Freshman play made Sidney's day

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat four-star junior didn't play much offense Friday, but during his unofficial visit to USC this weekend, he couldn't help but be drawn to the play of the Trojans' star freshmen wide outs.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. —Trevon Sidney is already seen as one of the state’s top two way players in the class of 2016.

However, Sidney was somewhat limited in action against Santa Margarita Friday night, playing almost exclusively at cornerback until the latter part of the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.

In fact, with just a few minutes left in the game, Sidney almost had the game winning catch in the back of the end zone to beat the Eagles.

“I thought I was in man,” said Sidney. “I saw the quarterback and we looked at each other. I saw the ball was going there and I knew I had to make a play. I did, but I was out of bounds.”

Losing a hard fought 26-21 game, Sidney was hard pressed to talk about the big play he almost made. But as a team captain and leader, he is pounced to focus his team as they travel to Aledo (Texas) for a big interstate game next week.

“Deep emotions,” said Sideny. “It goes back to seven-on-seven last year… it’s just good competition. We’ve been battling them the last two years. This year they came out the better team.

“I have to just tell (my team) this game is in the past. We have to live to fight another day.”

Sidney has been recovering from a groin injury he suffered over the summer. Although he made no excuses Friday, he appeared limited by more than just reps.

As he contemplated a college choice, Sidney has stated several times in past interviews that he prefers playing wide receiver.

Sidney attended the USC win over Fresno State Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and while he didn’t play much on the offensive side of the ball for Bishop Amat Friday, he was still very interested to see how the Trojans offense would do Saturday.

“USC has said they will put me wherever I fit, so I kind of have to watch both side of the ball to see what I’ll be doing,” said Sidney. “They said they’re going to be a better football team and they want to win a national championship.”

Saturday, Sidney saw the Trojans offense explode for 52 points and a lot of highlights plays from its freshman.

“It was a great vibe,” said Sidney. “They came out ready to play and with a lot of intensity. You can tell they;re a better team this year.

“The score shows that. They also look like they’re passing the ball more this year. It was also good to see that Coach (Steve Sarkisian) has no problem playing freshman.”

"Really, I think the highlight of the game for me was watching them not hesitate to play the freshmen."

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