St. Bonaventure has made the CIF Southern Section Northern Division semifinals the past two seasons. For any other program, those would be pretty successful years. For St. Bonaventure, they were disappointments.
When asked what goals he has set for his team, coach Todd Therrien said, “Championship.” Short and to the point. That looks like the approach this team will take this year. Make quick work of opponents and move on.
This is a focused and experienced team with something to prove.
Here's a closer look at the Seraphs:
Team: St. Bonaventure
Coach: Todd Therrien, fifth year.
2010 Record: 11-2, lost to Westlake, 37-27, in the semifinals of CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.
Returning starters: 13. Seven on offense, six on defense.
Key players on offense: QB Marc Evans, OG David Barajas, RB Shaun Wick, QB Nick Arbuckle, OG AJ Bennett, WR Jordan Farris, RB Zach Green.
Key players on defense: DB Paul Thompson, CB Bobby Marquez, CB Cameron Penny, LB Dalton Rocha, LB Patrick Kenny.
Difference makers: Wick and Arbuckle. Wick rushed for 1,095 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in his junior season. He also caught five passes for 54 yards and scored a receiving touchdown. Arbuckle was the back-up quarterback to Evans last season and was 21-for-27 passing for 184 yards and a touchdown. Arbuckle is expected to be more involved in the offense and on special teams this season.
Newcomers: RB Zach Green, WR Jordan Farris, WR Elijah Henderson.
Not to be missed: St. Bonaventure at Oaks Christian, Sept. 23. This game has quickly become one of the most anitcipated match-ups in the Marmonte League. The two teams have been in the league for only a year, but both teams have established themselves as the two of the top programs in the league.
Coach’s comment: “We need to figure out who we are on defense the first couple of weeks. We’re going to go as far as our seniors will take us.”
Final analysis: St. Bonaventure has a tremendous senior class and the most experienced team in the Marmonte League. Two weeks before the start of the season, the starting quarterback position was up for grabs. Marc Evans started at quarterback as a junior, but a bout with strep throat cost him five days of practice. Nick Arbuckle is challenging Evans for the starting job. If Arbuckle doesn’t start at QB, he will be in the offensive mix at tight end and on special teams. With a backfield that includes Shaun Wick and Zach Green, plus David Barajas and AJ Bennett on the offensive line, the Seraphs have quite an arsenal on offense.
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