Coming off of a 5-6 season, the Bucs head into their home game versus West Hills this Friday evening with a 0-1 record.
If Mission Bay is to get over the hump, and back to the CIF playoffs, it will look this season to the likes of Kenny Russell (senior, RB/WR/DB), Jaiden Corea (senior, QB), Isiah Mitchell (senior, RB/LB) and Schyler Cerncieros (senior, WR/RB/DB) among others.
When asked about goals for this season, Nears said, “We just want to change the culture … meaning lifting weights, summer lifting and conditioning program, developing our young players, especially the freshmen.” At the end of the day, Nears wants the team focus on the fundamentals of football.
Hired in July, Nears inherits a young team that must learn a new offensive playbook for the third straight year.
“We have potentially 20 sophomores who will have to play varsity,” Nears commented. “We also have three CIF finalists on our schedule this year (The Bishop’s School, Saints, Christian), and a top 10 Lincoln team.”
Even with such obstacles, Nears added that the Bucs are getting better every week.