Carpinteria preparing early for football season

After missing the playoffs last season, Carpinteria?s football team is working through the summer to make sure it doesn?t happen again.

Ian Craddock - Carpinteria Warriors Football

Quarterback Ian Craddock and the Warriors are trying to make it back to the CIF playoffs in 2013.

The Warriors took their CIF-mandated three-week ?dead period? in June, so they?ll be getting in plenty of reps before their Aug. 30 season opener at Templeton.


Coach Ben Hallock was pleased how the team looked during its spring workouts.

?We had a good spring,? he told Presidio Sports. ?Our guys demonstrated that they can focus, work hard and show some enthusiasm.?

Hallock said the veterans have set the tone during training sessions.

?Our returning players have really stepped-up, they seem ready to lead and to work,? he said.

The Warriors have a trio of three-year starters in quarterback Ian Craddock, receiver-lineman Duncan Gordon and QB-linebacker Kevin Stein. Peter Ramos and Jonathan Esqueda return at running back.

Joel Montes and Oscar Mejia bring experience to a rebuilding offensive line and defense.

?Our offensive and defensive lines?have shown some good progress and we have some young guys (Jorge Arroyo, Greg Elizarraras) playing at the inside linebacker spots that really improved and look like they can be tough,? said Hallock.