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Roseville's young 'family' steps up against Center, River City in scrimmage

By: Amanda Calzada/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Roseville High School was host to Center and River City on Saturday night at Hanson Field, and Tigers head coach Larry Cunha was happy with the dynamics of the scrimmage.

That included a goal-line stand by Roseville’s defense.

Thirteen of Roseville’s 22 starters on offense and defense are juniors. Only three players are returning seniors: Grant Jansen, Kyle Schwartz and Austin Ash.

“We’re a family,” said junior quarterback Kyle Downie, adding the team needs to “play together as a whole” through more “crisp” moves to improve last season’s 5-6 record.

The Tigers showcased strong passing, swift sprinting and sharp yet coordinated maneuvering on offense.

Cunha also was pleased with juniors Jordan Kunaszyk leading the defense and Matt Razzano juggling defensive and offensive leadership. Cunha was happy no Tiger was injured.

“We need to play at a faster pace,” Cunha said. “We need to get better every day.”

Pick up a copy of Friday's Press Tribune to read Roseville's season preview.