Head coach Joey LaRosa gives us a glimpse of the 2019 Chino High School football team.
Head coach: Joey LaRosa, 1st season as head coach
Last year: 3-7 (2-3), missed playoffs
Returning starters: 6 offense, 0 defense
Trey Harris, quarterback, jr. (6-0, 175): Started five games as a sophomore winning the last two league games.
Joseph DeJulia, RB/QB, jr. (5-9, 175): One of the strongest kids on the team, will see some time at QB in wildcat and other situations. Can play all three downs at running back.
Jeremy Carter, wide receiver, sr. (5-9, 160): Explosive receiver, CIF qualifier in the 100m and 200m. Had 5 catches for 140 yards last year and 2 touchdowns in limited action.
Luis Ramirez, wide receiver, sr. (6-3, 175): Returning wide reciever, big physical target and can catch the ball.
Christian Saloman, offensive line, jr. (6-2, 275): Second team all-league as a sophomore, returning starter. Strongest kid in the weight room. Will play both ways at OL and NT.
Demarius Hylton, defensive back, sr. (6-1, 175): Didn’t play football last year, returns for his senior year after playing as a sophomore. Big, physical athlete, can play corner or safety.
Pastor Valdez, defensive line, jr. (6-1, 230): Very athletic, quick defensive end will play on offense as well at tackle and tight end.
Josh Marin, linebacker, sr. (5-10, 170): Leader of the football team, will play at inside and outside linebacker, also starts at wide receiver.
Matthew Escobar, linebacker, sr. (5-10, 200): Will be the anchor on the defense at middle linebacker.
John DeJulia, defensive back, jr. (5-10, 160): Can play any spot in the secondary, will start at wide receiver too.
“The offense will be very young. We will have up to eight starters who are underclassmen,” said LaRosa. “The defense will be senior heavy, but not many started last year.”
“Skill positions will be our strength, especially defensive back and wide receiver. We have a lot of seniors and athletes who can make plays on both sides of the ball. If the young offensive and defensive lines can play well we could fight for a playoff spot in league.”