CLOSER LOOK: Norco’s Nick Lasher

Take a closer look at Norco sophomore Nick Lasher and you’ll see a quarterback with the personality of a bulldog.

And once he sensed weakness, Lasher went after Riverside Poly’s defense in Week 4, driving the Cougars to a wild 79-14 win on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.

The 6-foot signal-caller earned the job out of the preseason and has not looked back, taking some lumps vs. Rancho Cucamonga in Week 2 and a few more vs. Orange Lutheran in Week 3.

“He’s growing ever week. Nick has earned that job. Nick does a dang good job at that spot,” Norco head coach Chuck Chastain said. “A lot of people thought that’d be a void because we’re starting a sophomore (but) Nick’s the man. He did a good job tonight.”

Lasher was 14-for-22 for 236 yards and four touchdowns vs. Poly in a performance he likely won’t soon forget.

We caught up with him afterward. After losses each of the last two weeks how important was it to get off to a fast start tonight?
Nick Lasher: “It was the main key. We just need to fight hard and execute. That was our main goal: just execute our plays and go hard.” Is there momentum to be gained from this victory?
NL: “That’s main deal. With that momentum, with that much offensive scoring since our offense got off to a slow start at the beginning of the year and now we’re able to put up points and jump up. We trust ourselves now to be able to go into next week with that energy and excitement for that next game.” How do Michael Thomas and Travis Dye help you?
NL: “They make my job easy. I can either hand it off to Travis or just find Michael and dump it to him.” Can tonight’s result propel this team to bigger things?
NL: “I do believe. That was a well-needed win and we needed that push to drive us to rest of the season.” What goals have been set by you and this team?
“I don’t really have that many personal goals. I’m just looking for this team. We’re trying to win that Division 2 CIF championship. That’s the main goal. Going into league (and) win league. Those are our two main goals.” What’s it going to take to have a go at Centennial?
NL: “We’re just going to need to execute. We need to stop with the penalties that we get on offense, stop them on defense and execute.”

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