Friday Night Rivals Report: Div. III Semifinal Playoff

This week's Friday Night Rivals is a Div. III Semifinal Playoff Game between Mt. Whitney and San Joaquin Memorial

Friday Night Rivals returns this week with a Division III semifinal playoff game.

Top seeded San Joaquin Memorial against # 4 seed, Mt. Whitney, and you can watch it live on CW59 starting at 7:00 p.m.

FOX26 Sports reporter Nick King says you should expect lot of points in this game, because it will feature two of the best quarterbacks in the Valley.

When San Joaquin Memorial quarterback Alec Trujillo throws a football, it looks easy... natural.

Panthers head coach Anthony Goston said, "He's very smooth, you know everything he does is smooth. But Alec is a special kid when it comes to throwing the football."

Alec Trujillo has thrown for more than 10,000 yards in his high school career, and this season, he's 5th in the Central Section in passing yards, and 6th in passing touchdowns.

Though he's quick to point out all the weapons around him at skill positions, and his linemen. "You know, they don't get enough credit. I got the best linemen in the Valley," said Trujillo. They give me time to make the throws I need to make, and we work really good as a unit."

This unit works really well. The Panthers are undefeated, the top seed in Division III, averaging more than 46 points a game behind a leader at quarterback.

Coach Goston said, "Kids listen to him. Just one of those kids that you want on your football team. You know, not just because he's a great talent - but his personality, the way he carries himself, his values - you know, just a great overall kid."

Trujillo will continue playing football, at San Jose State.

At Mt. Whitney, Jaedyn Pineda is about as unique a quarterback as you'll find. "I'm 5'8" like 180, said Pineda. "All the time, they underestimate my height, they think I can't throw and run and do all that, but they find out during the game that I'm alright at it."

Pineda is more than alright at it, he's 3rd in the Central Section in passing yards, and 2nd in passing touchdowns this year.

Pioneers head coach Adam Valencia said, "He's someone that definitely, size and stature, you can't let get in the way. You gotta know that he's a gamer."

Caoch Valencia says Pineda is a field general on offense and defense.

Pineda actually starts at linebacker, too, and leads Mt. Whitney in tackles. "He's a phenomenal athlete," said Coach Valencia. "He's just one of those individuals that, there's a lot of things you can't really necessarily coach."

Pineda says he plans to play football in college... at any position a team needs him.

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