Zomalt Always Makes The Most Of The Situation

CORONA — Every time we see Perris Citrus Hill head coach Eric Zomalt we’re reminded just how good he is at his job.

From the outset of the Hawks’ 28-10 victory at Corona Santiago on Friday, Aug., 25, 2017, Zomalt was on the field and was only off it long enough for the next play to be run.

Constantly analyzing and dissecting, Zomalt makes a point to coach every player at least once a game, pin-pointing technique tweaks and improvements that need to be made.

We’ve written many times that if Corona Centennial’s admins are faced with a coaching change om the near future they should hire Zomalt. That is, if they want to keep the Huskies at an elite level.

Zomalt can make the most of any situation, and he gets the kids to buy in and believe right away.

And the first thing at the top of his list is a hard-hitting defense with ferocious linebackers and physical safeties becoming a staple of Citrus Hill football under Zomalt.

Second is skill position talents that light up the scoreboard. This season, however, the Hawks lack their usual number and must settle for an antiquated offense scheme run by the multi-dimensional Jonathan Jefferson.

They may throw the ball less than 100 times this season, and Zomalt knows it.

“That’s our offense. That’s what we do,” Zomalt said. “(Jefferson) is our best football player and we’re goin to feed him. The complimentary guys have to get better, we have to get better up front.”

Last season, injuries destroyed the Hawks offensive line and the team struggled to maintain drive and put points up.

“Up front has been the thinnest part of our program since we started,” Zomalt said. “We’ve never had a bunch of big guys, and we had five returning line starters out for the Santiago game a year ago — three of them for the season. It was slim pickings.”

With the line healthy this year the Hawks are going to pound you until you prove you can stop them, and Zomalt knows how to mix it up more than enough to keep opponents off balance.

“Hopefully the kids can keep it in perspective and understand who we are as a program and that this is what we do,” he said.

It’s not ideal, but it’ll get Citrus Hill another Mt. Pass League title and a shot at a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title because Zomalt is good at his job.

BOX SCORE
Citrus Hill      8  6  7  7—28
Santiago         3  0  7  0—10

First quarter
S – Ornelas 29 FG, 3:48
CH – Jefferson 6 run (Dourseau run), 0:04
Second quarter
CH – Jefferson 1 run (run fail), 4:21
Third quarter
CH – Jefferson 13 run (Caballero kick), 6:24
S – Patterson 12 pass from Castillo (Ornelas kick), 2:08
Fourth quarter
CH – Jefferson 2 run (Caballero kick), 3:50
TEAM STATISTICS
First Downs
CH – 13 / S – 13
Rushing
CH – 52-203 / S – 18-74
Passing
CH – 5-6-84-0 / S – 13-35-154-3
INTs
CH – 3-32 / S – 0-0
Fumbles
CH – 2 / S – 1
KO Returns
CH – 3-0 / S – 5-77
Punt Returns
CH – 2-0 / S – 4-4
Penalties
CH – 7-80 / 7-60
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing: Citrus Hill, Jefferson 37-129, Mikaele 6-40, Estell 6-30, Dourseai 1-2, Miles 2-5. Santiago, Camarena 12-67, Castillo 4-5, Pacleb 2-2.
Passing: Citrus Hill, Jefferson 5-6-84-0. Santiago, Castillo 13-35-154-3.
Receiving: Citrus Hill, Estell 3-57, Fuggins 1-20, Mikaele 1-7. Santiago, Giles 2-56, Patterson 4-49, Noah 4-36, Witherspoon 3-13.

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