Somerset Canyons High School turns to new football coach in 2021


WEST PALM BEACH – For Somerset Canyons, a new coaching staff is leading a new team, but the style of the program remains the same.

First-year head coach Alex Gonzalez, who has coached the team’s offensive linemen since 2017, brings together a staff committed to creating a positive culture for growth and development – and of course, creating a winning environment. .

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“I want to win,” Gonzalez said. “I want to put us in a position to win every game we play. My accent hasn’t changed. Growth and development are priorities. But I really want to empower these kids to be successful and to win on the pitch. “

A strong group of upper-class leaders occupy the Somerset dressing room, a group led by quarterback Benson Barnes, who works with new offensive coordinator Erik Lee from Pensacola County.

The Cougars will still be looking to pursue a first offense this season behind the powerful legs of returning David Duong, but a group of young and talented receivers will give them some options to expand their offense.

Nicholas Consalvo leads an otherwise young group, but newcomer King Bridgette, a basketball player who tries his hand on the football field, has also turned heads.

On the defensive side, Chris Dileo has been featured as one of the county’s top players, but a much more unknown name, Waden Charles, may soon become popular. The young iron-man player impressed coaches on both sides of the ball.

In implementing his vision in Somerset, Gonzalez says his coaching staff, both veterans and new members, has proven to be a difference maker for the players.

“My coaching staff agreed and we all share the same vision of what we are trying to achieve in Somerset,” he said. “With the kids seeing our staff bring energy each day, they’ve all agreed to see what we’re trying to do. “

And following those lines, every player on the roster has followed suit, aiming to improve “one percent” every day, a favorite motto of Gonzalez.

“We want to be big,” he said. “We can be great or we can be mediocre, and we have a choice. The kids decided they wanted to be great in their own way.

Somerset Canyons Cougars Quick Shots

Classification: 4A-3

record 2020: 3-2

The Head Coach: Alex Gonzalez, first season

Returning “impact” players: QB Benson Barnes, MLB / FB Chris Dileo, WR Nicholas Consalvo, RB David Duong

Key games: Westminster Academy, Somerset (Pembroke Pines)


8/27 Surge Academy

9/3 King’s Academy

9/9 Pine Crest

9/24 Saint-André

10/1 Westminster Academy

10/8 Boca Raton Christian

10/14 Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines)

All games start at 7 p.m.

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