All Colton Boronda could do was watch.
The standout lineman stood on the sideline completely helpless during Templeton High School’s football game last Friday as Lompoc senior running back Toa Taua ran all over his teammates, racking up 214 yards in a 56-6 rout.
Boronda may not have been able to change the final outcome, but he knew he would have made a difference if he was on the field.
“It’s horrible just watching,” Boronda said this week.
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On Friday, he will have his chance.
When Templeton takes the field at home against Nipomo to open the Northern League season, the senior who was forced to sit out of his team’s first six games after transferring from Paso Robles High School will be back on the field.
Templeton lost four of the six games Boronda missed.
His mother, Amanda Parlet, said it never should have happened this way.
Parlet said Tuesday that Paso Robles High School failed to report her son’s correct grades to the CIF-Southern Section, the governing body of high school sports for southern and central California, and it caused Boronda’s transfer to be delayed.
“If they would have fixed what they messed up, he would have been able to play right away,” Parlet told The Tribune.
Parlet said her son decided to transfer after he was “harassed” by Paso Robles teammates and former head coach Larry Grant, who left the team after one game amid questions surrounding other transfers, which resulted in one player being ruled ineligible for varsity football.
“All I wanted was for him to play,” Parlet said. “I had to bring it to light.”
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District superintendent Chris Williams, district athletic director Rich Clayton and Paso Robles High athletic director Anthony Morales declined to comment. District spokesperson Martha Clayton issued a statement on behalf of the school.
“By law, we are not allowed to discuss student grades, discipline, or any other matters concerning student information,” Clayton wrote in the statement. “We are confident that Paso Robles High School teachers and administrators complied with the California Education Code in reporting student grades.”
The statement also read: “All formal complaints are taken seriously and processed through the Human Resources Department. We fully investigate any allegations when students, parents, or community members report any health or safety concerns.”
Parlet said she believes the district made her and her son’s life difficult due to her support last year of longtime family friend and former Bearcats head football coach Rich Schimke, who was fired after a locker room incident following a game last year. But she continues to speak out against what she called a “corrupt” school administration.
“They don’t scare me,” Parlet said.
Parlet feels like Boronda, her only son, is in a better position now that he’s at Templeton High School. His GPA has jumped to 3.5, she said, and he feels like a valued member of the team.
Boronda is just excited to play.
Last season with Paso Robles, he was was named to The Tribune’s All-County Team as a defensive lineman. At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Boronda has the ability to dominate on both sides of the ball.
Helping him settle in at Templeton has been Matt Carroll, the former linemen coach at Paso Robles last season who filled in as interim head coach when Schimke was fired. Carroll is now an assistant coach at Templeton.
On Friday, Boronda is expected to start on both sides of the ball, at tackle on defense and left tackle on the offensive line.
With standout junior running back Shane Simonin out with a knee injury, Templeton will need every bit of Boronda’s big frame against Nipomo (1-5), the defending Northern League champion with a handful of powerful linemen of their own.
“I am really proud of him,” Templeton head coach Tyler Lane said of Boronda. “He’s been here every day working his tail off, and he’s earned the right to get on the field this Friday. He’s been a great addition from more than just a physical standpoint.”