SPRING GAME 2010: Purple vs Orange II
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Game Time: 1:15 Kickoff
Place: Galileo George White Field
About the Game: Purple vs Orange II
At SOTA, the Purple vs Orange spring game debut ended in a 7-7 tie in 2009. For the first time at home, the sequel might turn into an offensive showcase instead of a heated defensive battle. “We’re going to the air. We’re going to score. The score keeper will be busy all afternoon,” said Associate Head Coach and offensive coordinator, Don Harris. Senior quarterback, Jonathan Lu will lead the Purple Squad offense and 2009 AAA Back of the Year, Quincy Nelson will be under center for the Orange Squad. Nelson’s Orange Squad looks to have a slight advantage on paper. “I don’t know how all three returning defensive backs ended up on one team but the Purple is up to the challenge,” Lu commented upon seeing the spring roster. Lu might be right as the Purple Squad topped the Orange in a short pre-game scrimmage.
The Purple Squad will feature the #1 quarterback on the overall depth chart, Jon Lu with #2 overall running back, Robbie Trumbo Jr. taking the bulk of the carries. #1 full back, Demarreay Greer will get the tough inside yards. Lu and Trumbo entered spring ball with a season of flexbone experience while Greer is a first year player who has proven himself worthy of a starting spot. The line is anchored by 4 out of 5 potential starters; last season’s starters, Max Malloy and Benny Huang will get in the trenches with next year’s center, Michal Brzozek and guard, Michael Chang.
The Orange Squad features a line with great upside but less varsity experience. Mark Pineda, the #1 nose tackle, will anchor the line at center. Flanked by Michael Chan and #1 guard, Andrew Lei, Pineda will have no troubles dealing with the defensive A and B gap players. Edward Luu and Brian Toy might have a tougher time at the end positions. The back field features #1 running back, Quincy Nelson under center and speedsters, Waynelle Buckner and William Kay as wing backs. If any of these backs get outside the tackle, it could be lights out for the defense.
The Orange secondary features last season’s shutdown corners, Buckner and Kay, and talented safety, Nelson. However, the Purple linebacking core is much more experienced than the Orange linebackers. Max Malloy and Jon Lu, the #1 and #2 linebackers respectively, will shut down the middle for the Purple defense, potentially limiting Orange full back, Kyle Fung to minimal yards. Strong safety, Trumbo can be the Nelson stopper that will give Purple a better chance at keeping Nelson from long runs.
The battle in the trench could be the decisive factor in the outcome of Purple vs Orange II. Nose tackles, Pineda and Brzozek will have the same impact for both teams but new defensive tackle talents such as Michael Ene and Ene Mujica-Cruz could be the deciding factors if it comes down to a game of yards and inches.
The Advantage Score Card:
Offense = Purple
Defense = Orange
Special Teams = Orange
Supporting Players = Purple
Final Prediction = Orange 27 – Purple 21
(The Purple vs Orange game is a not a full contact game. Players will not be suited up in pads.)