L.A. Times prep soccer participant of the yr: Dijon Stanley

It’s not each soccer sport that followers understand at any time when one participant has the ball in his arms, a landing may very well be coming. Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills Excessive was that participant this season.

He was so electrifying that choking on meals was a potential response on the suddenness of his influence.

Armed with 400-meter velocity that made him a Metropolis Part monitor champion, Stanley regarded for any gap whereas taking part in working again and quarterback in Granada Hills’ double-wing shotgun formation, and when one opened , he was gone.

He rushed for two,756 yards and scored 33 touchdowns in main Granada Hills to the Metropolis Part Division I championship, the Highlanders’ first title since 1987. Dedicated to Utah, Stanley is The Los Angeles Times’ participant of the yr in highschool soccer.

“I’ve had a lot of fun this year,” stated the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Stanley earlier than the state playoffs started. “After the Eagle Rock loss, we went into every game having fun. We turned it up and had fun. We’re playing in the moment. I’m leaving everything on the field. People are laughing, crying. It’s a whole lot of emotions.”

That 37-22 loss to Eagle Rock on Sept. 16 may need turned across the Highlanders’ season. They hardly ever had an off sport the remainder of the best way, ending 12-3 and had been Division 4-A state runners-up.

Below coach Bucky Brooks, Granada Hills put within the double-wing offense to reap the benefits of Stanley’s velocity. The Highlanders accomplished one move your complete season — of their remaining sport. Brooks, a former NFL participant and broadcast analyst, was sensible sufficient to acknowledge the Highlanders’ power.

“He’s a big mentor to show us we could make it,” Stanley stated.

In Granada Hills’ greatest video games within the playoffs, Stanley was at his finest. He had 378 yards speeding and 5 touchdowns in opposition to Palisades within the Metropolis Division I remaining. In a wild 56-55 win over Laguna Seashore within the 4-A regional remaining, he rushed for 252 yards and 4 touchdowns.

His velocity makes him distinctive on any soccer area and he’s solely getting sooner. On the day after the Laguna Seashore sport, he was at an area park on Sunday morning to work on his monitor kind along with his father in preparation for a spring monitor season that he hopes will finish with a state 400-meter championship.

“Forty-five seconds,” he stated is his aim for the 400.

Stanley has already fulfilled one aim — proving that when you play for a faculty within the Metropolis Part, you’ll be able to earn a school scholarship and entice consideration.

“The bond is different when you’re playing where everyone knows you,” he stated. “It’s a different energy.”

Requested if he has any sympathy for these attempting to catch him along with his velocity, Stanley stated, “No sympathy.”

Not less than in monitor, you don’t need to attempt to deal with him.