SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Bishop Diego ran their playoff appearance streak to nine years last season but 2018 was a learning experience for the Cardinals.
After winning a State Bowl championship game in 2017, the Cardinals were moved to the very competitive Camino League and placed in the CIF Division 4 playoff bracket.
The Cardinals took their lumps in league going just 1-3 but they feel they are better prepared for the upcoming season.
Adrian Soracco returns to the backfield for his senior season. Last year he was an All-CIF Division 4 performer, gaining over 1,100 yards.
Junior Buddy Melgoza will start at quarterback for the Cardinals after missing all of last year recovering from an ACL injury in Bishop's playoff run of 2017.
He has a strong arm and is very athletic, he just is lacking in game experience heading into the season.
Luke Knightley says his knee is completely healthy. He showed big play ability as a sophomore before he missed a chunk of games due to injury.
The Cardinals have more depth this year as they have around ten more varsity players which is huge for a small school like Bishop Diego.
The Cardinals open the year on Saturday, August 24 on the road versus Cabrillo.