High School Football

Hanford coach blames receiver's injury on WIAA rule

Hanford coach Rob Oram never has been a fan of the WIAA rule barring shoulder pads during the first three days of practice for the prep football season.

Exhibit A for his rationale came sauntering toward the practice field midway through Monday's session.

Junior Pete Zachara had his right arm in a sling, the result of his diving for a pass during practice Thursday and landing on his padless shoulder.

Zachara, projected to be a key reserve at both receiver and in the secondary, is scheduled for an MRI later this week.

"It seems to happen to at least one player every year," Oram said, shaking his head. "It's never because of contact, but them hustling, trying to make a play, and they land on their shoulder. I just don't understand the rule."

Otherwise, the Falcons' preseason camp has been fairly quiet.

Most of their position battles were solved during spring and summer ball.

"We came out of team camp with a solid depth chart," Oram said. "For the most part, the preseason is about refining what you worked on from June 1 to Aug. 1."


Unlike Hanford, the Grizzlies have had a heated competition for the starting quarterback job, with three players battling it out.

First among equals right now is sophomore Andrew Daley, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder who's squaring off with classmate Frankie Ochoa (6-1, 180) and senior Michael Rodriguez (6-0, 170).

"The best part is they're all putting pressure on each other every day to get better," said coach Mark Marro, whose team opens next Friday against Grandview.

Daley right now would get the starting nod, but Marro likely will give all three a series or two behind center in Week 1.

* Rene Ferran: 582-1526; rferran@tricityherald.com. Read his prep sports blog at tri-cityherald.com/sports