Mission Prep's football pain is replacing stars

Sep 2, 2010

Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune

First it was Dylan Morrow. A year later it was Kevin Laird.

The question of how Brady Lock will replace an explosive and multifaceted player seems to pop up every year for the Mission Prep football coach.

“Yeah, we’ve lost a couple of good ones,” Lock said of the pair of Division I athletes. Laird is now playing football at Cornell, while Morrow plays baseball at San Jose State. “Let’s hope we get another one. But we’re not counting on that.”

When Laird graduated, the Royals lost their top rusher (1,171 yards), passer (827), receiver (322), scorer (27 touchdowns) and defender (10 interceptions) from last season all in one player. He was second in the CIF-Central Section in interceptions and was named a small-schools all-state selection by ESPN RISE and MaxPreps.

Much of the pressure to replace Laird on offense falls to senior quarterback Jedd Hasay, who passed for 458 yards and eight touchdowns with 15 interceptions as a junior.

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