Wilson’s front five is its strength with seniors Jakob Belton and Adrian Tejada at tackle, seniors Jaylen Ferrera and Justin Navarro at guard, and senior Terren Monette at center. They average 6’3” and 268 pounds as the biggest offensive line the Bruins have had under Ziegenhagen. They’ve been able to stay healthy and helped the Wilson running backs average almost six yards per carry with 12 rushing touchdowns this season.
“Obviously we’re going to need a big push this week,” Ziegenhagen said, and that’s why the Bruins had been pounding the rock to dial in their rushing attack for this week. Quarterback Ryan Pettway only has 27 pass attempts in the last three weeks.
Wilson coaches added that the addition of Navarro, and moving Monette from guard to center, has helped the entire uint to improve.
The Long Beach Poly defensive line isn’t as dominant as last year’s terror of a four-man front, but they’re an active group that’s been able to limit opponents’ rushing attack. Last week against Millikan, Poly held the Rams to 19 yards rushing and had five sacks.
Anchoring the interior of the line is Jacob Tuioti, a junior that’s been impressing each and every week with his ability to stop the run and rush the pass. Poly’s gotten good play out of John Jaster as well as occasional play from James “Chubba” Maae as well. On the edge, Donovan “Poe” Yandall, Jonathan Scott, Khilyn Neal, and Marcelle Logan are playmakers.