Casteel Colts football team braces for leap to Arizona’s 6A conference

SBLive Arizona will preview every 6A football team in the state leading up to the 2020 high school football season. Here’s our look at the Casteel Colts of 6A Region 3 (Fiesta).

CASTEEL TEAM PAGE | 2020 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

HEAD COACH

Dr. Robert Newcombe, third season (18-7)

2019 AT A GLANCE

  • 9-3 record
  • 3-3 in 5A San Tan (third place)
  • No. 4 seed in 5A playoffs
  • Beat No. 13 Ironwood Ridge 41-14 in first round
  • Beat No. 5 Millennium 73-28 in second round
  • Lost to No. 1 Williams Field 52-17 in semifinals

ALL-REGION PLAYERS DEPARTED

First team

  • Dalton Card – Defensive Lineman
  • Malikai Siquieros – Defensive Lineman
  • Benjamin Blancas – Running Back

Second team

  • Donzell Howard – Defensive Lineman
  • Wyatt Reidhead – Linebacker

Honorable mention

  • Grady Burns – Wide Receiver
  • Collin Gapen – Wide Receiver/Safety

2020 SCHEDULE (All games 7 p.m.)

  • Oct. 2 – Boulder Creek
  • Oct. 9 – Higley
  • Oct. 16 – Queen Creek
  • Oct. 23 – at Williams Field
  • Oct. 30 – Perry
  • Nov. 6 – at Chaparral
  • Nov. 13 – at Desert Ridge
  • Nov. 20 – at Red Mountain

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Brock Dieu (Senior-OL)

Coach Newcombe: “Brock is a very physical player. He’s a Washington State commit.”

Isaiah Newcombe (Senior-WR)

Coach Newcombe: “Isaiah is a speedy playmaker. He’s committed to UCLA.”

2019 stats: 48 catches for 661 yards and seven TDs; one rushing TD

Dom DiGian (Senior-WR/TE)

Coach Newcombe: “Dom is a versatile player who plays all over our offense.”

2019 stats: 55 catches for 877 yards and eight TDs

Shakaun Bowser (Junior-DE) 

Coach Newcombe: “Shakaun is an explosive pass rusher full of energy.”

2019 stats: 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks

Offer sheet: Arizona, Colorado and Southern Mississippi

Connor Clinton (Senior-DB)

Coach Newcombe: “Connor is a talented and aggressive football player.”

2019 stats: 51 tackles and an INT

BEST-CASE SCENARIO

A 6A semifinal playoff appearance. In addition to the five talented players listed above, Casteel returns quarterback Dane Christensen, who threw for more than 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. That’s a recipe for success. The schedule is very challenging, but the Colts have a strong core that will compete.

MOST REALISTIC SCENARIO

Barely missing the playoffs or a one-and-done in the postseason. Casteel makes the move from 5A to 6A this season and although the Colts bring back a lot of talent, going further in the playoffs than some of their Region 3 counterparts will be a challenge. Queen Creek, Williams Field, Desert Ridge and Red Mountain are formidable foes.

COACH SAID

“We expect to compete at a high level in our first season in 6A football. We have great character kids within our program who love the game of football and the school they play for. Our goal is to be the best we can be as a team.” — Dr. Robert Newcombe

MORE: 2020 ARIZONA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW

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