It seemed like a broken record every time Darreus Rogers got into position Friday night. Arms dangling at his sides, right leg in front, back heel raised slightly off Carson's shiny new artificial turf. He'd gaze across the line of scrimmage toward the Mission Viejo secondary. He'd always see what appeared to be one-on-one coverage.
More often than not with a player of his caliber, that means one thing: advantage Rogers.
The ball was snapped and, time and time again, the USC commit would begin his motion up field.
"Then the safety would come over," Rogers said with a blank stare.
Ah, the classic double team. The close attention was warranted given that Rogers had 231 and 210 yards receiving in back-to-back games to start the season. By no means did it come against easy competition -- Rogers was dominant against big-name schools with traditionally strong defenses, Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly.
OK, so a double team. Whatever. It's not as if he hasn't dealt with those before.
"But then a linebacker would come over," Rogers continued, appearing more depressed than annoyed.
A triple team? On nearly every play? Really?
Mission Viejo's scheme served its purpose -- Rogers was held to only one catch in a 31-0 Carson loss. Though disappointed, he gave the nationally ranked Diablos credit for disguising their coverage.
Now, the task of deciphering and beating multiple defenders falls on Rogers. Carson travels south to play San Diego Lincoln this week. When asked what he expects to see from Lincoln's defense, Rogers smirked.
"Probably the same thing," he said.
And such is the life for today's high impact receivers.