by Josh Morgan
Football season is now in full swing and another fantastic start has everyone with sky-high hopes for the rest of the season.
The key victory so far was a 27-14 win over a Bishop O’Dowd, a team who made the semifinals of the NCS Division 3 playoffs last season before losing to eventual champion, Marin Catholic. After many questioned Las Lomas’ success last season, due to a schedule that many believed was very easy, this win definitely proves that this team belongs with the best that California high school football has to offer.
Additionally, the Bishop O’Dowd game illustrated the heart that this team plays with. The game was tied at 14 when senior Cade Johnson went down with a brutal injury after an interception thrown by Everett Johnson. After a delay of nearly half an hour, the team came together and dominated down the stretch, outscoring Bishop O’Dowd 13-0 in the final 13 minutes of play.
This Las Lomas team is built around a stifling defense and an offense that does a fantastic job of controlling the ball. On defense, a fantastic secondary led by senior cornerbacks Caden Royere and Jayden Duffy has paired up with a dominant defensive line. Senior Zac Transue and junior Mason Reese form a defense that has been effective both in stopping the run and the pass. Sacks and turnovers forced by the defense have helped set the offense up in favorable field position many times throughout the early part of the season.
On offense, they are led by star running back, and Oregon State University commit, Isaiah Newell. He has picked up where he left off last season, and has given Las Lomas a powerful, tone-setting run offense. Senior Quarterback Everett Johnson has also done a great job in his first year as a starter, and his chemistry with senior receivers Zach Patterson and Tyler Darr has allowed for the perfect compliment to our run-heavy offense.
Las Lomas football has undergone quite the turnaround under coach Doug Longero. Last season was extremely successful, but ended in disappointing fashion. This year, everyone wants more, but they want to ascend to the top. With one of the best teams in recent school history, they may just be able to get there.