Two Shark Student/Athletes Earn Football Scholar Athlete Award

February 20, 2014

St. Francis seniors Matt Powers and Garrett Saucedo both earned a National Football Foundation and College Halll of Fame Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship presented by the Santa Cruz Lions Club. The award ceremony took place at the Santa Cruz Elks Lodge where all ten Santa Cruz County High Schools with football programs were represented with scholar athletes.

The awards were given out based on a combination of football performance during their high school career, academic achievement and leadership and citizenship in their community. Both Powers and Saucedo were selected as members of the 2013 All Register-Pajaronian Football Team chosen by the sports writing staff of Watsonville's Register-Pajaronian. Saucedo was the Offensive Player of the Year from his Wide Receiver position. Saucedo had a record breaking year for the Sharks catching 67 passes for 919 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. Saucedo also rushed 11 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns giving him a season total of 1,072 yards of offense on the season. Saucedo also had a kickoff return for a touchdown giving him 18 on the season. Saucedo's highlight performance of the year came again Livermore Valley Prep where he had 8 catches for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Powers was also a member of the 2013 All Register-Pajaronian Football Team as an Offensive Linemen. As the leader of the Offensive Line Powers gave Quarterback Nick Ciandro time to throw to great receivers and tight ends such as Saucedo, RJ Zuniga and Matt Clifton. Powers also paved the way for Running Back Jonathan Carmona to have over 1,000 total yards. Powers' highlight performance came during the first game of the season where the offense totaled 379 yards coming back from a 20 point halftime deficit to win 28-27 in the final seconds.

Powers and Saucedo are also honor students who are currently taking college prep honors and AP courses at St. Francis. The two have also done many hours of community service and held leadership roles on the campus of St. Francis. Both student/athletes are also multi-sport athletes as they are on the Sharks boys varsity basketball team that will be competing in the CCS Division V Playoffs beginning next week. Powers in the spring will be a returning member of the varsity golf team and Saucedo will be making a return to the baseball diamond for the first time in two years after a successful junior year on the Sharks track and field team. Both scholar athletes will be college bound in the fall and are still deciding where to continue their education and athletic careers.
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