Video/Brookside Christian’s Goal: Finding creative ways to feature Reuben Lee on its run to a State Bowl in 2017

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What can you do with a cat like Reuben Lee, who flashed Division 1 high school skills during his sophomore season at Lincoln High-Stockton and then tore up Division 7 during the second half of the 2016 season? Make the most of him, particularly on offense, and keep him on the move.

After debuting for Brookside Christian in the sixth game of the 2016 season, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior averaged 17 yards a carry and 22 yards a catch. He had 2,200 yards & 32 TDs in 9 games. That led the Knights to a Sac-Joaquin Section title and the Division 6-A NorCal Bowl, and Lee was selected to the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team.

We know he’s playing out of his league in D7, so let’s take advantage of that and be creative. Brookside averaged 45 plays a game this past fall, and here’s a fun way to approach Lee’s share of those 45 plays in 2017:

** He gets 12 runs from the traditional single-back alignment, which allows him to survey the field as he approaches the line;

** He catches 2 passes from out of the backfield each week, giving him the ball in his hands after he is beyond the reach of defensive linemen;

** He gets 2 touches at Wildcat, just to throw a new wrinkle at the defense. With the fast pact that the Knights can play at, shifting Lee into the QB slot for a play often goes unnoticed until it’s too late;

** He gets 2 catches as a receiver, where an opponent’s third-best DB provides the coverage;

** He gets 2 snaps at receiver, but he runs a fly sweep and gets to decide when to cut upfield.

** He returns 3 or 4 punts per game, where he has less exposure than he would on kickoff returns

That’s 23 to 24 touches in a game, and by limiting Lee’s time on defense, he can be preserved over a 14-game season. With Lee, Glasper, WRs Tyrone Vickers & Jalen Williams, the Knights have the foundation for a prolific offense and another run to a State Bowl.

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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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