2016 NCS Teams To Watch

13426-feature-012016 NCS Teams To Watch – by NATE SMITH, http://Prep2Prep.com

Campolindo (14-2, 6-0 DFAL)

The two-time defending Division III champions move into a new league and up a playoff classification this season, but the outlook remains strong for the Cougars, especially with the return of senior quarterback Jacob Westphal.

Campo’s offense will also have the benefit of returning its top two leading rushers from 2015, as Niki Moore and Matt Ringquist are both back. Westphal’s top two weapons from last year, Max Flower and Madison Young, have both graduated, but Kannah Cruickshank is back at receiver and Ray Berzins is a top target at tight end.

The defensive front should be bolstered by the return of Berzins and junior Justin Ehrenberger, while Lev Garcia and multi-talented junior John Torchio should be formidable in the secondary.

The Cougars open with a few big tests on their non-league schedule, highlighted by trips to Valley Christian-San Jose and St. Ignatius-San Francisco, plus a home game against Oakdale.

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