Aug 8, 2013 7:35 PM by Andrew Masuda
The St. Joseph High football team surprised a lot of people last fall when it captured a share of the program's first-ever Pac 7 League title. Despite losing 17 seniors, including stars Scotty Cusack, Ryan Mediano, Wesley Williams, and all five starting offensive linemen, the Knights believe they can win back-to-back crowns.
Head coach Dustin Davis returns for his second season with the Knights. Last year, he led St. Joseph to an 8-3 overall record. Coach Davis feels this year's team is stronger, pound for pound, any maybe even quicker as a whole than last year's squad.
" Last year's success taught this year's seniors how to handle success and really more importantly the kind of effort it takes to have that success and possibly be able to exceed it," said Davis.
Slotback Gabe Becerra returns for the Knights. He rushed for 98 yards on just 19 carries last season with 1 touchdown in limited duties. 6-1 junior receiver Chris Barganier also returns after he caught 12 passes for 186 yards and 3 TDs a year ago.
A major plus for the Knights is that their no-huddle offense will be run by returning quarterback Curry Parham. The 6-3 junior threw for 1,913 yards and 16 touchdowns against just 1 interception last season. He also rushed for 556 yards on 84 carries for 2 more touchdowns.
"I think that because I was a lot of run last year they'll be keying on the run even more this year so they'll be packing the box. So we need to improve in going over the top this year," said Parham, who said he's been talking with coaches already from Sacramento State and San Jose State football.
The Knights know they have something special in Parham calling the signals.
"He's huge and he's probably the smartest person out there. He knows everything there is to know about football. He knows what everyone is doing, where everybody is going to be," said Becerra.
"I think in year two as a varsity starter he'll be more crisp, his timing will be better. I think he'll still be the same run threat he was last year. I think he's gotten a step faster as well as gotten a little bit bigger and stronger," added Davis.
Defensive back James Fitzmaurice returns after tallying 55 tackles and 4 interceptions last season. Micah Kephart will provide a boost a linebacker. He recorded 79 tackles last season.
The Knights open the season August 30 at home against Santa Barbara.
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