WCAL Player of the Year
ERIC REDWOOD, RB, SERRA
Good athletic genes didn't hurt Eric Redwood during his record-setting Serra High football career. His father, also named Eric, excelled at
Serra and Hillsdale high schools and for Fresno State and for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
But the younger Redwood also carved out an identity for himself, becoming Serra's all-time leading rusher with 3,768 yards. He also has the
highest rushing total for a single game with 288 yards (against Palo Alto) and rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns his senior year.
For his efforts, Redwood is the Prep2Prep West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year.
"It feels good," Redwood said of the P2P award. "I'm honored to have the award."
Redwood has had numerous big games during a three-year varsity career during which he helped the Padres to the 2011 Central Coast Section
Division I title.
Against Buhach Colony this season, he rushed for 172 yards and scored four touchdowns, including one in overtime to bring the Padres to within
one point and also the 2-pointer to secure the victory.
Although Serra finished a yard short of earning a spot in the 2012 Open Division title game, Redwood said he would not have changed
anything about his prep career.
"I loved it," he said. "If I could choose again, I wouldn't go anywhere else (but Serra). Everyone was very supportive of me."
Redwood said he will now attend a community college, but isn't planning to play football. He suffered a fracture of his collarbone in the
section semifinal game against Bellarmine, but said that is not part of his decision.
"I want to do other things in life," he said. "I'd like to become a personal trainer and help kids stay in shape."
Said Serra coach Patrick Walsh of Redwood: "It wasn't about personal gain for him or to get a scholarship, it was more about the team and being
there as a player for the Serra community. We love Eric and we're proud of him."
Also considered: Ryan Severson, RB, Valley Christian; Jack Stinn, QB, St. Ignatius; K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB, Bellarmine; Kenneth Olugbode, RB,