Things learned at Matthew C. Perry football camp
Third in a series of quick hits on high school football practices around the Pacific.
Size does matter. That’s a grim fact facing Matthew C. Perry football as it embarks on its second season as a varsity program following a 12-year hiatus that began after the 2003 season.
Only three players tip the scales at 200 pounds or more, less than half of what the Samurai fielded last season. Coach Frank Macias counts just 35 players out for summer camp, the fewest he’s had since rebooting the program. And the usual obstacle that faces most Samurai teams remains omnipresent: A total enrollment of 130 students from ninth to 12th grade.
Plenty of experience dots the lineup, with senior 200-pounders Austin Macias and R.J. Bolduc anchoring the line. Backfield mates Caeleb Ricafrente, a junior, and Zack Brown, a sophomore, also return -- along with the Moore brothers at receiver, Desmond, a senior, and Tyson, a junior.
But Macias has some gaping holes to fill in his lineup. And the Samurai may find themselves morphing from the ground-pounding game they played last season to a more spread-oriented attack.
One thing Macias has going for him is a two-headed monster at quarterback. He plans to platoon his son, Garrett, a strong-armed sophomore, with incoming transfer Michael Perez, out of New York, a fleet-footed sort. That could give the Samurai a two-pronged threat under center, one that is as quick to send the deep ball as it is apt to take off with the ball under its arm.
And another thing Macias is pleased with is not having to play neutral-site games against DODDS Japan Division II rivals. En route to hosting the D-II final last year (the Samurai lost 60-50 to Daegu), Perry had to play Robert D. Edgren twice at Tokyo-Kanto Plain sites, beating Edgren each time.
Perry visits Edgren on Oct. 9 this season.