Dave Campbell Football New faces await Trojan Football
The Charlotte Trojans will not only welcome in their new head coach this season, but almost an entirely new football district. This season, the Trojans will join District 16-1A (Division II), where Dave Campbell has them picked to make the playoffs. The Trojans are hoping that with five offensive and seven defensive starters coming back, they can make Campbell’s prediction a reality.
Coach Dominquez has reiterated that this is a new year and a new attitude when it comes to Charlotte Trojan Football.
This season, 16-1A (Division II) will include the Bruni Badgers (113 enrollment), LaPryor Bulldogs (134), Charlotte Trojans (144), Agua Dulce Longhorns (109) and the Benavides Eagles (125).
Bruni Badgers- One of the top squads in Class 1A from a year ago joins this district. The Badgers of Bruni are led by Arturo Lozano and finished 7-5 as Regional Finalist last year. This year they return eight offensive and seven defensive starters to their squad.
The Badgers will have a senior laden roster full of talent. QB Oliver Chapa is back to lead the squad, as he was 21-800-9TDs. Along with Chapa, RB Julio Cruz will return as he ran for 600-yards and 11 TDs last season. The final key to the puzzle will be RB Derly Carrizalez who ran for 570 yards and 10 TDs.
Defensively, look for DE Eric Gonzales to lead the way as he had 99 tackles last season. With the players mentioned and a host of others back, look for Bruni to dominate this district.
LaPryor Bulldogs- LP is coming off a 3-8 Bi-District finalist squad in what turned out to be a pretty week district last year. This season, they return four offensive and eight defensive starters. The highlight this season will be the Bulldogs defense, who has almost everyone back.
Offensively, the Dogs will use RB Chris Gonzales to lead the way, behind offensive lineman Jorge Maldonado and Miguel Luna. LP will be one of four squads who should battle it out down to the final week for the two remaining playoff spots.
Charlotte Trojans- The Trojans are coming off a 5-5 (0-4) season in which they missed the playoffs dropping every district contest. Even though the Trojans lost a number of key seniors from a year ago, they return five starters offensively and seven defensively. Key questions will include the offensive and defensive lines and the QB position.
This season, Javier Zuniga will move permanently from WR to QB to lead the squad. Last season, he was 3-3-126- 0-1TD passing and 15-286- 3TDs receiving along with 3 INTs. WR Dilan Weigang will also return, as he had 4TD catches last season.
The Trojans will look for RBs Preston Hohenstein and Ricky Hernandez to lead the way. One key piece to the line returns in OT Isiah Garcia and Charlotte hopes others will step in to fill the holes.
Charlotte hopes they will stay healthy, add a little depth and be right in the middle of the playoff mix once November arrives.
The final two squads who will battle for a playoff spot are the Agua Dulce Longhorns and the Benavides Eagles. The Horns finished 1-9 (1-5) last season and return seven offensive and six defensive starters this season.
The Eagles are coming off a 3-7 (2-4) season and will also return seven offensive and six defensive starters.
It should be a very competitive district with Bruni dominating every district team it comes in contact with. After that, it should be a dog fight down the stretch. One thing you can be guaranteed is that every game should be a good one.