Citrus Valley will rely on a stingy defense as they make the leap to Division 6. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Blackhawks.
2018 IN REVIEW
Overall record: 7-4 (3-2 in the Citrus Belt League, 3rd place). Citrus Valley lost 42-14 to Notre Dame (Riverside) in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs.
Kurt Bruich is entering his second season as head coach at Citrus Valley. He’s also the offensive coordinator.
RB Jordan Garcia-Frye – 6’0”, 190, Sr.
RB/SB Ty’Jhon Belton – 5’7”, 155, Jr.
QB Dylan Wheatley – 6’2”, 180, Jr.
OLB Jacob Moi – 6’2”, 215, Sr.
FS Jordan Scott – 6’1”, 175, Sr.
SS/FS Jake Acuna – 6’3”, 180, Sr.
CB Gary Johnson – 5’9”, 153, Jr.
THREE TO SEE
Jacob Moi – OLB
Moi was one of the top linebackers in Division 7 last season as a junior, recording 92 tackles. He’ll be asked to lead a defensive line that lost some other key cogs.
Jordan Scott – FS
Headlining one of the best secondary’s in Division 6 is free safety Scott. He registered 68 tackles last season, 45 of which were solo.
Jordan Garcia-Frye – RB
Garcia-Frye was the Blackhawks’ leading rusher last season with over 600 yards.
After a solid year in Division 7, Citrus Valley is moving up to Division 6 hoping to win playoff games right away. They’re returning seven players from last season’s strong defense, including an excellent secondary core of Jordan Scott, Jake Acuna, and Gary Johnson. Also back is Jacob Moi, who made 92 tackles last season as a junior.
Additionally, the Blackhawks expect to be better offensively in 2019. They lost their starting quarterback and top receivers, but return top rushing threat Jordan Garcia-Frye. Coach Bruich told Scorebook Live California that they are also expecting big things out of RB/SB Ty Belton and junior QB Dylan Wheatley.