2018 Mojave Football Capsule


League: Class 4A Northeast

Head coach: Abraham Gonzalez, third season (11-11)

2017 record: 10-3 (4-1 3A Sunset, second)

Returning lettermen: 12

Returning starters: Two offense, five defense

Base offensive set: Single wing

Base defensive set: 4-2-5

Top offensive players: WR Isaiah Harper (Sr.); OL Ivan Parra (Sr.)

Top defensive players: DE David Warren (Sr.); OLB Desaun Smith (Sr.)

Top newcomer: QB K’maurian Philogene (Sr.)

Key losses: CB/WR John Harper; RB/FS Devin Houston; RB/LB Tawee Walker

Outlook: The Rattlers move up to Class 4A this season after an impressive run to the Class 3A state title game last fall.

But Mojave must replace some key cogs off a team that won 10 games after going 1-8 in 2016.

The Rattlers lost two-way standouts Walker and John Harper, and their production will be difficult to duplicate.

Walker was a first-team all-state selection after rushing for 1,703 yards and 21 TDs. He also had 63 tackles as a linebacker, but has transferred to Arizona.

Harper picked off six passes and returned three for touchdowns in earning second-team all-state honors as a defensive back. He also was the team’s top receiver.

Parra was a first-team All-Sunset League pick as a linebacker after finishing with 60 tackles, but may be more important on the offensive line this season. He also is expected to play on the defensive line.

Warren earned second-team All-Sunset honors as a defensive end with 38 tackles, including seven sacks. Smith added 42 tackles and four sacks last season.

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