Record-setting Fuller looks ahead

Last November's season finale between San Bernardino Pacific and San Bernardino was such an afterthought, that no newspaper even covered the game.

Last November's season finale between San Bernardino Pacific and San Bernardino was such an afterthought, that no newspaper even covered the game.

 

Why would they? Pacific was 0-9, headed for a winless season. San Bernardino was 1-8, playing out the string.

 

Except somebody forgot to tell SBHS junior Robert Fuller the game didn't matter.

 

Fuller completed 30 of 43 passes for 604 yards and eight touchdowns in his team's 62-41 win. He also ran nine times for a total of 72 yards and another touchdown.

 

"I felt confident with the defenses they were running that we could beat them," Fuller said. "I felt like if I just threw it up, that our receivers could get to it."

 

Fuller's big day eclipsed or rivaled numerous records.

 

To wit:

  • The 604 yards passing eclipsed the previous San Bernardino County mark of Cajon's Angel Reyna (526 yards), set in a 55-53 loss to Rialto in 2001.
  • The passing yardage total ranks second in state history to Pacific Palisades' David Koral, who threw for 764 in one game. It also breaks the CIF-SS record of Garden Grove Bolsa Grande's Doug Baughman, who threw for 564 against Westminster La Quinta.
  • His eight touchdown passes were two away from the state record of 10 set by Koral and one off the second-place effort of nine by Los Angeles Cathedral's Robert De La Cruz in 1998.

"Robert was just hot," former SBHS coach Marcus Soward said. "He did a great job reading defenses and made great decisions all night long. Pacific played some man and some zone and he just sat back there and surveyed the field and made the throws."

 

Three months later, Fuller is playing a little basketball for the Cardinals - he's a starter - and looking forward to his senior season at San Bernardino.

 

Soward resigned after last season, so whomever becomes coach of the Cardinals will inherit a left-handed, fleet-footed quarterback who has already attracted the attention of Oregon and Colorado.

 

"I like Oregon," said Fuller, who has a 3.0 grade point average.  "They play a spread offense and that's what I'm used to."

 

Fuller will have a couple of his favorite receivers returning in Shermond Johnson and Christian James. That pair caught a total of 10 passes for three touchdowns last November against Pacific.

 

Soward, who played in the Rose Bowl for Arizona State, thinks Fuller has a bright future.

 

"I played in the Pac-10 and I think he's a legitimate Pac-10 type player,"

Soward said. "He still has another year to go. I think he's as good as Michael Coleman (now at USC), who was one of the best ever out of this area.

 

I think he's good enough that he can be playing on Sundays someday."

 


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