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Zubey working to breathe life into St. Mary’s

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Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008 11:31 am | Updated: 8:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Yes, he’s religious, but Eddy Zubey doesn’t claim to be a miracle worker.

He’s being asked to become one, however, following a bizarre series of events that led to his new address at Phoenix St. Mary’s.

It reminded Zubey of his playing days at nationally dominant De La Salle High School in California and at Arizona State. One of the younger coaches in the East Valley, the big man with the big hat had Mesa Westwood on the verge of a turnaround in only two seasons, including a narrow loss in the playoffs to Chandler Hamilton.

At St. Mary’s, football was once dominant.

For reasons ranging from neighborhood makeup, money and the East Valley’s population explosion, that’s no longer the case. But the expectation is, in due time, it can be again.

Zubey’s new job is to replace a legend in Pat Farrell and resuscitate a once-proud program.

“You start from the bottom up,” said Zubey, who also teaches gym and helps with at-risk students at the school. “There are definitely hurdles here and probably more (than Westwood) but it makes it all the better. We talk about love and accountability and playing for each other, the mind-set and make sure it’s in conversation with the kids.

“You can see there’s been a change. It’s working good so far.”

Zubey pointed to a 97 percent turnout during summer workouts, kids dropping weight who previously struggled to do so, and, based on a jump from three wins to seven wins at Westwood, a belief he knows what he’s doing.

He brought the same split-back offense, 4-4-3 defense and intensity from Mesa.

If he can bring the Knights back to their glory years, maybe he could walk on water.

“It’ll be a good test for us from Day One,” Zubey said. “I’m excited. I can’t tell if they’ll rise to the challenge or not until the lights come on. Part of it is a challenge for all of us. We’ll know soon.”

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Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.
1 Estefan Pedraza QB 5-9 170 Sr.
2 Jacob Santa Cruz WR/DB 5-10 170 Sr.
5 R.J. McGill RB/DB 5-9 172 Jr.
6 Tregg Waters-Tyler WR/DB 6-0 163 Jr.
9 Brian Holland LB 6-0 173 Jr.
10 Michael Undiano QB 5-10 171 Sr.
12 Brandon Sirdis WR/DB 5-9 164 Jr.
13 Anthony O'Connor K 5-8 178 Jr.
14 Nick Martinez WR/DB 5-9 166 Jr.
15 Robert Osorio WR/DB 5-8 159 Sr.
16 Paulo Casteneda K 5-8 171 Sr.
17 Adalnerto Gonzalez DB 5-7 158 Jr.
19 Regis Johnson RB/DB 5-9 173 Jr.
20 Isiah Gray RB/DB 5-9 169 Jr.
21 Jordan Gentles DB 5-10 176 Sr.
22 David Richey RB/DL 5-9 171 Sr.
24 Michael Lespron LB 5-10 179 Sr.
25 LaRon Tarkington RB/DB 5-9 166 Fr.
26 Aldo Nunez DB 5-7 158 Sr.
27 Brandon Miller WR/DB 5-10 174 Sr.
28 Josh DeLaCruz WR/DB 5-10 162 Sr.
36 Robbie Martinez RB/LB 5-9 201 Sr.
41 Patrick Howard RB/LB 5-8 176 Jr.
45 Joe Jajou LB 6-1 217 Sr.
46 Matt Karber RB/LB 5-10 181 Sr.
50 Tim Caserta OL 6-0 189 Jr.
51 Chris Stevens OL/DL 6-3 265 Sr.
52 Ray Quintana OL 5-8 171 Sr.
53 Christian Coker OL 6-0 201 Jr.
54 Kameron Gregory DL 6-1 221 Jr.
55 Roman Beltran DL 6-1 240 Sr.
56 Matt Alcantar OL/LB 5-10 205 Sr.
62 Diego Frank-Arriaga OL 6-1 240 Jr.
64 Robert Mar-Chavez OL/DL 5-10 223 Jr.
70 Derick Varela OL/DL 6-0 242 Jr.
71 Randy Schad OL/DL 6-0 275 Sr.
73 Kapano Rowe OL/DL 5-10 215 Jr.
74 Josh Villa OL/DL 6-2 262 Sr.
75 Sam Sinclair OL/DL 6-8 256 Sr.
77 Charles Hauff OL/DL 6-2 301 Sr.
78 Manny Lopez OL/DL 6-6 282 Jr.
79 David Denogean OL/DL 6-5 254 Jr.
80 Michael Berry OL/DL 6-1 242 Jr.
88 Joshua Felton TE/DL 6-4 236 Jr.
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