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Aguirre has Bell-Jeff moving up

September 05, 2001

"This kid has a great arm," Aguirre. "We want to develop him so he

will be a three-year starter for us."

Blocking in the backfield will be fullback Artis Quintans (5-8, 195)

and the receivers are Michael Gaeota (5-10, 185) and Romel Cabrera (5-9,

155). The tight end is Michael Argento (6-0, 185).

Although Aguirre is pleased with his skill-position players, he may be

more impressed with his linemen. For once, Bell-Jeff has some beef on

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offense, as Robert Alarcon (6-3, 280), Brian Alfaro (6-4, 235), Daniel

Diaz (6-1, 190), Ethan Ruiz (6-1, 225) and Joey Gallegos (6-0, 230)

should provide protection.

"We have some speed on that line, so look out," Aguirre said. The

defense will likely be spearheaded by a good pair of ends in Steve Ramos

(5-11, 180) and Ruben Umana (6-0, 190),and they should be complimented by

linebackers Kevin Lazalde (6-0, 225), Richard Smith (5-8, 190) and Max

Perrin (6-0, 205).

Smith will be the team's backup fullback and Diaz may add to his

lineman's duties and play some at linebacker.

At the defense tackle spots will be Luis Franco (5-5, 265) and Edward

Teves (5-10, 215.

"Luis is the strongest player on the team. He can [bench press] 320

pounds," Aguirre said.

In the secondary, Slaughter will get a chance to show off his skills

at strong safety. He will be joined by cornerbacks Chris Hernandez (5-11,

145) and Carlo Javier (5-10, 180) and safety Raul Quevas (6-2, 175).

Aguirre said he likes his chances at not only making the playoffs, but

playing for a Santa Fe League championship. In the four-team league --

which includes L.A. Daniel Murphy, Montebello Cantwell Sacred Heart of

Mary and Panorama City St. Genevieve -- the top two teams qualify for the

postseason.

Bell-Jeff may have to secure that title this season, as things will

get a little tougher in 2001 when Salesian joins the league.

"It should be an exciting and interesting league race," Aguirre said.

"But we have to go out there and play tough, fundamentally sound

football. If we can do that, we will be able to control our own destiny."

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