MICHAEL COIT

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

 

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE BEAR CUBS

Coach: Lenny Wagner (2nd Year)

2013 Record: 6-5 overal, 2-3 Nor Cal Conference (4th Place)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vaimaa Taito, Soph., LB (Rancho Cotate) – Returning All-Conference player anchors athletic linebacker corps. Taito was an All-Empire pick at Rancho Cotate.

Matt Hunn, Soph., DL (Rancho Cotate) – Leads a deep defensive line rotation that should be tough against the run. Hunn was an All-Empire pick at Rancho Cotate.

Bryan Stansbury, Soph., LB (Vacaville) – Joins Taito as ball-hawking defenders. Was starting quarterback and top defender at Will C. Wood high in Vacaville.

Christian McAlvain, Soph., QB (Windsor) – Ready to lead balanced offense after sitting out a year with SRJC quarterback logjam. McAlvain was All-Empire in leading Windsor to a section title.

Terrence Drew, Soph., WR (Baltimore) – An deep threat with a nose for the end zone, Drew leads a receiving group that looks to spread defenses.

GAME NOT TO MISS

Nothing like a true test in Santa Rosa’s home opener. In week two The Bear Cubs host Butte College – the defending junior college national co-champion after winning the California Community College Athletic Association title. Butte was a longtime league opponent before being moved this season in a realignment by the Northern California Football Association to match the Southern California playoff system.

ALL-TIME HIGHLIGHT

Returning to a bowl game last season – Santa Rosa’s first postseason appearance in five campaigns – was a good start for head coach Lenny Wagner and his staff. The program’s goal remains a state championship. Santa Rosa last finished on top in California in 1978 under the late legend Marv Mays.

SCHEDULE

Sept. 6 at San Joaquin Delta 1 p.m.

Sept. 13 vs. Butte 5 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Sacramento 6 p.m.

Sept. 27 vs. Laney 5 p.m.

Oct. 4 vs. Sequoias 5 p.m.

Oct. 18 at San Mateo 1 p.m.

Oct. 25 at San Francisco 1 p.m.

Nov. 1 vs. De Anza 5 p.m.

Nov. 8 vs. Foothill 5 p.m.

Nov. 14 at Diablo Valley 7 p.m.