Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:55 PM Posted By: John Philip Wyllie
While the Bonita Vista Barons (2-6 overall, 0-3 in Metro-Mesa League play) have struggled as a unit on the gridiron this season, there have been some outstanding individual performances — most notably that of first-year starting quarterback Austin Kane.
After two years of starting on the junior varsity team, Kane, a senior, has made a seamless transition to the varsity level this fall. In his first eight games, he has completed 90 of his 168 attempts for 1,298 yards and nine touchdowns.
"Austin is very coachable and extremely smart, so he can read the coverages and deliver the ball," BVHS head coach Greg Raby said. "He has taken some big shots, but he has always pulled himself off the ground, shaken it off and kept going. Toughness is hard to coach.
“While he doesn't have as much (varsity) experience as some of the other quarterbacks we have had, he has made up for it in his production on the field. At one point in the season Austin was ranked No. 2 in the county in passing, but he has dropped off a little bit because we haven't passed as much in recent weeks. I know he is going to be able to play somewhere on the next level.”
Kane has drawn inquiries from a number of lower division schools including Occidental, Laverne and Amherst, but his academic aspirations might supersede his desire to play football.
"I am applying to two Ivy League Schools (Brown, Harvard)," Kane said following Tuesday's practice. " I am not sure that I would play there, but I am definitely hoping my academic abilities will get me in."
His near 4.0 grade-point average and his 1800 SAT scores make him an Ivy League candidate, but Kane would also be excited about getting a athletic scholarship to a smaller school where playing football would be a more realistic possibility. He is not the only current Baron who might have a future in college football. Three of his receivers also have a shot at making it to the next level.
Raby expects to be reading about the college exploits of wide receivers Atal Kaliq and Caleb Su and tight end Gabe Bell in the years to come.
"Atal is maybe the seventh leading receiver in the county,” Raby said. “He has had close to 100 yards of receiving in every game. At 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 200 pounds, he has good size and strength. When he catches the ball, he can use that strength to turn a five-yard gain into a 50-yard gain.
"Caleb runs a 4.4 40 and a 10.9 100 meters. He is one of the top eight sprinters in San Diego," Raby continued. "The unique thing about him is that he can run from the tailback position, be a good receiver and he is a great kick returner. I think he broke the school record with his 95-yard kickoff return against Otay Ranch.
"There has also been a lot of Division II/NAIA interest in Gabe Bell. He is a warrior. He plays both ways at tight end and defensive tackle and he's in for almost every snap."
The Barons close out their regular season against Mt. Miguel (Oct. 26 at Eastlake High School, homecoming) at Olympian (Nov. 2).
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