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San Pasqual senior JaJuan Thomas has returned two punts for touchdowns.

JAJUAN THOMAS

San Pasqual

Senior | WR | 6-2, 175

Storyline: Thomas was a good but not great player last year. That has changed this season. The speedy receiver has caught 16 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns for the 4-0 Eagles. He has returned eight punts for 171 yards with TDs of 56 yards against Torrey Pines and 48 against Del Norte. “Coach Clark (offensive coordinator Andrew Clark) told me no defender could cover me,” Thomas said. “He told me the talent is there. That I just had to work a little harder. I took that to heart, worked harder in the weight room and the classroom.”

Balance: Aren’t San Pasqual receivers just outside blockers? “That’s what people think,” Thomas said. “People think San Pasqual is run, run, run. And run some more. But we’re not really that way. We have a quarterback (Sebastian Tengan) who can throw the ball. The coaches were just waiting for that quarterback-receiver combination.” Thomas said the transition started over the summer when he worked at least twice a week with Tengan.

Return game: Vision and courage make for a good punt returner, according to Thomas. “But the most important thing is to catch the ball,” he said. “You have to look the ball in, then look up the field. After I catch the ball, I want to force that first defender to make the wrong decision. I try to stay calm, try to stay focused. I field as many as 10-15 punts every day in practice. So practice is pretty important.”

Family connection: Thomas’ brother, Jereke Armstrong, was an all-league defensive back last year for the Eagles. He was also the student body president. He’s currently at USD, where he’s redshirting this football season. Thomas is in the process of getting his grades and test scores in order and very much wants to play in college.

CHRISTIAN CHAPMAN

Carlsbad

Senior

QB | 6-1, 190

The San Diego State-bound Chapman has completed 42-of-60 passes for 659 yards and 12 TDs for the 4-0 Lancers. He has thrown just one interception.

MARKELL LINDLEY

Steele Canyon

Senior

RB | 5-10, 165

A big part of the Cougars offense, Lindley had two TD runs last Friday against Rancho Buena Vista that helped seal a 27-23 victory for Steele Canyon.

SKYLER RAY

Scripps Ranch

Senior

RB | 5-8, 195

The Falcons scored two TDs last week in a 17-9 win over Bonita Vista. One was a 66-yard run by Ray, the other was a 99-yard kickoff return by Ray.

DRAKE MADARANG

Hilltop

Senior

RB | 5-10, 170

He picked up the bulk of his 143 rushing yards in the second half of the Lancers’ win over Chula Vista. Madarang now has 347 rushing yards on the season.

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