The Knights return starting quarterback Darian Mensah, running back Carter Vargas and, perhaps the top offensive lineman in the area, Makai Sat from a team that went 6-5 a year ago and split the Mountain League title with Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles with a 4-1 record.
Gildred threw for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns in 10 games last season. He also led the Pirates with 428 rushing yards, adding three more touchdowns. Gildred has gained a reputation of a tough, smart football player who can also sling the ball all over the field.
Last basketball season was the first with the playoff system that uses MaxPreps power rankings, formulated by a computer program, with few other guardrails in place.