Warriors look to improve with new-look offense

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Socorro High School football fans can expect to see a different team this year.

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: New coach Quevin Redding looks to implement a passing offense this season.

New Head Coach Quevin Redding is straying away from the running game the Warriors relied on in past seasons and wants to see his team air it out more.

“We’re going to throw the ball more this year,” he said. “That’s going to help us out – going from one extreme to the next.”

Socorro finished last season 1-9 overall. Redding hopes strong leadership from the upper classmen will pave the way to more success this year. Keys to that leadership are senior quarterback Tyler Crespin, senior wide receiver Joe Armijo, junior fullback Seve Naranjo and junior lineman Sheldon Gonzales.

“They’re doing the things they have to do to make this year good,” Redding said.

He added that he also expects contributions from sophomores Eric Silva, a defensive back; Gabriel Sanchez, a strong safety; and running back Mike Armijo. Another key to the Warriors’ success is preseason preparation, according to Redding, who was defensive coordinator for Centennial High School in Las Cruces last season.

“We have a great strength and conditioning program,” he said. “Everything depends on keeping all our guys healthy.”

Socorro moves up to the 4A classification this year but will face the usual foes in the likes of Truth of Consequences, Hatch, Cobre and Silver.

The Warriors’ smaller roster this year means every player is crucial, according to Redding.

“We have a lot of key, role player-type guys,” he added. “Offensively and defensively, all the kids are important.”

Socorro opens the season 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at home against Capitol.