August 29, 2008

Castellanos Looking for a Big Year with Barons

By John Philip Wyllie

A year ago quarterback Hector Castellanos passed for over 1,300 yards while helping the Bonita Vista Barons reach the second round of the CIF San Diego section playoffs. Now a senior, Castellanos is back and hoping for more.

“Hector is not lacking for arm strength,” according to Baron head coach, Carl Parrick. “He has got good arm strength, now it is just a question of making the correct reads and throwing to the right guy. He is a senior now and we are expecting him to step up and perform like a senior. Hector can be a leader and he can be someone who can really help us out. He’ll be running a little more this year and he has a lot of experience so we are hoping that he is going to step up and do the job. I am feeling real confident that he will.”

Castellanos will have a trio of talented receivers to work with in Andrew Grimes, Spencer Hunter and Danny Jimenez. What is less certain is the amount of protection he will be receiving from his young, untested offensive line. Giving time, he has shown that he can be a very effective passer.

The Barons are blessed with two fine quarterbacks (the other one being Miles Morales). Castellanos knows that if he falters Morales is more than capable of coming in and playing well.

“A spot is never permanent, but if you keep working hard it stays yours,” Castellanos said.

Castellanos intends to work harder than ever this season in order to avoid a quarterback controversy. He believes much of the game is mental.

“Coach Parrick did a lot during the off-seasons of the last three years to help me get prepared. Now he has got me in his head thinking what he is thinking.”

Castellanos and the rest of his teammates will depart for Hawaii on Sunday and open their season there. He is optimistic about what this season will bring.

“I think we can go all the way if we put our minds to it, but we have a lot of work to do. If we continue working hard I think we will get there.”

As a senior, Castellanos will be expected to assume more of a leadership role this season. His role on the field will be expanded as well.

“We will be switching to the gun so I think I will still be passing a lot, but I will also be running more.”

He will have some help with the latter from his pair of quick and elusive running backs, Ibrahim Hassan and Bryan Montreuil.

Castellanos is hoping to continue playing in college. His G.P.A. of 3.2 is good enough to get him there and he believes with a solid senior season he will have a shot at playing for a Division II school.

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