By George Hernandez
Mid Valley Staffer Big George Hernandez sat down with red hot El Rancho quarterback Elijah Mitchell who’s leading the undefeated Dons into this week’s game against rival La Serna.
Mid Valley Sports: What’s up Elijah? how’s it going?
Elijah Mitchell: It’s going well. I am feeling good about the success of my team right now.
MVS: How you feel with all the success you and your team are having?
EM: It’s a good feeling to be 9-0. I just hope to keep the same energy and enthusiasm going into the game this week and heading into the playoffs.
MVS: Are there any other sports you play?
EM: I do play another sport. I play baseball and plan to play this year in the coming up season.
MVS: How would you describe your style at quarterback?
EM: I am more of a pro style quarterback but I have proven this year I am able to pull the ball when needed and get down field. In the summer I really had trouble using touch when throwing the ball but since working with coach Medrano and coach Andrade I have learned to control when and when not to put touch on the ball.
MVS: Are there any quarterbacks you study?
EM: I study primarily two quarterbacks. I like studying Mac Jones and Tom Brady.
MVS: Do you have a favorite NFL team?
EM: Yes, my favorite football team is the 49ers.
MVS: Do you have any game day/pre-game routines or traditions?
EM: I don’t have a pre game routine but it is a must to go to IN-N-OUT after a good win.
MVS: What’s one fun or unique fact about you off the football field that many people probably don’t know about?
EM: I didn’t start playing quarterback until my 8th grade year.
MVS: Coming from a private high school to El Rancho how has the transition been?
EM: The transition was hard at first not knowing what to expect being on a new campus and the whole style of being at a public school, but I was welcomed straight in. To the school and football team and thus far the relationship with the coaches and players on the team has become a brotherhood and family.
MVS: The numbers you are putting up makes you one of the top QBs in the SGV, what pushes you to keep getting better?
EM: I believe that the thing that makes me one of the top QBs in the SGV is the time and dedication that I have put into trying to critique my work so that I am able to perform in tense situations during the game.
MVS: How would it be to cap of this year with a championship?
EM: It has always been a dream to help lead a team to the championship and I know with the skill we have on this team we are capable of accomplishing great things.
MVS: Anything you would like to say or give a shout out to?
EM: I would like to give a shout out to my parents and family for always pushing me to be the best that I can be and supporting me through my journey.
MVS: Last but definitely not least what are your thoughts on this week’s game vs La Serna with a perfect season and league title on the line?
EM: I feel confident in this week’s game plan that the coaches have put together. It’s going to be a good game and we’re going to have to play to our best potential. I know that the odds are against us but that’s nothing new. Were just going to go out and play Ranch football.