Trans­fers from Clo­vis North, Edison vie to re­place Tomp­kins as Cen­tral quar­ter­back

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­

For the first time in four sea­sons, there will be a new quar­ter­back lead­ing the way for the Cen­tral High foot­ball team.

Gone is star Trent Tomp­kins who grad­u­ated in June and is at UC Davis.

Re­plac­ing Tomp­kins will be a trans­fer, ei­ther DJ Framp­ton from Clo­vis North or Jame­son Silva from Edison – or per­haps both will play in the same game. The Griz­zlies open the sea­son Fri­day against Edison at Koli­gian Sta­dium..

Silva and Framp­ton each said he un­der­stands it will be tough to re­place Tomp­kins, but each is con­fi­dent in his own play­mak­ing abil­i­ties.

“I just got to go out and play my game and lead this team to an­other cham­pi­onship,” Silva said. “Just play my game and not worry about what some­body else did.”

Said Framp­ton: “We’re both just try­ing to pro­duce in this of­fense and make the coaches happy, and try to knock down de­fenses as much as we can.”

The Griz­zlies won back-to-back Cen­tral Sec­tion Di­vi­sion I ti­tles with Tomp­kins lead­ing the way. He set sec­tion records for most touch­down passes in a sin­gle sea­son (65) and reg­u­lar sea­son (47), sin­gle-sea­son pass­ing yards (5,001) and reg­u­lar-sea­son pass­ing yards (3,438), ac­cord­ing to sec­tion his­to­rian Bob Barnett.

Tomp­kins ended his ca­reer ranked No. 2 in the sec­tion with 11,743 ca­reer pass­ing yards and 138 touch­downs.

“It’s hard to re­place any­body who’s tal­ented that leaves the

pro­gram,” Cen­tral coach Kyle Biggs said, adding that his new QBs “just have to worry about be­ing them­selves. I don’t need them to be Trent. I just need them to run the of­fense and do the right things and take what the de­fense gives them, make the right reads and put us in good sit­u­a­tions and not try to do too much.”

Silva and Framp­ton said they picked up some point­ers from Tomp­kins be­fore he left for col­lege.

Biggs said he’s en­cour­aged by how well his new quar­ter­backs picked up the Cen­tral of­fense. “They had some bumps along the road just by learn­ing the new of­fense, learn­ing new scheme and the way I do things and how de­tai­lo­ri­ented we are here. They’re learn­ing from their mis­takes and get­ting a lot bet­ter, and from Fe­bru­ary to June was a huge jump. And the jump from June to Au­gust was an­other gi­ant leap.”

AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­

Jame­son Silva, left, and DJ Framp­ton, right, go through a prac­tice. Both quar­ter­backs are vy­ing to be­come the Cen­tral Griz­zlies starter when the sea­son opens Aug. 23 against Edison at Koli­gian Sta­dium.

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