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2017 Eldorado Football Capsule

ELDORADO

League: Class 4A Northeast

Head coach: Robert Cutts, third season (4-15)

2016 record: 2-8 (2-2 Northeast League, third)

Returning lettermen: 23

Returning starters: Five offense, seven defense

Base offensive set: Spread

Base defensive set: 3-4

Top offensive players: QB Jaime Rangel (Sr.); WR Andres Aviles (Sr.); G Justin Tailano (Jr.)

Top defensive players: OLB/DE Uriel Garcia-Fierro; MLB Brian Soto (Sr.); CB Jalen Malone (Jr.); CB Brandon Gibbs (Sr.)

Top newcomers: S Elijah Ezell (Sr.); WR Rayen Rubio (Jr.); TE Guillermo Hernandez (So.)

Key losses: RB/OLB Anthony Silva

Outlook: Cutts hopes that experience will help the Sundevils take the next step this season. The team has 22 seniors, and plenty of returnees.

Rangel is back for a second season at quarterback, and Cutts thinks his signal caller will have more success this season.

“He took some lumps last season, but has learned from it,” Cutts said.

Rangel passed for 1,045 yards and six touchdowns, but threw 18 interceptions as a junior.

Aviles should be his top target after catching 35 passes for 342 yards last season.

Malone returns in the secondary to lead the defense. He was second on the team with 33 tackles and earned second-team All-Northeast League honors.

“Our guys have worked extremely hard this offseason in the weight room to close the gap in strength,” Cutts said.

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