CLOSER LOOK: Norco’s Cory Young

Take a closer look at Norco senior Cory Young and still may not see just how quickly he get to the point of attack.

He’s as fast a runner as there’s been in the Inland Area in some time, and even fast than his older brother — and Stanford sophomore — Kelsey Young.

Young is at the line of scrimmage so quickly that he doesn’t allow for a play to develop — certainly not his fault — as he zips forward every time he’s handed the ball by QB Victor Viramontes.

Despite experiencing cramps in his right calf late in the game, Young ran for 137 yards and two TDs in a 23-21 victory over Rancho Cucamonga in a CIF-Southern Section Inland Division quarterfinal round game.

I caught up with him afterward.

You guys lost to Rancho Cucamonga in Week 1. How does it feel to beat them coming back around?

“Ah man, it’s a great feeling,” said Young, who finished the season with 2,450 yards and 22 TDs. “(Rancho Cucamonga) really talked a lot, saying how they were going to hold me, and I wasn’t going to score any touchdowns. Losing to them early in the year served as real motivation.”

You ran the ball 29 times. Did you expect that kind of workload?

“Not really actually,” he said. “We expected to throw the ball a lot more today, get the receivers the ball, but I was there and I was ready to take on the load.”

Were wind gusts of 30-45 mph a factor tonight?

“Oh yeah. The ball was like veering off to the right, and your hand-and-eye coordination… it takes a lot of work to get used to the wind.”

This is the first time Norco will advance to the semifinals since 2009? What does that mean for the program?

“It’s a great feeling. We’ve been through so much adversity this year and we’re so ready.”

You play Coltin Gerhart, Kwesi Mashack Vista Murrieta next week. What’s that going to be like?

“It’s a good feeling. We’re still great buddies. I still talk to them all the time on Instagram. It’s going to be a good game.”

Chances are that it’ll be the last of Young’s prep career but he’ll have left his mark on a program, perhaps one even bigger than Kelsey.

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