Jul 29, 2013 8:32 PM by Bill Halter
The high school football season started on Monday for a few teams on the Central Coast. Schools that did their summer workouts at the beginning of the summer were able to get started a little earlier than those that waited until July to do summer practice. One team that lined up Monday was San Luis Obispo High. The Tigers lost 21 seniors from last year's team that made the CIF playoffs.
The Tigers went 6-5 last year. But four of those losses came by five points or less and if it weren't for quarterback Garrett Giovannelli going down with a knee injury in the regular season finale they might have been able to beat Arroyo Grande and earn a share of the Pac 7 title.
"We definitely have a lot of unfinished business. The past three years, great players leaving but this year we're looking to go farther than we've ever gone the past ten years or so," said senior quarterback Thomas Orradre, who was 5 for 17 passing for 75 yards last season.
Orradre will take over the quarterback reins.He played the position quite a bit last year when Giovannelli was injured. The backfield for the Tigers triple-option attack is loaded. "It's about diversity and getting the ball in multiple guys hands and so we have three returning starters in Cole Bradley and Nate Greenelsh and Sawyer Scott. Those are the three guys at the slot and the A back spot. So we're really excited about that and feel that Thomas is going to do a great job managing those guys," said head coach David Kelley.
Nate Greenelsh rushed for 653 yards on 79 carries last season with 9 touchdowns. He also caught 4 passes for 108 yards. Cole Bradley averaged 6.14 yards per carry and racked up 399 rushing yards on 65 carries to go with 3 touchdowns. Sawyer Scott led the team with 737 rushing yards on 125 carries and 3 touchdowns. Scott averaged nearly 6 yards per carry.
San Luis Obispo only has 32 players on varsity meaning a lot of guys will be playing both ways.
"There is going to be a certain group of people that just have to be conditioned to go both ways. We're not like teams like Paso where they have 70 kids on their roster," said Bradley, who made 9 tackles last season.
Once again, the Tigers aren't very big. But speed is more important than size for the triple-option offense and the Tigers should have plenty of that.
The Tigers open the season on Saturday, August 31 in Bakersfield against Garces, a team that beat the Tigers 21-20 to open the 2012 season. Garces went 13-1 last season and won the CIF-Central Section Division II title.
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