Eyes On The Prize

San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, QB) has led his team to three straight victories since the loss to De La Salle. They are now looking to gain yet another victory in the California Division One State Playoffs. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about the recent win streak and the visit he will receive from a member of the Bronco coaching staff.

San Ramon Valley HS QB Joe Southwick (Danville, QB) has led his team to three straight victories in the face of adversity. Nothing has changed on the recruiting front. "I'm still 100% committed to Boise State," he said.

San Ramon Valley was in the midst of a three game losing streak just a few weeks ago. It's amazing how quickly your fortunes can change. "We've been hot for the last three weeks," he said. Indeed, San Ramon Valley has been on a roll these past few weeks. The Wolves have outscored their last three opponents by a total score of 111-57. It's been as simple as making the necessary plays. "Other guys are starting to step up," he said. "Our receivers have really been great the past few games," he added.

Last week was a special win for Southwick and his teammates. San Ramon Valley vs Monte Vista is considered by many to be the best rivalry in the Bay Area. Southwick can now say he went 2-0 in his senior season in this huge rivalry. "There have been some great San Ramon-Monte Vista games," he said. "I was told after the game that this one was for the record books." Southwick shined on the big stage as he went 21-30 for 459 yards and 4 TDs. He also added 2 TDs on the ground. "It was a game to remember," he said.

San Ramon Valley will now move into the next round of the California Division One State Playoffs. "We play Pittsburg this week," he said. "They are 10-1." Southwick attended the Pittsburg vs. Cal High game on Saturday. He wanted to see exactly what the next opponent had to offer. "Their front is pretty strong on both sides," he said. "They are going to try to load up and run against us." The gameplan for San Ramon Valley is to keep up the pace from the past few weeks. "We have to run crisp routes," he said. "We're going to throw the ball a whole lot. We have to play loose," he added.

The opponent if they beat Pittsburg will be a familiar one to say the least. "It'll be De La Salle," he said. That means there is only added motivation to get another win this week. "We have to play one game at a time."

Southwick will be getting a visit from Coach (Bryan) Harsin this week. "Coach Harsin is going to come on Wednesday and see me at my school," he said. "He's going to watch practice and then come over to my house for dinner," he added.

Joe also talked to Chris Petersen on Saturday morning. "I talked to Coach Pete on Saturday morning," he said. "He congratulated me on my game and I congratulated him on the undefeated season."

What does it mean to be a Bronco? "Win," Southwick said. "That's what it means to be a Bronco. The players share that blue collar mentality. They prove that it doesn't matter if you are an inch short or ten pounds lighter," he added.

Southwick has proven to be a leader in the face of adversity. "We're proving people wrong," he said. "We're still the underdog. We're going to control what we can control." Sounds like a true leader that Bronco fans will enjoy watching on the field for the next four years.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joe Southwick throughout his senior season.

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