RCHS football: changes for 2012


By Larry Langford, RCHS Football
Media Liaison

River City High School starts the 2012 football season with a new head coach, a new staff and a new system on Friday, Aug. 24.

The team plays Christian Brothers High School at Raider Stadium on the RCHS campus. Veteran high school and collegiate coach Steve DaPrato takes the helm for a River City program that has impressed onlookers at both the Sac State Full-Contact Camp in June and at the team’s annual intersquad scrimmage held last Saturday.

STEVE DAPRATO: new head coach for Raiders in 2012 (News-Ledger file photo)

DaPrato, a West Sacramento native, has instituted a “college” system, and has expanded the coaching staff. His objective is to succeed immediately. the new Raider offense will be “multiple,” with the ability to throw long, throw short and run from a variety of sets and formations.

Said DaPrato:

“It is a system that allows everyone to shine. We can do it all. Whatever the defense gives us will be exploited and we hope to do it in an explosive and entertaining way.”

DaPrato may have the tools to do just that.

Senior Tucker McAmoil returns at quarterback, with sophomore Elijiah Thomas, running backs Jamal Williams and David Vincent also impressing the staff, as well as multi-position player Evan Cunningham.

The receiving core includes big-play wide-out Malik Dumetz and tight ends Vincent Chelini and Kevin Burkes. The offensive line will be anchored by Max Harrison, Justin Newman, Jacob Stout and Eric Beall.

The Raiders will take a similar approach on defense. They will present multiple formations, combined with zone, man and combination pass coverages in an attempt to confuse opposing offenses. They will rarely be in the same defensive formation on consecutive downs, and will bring considerable pressure with an expanded blitz and stunt package. Defensive coordinator Chris Baker summed it up this way:

  “We are not a read-and-react defense,” said Baker. “We bring it, and we bring it from a variety of formations. The expectation is ‘three and outs’ and forced turnovers.”

Seniors Andrew Dutra and Anthony Perea will anchor the linebacking core. Tackle Maurice Rodriguez and end Junior Chean are the core of a deep defensive line. Safety Artis Jackson is the leader of the secondary.

The Raiders are headed to Roseville High School this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a full-contact “jamboree” scrimmage. The public is invited.

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