|Defensive end Will powers warms up before Serra's game with Edison. Serra won easily 29-15.|
On the Serra side of the ball was Will Powers. To read GBW's recent interview with Powers click here. The 6 foot 4, 230 stud was all over the field playing just about every position save quarterback. On defense he lined up at the defensive end position as well as linebacker. On the offensive side of the ball he plays tight end. He is also the long-snapper for the Padres, a skill that will be most valuable at the next level. "He's been playing there (long snapper) for three years," Serra Head Coach Patrick Walsh said.
|Powers, who also plays tight end for the Padres, takes his first catch of the night 50 yards.|
Walsh was very happy with his team's effort agains one of the top programs in the Central Section. "Our goal was to control the ball in this game," he said. "With an offense like theirs (Edison) the less opportunities we give them the better. We had some questions because we got killed by De La Salle in the scrimmage earlier this year. I liked how we got first downs and kept the ball. I know it's not exciting for the fans but winning is exciting for the program."
Serra jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead when Edison fumbled the opening kickoff. Edison quickly responded with a touchdown and two-point conversion if its own to tie the score. It would be the last time the Tigers scored until late in the fourth quarter. Serra took a 22-8 lead into halftime. The team traded two fourth quarter scores to reach the final talley.
|Powers easily brushes past an Edison blocker.|
Walsh also had high praise for his star player. "Will is the biggest, fastest, strongest player on the team," he said. "We line him up at different spots on defense and he had two or three long catches at tight end." On his first reception, Powers made a leaping catch then put a move on two Edison defenders on his way to a 50 yard gain. He also made a diving catch in the fourth quarter to set up Serra's final score.
On the defensive side he lined up at end and at the middle linebacker position. On almost every play from the MLB spot Powers was blitzing. Walsh explained his strategy. "We wanted to have our best player on their best player," he said. "We wanted to put some pressure on No. 8 (Edison QB Arkelon Hall). They are a great team and we had to limit what they could do to us downfield." Hall finished the night 14 of 22 passing for 192 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and had two passes picked off.
|The versatile Powers is also the long snapper for the Padres. Here he appears to hold off the entire Edison line during an extra-point attempt.|
The last time GBW had a chance to see Serra was last season when they hosted Valley Christian High School out of San Jose, Calif. Michigan fans will recall the talent we were scouting during that game was VCH defensive end Jeff Schweiger. Schweiger took an official visit to Ann Arbor but quickly cooled on the Wolverines and eventually committed to USC. Powers recently told GBW he was looking to play the defensive end and outside linebacker positions at the next level. Powers is as fast as Schweiger but takes a step longer to get up to speed. "Where Schweiger could get up to speed in five or six steps, Will gets up to speed in seven," Walsh said. "He's 230-pounds right now and I believe he can bulk up to around 250-260 and keep his speed and quickness."
|In order to limit Edison quarterback Arkelon Hall as a threat, Serra often blitzed Powers from the middle linebacker postion.|
Michigan isn't quite a recent addition to the Powers sweepstakes. Michigan had been talking with Powers prior to the summer but seemed to have cooled on the stud defensive prospect. His interest in the Wolverines had never waned, though, and he took it upon himself to contact the staff in Ann Arbor. "They thought I had lost interest in them so we called them to let them know I am very interested," he said. "They want to see some tape from a couple of my games then decide whether or not they want to offer. All I'm waiting on is an offer, if one comes I'll set up a visit."
|Powers said he would like to play at the end position when he gets to college. Here he shows his ability to shed a blocker.|
Walsh said Michigan was a great fit for his star player. "He is a great student in the classroom as well as a great player on the field," he said. "He wants to go to a school that is the best at both. He has Stanford after him but he wants to win at football too so Michigan would be a great place for him. I'd love to see Michigan jump in it for him."