By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Sports –
Rialto - Coach Alex Pierce has said that he was somewhat skeptical when approached by a senior who wanted to play high school football for the first time.
Skill level, conditioning, and safety are the usual issues when students try to compete in a contact sport, without experience. Coach Pierce’s misgivings have been replaced with the joy of coaching a truly gifted young man.
His name is Gaylon Maxie. Establishing himself as a premier San Andreas (SAL) runner all year, Maxie has brought his Carter Lions, all the way to the CIF Semifinals.
At 5’8” and 195 lbs., Maxie, playing in his initial season of competitive high school football has rushed for 1,835 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. Averaging over seven yards a carry, opponents have found that he is very difficult to bring down and tends to speed up when being tackled.
The Carter Lions, 11-1 on the season, took on La Sierra of Riverside on Friday night. This CIF quarterfinal was by all accounts, a defensive battle.
The teams exchanged possessions over the middle of the field until La Sierra fumbled on their own 30. Carter’s Khlalil Sanders picked up the ball and ran it back 70-yards for a touchdown.
The aggressive Carter defense tackled La Sierra’s quarterback Johnny Salazar in the endzone for a safety and sacked the Eagles quarterback eight times.
Salazar managed to pass his team to a 14-8 halftime lead. Carter took advantage of a punt that hit a La Sierra player and recovered by the Lions. Carter then handed off to their sure thing, Maxie, for the go ahead score.
To preserve the victory, Carter’s defensive line sacked Salazar twice for big losses. An errant desperation pass was intercepted by Carter’s Ray Webster. The Lions held on for the 15-14 victory.
Maxie was the games leading rusher with 75-yards on 22 carries. Carter’s record setting season continues this Friday night, as they travel to the desert to take on Palm Springs in the CIF SS semifinal.
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