Football preview: For El Molino, progress will be measured not by scoreboard but by players’ performance

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

New El Molino head coach Randy Parmeter instructs his team during practice, in Forestville, on Thursday. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

New El Molino head coach Randy Parmeter instructs his team during practice, in Forestville, on Thursday. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

FORESTVILLE — Randy Parmeter knows that the scoreboard alone won’t reflect the progress El Molino makes this year coming off of a 1-9 season.

“The game results are a by-product of whether or not we’re able to go out and execute our assignments the best we can on every play,” the first-year head coach said. “We know that we can go out against a more talented, superior team and execute well all day and still not win the game.

“All we can control is whether we know and carry out our assignments. So, we want to win games, but judge our improvement by determining if the players do the right things and execute their assignments on every play.”

Parmeter, a former El Molino star, spent the past two years as an assistant at Cardinal Newman. After graduating from El Molino, he played football at Mendocino College and Humboldt State.

“I’ve had experience with what it takes to be a successful program,” Parmeter said. “Kids today aren’t used to being accountable. We’re going to make sure our players are accountable. We’ve got a great bunch of kids. We’re ready to make it happen.”

Parmeter likes his players, he just doesn’t have as many as he would like. There were just 21 varsity players out during the first week of summer practice.

“We thought we’d have 30 kids out, but we lost some for various reasons,” Parmeter said. “With just 21, it’s harder to plan practices. We have kids out of position to help out in certain drills. We lose reps. But the kids are willing and it all works out.”

Running back Gonzalo Santibanez, a senior, will be the key to El Molino’s offense.

“He’s a physical and steady running back,” Parmeter said of Santibanez, a 6-foot, 195-pounder. “He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he’ll stick his nose in there and plug away. If we ask him to carry the ball 25 times, he’ll do it and be ready for more.”

Junior Stephen Moore and senior Connor Smith are battling for the quarterback job.

“We’re not 100 percent sure who the quarterback will be yet,” Parmeter said.

It could turn out that Santibanez takes some snaps, too. Parmeter will make sure to take advantage of all the talent the Lions have.

The key to Parmeter’s first year with a team that has been losing will be making sure all the players and coaches are on the same page.

“We are making sure that we’re teaching the same blocking techniques at the junior varsity and the varsity level. That hasn’t been the case here in recent years,” Parmeter said. “We don’t have the luxury of committing to one type of offense because we don’t know from year to year what kind of athletes we’re going to have. If we’re teaching the same techniques throughout, though, we’re unified at the line of scrimmage and we can do different things with the talent we do have.”

Receivers Tim McClintock (6-5, 205) and Lonnie Selec-Gaspar (5-11, 175) will be threats on the flank. Both are being counted on to lead the defense, too.

“Again, our defense is going to be one that’s unified at the line,” Parmeter said. “We don’t want to build a program based on changing our whole defensive scheme every year based on the type athletes we have.”

Linebacker Jeremy Draper is a 5-foot-9, 205-pounder who returns after playing varsity as a sophomore. The linebacking corps is bolstered by Louis Rampone (5-foot-10, 170), a quick outside linebacker.

“We’re going to teach techniques that will allow us to succeed because we know that we’re going to run into some teams that are bigger, faster or more talented,” Parmeter said. “Everybody’s working hard and that’s all we can ask right now.”

Ted Sillanpaa can be reached at Ted.Sillanpaa@pressdemocrat. Read his sports blog Overtime at overtime.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.

EL MOLINO LIONS

Coach: Randy Parmeter (1st year)

2012 record: 1-9 overall, 1-5 SCL (6th place)

2012 JV record: 4-6

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Gonzalo Santibanez, Sr., RB/DB: Bigger and stronger after accounting for 281 yards of total offense as a junior.

Lonnie Selec-Gaspar, Jr., WR/DB: Sure hands and a great work ethic are key for this underclassman.

Travis McClintock, Jr., WR/LB: He’s a big target who will make an impact on defense, too.

Louis Rampone, Sr., OLB: He’s 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and will be a defensive stopper.

Jeremy Draper, Jr., LB: The 205-pounder spent his sophomore season on varsity. His experience will help the Lions.

INSIDE SCOOP

Coach Parmeter is changing the culture at El Molino. “We’ve already lost some guys who wouldn’t make a full commitment to the program. If we don’t have commitment, we don’t have anything.”

GAME NOT TO MISS

Elsie Allen hosts the Lions on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. to start league play. El Molino’s only win in 2012 was a 42-0 victory against Elsie Allen. Defending NCS D4 champion Justin-Siena visits on Sept. 6.

ALL-TIME HIGHLIGHT

After 12 losing seasons, including nine with two wins or less, the 1994 Lions finished 7-3 and earned a North Coast Section playoff spot before losing an unforgettable game to Cardinal Newman.

SCHEDULE

DATE — OPPONENT — TIME

Aug. 30 — Willits — 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 — Justin-Siena — 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 — at St. Bernard — 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 — at Middletown — 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 — at Elsie Allen — 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 — Petaluma — 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 — at Analy — 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 — Sonoma Valley — 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 — at Piner — 2 p.m.

Nov. 8 — Healdsburg — 7:30 p.m.

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