When Davon Booth came to El Monte last summer he hadn’t played a down of varsity football. He ran track and everybody knew he was fast but how did that translate to the football field in helmet and pads?
Pretty well apparently as Booth ran through, past and around defenders for 2,429 yards in 12 games. He did all of that on 161 carries which averages out to just over 15 yards per tote. Oh and by the way he also scored 31 touchdowns. But can he catch the ball? Yes Booth checked that box too with 16 receptions for 574 yards and another 11 scores.
Booth also had 183 yards and a couple more touchdowns in kick returns. By the time you’ve punched in all of the numbers on your calculator it adds up to 3,186 total yards and 44 touchdowns. The Lions had 80 total touchdowns on the season.
Those numbers alone have some type of award written all over them but Booth added a little gravy to go with the meat and potatoes by playing defense as well.
From his cornerback position, the junior added 39 total tackles and picked off three passes. Booth led El Monte to the Division 13 Semi Finals, a pinnacle the Lions hadn’t reached since 1979. And the best news? Davon Booth will be back to do it all over gain next year.
He is our Mid Valley Sports 2018 Player of the Year.