On the football field and in the classroom, Riley Trujillo is an accelerated performer.
A sixth grader at Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, Fla., Trujillo helped the Creek Outlaws go undefeated and reach the Southeast Regional championship game in 2016. This season, his Outlaws team mixed in numerous new players and went 7-1 while advancing to the city championship.
“My goal this season was to make it to the city championship and have the opportunity to play in the Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium,” Trujillo said. “I am happy that we made it to the city championship and were able to have the experience of playing at the Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium. I feel that as a team we came together and welcomed the new members. The returning players set high expectations and were established role models for the new players.”
Playing quarterback for the Outlaws, Trujillo passed for 7 touchdowns and added 10 more rushing scores.
He has the distinction of being a named second-team All American for Pop Warner Scholar Athletes. A straight-A student, Trujillo has also achieved the Presidential Academic Award.
“School develops critical thinking skills and problem solving skills, which are necessary to interpreting and executing plays on the football field,” he said.
Before the season started, Trujillo received an invite to the Duel and finished fourth among incoming sixth graders. He qualified for QBA’s showcase event in Orlando.
“I am proud of my success at the Duel, but I think I could have done better,” Trujillo said. “I will continue to work harder.”
Training with QBA for the past year has helped Trujillo’s development as a quarterback. “I have learned mechanics and footwork,” he said. “And QBA has helped
me to learn to read the defense better and making smarter decisions with the ball.”
Having already played QB for seven years, Trujillo is advanced for his age. But he is far from satisfied. “I am happy with the strength and accuracy of my throws,” he said. “But I need to improve my speed and I’m also working on improving my agility.”
Given his skill and smarts, Trujillo is certain to continue tracking upward at a position he loves playing. “I have fun when I play,” he said. “I enjoy the pressure of a close game and bringing my team back to a win.”