CLOSER LOOK: North WR Aaron Peck

Take a closer look at Riverside North WR Aaron Peck and you’ll agree that prep receivers aren’t supposed to be this tall — or this good.

But then there’s Peck, who I spoke to following the Huskies 34-7 victory over Fontana Kaiser in Week 3.

AARON PECK

Most receivers are brash, exuberant creatures craving the spotlight. Peck seems to have a cool head, and was rather unassuming for a guy who stands above everyone in the field — and can usually outrun them, too.

To wit: when I asked him about his future, he said, “Hopefully playing college football somewhere.”

Are you kidding? He’ll definitely be playing somewhere.

He had a magnificent leaping grab in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter, and even though he finished with just three catches (he was double- and triple-covered all night), he also had a 49-yard run that set up the game’s first score.

After giving chase, I caught up with him just outside North’s bus. (Coach Mark Parades likes to get his guys out of there!)

What’s it like to avenge last year’s debacle?

“t feels good, uh. After last year’s game… it was terrible. The whole week we were talking about the score, 28-0, we just had to come back and get at’em. Just had to do it,” Peck said.

Coach said the team had an ugly week of practice. How’d the team respond to game day?

“Wednesday we have our night practice and we really got after it. Monday and Tuesday had terrible paces but everyone on Wednesday; flying around and going hard, chasing balls and making plays. We ran a lot of play action. they bit. We really just took advantage of our height. I’m like, ‘Alright. Let’s do this.’ We took advantage of they’re inexperience, a lot of play action, lost of mis-direction stuff.”

After last week’s victory (35-34 over Mission Hills Alemany) was this game a must win?

“It was, it was. To show that last week wasn’t just a fluke. We had to come out tonight and get the ”W’.”

What the chemistry like with QB Justin Gheorghe?

“It’s really good. It’s really good. Last year, well last year and sophomore year, we were all together — me, Denziel Myers, Marcus Baugh — we were all at North throwing down. It’s just getting better and better.”

Finally, I gave him a chance to puff his chest out.

What’s the goal for this team?

“Going all the way. We gotta take it one game at a time but we think we can make it all the way to CIF, maybe even State.”

See? Now that’s more like it.

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