Poly has reeled off 11-straight wins, capturing Southern Section and regional titles along the way, and now is poised for its first state crown since 2008.
They meet Granite Bay this Friday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Both teams are 12-3.
Poly's post-season run began in convincing fashion on Nov. 9 when Wicks rushed for 223 yards and two TDs as the Jackrabbits defeated Bishop Amat 40-25. Right after that win, Wicks spent the weekend at Wazzu on his official visit.
Then came a stunning, 21-16 upset of Mission Viejo, which came into the game undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the nation by the MaxPreps computer-based ratings system. Wicks ran for 76 yards and two TDs, and made a statement when he steamrolled Viejo's Max Redfield on one play. The bulldozing was head-turning for two reasons. First, Redfield is a four-star safety considered one of the top college prospects in California and widely believed to be headed to USC or Notre Dame in the fall. And second, Wicks is known more for speed and slash than brute power.
Following that big win, Poly defeated St. John Bosco, mighty Mater Dei and, last week, Clovis North out of Fresno.
In those three games, the 5-11, 190-pound Wicks rushed for a combined 280 yards and two TDs.
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For insight into just how formidable Poly's offense is, consider that Wicks' partner in the backfield, fullback Manusamoa Luuga, has nearly identical stats as Wicks.
Wicks is rated 3 stars by Scout.com and ranked the No. 79 running back prospect in the nation in the 2013 recruiting class. He verbally committed to WSU in June.