Diamond Ranch Panthers: Division 5 Southern Section football preview

Diamond Ranch is gearing up for a season-opening showdown with Bishop Amat. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Panthers.

Links: Diamond Ranch team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

7-4, (4-1 in Hacienda League, 2nd place), Division 5 first round playoff appearance (lost 39-33 to Apple Valley)

COACHING RESUME

Eric Martinez is entering his third season as head coach. He was previously the defensive coordinator at Upland.

TOP PLAYERS

Cade Miller – QB, FS, SS Sr. 6-2 208

D.J. Shanks – WR, CB Sr. 5-11 174

Nin Burns – WR/CB Sr. 5’10” 175

Daymon Burns – WR/S Sr.

Luis Guerrero WR Sr. 6-1, 190

THREE TO SEE

Cade Miller – QB

Threw for 2,007 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.

D.J. Shanks – WR

All-CIF selection as a junior. Caught 38 passes for 583 yards and three scores. Also plays cornerback.

Nin Burns – WR/CB

Transfer from Covina who has played the last two years at QB for the Colts. He’ll be a play-maker for the Panthers this season.

OUTLOOK

Diamond Ranch is ranked No. 10 in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s football rankings. There are high expectations this season even with the departure of wide receiver Cristian Dixon to Mater Dei.

Cade Miller will consistently throw to DJ Shanks and the Burns brothers will make plays too. The Panthers open the season on Thursday, August 22 against Bishop Amat. They’re big-time underdogs, but a competitive game would show the rest of Division 5 that Diamond Ranch must be taken seriously.

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