When teams prepare to play the Vincent Memorial football team, they usually look to stop one player first and foremost … Manuel Padilla.
Over the last three years Padilla arguably has become the most dominant defensive player as Vincent's middle linebacker.
On Friday, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder again proved to be the most dominant force on the field as he manhandled Imperial High, racking up 25 tackles — 20 solo, a school record — leading the Scots to a 54-0 thumping.
Padilla and his teammates held Imperial to only 63 yards of offense and forced two turnovers.
"We had been practicing really hard for this game and we studied the film on them a lot. So we knew what they had," said the 18-year-old senior. "Imperial didn't have a lot of talent, but they were all really ready for that game. It wasn't easy, but it was a good game for us."