- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
As a freshman last season, Darick Holmes Jr. became a big part of the Pasadena (Calif.) Muir offense. But after a transfer to Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian this offseason, it remained to be seen what his role would be with the Lions as a sophomore. Friday night not only proved that Oaks Christian could be back in the state and national spotlight for the next several years, but that Holmes could be one of the reasons why.
In a 40-0 whipping of Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro--a game in which the Golden Eagles lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter--Holmes started at cornerback and was utilized offensively as a tailback and out of the slot. He finished the game with 77 yards rushing and a touchdown, as well as a pass breakup defensively. But the bigger picture was more important.
“As a team we played wonderfully,” Holmes said. “The other team was a good team, but we came out and finished the game…We made some mistakes though, so we have to go into film and see what we did wrong. We have to get better because we play Granite Bay next, another good Northern California team.”
Holmes, who already holds an offer from UCLA, put together several good runs in the first half, but said he was looking forward to that first score.
“I wanted that one bad,” Holmes said of a two-yard plunge. “I was getting yards, but I couldn’t finish. It took them a while to put their hands up on that one, but they finally did. I was happy.”
An incredibly young team, there is a great likelihood that Oaks Christian could only get better as it progresses this season. Three sophomores will contribute heavily to the success of a team led by junior quarterback Brandon Dawkins, who has already been offered by Notre Dame and Utah.