Huntington Beach, Calif. - The 2017 Golden West College football program looks to build on their experiences from a season ago to fight for a California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) playoff spot.
Offensively the Rustlers have a core group of veterans returning mixed in with some talented new additions. The offensive line will be led by returning starters Jared Garcia (Pacifica HS), Bryann McCann (Esperanza) Vika Sagapolu and all-conference center Ofa Kuma. Nick Siatunuu and Jacob Beckler from Kennedy HS, Cedric Tufuga (Mission Viejo) and Brett Hauck (Huntington Beach) will lead a strong freshman class. The competition at the other positions is very intense especially at quarterback. Beau Kalbacher (West Texas A&M), John Buksa V (St. Anthony's, LB), Adam Carr (Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks) and Joe Pyle (Nevada Reno) have been battling all camp. The running backs are deeply talented with Darren Sandoval (Valencia), Amata Tavai, Tevon Valdez, and Rodney Bozeman all fighting for carries. The most competition on the field involves the receiving corps. They are led by returning all-conference selections Sheldon White and Derrick Deese. A slew of major impact receivers like Xavier Smith, Brailon Moulton, Ben Ratzlaff, Levi Hooper, and Jason Fuga look to fight it out for receptions.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Rustlers will be led by returning defensive ends Tyler Vaimoana (Fountain Valley HS) and Damon Roberts along with Don Anderson (Western HS.) On the interior of the defensive line will be stalwarts David Silialuta (Edison HS), Degnan Thill (Vista Murriets HS) and Duane Tuitasi (Australia.) The linebackers will be led by three veterans including David Aldapa (Diamond Ranch HS), Avery Jones (Canyon HS) and John Ejizu (USC Mast.) Toa Leuta (Edison HS) and Rudy San Jose (St. Anthony's) will also be contributing. The secondary will be led by returning CB and Washington State commit Jason Thomas (Downey HS.) Talented newcomer Marquel Johnson (St. Pats HS) will be competing for the remaining CB spot with a group of untested but talented freshmen. The safeties will be without returning Washington State commit Manase Time (Edison HS) as he is still recovering from a late season ACL tear. Like the CB position there is plenty of freshman depth including returning sophomores Joey Maduena (Tustin) and Desmond Passi (Surprise, AZ) to compete for playing time all season long.