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Football: Andrew Tovar, Hunter Echols are junior standouts for Cathedral

Cathedral hosted a scrimmage against Venice on Thursday afternoon, and it's clear the Phantoms will have a pair of junior standouts in quarterback Andrew Tovar and defensive end Hunter Echols.

Tovar played despite rolling his ankle earlier in the week. He's coming off a sophomore season in which he passed for 45 touchdowns.

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Left-handed, smart and possessing terrific instincts, Tovar is perfect for running Coach Kevin Pearson's uptempo attack. He's going to have a good group of receivers, so the Phantoms figure to move the ball often as long as the line is protecting the quarterback.

Echols is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound pass rusher with quickness and growing skills. It's going to be interesting to see how he develops over the course of the season.

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Venice's strength is its offensive line. They're big, experienced and should provide a foundation to build around on offense.

Cathedral opens on Sept. 4 against Muir. Venice opens against Granada Hills next Friday.

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