Logos Prep will play their first year of 11-man football in 2016 and head coach Mike Guerrero wants to use the move to create a new identity and culture for his football program. The Lions were a playoff team a year ago in 6-man and return some personnel to help the transition. “(We) have several skill position players back, price but must develop a line where they have all holes to fill with the exception of center. The defense could come together quickly with returning playmakers at key positions, patient ” Guerrero stated. “The key to victory will be having patience with young players, decease many of which will be having their first experience with 11-man football.”
All-around athlete Sammy Kuntz will start at quarterback for the Lions. The senior, described as the team leader, started at QB last season and also doubles as the kicker and punter for which he earned all-district recognition last season. The experience at QB should help steady the Lions offense if the line can adapt to the new offense. Daniel Espinosa returns at center and is the only returning lineman from a year ago.
The receiving crew will be led by Evan Richards, described as having “field-stretching speed,” and James Pierson. In the backfield, expect a combination of sophomore speedster Jonah Guerrero and the versatile Samuel Starr, who might see time at tight end as needed. Kyle Goolsby will fill in at the RB position to add depth to the rotation.
On defense, the Lions return the most experience in the secondary. Pierson, Goolsby, and Ben Hobbs all return from last season and should be the strength of the Lions team going into fall camp. Starr, who led the team in tackles for loss in 2015, returns at one of the linebacker spots and can play inside and outside well enough to give Coach Guerrero confidence in stopping the run. Jonah Guerrero will start at outside linebacker and can play safety in addition. Up front, Espinosa will play both ways and lead the defensive line playing along side Major Fick and Jack Rivera.
Logos Prep will be playing in a 10-team district that includes former Division II playoff teams Northland Christian and Cypress Christian as well as district champion Beaumont Legacy Christian and playoff squads Rosehill Christian and Woodlands Christian. Realignment also places the Lions in a district with Bay Area Christian where athletic director Darwin Pennye coached prior to joining Logos Prep. The Lions will not be the sole team converting to 11-man football as Pasadena First Baptist will be doing the same. The two teams square off in the season finale on November 4th. Logos kicks off their season on August 26th versus Evadale.
Written by David Fuller; Photo by Texas High School Helmet Project