STOCKTON — Cameron Deville recently came down with a case of the common cold. But don’t let the sniffles fool you.
Through three games this year, the makings of a remarkable season for the Delta Kings quarterback are in clear view.
Deville, a senior on the Stagg High football team, has thrown for 916 yards and 13 touchdowns against just one interception. He’s got two more TD’s on the ground, and totaled six scores in the Delta Kings’ 61-14 win over Tokay last week.
Stagg has averaged 45 points per game thus far, and Deville’s been a big part of that. Only, that’s not the way the one-time defensive back and tight end sees it.
“I just get the ball out,” Deville said. “Those guys make the plays for me, rack up the yards for me. I couldn’t be happier with how they’re doing. A lot of my success goes to them.”
Without a doubt, Deville does have a talented receiving cast that includes seniors like Keith Smith (344 yards), Phoenix Smith (225) and Dominique James (168). What shouldn’t be overlooked, though, is the preparation the signal caller puts into his craft.
“He’s a student of the game,” said Stagg head coach Don Norton. “He spends every weekend watching game film, watching himself and making corrections.
“He watches his opponent so he knows where his openings are going to be, where he needs to get the ball.”
Stagg did have something of a sour start to this season, a 40-39 upset against Hughson in Week Zero. The Delta Kings have rebounded since then, though, using that first contest as a bit of a wake-up call.
“It was a big eye-opener for all of us,” Deville said. “We came together as a team after that, and started handling business on both sides of the ball.”
Deville and the Delta Kings will host Lodi at 7:15 p.m. Friday, with one more pre-league game against Modesto next week before beginning play in the San Joaquin Athletic Association Sept. 28 against Edison.
Stagg’s 2017 matchup with Edison serves as Deville’s favorite memory with the team so far, he said. He connected with James on the go-ahead touchdown to help the Delta Kings earn a 38-35 win.
The SJAA may be just as competitive this season, and it’’s a forgone conclusion that Stagg will be after another league title. From Deville’s perspective, it’s going to take a whole lot more than congestion to stop the Delta Kings from doing it again.
“There’s a lot of good teams in our league. Every year, there’s competition,” Deville said. “We just have to prepare at practice every day, be mentally ready and focused.
“If we get out there and compete, teams aren’t going to want to keep up with us.”
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