Speed exemplifies the performance showcased by Pacific Grove High School's running back Jake Speed in last week's victory over the Monterey Toreadores. Three touchdowns and a mass accumulation of yardage only scratch the surface of the senior offensive all-star. From kickoff to the final score, Jake led the way to a Pacific Grove Breaker's win.
After spending the majority of his junior season recovering from an ankle injury, Speed has sought to bring all he has to the 2013 season. His ankle injury occurred in a defensive scheme in the third game of the 2012 season when playing cornerback and he attempted to tackle a Monterey running back. The motivation to thrive in this season's matchup against the Toreadores grew stronger as Jake spent the offseason training to become a bigger, faster, and better football player.
"He has pushed himself beyond measures and continues to lead by example," said Pacific Grove Coach Morgan.
Jake started Friday night's game with a 61 yard run on the Breaker's third scrimmage to setup for his own touchdown. Throughout the second quarter, Pacific Grove kept a small lead over the Toreadore's, though it was Speed's 30 yard touchdown catch with less than a minute remaining in the half that created a momentum boost putting his team up 28-14.
"Knowing any play can be my last and the adrenaline of getting back on the field kept me going throughout the game," stated Speed, "I was proud of the performance from our entire team and happy to be out there with them."
Speed finished the show with 93 yards rushing, 81 yards receiving and three touchdowns. In the final plays of the game, Coach Morgan utilized Speed's defensive qualities, placing him at cornerback. Jake recovered a Toreadore's fumble to claim the victory.
"I hope to continue to progress and break 1,000 yards this season," shared Speed regarding his goals for the season, "with that I would like to score over twenty touchdowns and make all-county as well as see our team go deep into playoffs."
The college-bound senior 's football qualities have also reflected on his schoolwork. Throughout his three years on the varsity team, Speed has learned to reap the benefits of getting better grades—including playing football with his peers.
"I want Jake to have fun this season," said Morgan of his hopes for Speed this football season, "It is his senior year and he deserves to enjoy the camaraderie and playing with his friends out on that field."
"I want to be a leader for the younger guys," added Speed, "I hope to remain humble while encouraging the adrenaline rush behind the sport and the endless desire to win." As the home school of 49ers High School Player of the Week, Pacific Grove High School will receive a $500 grant for their football program. Speed will receive a 49ers hat and t-shirt, a certificate signed by 49er head coach Jim Harbaugh, two tickets to a 49ers home game and recognition on 49ers.com. At the end of the season, Jake will be invited to the 49ers Training Facility in Santa Clara, CA to accept a trophy recognizing his achievements.