ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — The last time the Boylan Titans were in a football game they were losing a heart-breaker in the state quarterfinals last November at Sterling. The Titans are ready to start fresh again with a new season that could hold a lot of promise.
The Titans don’t return many starters, but the ones they have back should be all-conference caliber players. There’s James Ongtengco. At 265 pounds he’s as solid as a boulder. He’ll start at noseguard on defense and you could see him almost anywhere on the offensive line with his versatility.
“I really took that (being versatile) to heart, and I really trained hard to make sure I’m not going to be a one-and-done spot,” said Ongtengco. “I can definitely move around and play any position that the coaches need me to play.”
There’s only one position on offense for John Starck. That’s quarterback. He’ll take the majority of the snaps this year. He split time last year with the graduated Jake Bergstrom.
“John has done a great job,” says Boylan head coach John Cacciatore. “He’s done a great job in the offseason. John knows where he is. I think this team knows who our leader is, but that won’t mean you won’t see other guys in there getting reps.”
The Titans could have a thunder-and-lightning attack in the backfield. Senior Trey Malone at about 235 pounds will bring the Thunder, and Erikton Goodloe the Lightning.
“When you see all of Trey coming at you, you think twice, myself included,” said Cacciatore. “When you see Erickton coming at you, you think twice for different reasons. He gives us yardage out on the edge and the perimeter in the spread, and he’s not easy to tackle because he’s so fast.”
The Titan have another lightning bolt on offense in receiver Dayvion Foreman. He’ll also return kicks.
Cacciatore wants to keep defenses guessing about where Foreman will line up. “We’re hoping we can make it a challenge for you on a Friday night to find out is he in a spread end? Is he in a slot? Is he in the backfield? Where and how are we going to deploy him?”
On defense the Titans should be extremely strong up the middle with Ongtengco at nose guard, Malone and Daniel Contreras at linebacker and Foreman patrolling at safety. Senior Chase Dixon also gives the Titans an athletic cornerback.
Nick Fehrle and Max Caltagerone give the Titans more experience up front on the line.
“I think we have a lot of talented players and beyond that we have a lot of guys that work hard,” said Dixon. “We’re very excited for this year. We’re going to do a lot of damage this year.”