Yesterday, October 8, the Valencia High School (CA) Vikings clashed with the Loyola Cubs in their Week 5 matchup. As you know, I am following Valencia running back Steven Manfro throughout his senior season as a result of his electrifying ability and his play going relatively unnoticed.
On Friday, however, he was reminiscent of a freshman quarterback making his first start—less than stellar.
Manfro still attained 110 yards on 14 carries and also earned two touchdowns, but he fumbled once and easily underperformed against Loyola compared to his usual statistics in the Vikings 39-24 defeat.
But Valencia lost more than their matchup against Loyola.
Starting linebacker Trevor Smyth went down with an apparent neck injury in the fourth quarter, but Smyth was moving his fingers and toes before he left the stadium in an ambulance.
Valencia (4-1) begins league play next week when they face off against West Ranch, a game sure to be won handily by the Vikings, but judging by their play this week, you never know which Valencia team will show up.
As for Manfro's recruiting status, he still has one scholarship offer from Wyoming University. His interest list is as follows: Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Missouri, New Mexico State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Troy, UCLA, UNLV, and Wyoming, which are all listed as "medium" interest.
Steven has started to show signs that he is indeed human, but how he performs over the remainder of the season remains to be seen.