Sep 19, 2013 12:21 AM by Matt SantaMaria

Laird leads the way for Mission Prep

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - It's not hard to find the heart and soul of the Mission Prep football team. It lies directly between the '2' and the '3' on senior Patrick Laird's royal jersey.

"We knew we were going to be giving him the ball and he was going to be the guy for us this year," said Head Coach Chris Henry, "we joked coming into the year, 40 carries is what he wanted, but I said I can give you about 25."

Injuries to Mission Prep's offense changed that blueprint early in the year, and in true workhorse fashion, Laird has delivered.

The senior ran 41 times for over 200 yards in a recent victory over Rio Hondo Prep.

"I try to lead by example," said Laird, "so that's kind of my 'MO'."

Laird even added an interception in the victory, as Mission Prep earned at least some redemption for their playoff loss to Rio Hondo Prep last year.

As for this year, the royals expectations remain as high as ever.

"I think the sky is the limit and I think we can make it back to the CIF championship," said Laird, "so no guarantees for now, but that's our goal."

Mission Prep hosts St. Bernard on Friday.



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