FOOTBALL

2014 Bears 'wide and physical' up front

Steve Gerace
Standing next to each other during a break at practice Friday are Mount Shasta High School varsity linemen Pancho Felix (5-foot-8, 280 pounds) and Bubba Moore (6-9, 295). They're part of a 2014 front line that averages more than 250 pounds.

Talented returning skill players are part of the reason for optimism as the Mount Shasta High School varsity football team prepares for its first season back in the Shasta Cascade League.

Line coach Mike Burns is feeling good about a front line fivesome that includes a Bubba and a Pancho and averages more than 250 pounds.

“This is the first time I’ve had this kind of numbers and size ever,” said Burns. “They have the experience and mentality; they want to play ball. I’m excited about it. I do tend to love my hogs.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Mack said the “wide and physical” players up front will allow the Bears to play a more aggressive style of defense.

Their weights may be similar, but senior tackle Walter “Bubba” Moore (6-foot-9, 295 pounds) and junior guard Eric “Pancho” Felix (5-8, 280 pounds) stand in stark contrast to each other.

They’re joined up front by senior center Paris Mueller (5-7, 205), junior guard Christian Berg (5-9, 240) and junior tackle Tommy Houston (6-2, 235).

The Bears have also moved up a pair of stout sophomore defenders in Kenji Maumasi (6-3, 235) and Cole Skinner (6-1, 220).

And there’s more good size, including senior Zach Cardoza (6-2, 220) and juniors Kirby Kindley (6-3, 205) and Corey Hyden (6-0, 240).

Burns said he’s glad to have the help of new assistant coach Marshall Dellabona, a 2012 MSHS graduate and former Bears all-star lineman. Dellabona said he’s finishing his final semester at College of the Siskiyous before transferring to Chico State.

Backs/receivers on the 2014 roster include returning seniors Daniel Benham, Cesar Gonzalez, quarterback Jonathan Clemens, and Gordon Crossland; juniors Joe DePeralta and Chris Zanni; and sophomore Alex Urbano.

The Bears are scheduled to host a scrimmage with Burney and Fall River Friday afternoon, Aug. 22.

They’re scheduled to open the season at home against Yreka Aug. 29.