Prep football two-a-days: Cyprus
Scott Wooldridge knows all about the SEC.
The SEC of Class 4A football, that is, which Wooldridge and others involved with Region 6 have dubbed the grouping of teams in Utah.
As the Cyprus Pirates prepare for another go in the daunting Region 6 football realm, Wooldridge said the program is fortunate to return a good portion of its offensive weapons from a year ago.
One year older is three-year starting quarterback Dennis Kamakana. Ditto for senior bruising running back Albert Semeatu. Semeatu's younger brother A.J., a junior, is back as well.
"Most of the kids who we expected to be right on track are right on track," said Wooldridge, Cyprus' coach.
The Semeatu brothers rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago. While Albert is a back who can power his way through opposing lines, A.J. has a great deal of finesse as a runner, Wooldridge said.
Kamakana, who along with Albert Semeatu, will assume the leadership roles they took on a year ago. Both players put in a tremendous amount of work in the offseason to bulk up and prepare for the season, according to Wooldridge.
Defensively, most of the Pirates who star on offense will be asked to play on both sides of the ball.
Albert and A.J. Semeatu will star at linebacker, while returning defensive back Elijah Reynolds will lead the way in the secondary. Kamakana will play free safety.
"Whoever it may be we play, we have to go out and compete," Wooldridge said. "Hopefully we'll have things in place to do that."
ASSIGNMENT • Region 6
LAST YEAR • 5-5 overall
KEY RETURNER • Albert Semeatu, sr., RB/LB. Semeatu will be the Pirates' rock this year, leading the team as a featured running back as well as a Mike linebacker.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Dallas Garreaud, jr., TE: At 6 foot 3 and growing, Garreaud has asserted himself in the Cyprus offense after being moved from wide receiver to tight end.
BIGGEST HOLE • Offensive line. Wooldridge said the Pirates graduated all five offensive linemen from last year's squad. He said the new group finally is starting to pull together and gel, but he said they're young.
NEED TO KNOW • Wooldridge said the team's best players play both ways, ensuring that most of the Pirates must be in tip-top shape in a physical Region 6.