From one place with a culture of success and winning to another, Bobby Heatherington, Nick O'Sullivan and Logan Lamb are on the move.
The Del Oro High School teammates who helped key a 13-2 season last fall have signed to play football at small-school national power Linfield of McMinnville, Oregon.
How successful is that program? The Wildcats are coming off a 10-1 season and now seek an on-going, unprecedented 57th consecutive winning season, an all-colleges level record of success.
Heatherington was the steady, composed, durable quarterback for Del Oro last fall and O'Sullivan the hard-charging running back with good speed and a zest to compete. Lamb was an offensive line anchor, a scholar who appreciated the rigors of blocking and talked during the season of the pride of wearing his school colors.
Heatherington passed for 2,311 yards and 23 touchdowns, and O'Sullivan rumbled for 1,367 yards and 23 scores for a Golden Eagles program that won the Sierra Foothill League championship, repeated as Sac-Joaquin Section Division III winners and reached the CIF State D-II Bowl Game.
Del Oro earlier had Bee Defensive Player of the Year Alex Bertrando sign with Nevada, and fellow linebacker Tanner Huber announce he is headed to BYU.
Said Del Oro coach Casey Taylor of his latest two skill players off to Linfield, "We are proud of Bobby and Nick. They have been great ambassadors of Del Oro football. Linfield is a very successful program and feel it is a place Bobby and Nick can make an impact on the field and in earning their degrees."
And Taylor on Lamb, "Logan was the ultimate team player. He was outstanding on and off the field. He mentored our younger players and was a high-character guy. I really feel he will develop into a special player at Linfield."
- By Joe Davidson
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