Both Local Teams’ Coaches Optimistic About Prospects for 2011 Season

Since the rivalry began with the opening of Westview High School, the two high schools in Rancho Penasquitos are at a virtual standoff in their annual high school football matchup. Since 2004, Mt. Carmel High School holds a 4-3 edge over the Wolverines.

This year, both head coaches – the Sundevils’ Sanford Carvajal, and the Wolverines’ Mike Woodward – are optimistic about their chances to improve on last year’s records (collectively only at 8-14 for PQ’s two high schools).

Woodward and Carvajal answered specific questions from 92129 Magazine, in advance of the start of this season’s pre-season practices on Aug. 8 – with each expressing respect for his cross town rival, and projecting great opportunities for the 2011 season.

The annual rivalry game this year is at Westview Stadium on Nov. 4.


Q&A with Sundevils’ Coach Sanford Carvajal

92129 Question:  What is your outlook for the upcoming football season?
Coach Carvajal:  The Sundevils are looking to have their best team in years.  The Junior Varsity football team has won back to back league titles and the freshmen have won it twice in three years.  Those players are now on the varsity.

92129 Question:  What do you feel are your team’s strengths going into the upcoming season?
Coach Carvajal:  Experience in running the triple option offense will be a big strength of the team.  The players now have a firm grasp and everyone is on the same page and ready to go.  The defensive side of the ball will look to get better with a couple of changes that will make that side of the ball better.

92129 Question:  What areas of the team offer you the biggest challenges this year?
Coach Carvajal:  Staying healthy and focused is always a challenge.  The team doesn’t have a lot of depth and it can be a very long season, especially when you go two or three weeks into the playoffs.

92129 Question:  Who are the key players for a successful season for the Sundevils?
Coach Carvajal:  There is a real battle at quarterback between senior Nick Vasko, senior Kyle McAtee, and sophomore Kory Fox.  Whoever ends up being the starter, the other two will start at other positions on the offense or defense.  Junior running back Robert Halliburton has a chance to be a real gem at running back and slot receiver Dominque Nelson lead the team last year with six touchdown receptions and looks to improve on that.  Returning senior offensive linemen Tyler Cacha, Alan Tran, and Nathan Sylvia will bring needed experience to the line.  Two-way All-League player Jalen Smith (tight end/defensive lineman) will be one of those players who doesn’t leave the field.  Senior inside linebacker Eddie Krukowski, outside linebacker Chris Hockenberry, and safety Tanner McClelland look to anchor the defense.

92129 Question:  What changes or shifts are planned in the Sundevils’ offensive or defensive philosophies?
Coach Carvajal:  Offensively, the Sundevils look to throw the ball a lot more this year as all three quarterbacks possess strong and accurate arms.  The team won its division in this summer’s 7-on-7 passing tournament at San Diego State University.  The biggest change on the defensive side will be with the coaching staff.  Eddie Enriquez takes over as the defensive coordinator and brings brothers Eric and Emory with him.  Kevin Miller, a former player at Mt. Carmel High School – and brother of former NFL player Keith Miller – will coach linebackers.

92129 Question:  What do you enjoy most about coaching high school football?
Coach Carvajal:  Coaching is nothing more than teaching with a little extra excitement mixed in.  Every Friday night is a test.  But unlike a test in class, the test on Friday night could be in front of 5,000 people and the results and some test questions will be on television.

92129 Question:  What was your inspiration for getting into coaching?
Coach Carvajal:  Kind of a long story, but I wanted to make sure kids had a better experience than I did when I tried to play in high school.

92129 Question:  Do you plan any special preparations for the annual game against Westview High School?
Coach Carvajal:  As far as the game, we really talk about sportsmanship and playing the right way.  It’s easy for kids to lose their composure in a big-time rivalry game.  While everyone wants to win, we want to win with class.  Mt. Carmel leads the series 5-3.  The two teams have split the last four games – the last two with MCHS winning; the two before that had Westview winning.  The last time the two teams played at Westview, Kenny James set the San Diego CIF rushing record with 436 yards on 30 carries.  There will probably be over 7,000 people for the big game this year.










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Q&A with Wolverines’ Coach Mike Woodward

92129 Question:  What is your outlook for the upcoming football season?
Coach Woodward:  The Wolverines return an abundance of young players from last year’s squad, including a pre-season nationally-ranked tight end.  The offense will focus on balance with multiple formations and shifts.  Our offensive line averages 6’2”, 250 lbs. across the board with center Matt Ong and potential Ivy League-bound tackle Sean O’Keeffe leading the way.  Our quarterback is a highly recruited 6’3” player with an outstanding arm and leadership skills (he also started seven games as a sophomore).  We’re bringing in some tall (6’2”, 6’3”, and 6’5”) and quick receivers to add some spark to the offense – with Taylor McNamara being the key receiver at the tight end position (McNamara should also be a force at defensive end).  We return two starting running backs in senior Gavin Battle and talented junior Eric Kremp (who started six games last year as a sophomore).  Defensively we bring in a new defensive coordinator who won a ring with La Costa Canyon High School in 2008 and a new scheme and attitude.  Our linebacker corps appears to be an early strength after our spring mini-camp.  Spencer Bigelow leads an active group upfront on an aggressive defensive line with Adam Turk and Devin Jacanin, while twins Jason and Tyler Snyder move from the secondary to linebacker this season after gaining 15 lbs. of muscle during off-season workouts.  Zack Ziegler also returns at linebacker after a 2nd team All-League campaign in 2010.  Athletic weakside linebacker Morgan Ferguson is back along with All-League strong safety Kevin Francia.  Justin Leano leads a strong and physical secondary at corner.  The Wolverines expect an outstanding season as they once again tackle an extremely tough schedule in the Palomar League (considered by many as one of the toughest schedules in all of San Diego).

92129 Question:  What do you feel your team’s strengths are going into the upcoming season?
Coach Woodward:  We return a lot of players that have varsity experience.  We have trained extremely hard this off-season and have had an outstanding summer so far in the passing leagues, which will help catapult the positive energy leading into doubles.

92129 Question:  What areas of the team offer you the biggest challenges this year?
Coach Woodward:  Our biggest challenge will be establishing that “attitude” on the offensive line and letting go of last year’s disappointing record and embracing the challenge of a new year.

92129 Question:  Who are the key players for the season’s success?
Coach Woodward:  Top returners on defense include Arasto Mujaddidi, Zack Ziegler, Jason Snyder, Kevin Francia, Spencer Bigelow, and Morgan Ferguson.  Top returners on offense include Eric Beagle, Matt Ong, Eric Kremp, Cody Williams, Taylor McNamara, Sean O’Keeffe, Gavin Battle.

92129 Question:  What changes or shifts are planned in the Wolverines’ offensive or defensive philosophies?
Coach Woodward:  Offensively, we’ll definitely run the ball more with some outstanding running backs and a potentially tough offensive line – and a dominant tight end.  Defensively, we are changing to more of a four-man front to take advantage of our smaller more aggressive athletes.

92129 Question:  What do you enjoy most about coaching high school football?
Coach Woodward:  I enjoy the different personalities of the kids and trying to train an entire team to become champions.  Coaching is not an easy task, but it is very rewarding.  Every year you get new faces with new aspirations and it makes for a very entertaining and enjoyable career knowing that players and coaches both rely on each other so much and have to fight through so much adversity – and then, at the end of the year, you’ve realized just how close you’ve become.  It’s an incredible feeling.  Then, a month later, you get to start all over again with a whole new crop of kids.  In my opinion it doesn’t get much better than that.

92129 Question:  What was your inspiration for getting into coaching?
Coach Woodward:  I love the competition and inspiring the kids.  There aren’t too many experiences in life that allow you to have as much fun in a game like football, while also defining character at such an important age.

92129 Question:  Do you plan any special preparations for the annual game against Westview High School?
Coach Woodward:  We don’t typically do anything different game plan-wise when facing Mt. Carmel.  There is a lot of added drama and hype throughout the week but it’s always been a very healthy and friendly rivalry in my opinion.  Despite the passion and fact that we’re playing for a cup, these kids are still close friends. They grew up in PQ playing Little League and Pop Warner on the same teams so there’s still quite a bit of camaraderie between the two of us.  I don’t think either of us has to lay down special ground rules for sportsmanship.  We respect each other tremendously, both players and staff.  The only thing out of the ordinary that week is we both probably set up extra surveillance to keep any opposing scouts out of the trees or mountaintops with video cameras or special telescopes.  That’s more myth than truth, but it still adds to the intensity and fun that week.

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Coaching Staff

Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator: Sanford Carvajal
Defensive Coordinator: Eddie Enriquez
Quarterbacks: John Anderson
Offensive Line: Sean Carter
Running Backs, Cornerbacks: Emory Enriquez
Wide Receivers: Al Fisher
Defensive Line: Blaine Huber
Linebackers: Kevin Miller
Safeties: Roger Endreson
Outside Linebackers: Eric Enriquez

Varsity Head Coach Sanford Carvajal

Age: 43
Seasons at MCHS: 3
Record as head coach at MCHS: 11-13
Career record as head coach: 11-13
Previous coaching positions: JV Head Coach (4 years); Freshmen Head Coach (5 years)
Awards/Honors: La Mesa/Spring Valley School District Teacher of the Year (2006)
Other responsibilities at MCHS: ASB Director, Video Production teacher
Education: BA in Industrial Arts (SDSU), Masters in Technology and Learning (USIU)
Family: Married (Jennifer); one son (Connor, 10)
Hobbies/Interests: Model airplanes, trains

Team Profile

Mascot: Sundevils
Last year’s record: 6-6
Fall Practice Start Date: Aug. 8
First game: Sept. 2
Returning starters (defense): 8
Returning starters (offense): 7
League: Valley

Wolverines 2011 Schedule

Sept. 2        La Jolla            7 pm

Sept. 9        Mission Hills        7 pm

Sept. 16        @San Pasqual        7 pm

Sept. 23        BYE            7 pm

Sept. 30        @Poway            7 pm

Oct. 7        Rancho Bernardo        7 pm

Oct. 14        @Orange Glen        7 pm

Oct. 21        @Valley Center        7 pm

Oct. 28        San Marcos        7 pm

Nov. 4        @Westview        7 pm

Nov. 11        Del Norte            7 pm

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Coaching Staff

Head Coach/Off Coordinator/Quarterbacks: Mike Woodward
Manager of Football Operations: Bob Brewer
Outside Receivers: Marques Clark
Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers: Manny Diaz
Safeties: Jamal Felton
Defensive Line: Carl Friedemann
Defensive Line, Assistant: Scott Brown
Inside Receivers: Matt Hoss
Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks: Maddy Lacroix
Running Backs: Travis Lerma
Offensive Line: Tim Medlock
Offensive Line, Assistant: Ed Allen

Varsity Head Coach Mike Woodward

Age: 41
Seasons at WHS: 4
Record as head coach at WHS: 18-25
Career record as head coach: 68-59
Previous coaching positions: Mountain View High School, Hudson’s Bay High School
Awards/Honors: Greater St. Helens League Coach of the Year (2001), SW Washington Coach of the Year (2002)
Other responsibilities at WHS: Exercise and Nutritional Science Instructor
Education: BA in Physical Education/Health (Eastern Oregon)
Family: Married (Pamela); two children
Hobbies/Interests: Beach, reading

Team Profile

Mascot: Wolverines
Last year’s record: 2-8
Fall Practice Start Date: Aug. 8
First game: Sept. 2
Returning starters (defense): 4
Returning starters (offense): 7
League: Palomar

Wolverines 2011 Schedule

Sept. 2        Santa Fe Christian        7 pm

Sept. 9        @ San Marcos        7 pm

Sept. 16        Rancho Buena Vista        7 pm

Sept.  23        @ Del Norte        7 pm

Sept. 30        @ El Camino        7 pm

Oct.  7        BYE

Oct. 14        @ Torrey Pines        7 pm

Oct. 21        @ Poway            7 pm

Oct .28        Rancho Bernardo        7 pm

Nov. 4        Mt. Carmel            7 pm

Nov.11        @ Ramona            7:30 pm

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