the surface, the playoff opener between two number-3 seeds pitting
Unfortunately for these teenagers, they are about to enter the adult world of corporate American football by way of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Southern Division playoffs, which brings about a more controlled and hyped media. It goes with the territory.
With an innocent record of 6-4, Savanna has the looks of innocence. But once the clock begins at Anaheim Glover Stadium on Friday the benevolence ends. Cruel punishment is unlawful, however under high school lights there is no such rule.
QB Aaron Stazicich and his corp of offensive stalwarts make this match up a no
contest. At least
Strazicich has one of the best run and throw stats in OC, combining for 28 TD and over 2,000 yards. Coach Roger Whalen's Rebels have many offensive interchangeable players in Mark Thomas, Dominique Williams, Branden Bonner, and Mike Warner, who have all put up big numbers.
"Obviously, Strazicich is the straw that stirs the drink for us,'' said Whalen. "He's been a 3-year starter and has a 4.0 grade-point-average. He's a tough kid, whose a hard worker and we're proud of what he's accomplished for us. Strazicich is our emotional leader and we depend on him. There's just not enough superlatives to describe him. He's just a doggone good kid."
Whalen also calls Vaqueros' main offensive threat, Chris Sykes " a tremendous running back." Without Sykes,
Sykes is a 70's era type back who doesn't lose yardage, but seldom gains big yardage. Of his 1150 season yards, he's had no run over 20 yards, yet has crossed the goal line 15 times.
Sykes did not play in