In Kern County's toughest football league he's the leader in yards, points and touchdowns. If you don't know his name already, get ready to remember Stockdale senior Elisha Ortiz.
For the Mustangs Ortiz has been the work horse with "his ability to break tackles, make something out of nothing at times...and made it his show," said third year coach Brett Shelton.
Friday night in Stockdale's 55-27 win over Frontier it was Ortiz's show spending most of his time in the endzone. "It's the best feeling in the world," Ortiz said of scoring. "You see everyone pumped and it just gets you pumped even more to have that same feeling."
Ortiz finished with six touchdowns (including three in the first quarter alone) and 267 rushing yards. An impressive enough game but one he's ready to credit to his offensive line. "We do everything with each other so it's kind of a bond that we really built from spring ball and we just carried over into the season," he said.
It was just after spring ball on a trip to Hume Lake when the team came up with their season goals of "sacrifice, family and emptying the tank." Goals that Coach Shelton says Elisha bought into from day one.
"He blames himself if we're not performing well which is what you want out of your leaders," Shelton said. "Once he gets the credit he wants to deflect the credit to his team. He's a team guy and a coach on the field."
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