Raider’s Football looks to have strong 2014 season

Moorpark College begins its 2014 football season when it takes on the Long Beach Vikings on Sept. 6.

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Moorpark College begins its 2014 football season when it takes on the Long Beach Vikings on Sept. 6.

By Matt Levine, Sports writer

Coming off of a 2013 campaign where the Raiders finished with a record of (5-5), the Raiders will look to improve on what was a disappointing season. They will not only try to improve their record but try and make a bowl game.

Preparation for the season will play a key factor in the Raiders improving from last season especially on the defensive side of the ball.

“We have to give it 100 percent,” said first-year safety Justin Manuatu. “Going hard in practice and learning the playbook, and especially trying to get the freshmen up to speed.”

Despite their average record from a season ago, The Raiders did have some highs. They ended their season by beating the #7 ranked Cerritos College and earlier in the year had beaten L.A Pierce, another ranked team.

Wide receiver Raymond Bolden and placekicker Chris Taylor were named to the Northern Division first team offense from their conference. Other Raiders that were named for their successful seasons were defensive end Johnny Stuart and outside linebacker Kyle Rothschiller whom were named to the second team defense for their conference.

The coaching staff plays an important role in how the players develop and learn.

“We just have to grind it out in practice and we just wanna get back out their and hit somebody mainly,” said first-year offensive lineman Eric Maslen. “All the coaches are knowledgeable and easy to talk too.”

Offensive lineman Jonathan Jimenez also added that the football team is basically a family environment.

The Raiders open the 2014 season when they travel to Long Beach to take on the Vikings, whom are coming off a 4-6 season. The Raiders are excited to get back onto the field, looking to improve on their 2013 season, and bring back prominence for Moorpark College football.