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LA City Section Division 2 football preview: Can anyone take down Franklin?

Franklin, Canoga Park and Wilson are the clear favorites in City Section Division 2.
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Last season, Locke won the LA City Section Division 2 football title as a five-seed, beating Roosevelt 22-20. Locke and Roosevelt have both moved on to Division 1, leaving Franklin, Canoga Park, and Wilson as the clear favorites.

Here is our projected top 5 in Division 2:

  • Franklin
  • Canoga Park
  • Wilson
  • Jefferson
  • Verdugo Hills
Franklin

Franklinwas the first overall seed in the City Section Division 2 playoffs last season and lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Locke. This season Franklin returns seven starters on offense, and eight on defense, and are hungry for another championship opportunity. 

The Panthers return probably the best QB in the division in Alfred Bobadilla, who threw for 3,267 yards last season. Also returning are a pair of RBs in Angelo Vera and Khristopher Johnson who both rushed for over 500 yards. WR Vincent Escobar is yet another strong returning playmaker, having hauled in over 800 yards receiving last year. While he didn’t play much last season, coach Narcisco Diaz has substantial confidence in WR Chris Jauregui as well. Angel Carmona will anchor the offensive line. The Panthers’ offense should be very explosive.

A number of Franklin's best defensive players are also returning, including Nicholas Herrera (MLB), Hugo Escobedo (OLB), and William Samayoa (CB). They’ll be joined by many other returning starters and rotation players such as James Quintanilla (DT), Jovany Aguilar (DE), Abel Reyes (CB) and Carlos Camacho (CB). Big things are expected out of new junior LB Andre Berber as well.

Wilson is losing last season’s top two receivers and running backs, but star QB Julian Hernandez isn’t going anywhere. He threw for over 2,000 yards last season, and will still have a very good receiver in DeAnthony Jackson. Richard Haro and Branden Zamora are candidates to step up at receiver as well. Jackson (DE) and Haro (SS) are two of the top returners on defense. The Mules should be in the mix for the D-2 championship.

As reigning semifinalists who almost toppled Roosevelt, Canoga Parkis in the conversation of top contenders as well. Last year they dominated most games on both sides of the ball, and they’re returning every single top playmaking threat.

Star quarterback David Gomez will be back for his senior year after racking up over 2,000 passing yards last season. Jorge Hernandez was sensational at RB, rushing for 942 yards and 23 touchdowns, and he was only a junior. Speaking of underclassmen sensations, Dominic Arango-Serna is back after racking up over 1,000 receiving yards as a freshman. And just about all the Hunters’ other rotation players at RB/WR – Joshua Christopher, Sergio Garcia, Myles Jones – are still here. This offense, stacked with both continuity and talent, should be too much to handle for almost all D-2 teams.