Gilroy (CA)

Nickname: Mustangs
Colors: Royal Blue/White/Gold
Coach: Rich Hammond
League: Tri-County
Section: Central Coast
Playoff Division: none
CA Bowl Division: North 1 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #4

Returning Offensive Starters: 6
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
2007 JV Record: 7-3
Starting Quarterback Returning: yes
Top Running Back Returning: no

2007 Final Power Rating: 42.9
2007 National Rank: #407
2007 State Rank: #39
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +7.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 50.4
2008 National Rank: #146
2008 State Rank: #15
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 20.8
Dynasty National Rank: #1801
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 29.6
Dynasty Record: 31-23-1 [32-22-1 on the field] (14-13 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 10-3
2007 League Record/Finish: 6-0 (1st)
2007 Points For Average: 36.2
2007 Points Against Average: 22.7
2007 Differential: +13.5
2007 Wins: #593 Valley Christian (San Jose) (38-22), #638 Los Gatos (40-34), #2206 Palma (Salinas) (35-14), #2740 North Salinas (Salinas) (35-14), #3415 Pacific Grove (32-19), #5032 Mountain View (27-0), #5960 San Benito (Hollister) (57-27), #6217 Salinas (23-18), #8229 Alisal (Salinas) (49-21), #11797 Alvarez (Salinas) (47-0)
2007 Losses: #120 Oak Grove (San Jose) (46-35), #120 Oak Grove (San Jose) (28-21), #245 Serra (San Mateo) (52-31)
2007 Opponents W-L: 92-51-3
Recent League Championships: 2007
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: none

2008 Schedule: 9/12 Mitty (San Jose), 9/19 at Atascadero, 9/26 Palo Alto, 10/4 at Alvarez (Salinas), 10/10 Salinas, 10/17 Pacific Grove, 10/24 Alisal (Salinas), 10/31 vs Palma (Salinas), 11/7 vs North Salinas (Salinas), 11/14 San Benito (Hollister)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Atascadero (31.4), Palma (Salinas) (27.7), Palo Alto (26.8)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Alvarez (Salinas) (-5.6), Alisal (Salinas) (-3), Salinas (2)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 12 (27.8 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 15.2
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +3.2
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 10-0
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 81%
Opener: 9/12 Mitty (San Jose) [projection: 42-19 win]

Outlook: The Gilroy Mustangs were within shooting distance of a final victory when the clock cut them short. That was the 2007 Central Coast Section, Open Division Championship game, where Oak Grove of San Jose came away with the win, leaving the Mustangs to ponder what could have been. Coach Rich Hammond looks to the possibility of retuning to the championship game again this year. "We struggled to stop the best offenses in big games last season, and our success will be determined by how well we play defense in the big games," said Hammond. Having one of the most prolific offenses north of the grapevine, the team is focused on beefing up their defense as well. A good balance of returning starters will lead the team, including Jamie Jensen QB, Tony Travis S, Richie Sotelo S, Sean Hale WR, Dante Fullard WR, Lukas Fortino LB, Peter Guenther RB/DB, Brandon Elam DL, Ray Gonzalez C and Michael Botill OT. The trio package, Jensen, Hale and Fullard, return with their 400 yards per game average. Jensen passed for nearly 4300 yards. Hale and Fullard received and rushed for over 2300 combined yards. As a passing team this summer, the Mustangs won the 49ers NFL High School Player Development 7 on 7 tournament to represent the 49ers in New Orleans. They ended up going 5-4 against the best mostly "All-Star" passing teams in the nation. They also won the San Jose State passing tournament with 16 teams represented. The special teams and defensive secondary are talented and aggressive, giving rise to Hammond's desire to be sharp both defensively and offensively.