by Joey Ellicott

On the football field, senior Brayan Araiza constantly showcased his talent, ending his high school career with a successful season playing first-string defensive end; Araiza helped his team reach NCS playoffs with his dynamic jump off the line and aggressive defensive tactics.
“I have worked hard from the beginning of my freshman year, which was the first time I had ever played football, and this has been a very rewarding year for me,” said Araiza.
Araiza has proven himself to be one of the best defensive ends at both Casa and throughout the league.
“I was awarded defensive player of the year,” said Araiza. “I also achieved my goal of being first team All-League and first team All-Empire. Over the course of the season, I broke the school’s single season record for sacks with 15.”
As all aspiring athletes hope to achieve, Araiza hopes to go as far with football as he possibly can: he will play football at the JC for two years and then hopes to transfer to a UC.
Araiza has persevered through tough times throughout high school and overcome them to become a stronger person.
Araiza’s freshman year was not an easy year to get through, but he persevered through it to become what he is today.
“My freshman year was really rough, but I picked up the game quickly,” said Araiza. “This year was my year to start on varsity. I’ve had to work really hard, doing a lot of sprints and ladders which helps with explosiveness off the line, to be able to play as well as I can.”