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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tavita family leads stacked Paloma Valley Squad

Its all about the Tavita family for Paloma Valley's football program in 2009. Senior David Tavita, the elder statesman of the group, is a workout warrior who leads the rushing attack for the Wildcats. Younger brother Gus Tavita anchors the team's defensive line and lead blocks for his older brother. And the newest member of the team, Puava Salanoa, is the Tavitas' cousin and with his 6-foot-6, 340 pound frame is expected to dominate on both lines in the fall.

"They're all incredible athletes," head coach Bert Esposito said. "What's remarkable about all of them is their incredible strength. But they're also good athletes outside of that."

David Tavita gets most of the attention, as Esposito dubbed his running back "the king of the combines." The senior stands 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and runs a 4.4 second forty yard dash and verts 48 inches, according to his head coach. Tavita also dominated on the field last year, rushing for almost 1,000 yards while scoring 13 touchdowns while playing linebacker for the team.

"He's a special player you don't see too many kids like that," Esposito said.

Esposito was quick to point out that while several college teams in the country have inquired about Tavita's services in 2010, they're all a little concerned about his grades. But Esposito said that Tavita caught up on all his classes during this past summer and is on track to graduate.

Gus Tavita, who saw action at the varsity level as a freshman in 2008, is expected to start at defensive tackle for Paloma Valley this season. Gus, standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 250 pounds, is already bigger than his younger brother. He's expected to help lead what Esposito thinks will be his best set of lines he's ever had.

"Our strength is going to be our lines," Esposito said. "They're huge and athletic. They're the best I've had in my 20 years of coaching."

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