Down 21 points to Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian in the first half and facing a 14-point halftime deficit, Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral senior captain Hunter Echols spoke with his teammates during the break.
“I went in the locker room and I told the team that's two touchdowns,” the USC commit said. “We've got the best defense in the league. We have the best offense in the league, so let's just continue to go out there and play out game. We came out there, we played our game and big things happened for us. We came back. We caused some turnovers and some three-and-outs. That's all we needed to rally our team up. Our offense was clicking and we both started up from there.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound, four-star edge rusher did his part with a 10-tackle performance and multiple pass rushes that affected the quarterback, even though he wasn’t able to get to the quarterback for a sack.
Per Cathedral’s posted statistics on MaxPreps, the Phantoms had just two sacks in the game, but they repeatedly got hits on the Salesian quarterbacks. They forced three separate quarterbacks to exit the game with injuries, including star athlete Deommodore Lenoir.
“We're just trying to play physical,” Echols said. “We know that Deommodore was killing us with the wildcat, so not really trying to take him out of his game, not trying to hurt anybody, but we were trying to apply pressure to him. We weren't applying any pressure [early], so once we finally started applying pressure, it was perfect.”
Watch isolation clips of Hunter Echols, above, against Salesian as he shows a variety of pass rush moves and his ability to be effective in the run game.
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