Football Uses Spring As Measuring Stick!

June 19, 2013 by  

Coach-lanceFootball: Burbank: Bell-Jeff still organizing under new coach. Fauria took over at Bell-Jeff for David Machuca, who accepted the job as offensive coordinator under John Rome at Glendale Community College.

Last season, Bell-Jeff had a 4-7 record (2-2 in Santa Fe League). The Guards qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division Northeast playoffs, losing to No. 2 Rio Hondo Prep, 57-6. Rio Hondo Prep went on to win the division title.

It was the first time the Guards qualified for the postseason in three years.

Fauria, who took over the program the first week of May, knew he would face challenges when he accepted the job.

“We are just hoping to get players from our campus to come out and try out for football,” Fauria said. “That’s really what our focus is all about now. We are also getting some freshmen in, so hopefully they will help us.”

With no spring practice, Fauria said he still doesn’t know the caliber of talent he will have for the 2013 season.

“We will have to wait for summer to do that,” he said. “Even through we didn’t practice in the spring, we’ll catch up. The guys have been involved in finals this past week and I’ve just kinda left them alone. I wanted them to get their academics done.”

Because he doesn’t know what to expect from his players, Fauria said he will wait to determine what type of offense he will run.

“We have to see what type of players we have before I figure what kind of offense is going to work for us,” he said. “We will just try and put the best team that we can on the field.”

josh_all-cifThe Guards did lose two key players from last season.

The biggest loss was Josh Martinez, an All-CIF standout who graduated. Carrying the majority of the offensive workload for Bell-Jeff, Martinez had 237 carries for 1,813 yards and averaged 7.7 yards a carry. In addition, he tallied 26 rushing touchdowns. In total, Martinez chalked up nearly 2,100 total yards and had 29 touchdowns and 38 two-point conversions for a total of 250 points on the season.

The Guards have also lost quarterback Jonathan Porter, who transferred.

“Hopefully, even through we didn’t practice during the spring, we can pick right up during summer,” Fauria said. “We are looking forward to the challenge.”

By Jeff Tully

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