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Cabrillo Football

Preview: Cabrillo at Los Amigos, Football

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The Cabrillo Jaguars have had an up-and-down preseason slate, which will come to close on Friday night with some friendly competition in Fountain Valley. The Jags will hit the road for the second time this season, facing Los Amigos on Friday at 7 p.m.

Cabrillo is 2-1 on the season after an impressive 49-0 thumping of Verbum Dei last week. Freshman QB Fernando Leanos filled in well for the injured Luis Haro, who remains an emotional leader for the team. 

Sophomore D’Jon Pittman scored three TDs against Verbum Dei, including a return of the opening kickoff for a score. His playmaking ability makes him a matchup nightmare for any opponent, and he’ll surely be a big part of Coach Shane Gonzales’ game plan for this week.

The Lobos from Los Amigos are 1-1 this season, beating San Bernardino, 28-27, in their season opener before falling 21-7 at University High last week. The Lobos average more yards on the ground than through the air, and have run the ball 61 times compared to just 26 pass attempts.

Junior QB Chris Flores orchestrates the offense, and senior RB Pedro Hernandez is the main runner with 18 carries for 117 yards and a TD on the young season. Flores is a two-way player who also has a pair of takeaways defensively.

As a passer, Flores has three different targets–Adrian Ramirez, Miguel Padilla, and Isaac Galindo–who have each caught four or more passes and a TD this season.

Los Amigos went 8-3 last season, which included a playoff berth, so it’s a good test for Cabrillo as they look to end their non-league schedule on a high note. The Jags were 36-8 winners over Hawkins in their only other road game this season.

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Tyler Hendrickson
Tyler Hendrickson was born and raised in Long Beach, and started covering sports in his hometown in 2010. After five years as a sportswriter, Tyler joined the athletic department at Long Beach State University in 2015. He spent more than four years in the athletic communications department, working primarily with the Dirtbags baseball program. Tyler also co-authored of The History of Long Beach Poly: Scholars & Champions.