Remember the saying in football to backup quarterbacks, "You're one injury away from playing."
Well, sophomore Miles Bryant of St. Francis is getting the call to duty on Friday, trying to help the unbeaten Golden Knights (11-0) get past La Serna in a Southeast Division quarterfiinal playoff game.
"He's had a good week of practice and he's a mature sophomore," Coach Jim Bonds said.
Starter Jeremiah Martin suffered a broken collarbone last week against Mayfair and is expected to undergo surgery.
"He'll be a student assistant on Friday," Bonds said of Martin, who went 11 games without an interception.
Bryant played varsity as a freshman last season at Monrovia. Bonds is not asking Bryant to win the game by himself. St. Francis has plenty of weapons, including receiver Dylan Crawford and running back Areg Nazarian.
If St. Francis can keep winning all the way to a CIF state championship bowl game on Dec. 20, there's still a possibility of Martin coming back.
But for now, it's the backup in charge.
Bonds wants him to be a good manager.