Landyn Hudson and Alexis Becerra will fill key roles on Ceres High’s and Central Valley’s football teams for the second year in a row. Hudson will start at quarterback. The senior passed for 860 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in three games for the Bulldogs last season. Becerra will play linebacker and fullback. The senior earned first-team all-conference honors for his outstanding play on defense as a junior. He collected a team-high 31 tackles in five games. Hudson and Becerra took time from their busy schedules to chat with the Courier leading up to the 2021 campaign.
Question: What have you done over the past few months to get ready for the upcoming season?
Landyn Hudson: I’ve been working out like crazy. I’ve definitely watched a lot of game film. I’m trying to perfect everything in the playbook.
Alexis Becerra: I’ve been working out an hour a day, five days a week for the past few months. I’ve been watching film as well. I rest on the weekends.
Q: Have you set any individual or team goals?
LH: We want to win league and make playoffs. I’ll do whatever my team needs me to do.
AB: We’re hoping to make it to playoffs and win another league title. Individually, I’m going to try to rack up more tackles. I have to give it my all because it’s my last year.
Q: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
LH: I love everything that comes with it.
AB: I love the intensity the game brings and the fact you get to hit people. It’s fun.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a player?
LH: I’m a good leader. I want our team to be successful. I’m going to do whatever it takes.
AB: I play respectfully. If I tackle you, I’m going to help pick you up. I really don’t like to trash talk.
Q: Do you model your game after any NFL players?
LH: I definitely watch a lot of highlights of Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes.
AB: Ray Lewis.
Q: Central Valley has an all-time record of 13-2 versus Ceres High. Do you have a prediction for this year’s game?
LH: It’s going to be a battle. It’s not going to be an easy game. It (winning) would do a lot for our confidence.
AB: I don’t want to say too much. We’ll see what happens when we get out on the field.
Q: What’s the most enjoyable part about playing in the Ceres Classic crosstown game?
LH: It’s hometown teams playing each other. Everybody at school talks about it. It don’t feel like a regular game. The atmosphere is different. It don’t get better than that.
AB: I enjoy being under the lights in front of all those people. It feels good.
Q: Favorite NFL team?
LH: Dallas Cowboys.
AB: Dallas Cowboys.
Q: Favorite NFL player?
LH: Aaron Rodgers.
AB: Aaron Donald.
Q: Favorite movie?
LH: Remember the Titans.
AB: American Me.
Q: Favorite actor?
LH: Mark Wahlberg.
AB: Kevin Hart.
Q: Favorite TV show?
LH: Last Chance U.
AB: I don’t really watch TV.
Q: Favorite musician?
LH: Luke Combs.
AB: Lil Baby.
Q: Favorite food?
AB: Panda Express.
Q: Any fears or phobias?
AB: I like to spend time in the studio making music and learning about engineering.
Q: Dream job?
AB: I’ve wanted to be a firefighter ever since I was a little kid.