Things learned at Kubasaki football camp
Second in a series of quick hits on high school football practices around the Pacific.
On paper, at least, it would appear as if Kubasaki football faces a major task replacing QB DeCurtis Davis (transferred) and RB Winston Maxwell (graduated), who combined for 2,427 yards for last year’s Division I runner-up Dragons.
Instead of one quarterback, the Dragons have two able bodies available to run longtime coach Fred Bales’ spread-option offense, seniors Isaiah Johnson and Jacob Green. Receivers for the most part last season, they’re taking turns under center and in the shotgun and each has shown an ability to run and gun.
That could easily serve as a template for a Dragons team that could have cried poor, having lost veteran linemen Josiah Allen and Christian Fernandez in addition to Davis and Maxwell. Enough talent returns (25 total players, nine starters) to plug in the vacated spots. And with a 60-player tryout turnout, the most Bales has ever fielded, there’s plenty of depth at most positions.
The interior is solid on both sides of the ball, with senior Preston Snyder, who led the Dragons in fumble recoveries last season, helping anchor a unit featuring three other returning starters. Be it veteran Javohn Journigan or newcomer Lester Parker or others, there are plenty of options in the backfield.
Same goes for receiver, where senior Miles Mahlock – an accomplished soccer player – slides over to man the left-side wideout spot. His height, 6-foot-2, could cause matchup problems for opponents. Fellow senior Jailen Pa’u lines up on the opposite side.
If there’s a lingering question mark, it’s at linebacker, where only junior Marcus Lee returns from last year’s unit. Replacing three-year starter Sho Green may be the biggest question at that position.