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Aug 18, 2013 11:47 PM by Bill Halter

Nipomo looking to bounce back after three losing seasons

The Nipomo football team will be made up of 16 seniors and 42 juniors this season. The Titans have only won six games in the last three seasons and haven't made the playoffs since 2009. The strong junior class went 8-2 at the Junior Varsity level last year which has the program thinking it can return to prominence. "Our top two goals this year, number one is to beat Lompoc and number two is to make the playoffs. So that's what we're after" said head coach Russ Edwards. "That's our goal I think we can do it, I think we've got a group that can get it done and we're really excited about this team."

Junior Matt Albright will take over at quarterback after a successful season as the Junior Varsity quarterback last year. "I think it will carry over to our Varsity season this year, we have a really big offensive line and real quick receivers so I think we'll do real good" said Albright.

Last year Nipomo switched to a spread offense with a base formation of four wide receivers and one running back. The Titans threw the ball 317 times last season and only ran it 284 times. Coach Edwards expects a similar distribution this year but anticipates better results because of additional weapons on the field and the familiarity the team has with the offense now. "We superstaffed it last year and had the Varsity and Junior Varsity practice together so it's like we have all returning Varsity players" said Edwards.

Nipomo also instituted a no huddle offense last year which Edwards says has greatly increased the number of reps the team gets in practice.

Last year the Titans were 2-8 and finished fifth in the Los Padres League with a 2-4 record, Lompoc went 6-0 to win the LPL for a third straight year.

Nipomo opens up at home against Pioneer Valley, last year the Panthers beat the Titans, 37-10 in Santa Maria to start the season.

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