first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The College of the Canyons football team will have to get over one extraordinary player’s graduation, but it’s the Cougars’ cohesive system that should prove why the college is always in the forefront. Missed will be quarterback Marcel Marquez, a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Sherman Oaks who, in two years, helped the Cougars to a 26-1 record, two Western State Conference Championships and a State Championship in 2004. Former Birmingham of Lake Balboa quarterback Andrew Miramontes has some big shoes to fill – but he did lead his former high school team to a City Section Championship two years ago and shows potential. “Marcel (Marquez) is a different creature,” head coach Chuck Lyon said, “but Andrew is pretty mobile and throws the ball well.” Luckily, for whomever might quarterback the Cougars this season (the quarterback job has not been decided), Marquez didn’t take the offensive line with him or standout wide receiver Terence Scott. Scott, a 6-foot, 180-pound speedster from Central Tennessee, will return after catching 47 passes for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman. “He’s just unbelievable,” offensive line coach Garett Tujague said. “He should be our best player,” Lyon said. Tujague can attest to why Scott might be open enough to be College of the Canyons’ best player – especially since he’s returning three top-notch lineman to protect the quarterback. Alex DeKok, an All-State left guard from Saugus and All-Conference selections Fernal Vasquez (Burroughs of Burbank) and Joe Miulli (Valencia) return while freshman Kainoa La Count (Kailua, Hawaii), Shawn Johnson (Thousand Oaks) and Houston Perry compete for the final two spots. DeKok is a two-sport athlete who competed in track and field – but it’s his leadership skills that impress Tujague. “He’s so receptive to coaching and he’s a huge part of our sophomore leadership,” Tujague said. “We’re already better than we were last year at this time, DeKok said of his team’s progress before they face Chaffey at home for the first game on Sept. 2. “Especially with the run game.” The Cougars do return their second leading rusher, Brian Stuard from Birmingham High, who was second on the team behind Marquez with 494 yards with six touchdowns. Marquez had 660 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead College of the Canyons. Defensively, the Cougars lose both starting corners but bring in Darius Clarke, a transfer from Antelope Valley to help fill the void. Two safeties will return – Allen Walker from L.A. Baptist in North Hills and Byron Bullock from Birmingham. Walker was tied for second in defensive tackles last season with 58 and will try to fill in for linebacker Joey LaRoque, who led the team with 103 and now attends Oregon State. [email protected] (818) 713-3607last_img

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