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All-SCV Football Player of the Year: The Dynamo

Valencia’s dynamic running back Steven Manfro is our player of the year

Posted: January 2, 2010 9:08 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia running back Steven Manfro used a combination speed and power to lead the Foothill League in rushing with 1,666 yards and 29 touchdowns.

It's hard to quantify the talent of Valencia's Steven Manfro.

You could call him a running back, but most running backs don't possess Manfro's abilities as a pass-catcher.

You could call him a pass-catcher, but most pass-catchers don't drag tacklers downfield like he does.

Instead of giving him one title, Manfro should be recognized as a versatile weapon, a dynamo dressed in purple making plays all over the field.

On second thought, here's a title for him: The Signal's 2009 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year.

Valencia's offense was full of stars, but it was Manfro, in his first year on varsity, that made the biggest impact.

He announced his presence in the first game of the season, racking up 319 yards and three touchdowns against Thousand Oaks.

Valencia wasn't seriously challenged again until a rematch with the Lancers in the postseason.

Manfro ended up with 190 total yards and a touchdown in that game, and he racked up 218 yards and two more scores the next week against Buena.

In the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinals against Moorpark, Manfro closed the first half with a pair of plays that demonstrated his prowess.

First, he caught a short pass and turned on the jets for a 52-yard gain.

The next play, he plunged into the end zone from four yards out.

Valencia came up short in that game, but the program reached new heights this season, dominating the Foothill League and earning the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs for the first time.

Manfro had a big hand in that.

He rushed for 1,666 yards and 29 touchdowns, adding another 753 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver.

Opponents were no match for his speed and power. He would either juke them silly or knock them silly.

Off the field, Manfro is as pleasant and respectful as they come.

But you can tell he's storing up something. You can tell he has an edge.

A playmaking dynamo ready to explode.


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