If you’re not careful, you might miss Alex Cecchi and Jeremiah Wright on the football field.
On Friday night, the Nipomo defense, and even the radio commentators, certainly had trouble locating the diminutive Arroyo Grande players.
For an Eagles football team noted for its size, it was Cecchi and Jeremiah Wright, two of the smallest players on the field, who had the biggest impact in the Eagles 28-0 win over Nipomo.
“We just play with a lot of heart,” Cecchi said.
Cecchi, who’s 5-foot-7 with cleats on and 155 pounds, showed off his breakaway speed as he flashed through the middle of the Titans secondary on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Sawyer May to put the Eagles up 14-0. When the first half was over Cecchi had three touchdowns to his name.
“This is what we do, I guess,” Cecchi said. “Get the playmakers the ball; get Joey (DeLaRosa) the ball, get Jeremiah the ball, get whoever the ball and we’re just going to go score.”
Cecchi’s three touchdowns against Nipomo pushed his team-leading total for the year to eight. He finished the game with seven carries for 55 yards and the three catches for 111 yards.
“Even more so than their speed is their ability to read coverage and to run routes that are going to get them open,” Arroyo Grande coach Tom Goossen said of the duo. “And then you can’t discount the ability of (May) to get them the ball in a timely fashion.”
Wright, who is the same height but a little lighter, didn’t score a touchdown for the first time this season, but he still made his presence felt. The senior wide receiver connected with May on a 38-yard pass that was originally ruled a touchdown. The touchdown was waived off, but the incredible juggling catch it set up Cecchi for a 5-yard touchdown run, his second rushing score of the night.
“It was the first time I’d actually been hit this season,” Wright said after the game. “It kind of felt good.”
“I kind of wanted to get first downs instead of touchdowns and that’s what I did.”
Wright has made his living in the end zone. Of his 13 total touches this season, five have gone for touchdowns. Only Cecchi has more scores.
“I think a lot of it is our speed,” said Wright who ended up with four catches for 69 yards. “I think a lot of it also is how we have a running game and a passing game. It really opens up everything and not to many defenses can cover both at the same time.”
The big arm of May, the big body of running back DeLaRosa and the sizable offensive line provide the balance on offense. Factor in two outside receivers in Matt Sill and Noah Thinger who hover around 6-feet tall, and you’re looking at a formidable offense, the most consistent in the PAC 5, so far.
One small note, Cecchi also had an interception in the game, his second of the season.