It's a testament to Dressman's athletic ability that he was switched from a wide receiver position this season to quarterback. In coach Dave Brown's offense, the quarterback needs to execute a myriad of ball fakes and correctly identify what the opposing defense is doing. Dressman's passes weren't often pretty to watch in Mitty's opening game last weekend, but they found their mark and his leadership and execution was the main reason the Monarchs blasted Gunderson of San Jose, 46-8.
Dressman, of course, isn't the only athlete with a potentially bright baseball future who stars for the Monarchs in football. Running back Robert Perry, one of the best leadoff hitting outfielder prospects in the nation, is coming off a 1,600-yard season and also shined in Mitty's first game. Perry scored on pass receptions of 29 and 28 yards from Dressman and also scored twice on runs, one that was from 50 yards out.
With several other key returnees from last year's 12-1 squad, Mitty looks like a favorite in the CIF Central Coast Section for this season. The next game after Gunderson, though, is going to be a bit tougher -- national No. 1 De La Salle at De La Salle on Friday, Sept. 13.
MORE SEPT. 6-8 STATE FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS
•Valley Christian of San Jose may be a force in its first year as a member of the West Catholic Athletic League. The Warriors opened up their season with an impressive 38-0 win on Sept. 6 over Hollister. The Balers were only good enough last season to pin a loss on eventual CCS champ Palma.
•Highly-regarded QB Tommy Grady suffered through a sub-par outing (24 of 51 for 268 yards with two interceptions and just two TDs) as Edison of Huntington Beach dropped a 34-20 battle on Sept. 6 to Iolani of Honolulu. Edison was No. 13 in the preseason state top 20, but it now looks like the Chargers will be fighting to make the CIF Southern Section playoffs with the likes of Los Alamitos and Esperanza in their own league. Of course, Iolani could turn out to be one of the best teams in Hawaii this year. Only time will tell.
•Another California team that did a little bit better against a Hawaiian foe was Beverly Hills. The Normans drubbed Pac-Five of Honolulu, 47-29. Quarterback Ollie Linter completed 11 of 22 passes for 239 yards and five TDs.
•The Northern Section is normally by itself in starting earlier than the rest of the state, but this year the Central Section schools went one week earlier and so did more than in the past from the CCS as well as San Diego. Lassen of Susanville opened up as the top division favorite in the Northern Section and certainly looked the part in a 36-6 triumph over Foothill of Palo Cedro. But three others who were impressive in first games were Enterprise of Redding, Shasta of Redding and Pleasant Valley of Chico. Enterprise canned Corning, 41-13, behind QB C.J. Blanc, who didn't fire blanks but was instead 14 of 17 for 363 yards and four TDs. The Hornets also were led by junior Brody Angley, who had 202 all-purpose yards and scored twice. Shasta blanked Anderson, 58-0, as Jeff Ray threw five TD passes, while Pleasant Valley downed Ashland, Ore., 30-12.
•More from the Northern Section. Big Valley of Bieber had its 18-game win streak snapped in a 26-20 season-opening loss to Trinity Prep of Napa. Trinity Prep first came on our radar screens last spring in baseball and nearly made the final top 10 of the Div. V state rankings. Looks like Trinity Prep will be equally strong this fall in football.