Morro Bay High School’s offensive statistics in 2015 were the worst in the Northern League, so head coach David Kelley decided to make a change. He fired the offensive coordinator — himself.
Running Kelley’s version of a wing-T option offense, Morro Bay averaged just more than 10 points a game and finished 0-10.
This season, Kelley welcomed back coordinator Paul Merkle, who will bring a more diverse offensive approach to a team just two years removed from a Co-Northern League title.
Morro Bay at a glance
2015 record: 0-10 overall, 0-4 Northern League
Against Lompoc, Paso Robles and Nipomo, Morro Bay lost by a combined score of 162-0. Needless to say, the Pirates want to put last season in the past.
Isaac Manuputy (QB/DB), Archie Torres (RB/DB), Anthony Mandella (OL/DL), Santiago Diaz (OL/DL)
Morro Bay was young last season, so they didn’t lose too many players. Manuputy was the heart and soul of the Pirates and ran the option offense. Torres provided speed, and Mandella and Diaz were on the field a lot on both sides of the ball.
Danny Koval (QB/LB, Sr.), Brandon McGinley (RB/DB, Sr.), Luis Alvarez (RB/LB, Sr.), Myles Minnis (RB/LB, Jr.), Jared Bueno (OL/DL, Sr.)
Koval, who played a bunch of running back last season, steps in as the starting quarterback in the revamped offense. He will be handing it off to the speedy McGinley and the powerful Alvarez. Minnis, who will be key as a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker, will also get some carries as a fullback. Bueno provides size at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds and will play strong tackle.
Under The Radar
Spencer Cecil (WR/DB, Sr.), Bodie Reaber (OL/DL, Sr.), Noah Clapp (DB/WR, Sr.)
Kelley recruited both Cecil and Reaber from the basketball team. Cecil, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, was also a big part of the volleyball team and will be a sizable target for Koval. Reaber, 6-foot-1, 260 pounds, will play strong guard and defensive tackle. Clapp will be a key member of the secondary.
@Viewpoint (Aug. 25), @Templeton (Nov. 4)
Morro Bay has a chance to surpass their win total from last season and end an 11-game losing streak on Thursday against Viewpoint, a team they almost beat to open the season last year. The last game of the season provides a chance to get revenge on Templeton, a team that beat the Pirates 41-13 last season.
Morro Bay is the lowest ranked team in San Luis Obispo County entering this season, according to the new CIF-Southern Section Power Rankings. The Pirates are ranked No. 263 out of 306 teams in the Southern Section and No. 30 out of 38 teams in Division 11.