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Staying the course

Jaguars try to build model of consistency

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Staying the course

Jaguar Alejandor Corarrubias takes the hit during a tackling drill in the Manteca Jaguars practice session Tuesday.


POSTED August 3, 2011 12:21 a.m.

The primary objective has not changed one bit for the Manteca Jaguars youth football program, and it won’t this year as the squad is still focused on developing players into high school athletes heading into the 2011 season.

The Jaguars found one of their four teams nearly complete the mission a season ago with an appearance in the Cen-Cal Super Bowl championship for the pee-wee team, giving the program definite foundation for seasons to come.

Things look in place for the team again this season, with numbers reaching the goal at each level the Jaguars have reason to believe another successful year is in the future.

“We have talent at every level and our coaching staff is the strongest it has been in years as far as numbers and experience,” Jaguars athletic director Jay Muschott said. “We should be competitive at every level and we expect to be competitive at every level.”

The junior varsity squad also landed a postseason berth, but the Jaguars have not prided their organization solely on wins and losses. Helping each individual player develop the fundamental skill set for the next level will always be the program’s modus operandis.

“As far as football and x’s and o’s everybody wants to win,” Muschott said. “That is the name of the game and it is a competitive sport. For us we want to make sure our kids come back every year and they’re able to expand their talents and their knowledge of the game.

“Any youth football program should be to prepare for high school football.”

The Jaguars will fill rosters for each of their four teams, already toting at least 35 players on each squad. With teams folding their commitments in the area, the Jaguars have likely been rewarded for trying to go about running their youth football program the right way.

“It’s been two years in a row now that we have had great numbers,” Muschott said. “Hopefully our interest in teaching the proper way and preparing our kids for high school is what causes that. We’ve tried to keep our prices low to compete with the other teams.

“I really think our program speaks for itself; we’ve picked up a lot of coaches from other programs that are interested in running the same program at every level. Our organization is continually growing.”

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