OTL: Miles Apart
Connor Garrett's blue eyes widen as Ricky Seale barrels down the field, tacklers draped all over him, eating up yards of plush plastic carpet. Inside La Costa Canyon's 20-yard line, Garrett has an angle and closes on Seale. Inside LCC's 10, Garrett can almost breathe on him. Seale is Escondido's star, son of a former NFL player. The best high school back in the San Diego area since Reggie Bush, Seale has made guacamole out of the Avocado League this season, rushing for more than 200 yards a game.
Garrett looks like a Pop Warner player next to Seale, even next to kids in the Pop Warner league. Garrett, a starter at cornerback for LCC, the one who draws the opponent's top receiver, gets by more on guile than on physical gifts. The LCC Mavericks have held Seale to 100 yards through three quarters. But that was then and this is now, and now it looks as though Garrett will be a 150-pound skidmark left in Seale's wake.