Above, interviews with quarterback Connor Marden and linebacker Robby TreadwellCarmel
Offense isn't going to be an issue for the Padres this year. Not when they averaged over 41 points per game last fall, and have a 1,500 yard running back and 2,100 yard quarterback back in the fold.
Already owners of two of the top 50 scoring marks in California, Carmel will put up fantasy type numbers this fall in the MTAL. Its receiving corps is deep.
While the defense was the subject of criticism after giving up over 40 points in its two losses, six of those players were sophomores.
All of them are back, a year older, a few inches taller and more mature. Moving Robbie Treadwell to linebacker will solidify that unit.
Still this offense is the attraction. Connor Marden threw 31 touchdown passes as a sophomore, sitting out the second half of three games last year. So much for growing pains.
Holden Smith has had back-to-back 1,500 yard rushing seasons, having piled up nearly 500 yards in his last two season openers.
Before thinking Carmel beefed up its schedule with a game with Palma, did we forget this team has played and beaten Salinas, Monterey, Menlo and Soquel in non-league games the past four years?
Watch an interview with Coach Golden Anderson.