Rogers Heritage football coaches are searching for replacements this spring for a large graduating senior class that helped the War Eagles to back-to-back playoff appearances.
Heritage coach Perry Escalante likes what he’s seen from some of the open positions the past couple weeks, but there are a couple of spots that are still concerns.
One position that’s a current problem is receiver.
“We got a lot of guys out there, but not a lot of guys who can catch the football right now,” Escalante said. “You’re not a receiver if you can’t catch it. You’re wearing a helmet.”
Junior speedster Joey Saucier (5-11, 192 pounds) can play receiver, but he’s moving to running back as the War Eagles will shift from the traditional spread to more of a pistol look with two backs.
He’s received interest from Division I college coaches, including Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Saucier caught 44 passes for 793 yards and 8 touchdowns last fall. He also ran for 284 yards on 56 carries and three scores and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Junior-to-be Collin Christian (6-2, 171) looks to be solid at a receiver spot, along with possibly Albert Perez, who will be a senior. But it’s slim pickings after that, Escalante said. Tim Cole, who has been in track this spring, will also likely get a look.
Collin Gorman is the lone returning starter on the defensive line and Escalante is pleased with guys like Jed Wilson and Andy Mendoza. But the lack of numbers at that position is a concern.
“We’re real thin there,” Escalante said. “Four or five guys is all we’ve got. One of them goes down, we’re gonna be in a bind.”
Heritage will finish spring practice with a scrimmage in Gates Stadium beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.