Stanley cousins elevate Granada Hills to season-opening shutout over Arleta

For only one play, issues have been excellent, and Arleta coach Invoice Coan pumped his fist

Dijon Stanley caught the opening kickoff, met a wall of Arleta defenders, tried to shake and bake and backtrack all the way in which to the other sideline — and tripped flat on his face.

“Yes!” Coan stated with an exaggerated grin. “The grass got him!”

It was a sigh of aid that at the least one thing might deliver down Stanley, a 6-foot-1 Granada Hills senior operating again. It was a little bit of déjà vu — Arleta attempting to cease Stanley in its first recreation of the season for the second 12 months in a row, getting drubbed by Granada Hills in 2021. Maybe with that fluke first play, issues could be completely different this time.

By no means thoughts.

On Granada Hills’ first play from scrimmage, Stanley broke straight by way of the center for a 56-yard landing run. And no person discovered a solution to sluggish him or different Granada Hills backs in a 54-0 rout Friday afternoon.

“Y’all see that?” one participant on Arleta’s sideline stated, turning to the group behind him.

In equity, it was troublesome to maintain monitor of Stanley. Blink for a second and he was bursting by way of the road of scrimmage for an additional long term. With Granada Hills main 42-0, he fielded a third-quarter punt and whizzed down the sideline, shedding a defender for a 70-yard landing return.

“I don’t know how we’re going to stop that back,” Coan had stated Friday morning.

His plan was to attempt to hold Stanley from breaking to the surface, and stack defenders on the line of scrimmage.

It merely didn’t work. Then once more, not a lot has labored in attempting to comprise him throughout his profession. The Utah commit completed with greater than 170 yards in solely eight carries and scored three touchdowns.

“The bigger the moment,” Granada Hills coach Bucky Brooks stated, “the more he’s able to dig down deep and pull out his best performances.”

It wasn’t simply Stanley, although principally it was. One other Stanley emerged as a possible standout for Granada Hills. Dijon’s cousin, Darrell, is a barely shorter sophomore who sports activities the identical wiry body and slithery pace. Brooks was adamant that Granada Hills’ double-wing offense wasn’t only a one-man present, and Darrell proved that with practically 150 yards speeding and a pair of scores.

The cousins had by no means performed on the identical workforce, however now, they’re lastly buying and selling touches in the identical backfield. Metropolis Part beware.

“Show that Stanley-Stanley power,” Dijon stated postgame, fist-bumping Darrell.