The Cabrillo High School football program enters the 2018 season after a one-win campaign just a year ago.
The Conquistadors are raring to get back to its winning ways as a program, now making the switch from the Los Padres League to the Channel League this season.
Cabrillo has no shortage of experience as they return 21 seniors to the sideline, many of those having a fair share of varsity starts under their belts.
Head coach AJ Pateras is excited about the strides he hopes the team can make entering his second year at the helm.
"We talked about last year building a foundation and building a culture," Pateras said. "It takes time, and when you’ve got a lot of young kids playing, you run into those growing pains. That’s been the focus, just to get better, grow, develop, learn what we’re doing, and make an impact on Friday."
"The expectation is to prove something here, something to our teammates, to our school, and to the city," senior lineman Ruben Ponce added. "We get really underestimated here, and we’re just going to try to prove something."
Cabrillo opens up the season on the road at Bishop Diego on Friday, August 17.