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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 11:14 am | Updated: 11:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It’s a different kind of game for Tempe Marcos de Niza this year.

When the team fell into a hole last season, the remedy was easy: Give the ball to quarterback David Viel or running back Harrison Evens, and let them dig the team out.

Evens rushed for 1,497 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Viel put up nearly 2,000 yards through the air.

“We were kind of spoiled putting points on the board, not at will, but when we had to,” coach Roy Lopez said.

The onus will be more on the defense in 2008, with Arizona State-bound linebacker Anthony Rose leading the way. Rose will be counted on to anchor the defense, as he did last season with a team-leading 154 tackles.

Legitimate tackles, Lopez stresses.

“Our coaches are tough,” Lopez said. “Those weren’t gimmes. We make sure they were actually in on the tackle.”

The offense will be relying on a bevy of talented but inexperienced playmakers. The new running back will be Ramon Abreu, a top-notch defensive back who will be asked to make a difference on offense as well.

There is no shortage of competition at quarterback, where four players — Aaron Fuller, Zach Schira, David Murray and Aaron Pavlenko — are battling for playing time.

The Padres return 13 starters from last year’s team that went 10-2 but was knocked out in the 5A-II state semifinals by Avondale Westview.

The teams combined to score 70 points in that one, something Lopez said can’t happen this year.

“Let’s not get caught up in a shootout,” Lopez said. “I’ve been really stressing that defense wins championships.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Matthew Shahin RB/DB 5-8 160 Jr.
2 Donovan Henley RB/DB 5-9 175 Sr.
3 Ramon Abreu RB/LB 5-11 185 Jr.
4 Martwon Weaver WR/DB 5-11 175 So.
5 Justin Rodriguez WR/DB 6-3 180 Jr.
6 Dominique Richardson RB/DB 6-3 180 Sr.
7 Joe Morell QB/DB 6-1 185 Jr.
8 Anthony Rose WR/LB 6-3 205 Sr.
9 Javonn Lewis WR/DB 5-8 160 Sr.
10 Michael Baca FB/LB 5-10 160 Jr.
11 David Murray QB/DB 5-11 190 Sr.
12 Zach Schira QB/DB 6-2 170 Jr.
15 Aaron Fuller QB/DB 5-10 160 Jr.
16 Aaron Pavlenko QB/DL 5-11 200 Jr.
20 Jeryan Butler RB/DB 5-10 175 So.
21 Dominic Sotelo RB/DB 5-8 160 So.
22 Collin Martinez WR/DB 5-10 170 Jr.
24 Kyle Becerra WR/DB 5-9 160 Jr.
25 Connor Mirabelli RB/DB 5-10 170 Sr.
28 Terry Bishop RB/DB 5-9 165 Jr.
30 Adrian Salazar WR/DB 6-0 180 Sr.
32 Sly Hardwick WR/DB 5-9 175 Jr.
33 Edwin Traylor FB/LB 5-9 190 Sr.
34 Daniel Sanders WR/DB 6-1 180 Jr.
35 Eric Rodriguez K/P 5-9 170 Jr.
41 J.J. Pruitt TE/LB 6-0 160 Jr.
42 Kyle Miller FB/LB 5-11 190 Jr.
44 Nick Nudi FB/LB 5-8 165 Sr.
50 Sam Taylor OL/LB 6-0 200 So.
51 Kakalea Pule OL/DL 5-11 235 Sr.
52 Casey Merrilat OL/DL 6-3 245 Sr.
54 Ronnie Gomez C/DE 6-0 200 Sr.
55 Eric Mason OL/DL 6-2 230 Sr.
56 Brandon Gammage FB/LB 5-11 200 Jr.
61 Dorian Hamilton OL/LB 5-11 205 Jr.
62 Kevin O'Hearn OL/DL 6-1 210 Sr.
64 Billy Rone OL/DL 6-4 285 Jr.
67 Roy Garcia OL/DL 6-1 225 Jr.
71 Troy Sanchez OL/DL 5-11 220 Jr.
74 Evan Witcher OL/DL 6-3 260 Sr.
75 Eduardo Rodriguez OL/DL 6-2 280 Jr.
77 Josiah Barros OL/DL 6-5 280 Jr.
79 Michael Barros OL/DL 6-5 275 Jr.
80 Todd Lawrence TE/LB 6-3 195 Jr.
81 Tevin Newell WR/DB 6-0 170 Jr.
82 Brett Thompson TE/DE 6-3 190 Sr.
84 Dustin Wallace TE/DE 6-2 170 Sr.
85 Christian Mancha TE/DE 6-2 185 So.
88 Eric Whyte WR/DB 5-10 180 Sr.
90 Derek Robbins WR/DB 6-0 175 Sr.
95 Raphael Toussaint QB/DB 6-4 180 So.
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