Future Wildcat Elijah Payne’s size and physicality are ‘out of this world’s
Operating system ANGELES — Not long before Friday’s CIF Southern Segment Division II quarterfinal game, Sierra Gully Secondary School’s football crew found it would be without beginning quarterback Alonzo Esparza.
In this way, Sierra Gully began junior Damon Wrighster at quarterback, settled on a run-weighty hostile assault, and set up 385 yards on the ground … furthermore, agitated top-cultivated Gardena Serra, 42-16.
The vast majority of Sierra Gully’s runs were to one side, where 6-foot-7-inch left tackle Elijah Payne, an Arizona Wildcats commit in the Class of 2023, cut ways for running backs. Whenever the Pioneers raced to the right side, 6-3, 360-pound right tackle Eugene Streams, a UA focus for 2024, was a key blocker.
While Sierra Gully generally played downhill on Friday, mentor Jon Ellinghouse said they’re “extremely different in what we do. We’ll be Oregon, then, at that point, we’ll be Stanford. Then, at that point, return to Oregon.”