It took five-star Torrance (Calif.) North linebacker Mique Juarez only 23 seconds before he made an impact against Inglewood Thursday night at Coleman Stadium. Before a number of fans even made it through the gates, Juarez was gone, running for a 51-yard score to open up the scoring for the Saxons.
That was just the beginning. The Mique Juarez Show continued all night as the 6-foot-2, 226-pound USC linebacker commit showed his offensive ability, accounting for all six of North Torrance’s touchdowns in a 43-0 rout of Inglewood.
Juarez scored on a 15-yard scramble to the left in the first quarter and added a 13-yard touchdown pass on third down in the first half. The Saxons added a safety for a 23-0 halftime lead, which they only built upon in the second half.
Early in the third quarter, Juarez took a quarterback sweep to the right pylon for a short touchdown run. There was an 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Almond and finally, Juarez capped the night with a long scramble for a touchdown from 41 yards out. The running clock took care of the rest as North Torrance rolled to their third consecutive shutout and fourth win in a row since losing their opener to Redondo Union.
“We’re just becoming more of a team and playing as brothers,” Juarez said. “The past few games, that’s actually been showing a lot the way we’ve been playing. The past three games, no offense has scored on us, so we’re doing a great job on the defensive side and on the offensive side we’re just scoring.”
“Seeing that the younger players are able to step up and make big plays, to me that just builds this program for next season. And next year they’re going to do other great, big things.”
But for this season, it’s The Mique Juarez Show and so far it’s been worth the price of admission.