956Sports.com 2016 Football Preview
By: JOHN CANNON
(SANTA ROSA) – After sitting out a year in 2015, former PSJA Memorial and Rio Hondo head football coach Gus Cavazos decided it was time to return to the sidelines.
Cavazos accepted the job as head football coach and athletic director at Santa Rosa High School in February of this year and could very well be the spark plug that they need to get back to the promise land.
Cavazos bring to Santa Rosa a winning attitude due to the success at his previous stops. At Rio Hondo, Cavazos accumulated an impressive 34-11 overall record and led them to multiple district titles and bi-district titles as well.
His best season was in 2007 as the Bobcats had their first 11-win season in program history.
During his tenure at PSJA Memorial, Cavazos also made quite an impact as won 34 games in his seven years and led them to the postseason twice in 2010 and 2011.
The 2010 year was a memorable one for the Wolverines as they put together a nine win season and won their first bi-district title in school history.
The Warriors definitely hope that Cavazos can turn around a program that struggled last year by going 1-8 overall and 1-4 in district play. Santa Rosa will have their hands full once again this year as they are matched up with some stiff competition in District 16-3A Division I.
The Warriors, who just happen to be the smallest school in the district, have to face the likes of Bishop, Falfurrias, Lyford, Kingsville Academy and San Diego.
If Santa Rosa is going to be successful, they will have to rely on their athleticism and their wealth of experience on defense.
Santa Rosa returns eight on the defensive side of the ball and lucky for them, they have experience at key positions. Nathan Bentley will lead the secondary at the cornerback position while Christian Castillo heads up the linebacking corps. Dawson Ramirez will line up at defensive end and help lead the charge there.
The Warriors will definitely have to rely on strong defensive play while trying to help their young offense come along as the season progresses.
Offensively, Santa Rosa brings back only four starters and has some huge holes to fill.
However, they do bring back some valuable experience with the focal point being quarterback Leo Lara. Lara is an exceptional athlete who has excelled in each and every sport he has competed in and has all the tools to lead this young offense to great things.
Lara won’t have to do everything all on his own as running back Alex Ayala and All-District fullback Christian Castillo will help take the load off of their quarterback and look to make a huge impact as well.
Over the years, Santa Rosa has become a powerhouse in the Sub-5A classes and would love nothing more than to get themselves back into the playoffs after missing out in 2015.
Santa Rosa 2016 Football Schedule:
8/26 at Hidalgo, 7:30 p.m.
9/02 at La Villa, 7:30 p.m.
09/09 vs. Progreso, 7:30 p.m.
09/16 vs. Aransas Pass, 7:30 p.m.
09/23 vs. La Feria, 7:30 p.m.
10/07 at San Diego, 7:30 p.m.
10/14 at Santa Gertrudis Academy, 7:30 p.m.
10/21 vs. Lyford, 7:30 p.m.
10/28 at Falfurrias, 7:30 p.m.
11/04 vs. Bishop, 7:30 p.m.