Senior Angelo Bermudez had a memorable 2014 debut with Central Valley High School’s varsity football team this past week.
Bermudez, who missed the first seven games to focus on academics, gained 100 yards and scored two TDs (1, 15) on eight carries during the Hawks’ 61-20 blowout of host El Capitan of Merced on Friday.
He also returned a punt 50 yards for a score.
“Angelo’s been a scout player,” Central Valley head coach Scott Edwards said. “We didn’t involve him in our scheme until we started practicing for the Livingston game. He went into the El Capitan game with a very limited role. He got more reps than what the plan was because another player brought his wrong jersey to the game. We had a discipline issue.”
Angelo had one tackle and one pass deflection at defensive back.
Edwards had a talk with Bermudez just outside the locker room prior to the start of pregame warmups. Bermudez excelled after being told he would be counted upon more.
“He played 50 percent of the snaps in the first half,” Edwards said.
Bermudez racked up 2,474 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns the previous two seasons.
“He makes plays,” Edwards said.
Ineligible due to poor grades, Bermudez raised his grade-point average to 3.2.
Angelo has also been a positive influence at practices.
“It’s his senior year,” Edwards said. “He’s been supportive of everyone else on the team throughout the season.”