CLOSER LOOK: NoVi’s Devanere Crenshaw

Riverside Norte Vista senior Devanere Crenshaw scored three different ways in 2015 season opener. / Photo by DENNIS POPE

Riverside Norte Vista senior Devanere Crenshaw scored three different ways in 2015 season opener. / Photo by DENNIS POPE

Take a closer look at Riverside Norte Vista senior DB/WR Devanere Crenshaw and you’ll see a player blooming in the shade.

Crenshaw, 6-foot, 180 pounds, has 19 total touchdowns in 22 games playing alongside highly-recruited teammate Freddie Holly.

I caught up with Crenshaw back in August, then again last Friday night after Norte Vista defeated Lake Arrowhead Rim of the World, 56-15, in its 2015 season opener on Sept. 4.

Crenshaw scored touchdowns three different ways vs. Rim of the World, finding the end zone on a run, a catch and a kickoff return. His final two touches went for consecutive scores as TD reception ended the first half and his kickoff return TD began the second.

He was a one-man show on a team featuring a Parade Magazine Preseason All-American (Holly) and three dominant lineman (Solomon Iosefa, Stanton Manumaleuna and David Plentyhawk).

FOMB: How would you describe your role for this team:
Crenshaw: A role? I don’t know. I’m just a player, really. I look at it like I’m just a player on the team. Wherever Batdorf needs me or the guys need me I’m there.

FOMB: What’d you do in the offseason to improve?
DC: Just trying to get bigger, you know. Needed some muscle and still been doing speed training and all that.

FOMB: You’ve moved back to cornerback from safety this season. How has that move gone so far?
DC: (Cornerback) is where I started here my sophomore year. It’s not a big deal to me. I can play wherever. DB. Just anywhere DB, and wherever they need me on offense (but) I get way more joy out of defense.

FOMB: You’re a leader on defense now. What’s that like?
DC: Just be a captain for these guys (and) lead by example. Do the little things right because we only have one goal. It’s about the whole team.

FOMB: Is there time to think about a future in college football?
DC: I’m trying to go and get a scholarship. Been talking to Wyoming a lot. I’m pretty sure they’re interested. I’m also working on some other stuff.”

Working on other stuff? Wow. There aren’t many players who score three different ways, play every down of defense and still have time (or even energy) for other stuff.

But that’s what it takes to bloom in the shade. You have to go find that light.

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