It's not supposed to happen in high school football at the varsity level, a pair of 5-foot-3 seniors nicknamed "Twin Towers" leading their team to a playoff victory.
That's what makes the story of the Los Angeles Lincoln High Tigers so inspiring for its fans.
On Friday night, 5-3 Brandon Oroxon caught 10 passes for 233 yards, including touchdowns of 64 and 47 yards, in a 42-35 City Section Division II first-round victory over Granada Hills. Albert Ramirez, a 5-3 defensive back, had 12 tackles.
"Brandon is amazing," Coach Albert Carrillo said. "All the moves he made and all the broken tackles he did ... they couldn't cover him. He's back to the Brandon of last year. And Albert was all over the field. For their size, it's incredible to see kids making those kind of plays."¿
Next up is a quarterfinal game against top-seeded Hamilton on Friday.
Norco's 71-70 triple overtime victory over Ventura St. Bonaventure in a Pac-5 Division playoff opener should bring well-deserved attention to 6-foot-2 junior quarterback Victor Viramontes of Norco.
The versatile Viramontes accounted for eight touchdowns (five rushing, three passing) and rushed for 324 yards and passed for 214 yards, according to statistics from the Ventura County Star.
"He has improved tremendously in the passing game since last year, but what makes him special is his legs," Coach Chuck Chastain said. "His legs are uncoachable."
On the season, he has rushed for more than 1,500 yards and passed for more than 1,700 yards.
The quarterfinal matchups in the Pac-5: St. John Bosco at Norco; Long Beach Poly at Crespi; Corona Centennial vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei at Santa Ana Bowl; Bishop Amat vs. JSerra at Saddleback College.
The all-league team for the Baseline League was announced this week. Clearly, the meeting of coaches was a fiasco.
There's not a single player from league champion Upland that made first-team all-league. As it turns out, Upland Coach Tim Salter said he left the meeting early after the vote for offensive player of the year didn't go his way. He said he nominated lots of players, but the coaches from Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Damien, Etiwanda and Los Osos apparently decided not to vote for them or not in large enough numbers to get any selected.
To leave off every Upland player makes the all-league team lack credibility and ruins it for all players. It makes the coaches look petty and not capable of putting together an all-league team that's supposed to be based on performance, not politics.
Mark Parades, the coach at Damien, which is new to the league, said, "My question is when this happened, maybe there should have been a recall of the situation by the principals to make sure it's equitable. When a coach or school is not represented at the league meeting, the process is compromised."