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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 11:42 am | Updated: 8:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Mesa High coach Kelley Moore had reason to be ecstatic last season in his first year patrolling the sidelines for the Jackrabbits.

He also had reason to be flabbergasted.

“We had a good season,” Moore said. “It was close to being a great season.”

That’s an understatement of huge proportion. Mesa posted a 6-4 regular-season mark. It’s four losses were to Phoenix Desert Vista, Phoenix Brophy, Mesa Mountain View and Mesa Dobson. The Jackrabbits led each of those games with one quarter remaining. They ended up losing all four by getting outscored collectively 64-7 in the final stanza.

A play or two here or there and the Jackrabbits could have and should have been 9-1 or 10-0.

“No doubt we had trouble in the fourth quarter,” Moore said, still with an incredulous tone in his voice. “This is a new year. We’re optimistic we can have another good season. Initially I think we will execute a lot better than last year with the kids having a year in our system.”

Moore has position battles raging at numerous spots on both sides of the ball. Offensive personnel will be brand new. The defense returns three players, who were instrumental in helping along a solid unit in 2007.

“With (Pasiaka) Fahina, (Zack) Stradling and (Ty) Nunez, we have three really good players leading us there,” Moore said. “We have more depth this year, which is why we have so much competition for spots. We’ll know how much depth we have by about Week 5.”

By Moore’s count off of one preseason ranking, Mesa will face eight of the top 15 teams in 5A.

So they must overcome graduation losses of Keelan Johnson, Kyree Hart. Tony Gallegos and Beau Gardner. And as Moore puts it, “Get after it.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Jaymen Green RB-DB 5-7 145 Jr.
2 Tyler Ryan K-DB 5-11 156 Jr.
3 Mason Crandell WR-K 5-10 176 Sr.
4 Eric McNeil RB-DB 5-9 156 Jr.
5 Vince Durazo WR-DB 5-9 166 Sr.
6 Edwin Palacios WR-LB 5-10 190 Jr.
7 Brody Skinner QB-DB 6-1 176 Jr.
8 Mitch Haws QB-DB 5-9 172 Jr.
11 Kyle Fackrell QB-DB 6-3 188 Jr.
13 Sakeri Barba WR-DB 6-0 165 Sr.
15 Ron Gonsalves TE-DB 6-0 182 Sr.
16 Jared Tukuafu QB-DE 6-1 180 Jr.
17 Shawn Edwards TE-DE 6-1 209 Sr.
18 Daniel Vargas RB-DB 5-8 140 Jr.
19 Logan Jones WR-DB 5-8 145 Jr.
20 Ely Lozano RB-DB 5-10 162 Jr.
21 Josh Sanchez WR-DB 5-9 155 Sr.
22 Alex Romero WR-DB 5-9 150 Sr.
23 Ty Nunez RB-LB 5-10 180 Sr.
24 Devontae Kellybrew RB-LB 5-10 198 Jr.
25 Rudy Fierros RB-DB 5-9 154 Sr.
26 Taylor Fast RB-DB 5-8 160 Sr.
27 Raul Reynoso WR-DB 5-10 150 Jr.
28 Leo Francisco RB-DB 5-7 166 Sr.
30 Abelardo Noah TB-LB 5-8 160 Jr.
32 Kenny Arvayo TB-DB 5-10 184 Jr.
33 Keoni Kalama FB-DE 5-10 220 Sr.
34 Riley Owens TB-LB 6-0 186 Sr.
40 Max Carlson TB-LB 6-1 203 Jr.
44 Zack Stradling TB-LB 5-10 219 Sr.
46 Blake Merrell FB-LB 5-10 165 Jr.
48 Burton Flake WR-DB 5-9 157 Sr.
51 Kenneth Acob C-DT 5-10 186 Jr.
52 James Ridel G-DE 6-2 205 Jr.
53 Ishmael Guevara C-NG 5-10 189 Jr.
54 Cristobal Morales G-DE 5-10 195 Sr.
56 John Luchsinger T-DT 6-3 258 Sr.
56 Koltn Rogers TB-LB 5-8 165 Jr.
58 Robert Bamrick C-NG 5-9 202 Jr.
59 Kyle Miller TB-LB 5-8 165 Jr.
60 Carlos Hurtado G-DE 5-10 178 Jr.
62 Pasiaka Fahina T-NG 6-0 297 Sr.
64 Greg Hakes T-DT 6-2 220 Jr.
64 Haisem Kashai G-DT 5-10 180 Jr.
66 Rosendo Lugo G-DE 6-2 217 Sr.
67 Jeremy Collings T-DT 6-0 217 Jr.
69 TJ Zinger T-NG 5-11 228 Sr.
70 Quentin Hyde G-DE 6-0 217 Sr.
71 Ben Angilau T-DT 5-10 210 Sr.
72 Nick Valenzuela C-DT 6-0 261 Sr.
73 Matt Ellsworth T-DE 6-3 174 Jr.
76 Robert Harding T-DE 6-4 198 Jr.
77 Devin Dietrich T-DT 6-3 262 Sr.
81 Freddie Mejia WR-DB 5-10 150 Jr.
82 Luis Montanez WR-DB 6-0 158 Jr.
83 Trevor Schnepf WR-DB 5-10 158 Jr.
85 Brandon Ray TE-LB 6-2 200 Jr.
86 Dallin King TE-DE 6-4 218 Jr.
87 Trey Rudd WR-DB 5-9 152 Jr.
88 Nick Moody TE-LB 6-1 170 Sr.
89 Kolter Anderson TE-DE 6-2 187 Jr.
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