No. 10 Steele Canyon Cougars: 2019 San Diego Section high school football preview

We continue our countdown of the Top 15 high school football teams in the San Diego Section with an inside look at No. 10 Steele Canyon.

Links: Steele Canyon team page | 2019 schedule

2018 IN REVIEW

9-3 (4-1) CIF Division 1 Quarterfinalist

COACHING RESUME

Scott Longerbone, 8th season, 45-40-1 overall record

RETURNING

Offense – 4. Defense – 9.

TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

RB Wes Neely 5-9, 182, jr.

RB Junior Akintunde 5-10, 190, sr.

WR Chris Carter 5-9, 185, sr.

OL Ulolo Samoata 6-2, 300, sr.

WR Javaya Boyd 5-11, 145, sr.

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

DB Chance Johnson 6-0, 185, sr.

LB Cameron Ewert 6-3, 211, sr.

DB Antoine Walker 5-11, 174, sr.

LB Colton Guerrero 6-0, 195, jr.

DL Viliamu Morse 6-0, 184, sr.

THREE TO SEE

Wes Neely, running back

Ran for 6 touchdowns last season while averaging 12.7 yards per carry.

Chance Johnson, defensive back/wide receiver

Led the Cougars in tackles last season while also averaging 19 yards per catch.

Antoine Walker, defensive back

33 tackles, 2 interceptions, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in 2018.

OUTLOOK

Steele Canyon ran the ball almost 80-percent of the time last season and should replicate that this season with Neely and Akintunde returning at running back.

The Cougars defense allowed 21 points per game while playing a very good schedule. They return 9 starters from that defense including their 3 leading tacklers.

Steele Canyon took down Helix last season to share the Grossmont – Hills League Championship. This season will be even tougher as the bottom half of the league has taken a step forward.

2019 SCHEDULE

Aug 23: Eastlake, 7pm

Aug 30: at Madison, 6:30pm

Sep 13: at Bonita Vista, 7pm

Sep 20: at Otay Ranch, 7pm

Sep 27: Mira Mesa, 7pm

Oct 4: at Granite Hills, 7pm

Oct 11: El Capitan, 7pm

Oct 18: Valhalla, 7pm

Oct 25: at Grossmont, 7pm

Nov 1: Helix, 7pm

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