THE powerhouse Corpus Christi School (CCS) Secondary football team has become tougher for the coming Cagayan de Oro City Meet and remains heavily favored to advance to the Northern Mindanao Region Athletic Association (MNRAA) Meet in Tubod, Lanao del Norte this coming December.
This, after the Corpus boys rolled past their South District meet rival, St. Mary's School of Macasandig (SMS), without dropping a sweat.
The SMS boys showed up with only six players, thus forcing the organizers to declare CCS winner by forfeiture and gaining the right to represent the South District in the City Meet to be slated later this month.
Despite failing to test their strength, the CCS boys are very strong on paper. They have kept at least 12 players who have played in the Palaro last summer in Davao City.
Aside from that, they have signed three former Rosevale School stars to further solidify their roster.
Coach Marc Racines has also bolstered CCS lineup by including SMS reliable defender Eugene Areola.
"The team is improving each day and now our new acquisitions have made us stronger," said Racines.
Led by former Philippine U16 team member Josh "Chong" Go, the Davao Palaro veterans include Geo Tacandong, MJ Hojas, James Macorro, Thomas Marfori, Blake Carrera, Aeron Subesa, Rafi Rubio, Marben Palma, and Jesse Bajarla.
Coach Marc has also acquired from Rosevale School the likes of Ino Butaslac, July Vicente, and Joshua Montesino to make the team as top contender.
Completing the cast are young brothers Donn Ebuña and Andre Ebuña, plus the lone reinforcement from St. Mary's School in Eugene Areola.
The CCS skybooters expect Rosevale School as their toughest foe in the City meet.
Rosevale School has been plagued by the exodus of their key players to other schools, but still advanced to the City Meet after beating Xavier University High School.
Meanwhile, the Corpus Christi Elementary team also barged into the City Meet after winning over Xavier University (XU) Macasandig, 3-1. XU scored the first goal, but Palaro veteran Carsten Yañez was quick to equalize, in the process, igniting Jr. Sanico and Luke Columna to deliver one goal each for Corpus Christi's trouble-free finish.
Coach Wilbert Racines, father of Marc, still has to complete his final line-up.
"We will try our best in the City Meet. I have a very young team, but the boys are working hard," Wilbert Racines said.
Likewise, they are expected to meet stiff competition from Rosevale School, Pagatpat Elementary School and early favorite Kauswagan Elementary School.