The Pleasant Grove Eagles are one of the youngest football teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, but there's a senior core group of leaders that has accelerated the learning curve this season.
They include two-way starters Jonathan Bias, Kyle Stafford, Mason Hastings and Kyle Castro. They all impact the No. 1 team in the Division I playoff field, but you would be hard pressed to find many players who play as many downs as Castro.
The third-year starter is The Bee's Prep of the Week, as voted on by fans and followers on sacbee.com. He earned the nod for the three interceptions he had against Sheldon, a 45-34 win that capped a school-record best 9-1 regular season. The salt-it-away pick came late, a 52-yard return into the end zone.
Castro has a section-leading nine interceptions. He might lead the section in minutes played, if there was such a logged category. He has scored on punt returns, receptions and interceptions. He blocks on special teams, is the holder for kicks and generally goes at one speed.
Castro is also a standout baseball player, an ace pitcher also known to dive head first for winning runs in the playoffs.
Remember, one speed.
- Joe Davidson
PLAYER OF THE WEEK