SEASON PREVIEW: Bears build on a firm foundation

Gearing up for the upcoming season, Pierce Bears practice until making perfect.

Pierce Bears will be bringing back what worked last year when football season gets underway, picking up where they left off.

“Not much will change,” said Coach Anthony Tapia. “We’ve had success in the past running the same offense and defense.”

What was working for the Bears last year was an equal footing of wins and losses – despite a number of injuries – coming in fifth in the Northern Section Division. The team has nowhere to go but up in raking if they continue from last year’s experiences.

“We just hope that we get better as a program every year at both the varsity and (junior varsity) level and work on executing efficiently on both sides of the ball,” Tapia said.

Meanwhile, the Bears have been bulking up leading to this season.

“We have quite a bit of (wide receivers) this year,” said Tapia. “They’ve all looked really good in the offseason and preseason. We’re just hoping when the games come around we’ll have at least a few that can step up and make things happen in the game.”

Of those that will be stepping up, Tapia said that Mason Smith, Justin Matthews, and Daniel Medina will get the first chance at that opportunity.

Many of the juniors on the team are also on the track team. Speed will be an element fans can expect to be in their favor.

Last year, the Bears had to pull up several sophomores so the team is junior heavy this year. A light roster means that the Bears need to be careful of injuries.

Tapia said he will be running the triple option offense again this year, sticking with what works. Not interested in tricks, the team is going to focus on preparation and working on execution.

Anticipating the coming season, Tapia said he expects that the linemen will get the majority of the stats. He also boasts a three-year quarterback who played a lot of snaps last year on varsity.

“We’re a small team, but we’re pretty balanced at every position group,” said Tapia.
Meanwhile, the Bears will be get creative during practice to get a well rounded team. The Bears will cut their teeth on University Prep in Redding in their first game on Friday, Aug. 30. ■