If you like offensive football, you should buy a ticket to see San Joaquin Memorial play football this year.
“I got guys on the outside that can make plays,” says senior quarterback Alec Trujillo.
“We can do it all. We can pass the ball, run the ball, we’re pretty special,” says senior running back Leonard Glass.
“We got a lot of talent on this field. It’s just really fun,” says junior wide receiver Jalen McMillan.
The Panthers are averaging nearly 45 points per game, with offensive talent that might make some college programs jealous.
“This offense could probably go to the college (level) and be a top school,” says senior wide receiver Josh Kelly.
“It is kind of fun, watching all the highlights,” adds senior center Hunter Chuhlantseff.
The conductor of this offense is Trujillo, a San Jose State commit who has accounted for 23 touchdowns in the Panthers first six games.
“He kind of makes it all go,” says Memorial head coach Anthony Goston. “He gets the ball to the right guy, without him, nothing really works.”
Behind Alec is the explosive Glass, an Iowa State commit who had nearly 2000 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns last season as a junior.
And on the outside, there’s a pair of next-level play makers: Kelly, another San Jose State commit who transferred in from Bullard last spring, and McMillan, a physically gifted 6’2″ junior, who already has scholarship offers from the likes of USC, Oklahoma and Alabama.
“Having that guy (McMillan) on the outside, he’s gonna draw double-teams, and with Josh on the other side, it makes it hard to double-team Jalen,” says Goston.
In helping the Panthers get off to a 6-0 start, Kelly is averaging 19 yards a catch, and McMillan over 20 yards per reception, which has Trujillo thinking of one word when asked to describe what he’s thinking when he watches those two make plays.
“Wow,” says Trujillo.
This same offensive nucleus — minus Kelly — played a large part in Memorial’s run to the Division III Valley championship last season, and this year, they have even bigger goals in mind, after suffering a heartbreaking loss last year in the state playoffs.
“We’re hungry, we’re hungry. That loss, it hurt us a lot,” says McMillan. “But this year we’re coming (for state).”
“When you have a group like this, you wanna capitalize on that,” says Goston.
San Joaquin Memorial’s offense, a unit with weapons galore, that loves to score, score, score — this week’s High School Hot Shot.