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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 12:59 pm | Updated: 9:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A lot of new faces and a few old ones.

The former in terms of players and the latter in terms of coaches.

That’s how Mesa Westwood lines up for the 2008 season, which opens at 7 p.m. Friday for the Warriors at Gilbert High.

A familiar face returning to the coaching staff is Greg Mendez, a varsity assistant last year. Mendez, however, has moved up to head coach this season. Mendez took over in May for Eddy Zubey, who left for Phoenix St. Mary’s.

Overall, Westwood has seven new coaches on its staff this season.

Mendez inherits a young team and anticipates his share of growing pains.

“The thing I see most that we have to cut down on is inconsistency,”

Mendez said. “There’s so much inexperience. Plus we have to get some kids into leadership roles to help that along.”

Only four players who started last year return. One is playing a different position this year. The defense returns one player. That’s where another old face comes in.

Roger Suchomel, a former Warriors head coach and longtime assistant before that, returns. Suchomel will work as the defensive coordinator.

“We teach right across the hall from each other,” Mendez said. “I bounce ideas off him quite a bit. It’s nice to have him and my dad on the staff. They have a lot of knowledge and experience to draw from.”

Mendez doesn’t have visions of a state title keeping him awake at night.

“The team goal is to make the playoffs,” Mendez said. “That’s a reasonable goal. To do that we need to be consistent and clicking on all cylinders.

“We can have two really great practices and then two bad ones follow. You have to develop and maintain focus that gives you four or five good practices in a row in preparing for an opponent. That’s the stage we’re trying to get to.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
10 Tymes Marsh WR-DB 5-10 160 Sr.
14 Michael Romero WR-DB 5-9 160 Jr.
15 Phillip Neal RB-LB 6-0 170 Jr.
16 Marshall Davis QB-DB 6-0 170 Sr.
17 George Freeman WR-DB 5-11 155 Sr.
18 Steven Hall QB-DB 5-10 165 Jr.
19 Jake Tyra RB-DB 5-10 170 Sr.
20 Dominique Mitchell RB-DB 5-6 155 Jr.
21 Mason Price WR-DB 5-11 170 Sr.
22 Brian Kelley RB-DB 5-6 165 Sr.
24 Zavier Cubean WR-DB 5-7 175 Sr.
25 Anthony Robles WR-DB 5-9 160 Jr.
28 Victor Valverde WR-DB 5-9 160 Sr.
31 Chris Lopez RB-LB 5-8 170 Jr.
32 Robert Gladem RB-LB 5-11 175 Jr.
33 Sid Begay RB-DB 5-7 150 Sr.
34 Kyler Mickelson RB-LB 5-10 160 Jr.
45 Jose Andrino WR-DB 5-10 160 Jr.
50 Charles Painter OL-DL 6-0 220 Jr.
51 Nestor Rosales OL-DL 5-9 175 Sr.
52 Joseph Rodriguez RB-LB 5-9 170 Jr.
53 David Garcia OL-DL 5-8 215 Sr.
54 Dustin Keser FB-LB 5-11 210 Sr.
55 Cesar Buelna WR-LB 5-11 175 Jr.
58 Christian Langston OL-DL 6-1 180 Jr.
60 Moses Taufa OL-DL 5-8 280 Jr.
66 Joseph Green OL-DL 6-2 290 Sr.
68 Dylan Walker OL-DL 6- 215 Jr.
70 John Holtz OL-DL 5-10 200 Jr.
71 Steven Hills OL-DL 6-3 270 Jr.
72 Xavier Villapondo OL-DL 5-10 180 Sr.
73 Gart Wright OL-DL 6-0 225 Sr.
74 Brian Schlechty OL-DL 6-1 240 Jr.
75 Kyle Sagale OL-DL 6-3 240 Sr.
77 Daniel Johnston OL-DL 6-1 275 Sr.
80 Daniel Lopez WR-LB 6-0 175 Sr.
81 Maika Papali TE-DL 6-2 205 Jr.
82 Jake Shill TE-DL 6-2 195 Sr.
83 Noe Gutierrez OL-DL 6-1 190 Sr.
84 Deandre Barnes TE-LB 6-0 175 Jr.
85 Anthony Bryant WR-DB 6-2 180 Sr.
87 Brandon Harris TE-LB 6-0 185 Sr.
88 Kyle Antone OL-DL 6-0 220 Jr.
89 Tevin Miller OL-DL 5-11 200 Sr.
90 Julian Garnica OL-DL 5-11 190 Jr.
91 Gilberto Cruz WR-DB 5-10 155 Sr.
95 Dominic Martinez OL-DL 6-1 295 Sr.
97 Juan Samuals OL-DL 6-0 210 Jr.
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