The next generation of Ducks are achieving great things in high school playoff games around the country.
Royce Freeman and the Imperial Valley High Tigers face #2 St. Augustine Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Division II playoffs. Last weekend Freeman blasted for 193 yards on 31 carries in a wild, come-from-behind 49-42 win over El Capitan, scoring 3 touchdowns despite being keyed on throughout the game. He broke loose for a 57-yard scoring run that tied the game at 35-35, gave his team their first lead of the night with a 13-yard td.
Reporter Jonathan Dale of the Imperial Valley Press asked Freeman about the opponent's plan to stack the line against him and he said, “I take it as a sign of respect, and it allows others the opportunity to score."
On finally breaking through with the second half scoring runs he told Dale, “It felt good because I want to contribute to my team each time."
Better duck: Royce Freeman bulldozed the El Capitan defense for 193 yards and 3 touchdowns in a semi-final playoff victory last weekend (Steven Esperanza, Imperial Valley Press photo).