Adam Guerra of Ventura St. Bonaventure is the lucky football coach who gets to work with three-sport athlete Darius Vines. Any coach would scream and jump and be excited to have Vines on the team.
In an era where athletes come and go and use any excuse, the talented Vines has stuck it out and will finally take over as St. Bonaventure's starting quarterback.
"I can't say enough good things about Darius," Guerra said. "I know 13 years isn't a lot of time, but I've been lucky to coach special kids at Loyola and St. Bonaventure. He's one of the most special kids I've been around."
Vines was the backup to Ricky Town for two years. People shouldn't forget that as a sophomore in 2013, when Town was injured, Vines stepped in against Alemany and passed for 295 yards. He's a three-sport all-league player in football, basketball and baseball.
"He's going to light it up this year," Guerra said. "He's not just an athlete playing quarterback. He's a quarterback."
He's also a great example of a high school student determined to be loyal. He's a leader with many admirers. He has waited for his chance and now gets it.
St. Bonaventure plays at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in a scrimmage on Friday.