EC Preps



By Adam Paul

Last season the Valhalla Noremen started off the season 8-1 before they lost to Helix in the regular season finale. Interestingly enough they drew the Highlanders again in the Open Division Quarterfinals and unfortunately the same result thus ending the season at 8-3.

Charles Bussey who is in his 7th season will have his squad ready to go, chomping at the bit despite losing key guys to graduation from last year’s squad. Bussey no matter who or what he has numbers wise or player wise always has his teams prepared and that will be no different this season. If the Norsemen repeat last year’s success they will be a team to reckon with in the Open Division or Division I playoffs.

The quarterback position for Valhalla will be split this season by Bryan Madriz who threw for just under 1,000 yards last, 995 yards to be exact and 9 scores and Dennis Dahlin who last season threw for 757 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Defensively the Norsemen again should be solid just as they were last season when they only gave up 12 points a contest and 137 total. Leading the way is four year starter Josh McNish-Heider who last season had 9 sacks to go with his 73 tackles of which 25 were for a loss, Jace Mannin who had 35 tackles and 8 sacks, Dylan Marsh who had 61 tackles and 6 sacks and Ty Schimke who had 45 tackles and 2 picks. Another addition to the defense will be Mt. Carmel transfer Bobby Fields who will be a DB.

Schimke might also see sometime at the running back position just like he did last season. The wide receiver spot will be interesting as senior Cole Lewis who only caught four balls last season is the leading returner.  Helping him this year will be Steele Canyon Transfer Jasai Bennett-Usher who is big target at 6’3.

Schedule wise the Norsemen will play a pretty tough one with Scripps Ranch and Otay Ranch which both will be at home and a road contest against Eastlake.  Otay Ranch and Eastlake will replace both Patrick Henry and Mar Vista on the schedule.

They will also matchup against other East County foes such as Granite Hills on the road and at Mount Miguel.

The big game of course will be the rivalry game against Steele Canyon at Steele Canyon this year. The game known as “The Battle for The Jamacha Helmet. Valhalla will look to extend its winning streak in the rivalry to four years in a row.

Valhalla will have both Grossmont and Helix at home this season so that will bode in their favor.

One Comment

  1. Mark obney

    August 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Thanks Adam always love reading your stuff. Well done

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