'This group has the potential to go further': Orange Grove eyes deep run in 2021

Rey Castillo
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Orange Grove's quarterback Cutter Stewart throws a pass during the second quarter of their game against Odam at Orange Grove on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

Orange Grove Bulldogs  

Key players returning

QB Cutter Stewart; WR Trevor Garcia; RB/DB Marshal Saha; OL/DL Lance Lopez; LB Kayden Schroedter; DE Kace Wilkin; DL Victor DelBosque; LB Seth Barnes 

District: 15-3A Division I 

2020 Record: 7-4, 3-3

What head coach Mark DelPercio is saying

"We lost some key guys but we also bring back some key guys. We're very excited about the group of guys we have coming in, and we're very excited about the group of guys we have coming back. We're at the point now in this program where the bar has been raised and we understand what the expectations are."

Orange Grove's Cutter Stewart speaks to head coach Mark DelPercio at a football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Orange Grove High School. Stewart is a quarterback for the team.

What QB Cutter Stewart is saying

"I have a really good receiving corps and a lot of talent on the offensive line. We're a little young but we have an outstanding coaching staff to get things done... I think the biggest thing right now is being a team leader and bringing the team together."

What WR Trevor Garcia is saying

"I learned a lot from Conner... (Eulenfeld) he's a great player and now I want to help my team as much as possible by getting some big yards and being a team player. We have a great bond with team chemistry. I love this team, I love this town and I love this community. I'm proud to be in it."

What RB/DB Marshal Saha is saying

"We can definitely do it again (playoffs) and we want to go further. I feel like this group has the potential to go much further. Everyone loves each other and everyone is having a good time. At practice, everyone challenges each other and everyone wants to compete."

Outlook

The Bulldogs parted ways with 20 seniors from last year's team, but return a talented group on both sides of the ball in 2021. Quarterback Cutter Stewart returns for his third season after passing for 3,407 yards and 39 touchdowns as a sophomore. With the departure of star receiver Conner Eulenfeld, Stewart will connect with Trevor Garcia (505, 6 TD in 2021) as his go-to target. Linebacker Kayden Schroedter also returns on defense after finishing with 124 tackles in 2020. Head coach Mark DelPercio expects Orange Grove to compete for a district title in a competitive District 15-3A Division I with Vanderbilt Industrial, Edna, Palacios and Mathis. The Bulldogs open the season Aug. 27 against Class 4A Sinton.