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Camp visits: MP’s defense will feed off front four

Busting loose

Shomari Hayes and the Mountain Pointe defensive front line will be hard to handle.


Camp visits: MP’s defense will feed off front four

Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2016 3:58 pm

The collision was so loud and violent that someone who wasn’t watching the play develop might have thought there was a car accident at 44th St. and Knox Rd.

Instead it was just the Mountain Pointe defensive line feeding off each other in practice.

It’s been a common occurrence thus far in camp.

The Pride No. 1 defense is expected to be one of the best units in the state in 2016 and a lot of that comes from D-Line.

No one has a better view of the havoc than all-state safety Isaiah Pola-Mao as the play develops and he makes his read.

“They are going to make my job so much easier,” Pola-Mao said. “The quarterback is going to have to make quick decisions and those are not always good ones.”

The Pride has always deployed three- and four-man fronts defending on the opponent and/or situation.

No matter what the defense steps on the field the group of Shomari Hayes, Khalif Ravenell, Matthew Pola-Mao and Daniel Pena are going to be hard to handle.

All are big

The group up front this year could be one of the best under Vaughan, and there is a different look to it.

In the past the Pride has been on the smaller side up front with the likes of Charlie Trevino, Mitchell Fraboni and Dillon Goulet, but now Hayes, Pola-Mao and Pena average 6-2 ¼ and 282.7 pounds.

Hayes and Pola-Mao set the tempo of the group. They evoke a ton of energy and in the today’s vernacular are always “looking to eat.” There were times in practice – whether it was the Pride’s ones on the line or the backups that the duo were just unstoppable.

It’s just training camp, and Friday’s nights are a different level, but in the handful times we’ve witnessed spring and training camp this group has been devastating.

Don’t be surprised if there are quite a few collisions once the season kicks off.

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