Edcouch-Elsa has gone through two starting quarterbacks this season and the offense has not skipped a beat. In spite of a drastically different scheme than what’s been used in years past, the Yellowjackets are one of the most productive offenses in the Valley, no matter who’s calling the shots.
A big reason for that is the offensive line. Quarterbacks Marco Aguinaga and Andrew Segura, each of whom has passed for more than 300 yards in a game this season, have hardly been touched this season, and that’s because of the protection.
The anchor has been senior Jared Cantu. He leads a deep and talented offensive line that features center Elijah Sanchez and stalwarts Joe Prieto, Rigo Cardona, Mike Castaneda, Miquel Quintana, Ricky Estimbo, Andy Olivi and Alvaro Cortez.
“Jared’s been playing tremendously this past couple of weeks,” E-E coach Joe Marichalar said. “He said he wanted to do something special his senior year and he’s living up to it. The entire offensive line has been really solid. They’re all doing their jobs well.”
The Yellowjackets (5-1, 3-0 District 32-5A) have successful transitioned from the ground-and-pound ways of the past to a free-flowing, pass-happy style. E-E averages 33.7 points and 413.3 yards.
In six games, the Yellowjackets have thrown for 13 touchdowns after throwing for nine all last season.
“The offensive coaching staff has done a good job getting the passing game up to par and the kids have a lot of confidence in it,” Marichalar said. “We’re going to build off it, and as they get more comfortable they’ll get better and better.”
DENNIS SILVA II | STAFF WRITER