coaches: Ali Bathti

Record 2021: 2-8

What to expect: Coach Bhatti said this year’s Independence team “won’t be the most athletic team” in the league, but his squad thrives on physicality. Dawson Lai is a senior who can play anywhere on the field as both a linebacker and a skill position player. Bhatti said senior center Nick Garcia “leading in the trenches” and that security Jordan Pagaduan is a junior who, as a tight end, “will be involved in the passing game this year”. The coach expects a quarterback Christian Lorenzo‘s hard work during the summer to pay off. The 76ers only won two games last season but can double their overall wins with a more experienced signal caller.

Season opening: August 26 in Los Altos, 7 p.m

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