Athlete of the Week: Nathan Cherek— Born with the gift of speed
By Bill Tamburrino
Speed is the most important variable in most sports.
Some exercises can improve one’s speed but most believe that a person is either born with speed or not.
Nathan Cherek was born with the gift of speed and he has used that gift to his advantage on the gridiron.
Nathan started the Bulldog football season as a receiver and defensive back.
“I started as a running back in passing league but was moved to receiver. After the Morse game I was moved back to running back and Javier (Dominguez) was moved to receiver. It has worked out well,” he said.
Cherek got nine touches against Carlsbad and one run was an impressive 14-yard gain. He showed what coaches called a burst. He showed that burst several times against El Camino and rushed for 162 yards. He got off the longest run from scrimmage—a 47-yard jaunt—and scored two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 34 yards. Cherek had a total of 209 yards on the night.
Improving on that performance would be a tough assignment. Cherek passed that assignment.
Last Friday, teams started kicking the ball away from Dominguez and Cherek was the benefactor in that strategy. The junior speedster ran back two kickoff returns for touchdowns of 87 and 91 yards, rushed for 133 yards on 12 carries, scored one rushing TD, and caught one pass for three yards for a total of 314 yards and three touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Player of the Game and the Special Teams Player of the Game.
Cherek improved his GPA to 3.83 this year and hopes to attend college and major in marketing. He would also like to play football in college. The last two seasons Cherek has wrestled and ran track. His former track coach, Ryan Morgan, would have been proud of the way Cherek used his track skills on the gridiron.
When asked what position he enjoyed playing the most, Cherek said, “I just like getting the ball any way they can get it to me. If I have to intercept it, then that is okay too. Whatever helps the team win is fine by me.”
Cherek helped the team beat Orange Glen and for his efforts he has been named the Ramona Sentinel Athlete of the Week.
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