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GRANADA HILLS — The Granada Hills Constitution soccer workforce has a one-two punch in Dijon Stanley and his cousin, Darrell Stanley. Figuratively and actually – Dijon wears No. 1 and Darrell wears No. 2.
“My dad wore No. 1 in highschool, so I sort of simply took on the legacy,” Dijon Stanley stated. “(Darrell) wore No. 4 and when he got here in, somebody had that quantity, so he was like, we’re going to be 1-2. And we sort of simply got here up with a one-two punch and we rolled with it.”
That tandem function was demonstrated in a 62-18 win over Kennedy on Friday night time. Darrell Stanley rushed for 5 touchdowns and 229 yards and Dijon Stanley rushed for 2 touchdowns and 140 yards. Each performed on protection, as effectively.
Each possess the pace and agility to finesse their approach round defenders, giving the Highlanders two dependable choices.
“We game-planned to include and sort out and we didn’t include and sort out,” Kennedy coach Troy Cassidy stated. “They’re very, very particular soccer gamers and really, excellent. They’re going to make noise within the metropolis.”
Darrell Stanley joined the workforce this season after transferring from Mojave Excessive Faculty, a program close to Hesperia. After a special, youthful cousin of Dijon’s died within the space, he had a dialog with Darrell about coming to Granada Hills Constitution.
“We had a bit of cousin that just lately handed,” Dijon stated, rising emotional on the thought. “I knew I needed to do it for him. I couldn’t see him go. I really like him, love my workforce, I really like my household.”
At first, when he arrived at Granada Hills, Darrell was often called “Dijon’s cousin.” However thanks partly to his efficiency on the sphere, that’s now not the case.
“I’m beginning to make a reputation for myself.” Darrell, a sophomore, stated. “But it surely’s simply good. All of the folks, they love me as a result of they love him.”
United and sharing the soccer discipline on Friday night time, the duo had mixed for 5 touchdowns by halftime to assist in giving Granada Hills a 50-12 lead. Riley Nguyen additionally chipped in a landing on a pick-six.
Gor Abrahamian scored for Kennedy (1-2) on a 7-yard run and Brandon McGraw threw a 28 yard landing move to Alonzo Fuentes for the Cougars’ solely two touchdowns of the primary half.
A stalwart Highlanders protection put the ball within the fingers of Dijon and Darrell, repeatedly forcing three-and-outs. Along with his pick-six, Nguyen recovered a nasty snap and Granada Hills was capable of capitalize on it for a landing and knock the wind out of Kennedy.
Not solely is Dijon giving his cousin steerage, he’s additionally setting an instance for his teammates and the Los Angeles Metropolis Part as an entire. He’ll proceed his enjoying profession in school at Utah, one of many solely colleges that recruited him as a working again.
“We wish to present the neighborhood children you can come to a public faculty in your neighborhood and get out and have alternatives,” coach Bucky Brooks stated. “What I’m hoping is that a few of these guys which have determined to go to non-public colleges, perhaps they’ll discover a strategy to their neighborhood colleges.”
After Friday night time, Granada Hills Constitution (3-0) has overwhelmed its first three opponents by a mixed rating of 136-30. Dijon Stanley desires to see his workforce preserve profitable in his senior 12 months and attain the Open Division.
“It’ll imply rather a lot as a result of numerous groups nonetheless overlook us,” he stated. “Nonetheless to today even being 3-0, they actually don’t suppose that we are able to do it. We’re coming this season to point out that we are able to actually do it.”