Seaside (CA)

Nickname: Spartans
Colors: Red/White/Black
Coach: Alfred Avila
League: Monterey Bay
Section: Central Coast
Playoff Division: none
CA Bowl Division: North 2 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #59

Returning Offensive Starters: 7
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
2007 JV Record: 7-3
Starting Quarterback Returning: no
Top Running Back Returning: yes

2007 Final Power Rating: 7.5
2007 National Rank: #5982
2007 State Rank: #440
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +4.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 12
2008 National Rank: #4777
2008 State Rank: #344
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 18.5
Dynasty National Rank: #2226
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: worse by 6.5
Dynasty Record: 45-15 (22-3 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 7-4
2007 League Record/Finish: 5-0 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 26
2007 Points Against Average: 14.8
2007 Differential: +11.2
2007 Wins: #6059 Monterey (22-8), #8275 Sobrato (Morgan Hill) (28-20), #9398 North Monterey County (Castroville) (25-6), #10507 Watsonville (42-7), #10569 Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) (41-3), #10686 Pajaro Valley (Watsonville) (28-7), #12208 Tamalpais (Mill Valley) (32-12)
2007 Losses: #2541 Santa Cruz (17-7), #2740 North Salinas (Salinas) (28-20), #6217 Salinas (21-14), #7903 Oakland Tech (Oakland) (34-27)
2007 Opponents W-L: 58-59-2
Recent Section Championships: 2006 (Small)
Recent League Championships: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/12 Salinas, 9/19 Santa Cruz, 9/26 vs North Salinas (Salinas), 10/4 at Menlo-Atherton (Atherton), 10/10 vs Palma (Salinas), 10/17 North Monterey County (Castroville), 10/24 vs Pajaro Valley (Watsonville), 11/1 at Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville), 11/7 Watsonville, 11/14 Monterey
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) (28.7), Palma (Salinas) (27.7), North Salinas (Salinas) (22.6)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Pajaro Valley (Watsonville) (-16), North Monterey County (Castroville) (-13.6), Watsonville (-10.5)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: -4.8 (2 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 5.9
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +10.7
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 6-4
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: less than 1%
Opener: 9/12 Salinas [projection: 28-17 win]

Outlook: Defending Central Coast Section, Small School Division Champion Seaside Spartans return 14 players from last season. Coach Alfred Avila provided us a very early report and several more recent updates helping us to provide a more accurate preview. Coach Avila said, "I expect my football team to play with everyone on our schedule. We have the toughest schedule in our section and we should be able to play with each team in pre-season." Indeed they have improved their schedule. The Seaside Spartans remove weaker pre-league teams replacing them with perennial football power Palma (Salinas), North Salinas, play-off rival Santa Cruz, and PAL-Bay League champion Menlo-Atherton. The Spartans return four starting offensive linemen, led by Miguel Dorantes, who should make big holes for runningback Chris Nguyen. Nguyen rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season. The new Spartans quarterback is young and will be learning on the fly along with replacements for the 2007 leading wide receiver. The defense will have no returning defensive linemen but return five defensive all-leaguers including MVP linebacker Greg Holland. Other players include Gino Catugda LB/FB, Ace Faatui WR/DE and Ahmad Carter WR/RB/CB. A new OL/DL coach has been hired. "I want to us to play at the top of our abilities in the pre-season so that we can dominate our league," concluded Avila.