The Nipomo High School football team began its second week of practice for the 2018 season on Monday afternoon.
The Titans, along with 12 other schools from the Central Coast, have made the switch to the CIF Central Section. Nipomo will compete in Division 2 once the postseason rolls around.
Nipomo is also one of six members of the brand new Ocean League.
The Titans return a large amount of starters, as well as 20 seniors, from a squad that finished 4-7 overall a season ago, 2-1 in the Northern League.
Head coach Tony Dodge, who’s in his fourth year at the helm of the Titans, says he has high expectations for the season ahead given their amount of experience.
"It’s a beautiful thing as a head coach," Dodge said about his healthy amount of returning starters. "There is more stuff we can run, more schemes we can put in. I’m excited. It’s an exciting time for me to have all these guys I can do all these different things with."
"I’m not really worried about the new change that we’re experiencing right now," senior running back/linebacker Luis Diego Riquelme added. "As a team, as a whole, we’re ready to rumble with whoever comes our way, game-by-game and play-by-play. We’re ready to go out and compete at a high level."
Nipomo will host Santa Ynez to open up the regular season on Friday, August 17. Kickoff is set for 7 P.M.