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Jordan Panthers Football Preview

After playing just three games in the abbreviated COVID-19 Spring football season, the Jordan football program was left hungry during the offseason, eagerly awaiting the Fall and a full slate of games.

“That three games last year wasn’t enough, we’ve been waiting on this,” said senior and four-year starter Elijah Jones. “We were all glad we could play some games, it was better than not playing at all–but we’re going crazy this year, we can’t wait.”

Now entering his fourth year coaching the Panthers, Tim Wedlow can’t wait either. His Jordan squad has some real bulk up front, which has Wedlow excited for this season.

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“Our strength is our offensive and defensive line,” he said. “We’ve got some dudes up front.”

Leading the way is junior transfer Sione Felemi, a 6-foot-5 330-pound lineman from Samoa who will play on the offensive and defensive line. With Saoloto Saolotoga, King Manukailea, and Kobe Coleman, Jordan is looking at multiple 300-pound linemen who can play.

Mekhi Travis will handle quarterbacking duty, with speedy sophomore running back Jordan Washington looking to have a breakout year. Jones will be a starter at receiver and defensive back, and Wedlow says he expects many of his starters will play both ways.

Another big piece coming back for Jordan is Jeremie McGurn, the 6-foot-3 tight end who’d transferred out before returning to Jordan for his senior year. Jacob Hernandez was a real bright spot at defensive back in the Spring, with several interceptions and big plays in each game, earning him All-Moore League honors. Hernandez is back and hoping for a big season.

Wedlow said he’s happy to see the growth in numbers in his program, and hopeful his team will get a full season this year.

“I’m dedicated to this program and so I’m proud of the growth,” he said. “I put the time in because I want these guys to really know what football is about, and to grow in life. That’s why we’re out here working with them so much.”

Wedlow said he’s hoping that with the Moore League not being as big up front as it once was, that his road pavers will make the difference as his team takes on programs with better overall numbers. Still, Jordan has seen its varsity roster pick up significantly from the Spring, and with Wedlow a well-known Campus Security Officer at Jordan, he said he expects another big uptick once the school’s students are all back on campus.

“One thing for me is I walk around and when I see someone on campus I ask them if they want to play football, or I try to get them to run track or play basketball or baseball or whatever,” he said. “I want our community to know that we have athletes here, and I want the kids who are already here to know that there’s coaches who want to help them and who care about them.”

MASSIVE LONG BEACH FOOTBALL PREVIEW FALL 2021

PROJECTED STARTERS

Offense

QB: Mekhi Travis

RB: Jordan Washington

TE: Jeremie McGurn

WR: Elijah Jones

WR: Jacob Hernandez

WR: Damian Henderson

OL: Sione Felemi

OL: Saoloto Saolotoga

OL: King Manukailea

OL: Kobe Coleman

OL: Kalani Ferguson

Defense

DL: Sione Felemi

DL: Saolota Saolotoga

DL: King Manukailea/Kobe Coleman

LB: Kelsey Evans

LB: Jeremie McGurn

LB: Colin Tizeno

LB: Matthew Ramirez

DB: Jordan Washington

DB: Elijah Jones

DB: Jacob Hernandez

DB: Alvaro Gomez

Jordan 2021 Football Schedule

8/19 vs. San Pedro (at St. Pius X-St. Matthias)

8/27 @ Mayfair

9/3 @ Millikan

9/10 @ Wilson

9/17 @ St. Pius X-St. Matthias

9/24 @ Marina

10/1 vs. La Salle (at St. Paul)

10/8 @ Mary Star

10/15 @ Salesian

10/22 BYE 

10/29 vs. Harvard-Westlake (at St. Pius X-St. Matthias)

 

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.
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