CLOSER LOOK: Poly LB Evan Telliard

Take a closer look at Riverside Poly senior LB Evan Telliard and you’ll see a kid with an unbelievable motor for the game of football.

He’s been the Bears’ leading tackler each of the last two seasons, and may be the heart that has driven this team to a 20-3 record since 2013.

I caught up with Telliard after Poly’s sleepy 42-17 victory over Hemet Tahquitz in a CIF-Southern Section Inland Division 1st Round game on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014.

“Definitely in the first half there was a little bit of a letdown,” said Telliard, who had nearly 20 total tackles and even scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter for the Bears (11-0 overall), the Inland Division’s No. 2 seed after winning their first Inland Valley League title this season.

“Coaches perspective and players perspective is a lot different but coach always knows better. And coach was right. We didn’t come in the way we should’ve been but we got back together — we gathered together — and we grouped and got back and ended on top.”

Any significance to scoring a touchdown in a playoff victory in front of a home crowd?

“It’s different from what I’m used to but I’ve scored two or three times this year. It’s a big deal. It’s my senior year. It’s like everything else with all the senior stuff. you don’t realize it until that last moment when it could or could not be your last game.”

What does your post-Poly football future look like right now?

“I don’t have any offers yet but I keep working hard… If it comes it comes and if it doesn’t then I’m going to have to work even harder. Go to the (junior college) and prove myself there, and if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen. Everything happens for a reason.

Telliard strikes me as the kind of kid who is going to succeed because he doesn’t stop until he’s tackled his opponent. Doesn’t matter if it’s on the gridiron or whatever he chooses to do.

But with a jaw line like that he might want to try acting.

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