Player of the Week: Jacob Brisbane

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By Jeremy Balan Player of the Week: Jacob Brisbane, senior runningback/linebacker, St. Ignatius football

St. Ignatius senior running back Jacob Brisbane breaks through the Sacred Heart Cathedral defense on Friday at Kezar Stadium. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

In many ways, Brisbane embodied the Wildcats’ gameplan in their win over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Bruce-Mahoney game on Friday at Kezar Stadium.

The Wildcats wanted to pound the ball on the ground and Brusbane did just that, often extending plays after first contact, breaking tackles en route to a hard-earned 110 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

He also recovered a fumble at the Sacred Heart goal line from teammate Zac Schuller and took in the recovery for a score in the fourth quarter.

The upset win over the Irish is one of the bright spots in a trying season for St. Ignatius.

“It’s been a tough season,” Brisbane said. “We’ve been really trying to fight and come back, loss after loss, but we came to play today, every single guy.”

Honorable Mention: Carlos Valadez, senior forward, Lowell soccer

Lowell senior Carlos Valadez keeps the ball away from the Balboa defense on Friday at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

Valadez played a part in two goals to lead Lowell to a 3-1 win over Balboa in the Academic Athletic Association championship at Boxer Stadium on Saturday.

He opened the Cardinals’ scoring with a 35-yard strike on a free kick in the 20th minute, then sealed the game with a picture-perfect cross on another free kick, finding Camilo Grabowski for a tap-in goal in the 76th minute.

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One Comment

  1. Charlie says:

    I like the idea of the player of the week, and also having honorable mention so we know who else was being considered. Nice job!

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