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Combs coach Reischel lifts team confidence

by Jason Stone

When Marques Reischl left Chandler Basha to take over the football program at fledgling Combs in the spring, a couple of things jumped out at him.
It was apparent that his players needed to hit the weight room immediately, and they needed to learn how to play more physically.
“The first day I was on campus we started lifting,” Reischl said. “I felt like that was the most important thing to get going.”
Getting stronger certainly can’t hurt Combs as it enters its second season of varsity play. The team went 0-10 in its first year and was badly mismatched in most of its games. The team was outscored 518-115 for the season, was shut out three times and gave up 82 points in a midseason loss to San Tan Foothills.
But Reischl’s arrival is making this season feel like Combs 2.0 — a second chance at a fresh start.
“(Reischl) has brought our confidence level back up,” said senior wide receiver and defensive back Nathen Amestoy. “I think we’ve already put in a lot more hard work than last year.”
And the team appears to have more cohesion this year, too. Reischl, a former quarterback for Western New Mexico University, took his team to a summer camp at the school in Silver City, N.M. There the team learned how to play together and, more importantly, Reischl said, the players learned they liked each other.
“The camp was a really great team bonding experience,” Reischl said. “We’ve got to have a never-surrender attitude.”
The camp also helped the team get acclimated to Reischl’s passing system, one he helped lead Basha to an average of 254 yards passing per game last year as the school’s offensive coordinator. A year ago, Combs averaged 77 yards a game through the air.
Leading the attack at quarterback will be either junior Nick Trueher or Zane Hunt, who was last year’s backup.
Amestoy is back as the team’s top receiver and defensive back, joining returning two-way senior Nathan Lampa in both spots.
Reischl said three other seniors should make an impact this year: wide receiver and strong safety Leroy Valentine, linebacker Ricky Nealy and two-way lineman Antonio Sanchez.

Published at azcentral.com • July 30, 2012