By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 20, 2017
Matthew C. Perry Samurai
2016 season record — 7-1 overall, 5-0 in Division II regular season, won Far East D-II championship 44-6 over Humphreys on Nov. 5.
Head coach — Frank Macias, fourth season.
Returning players — 16.
Returning starters — 16.
Key performers — Garrett Macias, Sr., QB-FS; Mason Graydon, Sr., LB (33 tackles, 5 sacks in 2016); Andrew Borrero, Sr., LB-RB (545 yards, 4 TDs, 95 carries; 39 tackles, 6 for losses); Elijah LeBron, Jr., LB (32 tackles, 6 for losses); John Keith, Sr., LB (34 tackles); Marshall China, So., RB-DL; Dylan Ernst, Sr., DB-WR; Ethan Peterson, Jr., LB-RB (316 yards, 3 TDs, 90 carries).
Strengths — Strong veteran starting corps, experience and depth in all aspects.
Drawbacks — Almost none to speak of, save for replacing departed Pacific touchdown leader Caeleb Ricafrente (graduated) and defensive leader Zach Brown (PCS).
Overview — Contending. Samurai still have much work ahead of them, but they have the pieces in a manner like they’ve never had. For the first time in school history, Perry has a junior varsity program.