At South High School the "S" might as well stand for soccer. The Rebels have won back to back valley titles and this year things are looking just as promising.
"They're hungry this year and they really want to go that extra bit," said Diego Cano South's assistant coach. The Rebels have rattled off ten wins in their last eleven matches including a 4-1 thumping this week of their toughest league foe Highland.
"We're getting back into that rhythm we were in to take valley and hopefully state," said senior right back Jesus Barajas. That rhythm he says it comes from the chemistry of the team and their ability to play wherever they're needed. Something this center back turned right back knows all about.
"I felt comfortable running up the field and getting crosses," he said. It's behind those crosses that opponent's defenses are opened up and South starts their scoring.
"He just crosses it all the way-he just delivers dimes," said Cano. "That's what we call them."
While those dimes impressively pick out teammates, Jesus has become an untraditional scorer at right back.
"I just love the feeling getting the ball at my feet-just excites me. I like to score," he said.
Eight goals already this year have his coaches praising his versatility. "He's a very very complete player especially coming out of the back. He's got a strong IQ. He understands the game. He has leadership qualities."
Enough that his coaching staff is hoping Jesus can lead the rebels to more success in the postseason.
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