The first taste of football action is right around the corner for the Orestimba Warriors and they are fired up and ready for the season to begin.
Coach Aaron Souza and his coaching staff are preparing the team through various conditioning drills along with some review of their playbook.
“With the season coming up I want to have my guys conditioned and ready,” Souza said. “Also the depth chart of positions is starting to get there and looks good.”
This season Souza, who is entering his 10th year at the helm of his alma mater, had the advantage of having his team to start football in January during the school year and going all through the summer.
“This really put us ahead of the game,” Souza told Mattos Newspapers. “This group of guys came into camp very rested and performing well.”
The Warriors will, however, feature a very different look this season as Orestimba’s explosive play-makers from years past have graduated. Just one starter returns on the offensive unit, signaling a change for a program which has turned games into high-scoring track meets in recent seasons.
“This is a big transition for us.” Souza said. “We are going through this for the first time right now in a while.”
The team’s starting quarterback has yet to be determined, he noted, and the Warriors may forego their wide open formations of the past in favor of a double-tight end look this season.
The defense is a different story, as seven starters return.
The Warriors have their first taste of game action at their scrimmages Aug. 16. The junior varsity competition begins at 5 p.m., with varsity play to follow at 7 in Warrior Stadium. Bret Harte comes calling Aug. 23 for the season opener.