All things must pass and pass they did. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle’s 151 game winning streak came to an end this weekend. De La Salle hooked up with Bellevue, Wash., and they met their Waterloo. One of the reasons why was the defensive play of four-star linebacker E.J. Savannah (6-2, 215, 4.5).
Savannah had nine tackles on the night and made a menace out of himself all night long.
Savannah and his Bellevue teammates worked hard for this victory and the team as a whole were motivated and did the little things that make a difference.
Bellevue’s practices were hard leading up to the game.
“Going into the De La Salle game we needed to have perfect practice because we knew we had to play perfect if we were to win,” Savannah said. “Many times during the week our coaches would make us start over in the middle of our practice.”
“We worked hard for this,” Savannah said. “After our two-a-days we felt we could win.”
“We perfected our techniques,” Savannah said. “Like getting off blocks, making tackles and making our drops.”
How does Savannah feel about being a major contributor in a game where he and his Bellevue teammates became giant killers?
“Oh man, you can’t put the feeling in words,” Savannah said. “It was the best feeling I have ever had in my life.”
It must be said that during this interview Savannah was fighting through a hoarse voice because he was so pumped up during the week of practice.
“The strange thing about my voice was it came back for the game,” Savannah said. “I lost it again after the game.”
Savannah may not be the biggest linebacker but he more than makes up for it with his keen nose for the ball. Once he gets to the football he’s a punishing tackler who can really lay on the wood.
To give you an indication of the type of hitter Savannah is his main individual goal (he has already accomplished one team goal with the victory over De La Salle) for the season is to hit someone so hard that he breaks their helmet.
Savannah broke his own helmet twice in the De La Salle game making bone crunching hits.
On the recruiting front Savannah has offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Duke have written offers on the table.
All of the above schools have called since September 1st.
Savannah is very open at this time and is a long way from making any decision on a college.
As a matter of fact, Savannah isn’t even planning on setting visits until after his season is over.
Look for Savannah to see more colleges offer him as his senior season progresses.