Cardinals look to turn around 2005 record |

Cardinals look to turn around 2005 record

PARACHUTE – Unhappy about a substandard 3-6 finish last year, Grand Valley is determined to flip those numbers around this season.”Our attitude is, this is the year and we’re not going to settle for anything less,” said Cardinals head coach Mike Johnson. “I think if you asked any of the kids on the team, they’d say it’s playoffs or die for them.”And, with a majority of veteran starters back on both sides of the ball, Grand Valley has the firepower to accomplish that goal.Quarterback Richard Gallegos begins his third season of triggering the offense. In each of the last two years as the Cardinals starter, the senior has thrown for more than 1,000 yards.Also returning to Grand Valley’s backfield is 2004 all-conference runner Danny Manzanares. After rushing for over 1,000 yards as a sophomore, Manzanares spent most of ’05 on the sidelines after suffering a season-ending broken tibia in the first game. “He’s come back full and he’s looked great,” Johnson said of the hard-running halfback. “(Danny) is the hardest working kid I’ve ever had here.”The weapons Gallegos has at his disposal go beyond the backfield. Junior Tyler Jensen showed great improvement at summer team camp in Wyoming.”He was a good player last year,” the coach said of Jensen. “At camp he just shined. He caught a number of touchdown passes and the University of Wyoming receivers coach fell in love with him. He should have a big year.”The Cardinals are also strong on the offensive and defensive lines. Returning lettermen Jesse Forney, a senior, with junior Tyler Harrison and sophomore Cole Kraft, “gives us a good core,” Johnson said. Gallegos and Manzanares are Grand Valley’s main linebackers. Senior Derrick Maxfield and Jensen are the team’s top defensive backs.Having compiled a 15-2 record in 7-on-7 games at camp, the Cardinals appear to have the tools to push their season into November. “The expectations are higher than ever,” Johnson said. “Over the summer the kids put in more work than we ever had. The leadership and the work ethic will really pay dividends this year.”

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