In one other life, one other time, Cypress quarterback Aidan Houston’s favourite receiver was Aidan Chiles, the Aidan-to-Aidan connection operating wild throughout Pop Warner fields.
“I preferred him,” Houston mentioned, smiling.
He may like him rather less between the strains on Friday evening, when Cypress takes on Downey within the Southern Part Division 4 championship sport. Houston will captain the unbeaten Centurions towards none aside from former favourite goal Chiles, who’s now starring behind heart for the Vikings.
“Man, I’m simply considering,” Chiles mentioned Monday, “it needs to be a enjoyable one.”
Each started their highschool soccer careers at Los Alamitos, the place freshman Houston and sophomore Chiles backed up Malachi Nelson in 2020. Searching for freer pastures, Chiles transferred to Downey after that season whereas Houston left halfway via 2021 for Cypress.
Given the reins to their very own packages, they’ve flourished. After a damaged wrist ended a promising junior season early, Chiles has grow to be probably the most dynamic quarterbacks within the state, throwing for 33 touchdowns and operating for 9 extra in his senior season. He dedicated to the primary faculty, Oregon State, to supply him a scholarship, steadfast in that alternative as extra presents flew his method throughout a banner senior yr.
“To be sincere,” Chiles mentioned, when requested to mirror on the harm, “I wouldn’t change something.”
Houston, in the meantime, is a gamebreaker in his personal proper, a dual-threat able to a number of touchdowns via the air or on the bottom on any given evening. He has handed for two,942 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 1,106 yards 19 touchdowns as a junior. So the fireworks are coming Friday evening.
Prepare for Pop Warner teammate towards Pop Warner teammate. Former Los Alamitos quarterback towards former Los Alamitos quarterback. Twin risk vs. twin risk. And, after all, Aidan vs. Aidan.
“Sort of humorous,” Downey coach Jack Williams mentioned.