‘BEST RUNNING BACK ON THE CENTRAL COAST’
Junior running back Brian Kowall is having a breakout season.
Pat Laird — the standout running back for Cal and former Tribune County Player of the Year — is Kowall’s cousin. It’s easy to see the resemblance.
“They have very similar styles, but they’re also very different in other ways, too,” Schuster said. “Brian’s his own guy, he’s very unique, but there’s no question he’s very special. There’s a lot of schools interested and for good reason.”
Kowall has 1,179 yards and 23 touchdowns on 138 carries in 11 games this season. Five of those touchdowns came in Friday’s game against Riverdale Christian.
“I think Brian Kowall is the best running back on the Central Coast, and I can make a very easy argument to defend it,” Schuster said.
The Royals showed that they can score in other ways, too. Mark Rodriguez threw for two touchdowns, each to Mace Sherlock, before Kowall took over.
Logan Stout recovered a blocked punt for a score, and Dalton Strouss had an interception. Connor Borges and Brayden Farr each had a sack.
The Royals will play host to Fresno Christian (10-1), whose only loss came earlier in the season to Mission Prep, in the eight-man championship game. Fresno Christian beat Orcutt Academy 53-34 to advance.