The 2019 high school football season has started with stunning upsets, impressive comebacks and exciting victories. Week 1 of the high school football season is over and the Live Oak Acorns, led by head coach Michael Gemo, beat Burlingame, the defending CCS champions with a score of 22-16.
A standout player in this victory was Junior Quarterback, Caleb Ojeda. Ojeda is a 5'11", 175-pound quarterback and kicker for the Live Oak Acorns, who has played sports since he can remember.
Caleb put together a notable performance opening night, with 309 total yards. On the ground, he had 8 carries for 193 yards, averaging over 24 yards a carry and finished the night 9-13 passing. What might be most impressive about these numbers is that it was the junior's quarterback debut at the varsity level. In previous years, he has played both wide receiver and defensive back.
"I still remember when Caleb was only in pop warner and people would tell me about this kid, how he was going to be a star athlete and I should keep an eye on him," says Coach Gemo. While this will be the third year that Coach Gemo and Ojeda get to work together, Coach Gemo is still impressed by Ojeda's athletic ability and character.
Ojeda holds an impressive resume at school and within his community. Although some people would describe Ojeda as quiet, his ability to lead speaks for itself and has helped him earn MVP of the soccer team. He also runs track, making him a multi-sport athlete and he does this all while maintaining a 3.5 GPA earning him a spot on the honor roll at Live Oak High School. Caleb is a master at balancing his responsibilities and is still able to make time to work with future athletes at youth sports camps.
"I just stay focused on getting better. Everyday all I want to do is just get better," says Ojeda. The future looks bright for, #2!
As the home school this week of the 49ers PREP High School Player of the Week Award presented by U.S. Bank, Live Oak High School traditionally receives a $500 grant towards its football program. Caleb along with his teammates have decided to forgo the grant and instead donate the money to The Gilroy Foundation, with intent of helping victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting. As part of this award, Ojeda will receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremony. At the end of the season, Ojeda will be presented his award by 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan during a closed practice at the SAP Performance Facility.