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California's Top 50 high school football teams: Special senior class leads No. 14 Alemany

SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Alemany Warriors of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 14 team in our countdown.
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SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Alemany Warriors of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 14 team in our statewide countdown.

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ALEMANY TEAM PAGE2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

ALEMANY HEAD COACH

Casey Clausen (4th season) (20-9)

  • Previously coached at Calabasas

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 4-1 in Mission League (T-1st)

IMPACT DEPARTURES

  • Eduardo Fuentes (OL/DL) (Graduated)
  • JD Sumlin (RB) (Graduated)
  • RJ Jones (2023 DB) (Transferred to St. John Bosco)
  • Jshawn Frausto-Ramos (2023 DB) (Transferred to St. John Bosco)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 20 @ Lone Peak (Utah) - 7:00PM
  • Aug. 27 @ St. John Bosco - 7:00PM
  • Sept. 10 vs. Oaks Christian – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 17 vs. Mission Viejo – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 24 @ Lawndale – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 1 vs. Serra – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 8 @ Notre Dame -7:00PM
  • Oct. 15 vs. Bishop Amat – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 22 @ Cathedral – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 29 @ Chaminade – 7:00PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 9 on offense
  • 7 on defense

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kevin Green (Senior-WR) (5-11, 165) (USC Commit)

Coach Clausen: “Kevin has started for us since his freshman season."

2019 stats:Made 77 catches for 854 yards and six TDs

Floyd Chalk (Senior-RB) (5-10, 185)

Offer sheet: Penn State and San Diego State

Coach Clausen: “Floyd has also been on varsity since his freshman season."

2019 stats: 180 carries for 1,431 yards and 20 TDs. Caught ten passes for 101 yards.

Samiuela Sefa (Senior-OL/DL) (6-3, 315)

Coach Clausen: “Samiuela is a three year starter for us who will play a lot of guard."

Samiuela Palu (Senior-OL) (6-5, 330)

Offer sheet: Penn State

Coach Clausen: “Samiuela is another three year starter for us who plays tackle."

Niuafe “Junior” Tuihalamaka (Senior-LB) (6-2, 235) (USC Notre Dame commit)

Coach Clausen: "Junior is committed to Notre Dame."

2019 stats: Made 65 tackles, seven for loss

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Damonic Williams (Senior-DL) (6-2, 325) (Cal commit)

Coach Clausen"Damonic is committed to Cal."

Rashad McKenzie (Senior-DE) (6-5, 270)

Offer sheet: Eight offers including Arizona State, USC and Washington

Coach Clausen“He's got a bunch of offers."

2019 stats:29 tackles, with five coming for loss. Three sacks and a forced fumble

Ephesians Prysock (Senior-CB/S) (6-3, 175)

Offer sheet: 19 offers including Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA and USC

Coach Clausen“He's part of a great secondary for us."

Joseph Swen (Senior-CB/S) (6-3, 190)

Offer sheet: Arizona State and Florida State.

Coach Clausen“He's an elite talent."

Aiden Chapman (Senior-LB) (5-11, 215)

Coach Clausen“Aidan was probably our leading tackle last year."

IMPACT TRANSFERS

  • Larry Turner-Gooden – Sr. Arizona State commit – S/WR from St. Bernard
  • Jaylen Thompson – Sr. – RB from St. Bernard
  • Tre Hawkins - Sr. - OL from St. Bernard
  • Caiou Chatman - Sr. - WR from Paraclete
  • Khristian Dunbar-Hawkins - Soph. - DB from St. Bernard

WHAT’S THE QUARTERBACK SITUATION?

Senior Dylan Gebbia and sophomore Anthony Wolter are in a competition. Gebbia started the majority of games for Alemany a year ago and Wolter played in Alemany's spring 2021 finale, a 25-24 win over Serra.

"Those guys continue to compete and they're both doing well," Clausen said. "We're going to play the best guy. Ideally we'd like to play the best guy, but if we have to go with two we will."

BEST-CASE SCENARIO FOR ALEMANY

The best case scenario for Alemany is that they win the Mission League and then somehow slip into the Division 2 playoffs in the Southern Section. In that scenario, the Warriors would win the league and then have a shot at a Section title because they'd avoid Mater Dei or St. John Bosco in the Division 1 playoffs.

MOST REALISTIC SCENARIO

Alemany won't finish any lower than third place in the Mission League -- on paper, they should win it. Taking the Mission League crown would put the Warriors right on the Division 1/Division 2 playoff line in the Southern Section. How the Warriors do in their non-league games will affect which playoff division they're in. Alemany probably won't beat St. John Bosco, but after that, 9-1 is a possibility with 8-2 or 7-3 probably being more likely.

COACH SAID

"This is our group that was all freshmen when we got to Alemany. Offensive line is going to be our strength and I'm excited about our defense. We're hoping to compete with some of the premier schools and to do that it starts up front. We obviously went out and scheduled really good non-league teams to help us gauge where we're at. I'm excited for the group. I'm excited to have the group returning and for the new kids we've added."

"We feel like on offense we can run the ball and then defensively stop the run and control the line of scrimmage. Lone Peak, St. John Bosco and Mission Viejo will all help us to see where we're at up front. You can always have skill, but unless you can block and stop the run that doesn't matter."

"We want to use camp to get more consistent on offense. We had our lowest scoring average by far in the spring in terms of places I've coached. We were not very good offensively in the spring. We need to get better. On defense, we have a lot of talented kids -- I want us to make more plays, get more turnovers."

"Our goal is to compete and do the best we can. We have a ton of kids signing in 2022 and that's been my ultimate goal, helping kids in the classroom and then if they have goals in football beyond that. As far as the season goes, I want us to compete, have fun and play to our potential. Hopefully in year four we can go out and compete against those top level programs."