By Eric Terrazas, SGVN
WHITTIER – California High School’s Aaron Garcia, Josh Perez and Manny Espinoza have emerged as quite the triple threat.
The running backs are three big reasons why the undefeated Condors (7-0 overall, 2-0 in the Del Rio League) are flying high.
The Condors, with their strong start and a No. 4 ranking in the latest CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division poll, understandably have high hopes that include postseason aspirations.
“(Our goal is) definitely a CIF championship,” Espinoza said.
Garcia added, “That’s what we’re playing for.”
Perez said, “We’re playing for CIF.”
The three running backs pace a Condors offense that averages 263.9 rushing yards per game.
Garcia, a senior, has a team-leading 626 yards and eight touchdowns on 89 carries. Espinoza, a junior, ranks second with 442 yards and four scores on 77 attempts. Perez, a senior, has added 288 yards and six touchdowns on 49 carries.
The trio credited their offensive line as a major reason for their collective success. The Condors’ line includes German Ponce, Jacob Gamboa, David Escamilla, Ronnie McMinn and Christian Quinones.
“The offensive line has worked really hard,” Garcia said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without them.”
Perez said, “They have opened holes for us. They have worked hard all season.”
Espinoza added, “We have very experienced seniors on the offensive line.”