SAMOHI — The season is still more than a month away, but footballs are about to be flying.
Santa Monica High School’s football team opens summer training camp on Monday and gets its first taste of competition the next day during a passing game against St. Bernard and its new coach, Larry Muno.
Santa Monica football followers should remember Muno as the coach who helped turn around St. Monica Catholic High School’s football program during his brief tenure leading the Mariners.
Samohi Head Coach Travis Clark said that part of the reason he scheduled the non-contact passing game against Muno’s new team was to keep the relationship alive despite the fact that Muno left town for the Marina del Rey campus.
“He’s excited about his new opportunity,” Clark said. “From what I hear, he’s doing well.”
For Clark, the game gives him an opportunity to see his new starting quarterback and offensive skill players in action. Christian Salem, a senior who has been on the varsity team for three years, will get the starting nod in the wake Rhys Gervais’ departure for Dorsey.
“He’s had a great off-season,” Muno said of his new signal caller. “I think he’s prepared. He’s worked his butt off for this opportunity.”
Clark said that he’s been in the weight room and has bulked up to 190 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame.
“He’s really developed great arm strength,” he added.
Samohi players headed to SMC
Seems some of last season’s Samohi seniors like playing at Corsair Field.
Clark said that three of his former players will be playing for Santa Monica College in the fall — on the same field they roamed during their time as Samohi Vikings.
Star wide receiver Kris Comas, who was heavily recruited by UNLV amongst others, leads the group over to the Pico Boulevard campus. Joining him will be lineman Joel Ramos and Austin Ehrlich, both captains last season.
Clark said this is the most guys heading across town to SMC in some years. Again, hoping to develop stronger bonds with local programs, Clark urged his players who didn’t receive scholarship offers or couldn’t bring their grades up to par to play for the Corsairs.
“It’s important to support each other’s programs,” he added.