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