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Mesquite hopes to continue program’s progress

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 12:00 pm | Updated: 11:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A 4-6 regular season normally isn’t something to shout about, but in the case of Gilbert Mesquite it meant a step in the right direction coach Mike Reardon appreciated.

A rigorous schedule — automatic when your school is a member of the Fiesta Region — and how the Wildcats progressed from start to finish were the keys to only the second playoff appearance in 10 Mesquite seasons. Now Reardon is looking for more.

“We want to pick up where we left off last year,” Reardon said. “We don’t have as many seniors this year, and we had good senior leadership from that group. We think the kids will be able to pick up more and learn more with our system being installed and a full coaching staff with us.”

Counting a playoff loss to Chandler Hamilton, Mesquite’s final record was 4-7. But the Wildcats gave Hamilton a first-round scare, as they fell late, 26-14. Three weeks earlier Hamilton buried Mesquite 44-8. The playoff result was due in part to how much better and how much more confident Mesquite was from its earlier games. A gradual ascent.

“The second time we played Hamilton we got over the fear factor,” Reardon said. “We played six teams that made the playoffs during the year. And we were two points shy of finishing the season over .500. The schedule we played helped. We have the same schedule this year so it’ll be just as tough if not tougher.”

With four or five starters back on each side of the ball, including the bulk of its offensive line, the Wildcats seem better prepared to deal with the slate ahead of them.

“We don’t get the transfer kids a lot of other schools do,” Reardon said. “We’ll build with what we have. The kids have bought into what we do, and we can get deeper into our offense than we did last year. They’ll be learning more with the full staff we have now at the varsity level.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
2 Josh Awaal RB 5-10 180 Sr.
3 Angelo Sabud WR 5-4 150 Jr.
4 Gabe Samora WR 5-7 150 Sr.
5 Jake Bambrick DB 5-8 155 Jr.
6 Tim Bledsoe DB 5-11 170 Jr.
7 Charles Robinson RB 5-9 160 Jr.
8 Taylor Rascon WR 6-0 180 Sr.
9 Matt Westergard QB 5-9 180 Sr.
10 Tanner Hernandez DB 5-7 160 Jr.
11 Steven Hansen QB 6-0 165 Jr.
12 Jonny Breeze DB 6-0 180 Sr.
13 Trevor Low WR 5-8 130 Jr.
14 Kaleb Roberts DB 6-1 165 Jr.
15 Brandon McElveen LB 5-6 145 Jr.
17 Quinten Gatewood WR 5-11 215 Jr.
20 Damian Crawford WR 5-9 175 Sr.
21 Dameon Morgan WR 5-10 165 So.
22 Dylan Fisher DB 5-8 145 Jr.
23 Jacob Van Dam DB 5-10 155 Jr.
24 Keith Anderson DB 5-10 150 Jr.
25 Langston Ward WR 6-3 175 Jr.
26 Brett Breunig DB 5-10 180 Sr.
27 Devin Shumway WR 5-9 165 Jr.
30 Brian Foy RB 5-7 165 Sr.
31 Josh Rushing RB 5-9 160 Jr.
32 Mike Taufa LB 5-10 210 Jr.
33 Marcellus Russell RB 5-9 160 Jr.
34 Justin Baker LB 5-7 150 Jr.
36 Nick Nelson LB 5-8 150 Sr.
40 Sam Wilson DB 6-1 170 Jr.
41 Hector Morales QB 5-9 175 Jr.
42 John Anthony RB 5-9 185 Sr.
43 Fine Itaaehau LB 5-11 220 Jr.
44 John Edmondson LB 5-8 185 Jr.
45 Kyle Pastor DB 5-10 160 Jr.
47 Robert Dalton DL 6-3 185 Jr.
50 Mota Fahina DL 6-2 250 Sr.
51 Zak Sanderson DL 6-5 200 Jr.
52 Mike Steiger DL 6-0 205 Sr.
54 Ryan Wulff LB 6-1 175 Sr.
55 Fernado Correa OL 5-10 250 Sr.
56 Cameron Crozier OL 6-3 200 Jr.
60 Mike Gurczak OL 5-9 165 Jr.
61 Chris Selder OL 6-2 200 Jr.
62 Garret Hommel OL 5-10 200 Jr.
63 Steve Navarro OL 5-11 195 Jr.
64 Logan Hille OL 6-3 200 Sr.
65 Cesar Salcido OL 5-9 185 Sr.
66 Mike LaMorgese DL 6-1 235 Sr.
67 Dylan Brady OL 5-10 270 Jr.
68 Jake Solomon OL 6-3 260 Sr.
70 Greg Lebarre DL 6-1 190 Sr.
71 Mike Callan LB 5-10 180 Sr.
72 Cory Allen DL 6-2 180 Jr.
73 Jimmu Stivers OL 5-8 210 Sr.
74 Nate Jameson OL 6-2 275 Sr.
75 Jarred Solomon OL 6-4 265 Sr.
76 McKay Howell OL 6-2 250 Jr.
77 Alec Horne DL 5-3 185 DL
80 Brandon Fehd WR 6-2 170 Jr.
81 Akber Durrani WR 5-4 145 Sr.
82 Ryan Nonnenmacher K 6-0 190 Sr.
83 RJ Rickert WR 6-3 210 So.
84 Jason Curtis DB 5-11 185 Jr.
85 Zach Turilli DB 5-9 150 Jr.
86 Randall Alcantar WR 5-11 170 Sr.
87 CJ Randall DL 6-6 220 Jr.
88 Brad Utter DL 6-4 215 Sr.
89 Fernando Rueda WR 5-8 145 Jr.
  Jacob Padilla DB 5-6 140 Jr.
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