Yucaipa Thunderbirds: 2019 Division 4 Southern Section football preview

Brandon Hernandez, RJ Taylor, and Wesley Cybula headline what should be a very good defensive line for Yucaipa. Here’s an inside look at the 2019 Thunderbirds.

Links: Yucaipa team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

Overall record: 5-6 (2-3 in league, 4th in the Citrus Belt League). Yucaipa lost 34-12 to Villa Park in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.

HEAD COACH

Entering his 10th season as head coach of Yucaipa, Justin Price is 65-35. 

TOP PLAYERS

OL/DL Robert Joe “RJ” Taylor, 6-4, 310, Sr.

OL/DL Brandon Hernandez, 6-6, 270, Sr.

WR/DB David Fisher, 5-10, 170, Sr.

WR Austin Bolinger, 6-0, 178, Sr.

QB/ATH Kaleb Stamps, 5-11, 170, Jr.

DL Wesley Cybula, 5-11, 222, Jr.

ILB Jackson Beamish, 5-11, 156, Sr.

THREE TO SEE

Brandon Hernandez – OL/DL

At 6-6 270, Hernandez is a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the line.

David Fisher – WR/DB

Fisher was the second leading receiver on the Thunderbirds last season with 374 receiving yards. Additionally, he may be a candidate to fill in some holes at running back, as he rushed for over 100 yards last season. He’s also a standout at DB in the secondary.

Austin Bolinger – WR

Bolinger is looking to expand on a successful junior year in which he recorded 315 receiving yards.

OUTLOOK

Yucaipa is looking to make the playoffs again with only four returning starters on each side of the ball. Most of last year’s key players on both sides of the ball graduated. Still, as the lone school in town, the Thunderbirds have a gritty identity. Inexperience will be no excuse to let up this season.

Keo McChesney is gone at quarterback, and Kaleb Stamps will be his predecessor. RJ Taylor and Brandon Hernandez highlight what is expected to be an excellent offensive line. While Yucaipa will be losing most of their playmaking threats, wide receivers David Fisher and Austin Bolinger are still around. Both of them recorded over 300 receiving yards last season, and Fisher ran the ball at times as well.

On defense, Brandon Hernandez, RJ Taylor, and Wesley Cybula headline what will likely be a very good defensive line. LB Jackson Beamish will contribute to the Thunderbirds’ interior defense as well. DB David Fisher will be tasked with anchoring an inexperienced secondary.

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