If anyone is underestimating Damien Robles and Jalen Davis of Righetti football because of the fact they’re not even 5-foot-9, I’ve got five words for you: Don’t even think about it.
Robles, at 5-foot-5, was the bowling ball of destruction for the Warriors' run game in the 35-13 thumping of rival Santa Maria, rumbling to 144 yards. Davis, at 5-foot-8, disrupted a deep Saints drive and the chance for the home team to cut the lead to 21-20 – by intercepting Blake Truhitte and returning the ball 97 yards for the quick touchdown, putting the Warriors ahead for good at 28-13.
And both players headline this week’s Zo’s Gold Mines.
Robles was already honored by the Northern Santa Barbara Athletic County Round Table on Monday at Giavanni’s Pizzeria in Orcutt, taking home the Male Athlete of the Week nod. He immediately thanked his teammates for his big night.
“We had to tire out Santa Maria with our run. I would say, it worked,” Robles said.
He’s also witnessing a change in attitude from a Warriors team that went 1-9 one season ago.
“I feel like this team has gone way up since last year and we’re not the same team,” Robles said.
As for the cornerback Davis, the 22-point shocker of the Saints emerged as the biggest confidence booster for a team that hasn’t had much for two seasons.
“We’ve been working this whole week preparing for this game,” Davis said afterward the Friday game. “We came and proved them wrong. We’ve changed a lot – from coaching, working harder, everything.”
Other gold mines.
The Hancock College defense: The Bulldogs intercepted five Pasadena City passes in the 37-26 victory on Saturday. Mystikal Wilson snatched two of those picks, including the final one with 2:18 left that went 30 yards for the touchdown – sealing the non-conference win.
Caleb Thomas, Righetti football: The mountainous 6-foot-4, 265-pounder was the trench punisher for the Warriors against the Saints – opening up running lanes on the offensive line and then clogging running lanes on the defensive side of the ball.
Dallas Canley and Toa Taua, Lompoc football: Same thing as last year against Santa Barbara: Both running backs wore down the Dons right away in the 56-0 rout on Saturday – combining for 245 yards and five touchdowns.
Leondre Coleman and Jelani Henderson, Lompoc football: The defensive duo both collected six tackles, with Coleman pouncing on one fumble and Henderson making two stops behind the line of scrimmage in the trouncing of the Dons.
Gabe Prendergast, Santa Ynez football: The 6-foot-3 national recruit at wide receiver helped get the Pirates out of their offensive slump against Nipomo – by totaling six catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the 35-3 win.
Gabe Palato and Marcus Ray, Santa Ynez football: The nose tackle Pelato forced three fumbles against the Titans, while Ray swooped one fumble up for the 90-yard score –shifting the momentum to the Pirates’ side against the Titans.
Nate Guzman, St. Joseph football: The Knights’ senior wide receiver and leading wideout from last season caught nine passes for 92 yards in the narrow 24-23 Friday loss to the CIF Southern Section’s top ranked team in Division 6: Bishop Diego.
Jackson Anderson, Cabrillo football: Anderson, who took over for the injured Sean Wood at quarterback for the Conquistadores, combined for 366 yards despite the 71-27 loss to Templeton.
Megan Vise, Orcutt Academy girls tennis: When you win all three of your matches in both tennis games last week, plus up your record to 9-0 on the year, you’ll get recognized as the Female Athlete of the Week winner for the round table – which was exactly what happened to Vise on Monday.
Sierra Hohimer, Cabrillo girls tennis: The Conquistadores’ No. 1 singles option won all three of her sets against an experienced Morro Bay team on Thursday.
Jakelyn Shippy, Orcutt Academy girls volleyball: Shippy pounded 11 kills in the Spartans’ 3-0 sweep of Santa Maria last Thursday.
Zane Sheckherd, Righetti girls volleyball: The returning senior pounded 16 kills in the Warriors’ Thursday night sweep of San Luis Obispo.
Gillian Wilks, Santa Ynez girls volleyball: Wilks saw the number 11 twice on the stat sheet versus Nipomo: 11 kills and 11 blocks in the 3-2 victory on Thursday.
Keller Haws, Santa Ynez boys water polo: Haws fired four goals in the Pirates’ 11-7 victory over Rio Mesa last Thursday.
Sarah Fouratt, Righetti girls golf: Fouratt shared the medalist honor at the PAC 8 Mini Tournament by shooting a 36 on Thursday.