Posted: 8:18 am Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Santaluces expects two football players to sign 

By Jason Lieser

Despite being relatively new to the game, Santaluces players C.J. Roberts and Jarrod Lacy plan to sign football scholarships Wednesday.

Lacy has offers from the University of Charleston (W. Va.) and Colorado State-Pueblo. Both of those schools, plus The Citadel, offered Roberts (6-0, 185).

Roberts, who is known more for his skills on the basketball court, never even played little league football. In his first year of varsity football, he caught 12 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown and was excellent as a cornerback.

“We talked him into coming out and playing receiver for us and he ended up being a shutdown corner, too,” Chiefs coach Daryl Drinkwater said. “It’s extremely impressive. We knew he was athletic, but his ball skills and how good he could open his hips and run was pretty impressive.”

Lacy (5-11, 185) had very little varsity experience prior to 2009 as well.

He struggled early in the year as a traditional running back, but Santaluces eventually moved him to more of a hybrid position and he was arguably the Chiefs’ best player.

He rushed for 707 yards and five touchdowns on 99 carries and caught nine passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

“This year we expected him to be our guy in the backfield, but the first couple games he wasn’t getting it done and he got benched,” Drinkwater said. “We moved him to an H-back and put him in the slot and we couldn’t take him off the field again. He was our most productive player.”

Drinkwater also said both players are academically qualified for college.

Lacy was second-team all-area this season and Roberts made the honorable mention list.