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Warrior gridders move into new season

August 10 was the first day of practice for Fallbrook High School’s football teams.

The varsity players had a team-building day August 9 and spent the night at the school before their first actual practice the following day while the junior varsity and freshmen teams commenced practice August 10. Varsity head coach Joe Silvey has been alternating two-a-day and one-a-day sessions in order to prepare and condition his players while providing adequate rest.

“The players are working hard,” Silvey said.

Silvey has placed 56 of the players on the varsity roster, giving the Warriors sufficient depth. Although the size of the roster eliminates the necessity for players to be on the field for both offensive and defensive plays, some of the better athletes will play two positions.

“We will have a fair number of guys going both ways,” Silvey said.

The junior varsity roster will have approximately three dozen players. Silvey expects to have between 40 and 45 players on the freshman team.

This is Silvey’s third season as the Warriors’ head coach. It is his first season with a returning starting quarterback. “That’s a big plus for us,” Silvey said.

The quarterback, Christopher Fuetterer, earned all-Avocado League honorable mention recognition for the 2009 season to make him one of five Avocado League sophomores to earn all-league honors.

Although Fallbrook’s seven first-team and second-team all-league players in 2009 have all graduated, all four honorable mention selections should be with the Warriors this year. Last year’s other three all-league Warriors, all of whom are seniors this year, are defensive lineman John Delcoure, offensive lineman Marco Casillas, and kicker Victor Lopez.

Delcoure’s fractured fibula was the only serious injury of the first week of practice. He will miss the Warriors’ opener, which will take place at home September 3 against Clairemont High School. Fallbrook has a bye the following week, and Silvey hopes that Delcoure will be able to return for the Warriors’ September 17 game at Rancho Bernardo.

The bye allows the Warriors to focus their effort on the opener against Clairemont and then have two weeks to prepare for Rancho Bernardo. “We’re happy with the way the schedule is,” Silvey said.

In addition to the leadership provided by a returning quarterback, Silvey feels that his team’s strengths include his linemen. “We have size along the line,” he said.

The seven all-league players who graduated consisted of a running back, a wide receiver, two defensive linemen, a linebacker, and two defensive backs.

“We’re having to find some players there,” Silvey said.

Eleven of last year’s starters are returning while last year’s junior varsity squad will produce other first-string players.

Silvey expects to have one sophomore starter on this year’s team.

Last year the Warriors finished the regular season with a 2-8 record, including a 1-4 mark in Avocado League play. Fallbrook defeated Rancho Bernardo in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Vista in the quarterfinals.

“We still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Silvey said. “We’re just excited for the start of another season.”

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