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Ocean View Football Preview: Few talented returners key for OV

Valencia, Clay among those needed to help Seahawks, who are thin at all positions, Coach Nunez says.

August 14, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The second time around is presenting Luis Nunez with new challenges.

Nunez is about to begin his second year as head coach of the Ocean View High football program. His initial team won four games in 2012 and tied for third place in the Golden West League. Gone from that unit are several key players but Nunez has a few returning weapons that could bolster a squad that he says is "thin at all positions."

"This year's team has more talent than last year but it is lacking the intangibles that last year's team had," said Nunez who also coaches the offensive line. "Sometimes the little things in the weight room, classroom and practice make a bigger difference than talent."

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The Ocean View varsity roster in 2013 could include up to 35 players, he said. The quarterback position is up in the air during preseason camp, which began Monday. Vying for that starting spot is junior Jett Volo and sophomore Blake Meyer. Volo started and Meyer played as backup at quarterback on Ocean View's frosh/soph team that last year went 9-1.

While the QB spot is still TBD, the Seahawks do return a key player in the offensive backfield in Daniel Valencia, which will help offset the loss to graduation of last year's top rusher and second-team All-Golden West League pick, Nate Kwon. As a junior last year, Valencia rushed for 478 yards and three touchdowns on 84 carries. Nunez calls the senior-to-be a "key for us on offense."

Junior Kevin Tierney will add a new element to the running back position in his first year on varsity. Last year, Tierney was named MVP of the frosh/soph team.

Up front providing pass and blocking protection are two all-league returnees, 6-foot-6 senior tackle Evan Perzanowski and senior guard Joe Medrano. Nunez said Perzanowski, the leader of the offensive line, drew the attention of Pac-12 Conference schools as well as other Division 1 schools during the spring.

Nunez said the offensive line has the potential to be "special."

A trio of juniors, Tyler Clay, Hector Calderon and David Alani, started on varsity as sophomores last year and are "expected to do big things this year," Nunez said. All three will see action on both sides of the ball.

The Seahawks must find replacements for graduated, all-league players Alani Speiser (tight end/defensive back, team captain), Reo Washington (receiver/defensive back), Rey Soria (fullback/defensive end, team captain) and Christian Negrete (kicker).

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