Tustin prepared for an entire season to run a power-I offensive formation, featuring lone set back Javes Lewis.
But three weeks ago and one game into the season, transfer Michael Clemmons was cleared by the CIF to play for the Tillers.
Clemmons addition means that Tustin now has the extra back needed to run the sophisticated double-wing.
The senior wing back made an immediate impact with Tustin (3-1) winning all three games he's appeared, equating to a #5 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division coaches poll.
Tustin coach Myron Miller said Clemmons impact has been immediate since he is all-league caliber at cornerback and at punt returner.
"He has made me a much better coach,'' said Miller. "We are more flexible and now have two guys who can pop it." Clemmons moved to OC from San Francsco Bay.
With Lewis and Clemmons running behind 290-pound fullback Brian Lambert, Tustin will be favored in its final non-league game before entering Century League action against Brea-Olinda on Oct 6.
However, despite its 1-3 record, Arroyo will be playing before a large home crowd. The Knights run a pro style offense and have proven they can score, losing to a good Downey Warren team, 32-31.
"Arroyo runs a basic single back and they pass more," said Miller. "They run counters, draws, and throw screens, and they are good at it."
Arroyo won't have to watch much film to prepare for Tustin, whose senior quarterback Nick Gniadek has averaged four passes per game, while Clemmons and Lewis have combined to average 330 yards rushing per game. Gniadek serves as the lead wing and has totaled six TD's.
"I'm sure Arroyo knows what to expect. I've been running the same stuff since 1989. It works half the time," said Miller.
Tustin's only loss came in its season opener, losing 17-15 after Moreno Valley Rancho Verde kicked a field goal with six seconds left in the game.
Rebounding from the heart breaker didn't take long as Tustin defeated crosstown rival Santa Ana Foothill a week later, 28-14, breaking a five-game losing streak in the 40-year rivalry. Clemmons rushed for 100 yards in the game.
Against Los Angeles Washington the following week, Clemmons ran for 190 yards and 3 TD's on just 12 carries, with Lewis grinding out 195 yards, 3 TD's and catching a 44-yard scoring pass.
Last week against Anaheim Western, the duo clicked again as Clemmons rushed for 235 yards and Lewis totaled 200 yards.
Lewis has earned high marks from Miller, who called his 3-year starter "an unbelievable athlete with blazing speed, strength and good grades." Miller said Lewis is the only player he's had who can match the speed of Tustin alumnus DeShaun Foster. "Javes and DeShaun are the only guys I've had who can run a 4.4," said Miller. "I've had a lot of Division-I kids and Javes fits right in with a lot of them."
Miller said he has another college D-I player in fullback/defensive end, Lambert. Not many pro teams can feature a back with the size, talent, and savvy of all-leaguer Lambert.