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Arquette making all-around impact for Lancers

Camilo Arquette finished with 900+ rushing yards and 70+ tackles as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Camilo Arquette finished with 900+ rushing yards and 70+ tackles as a sophomore. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Before St. Francis junior athlete Camilo Arquette ever reached high school, he was already doing everything on the field.

At 12 years old, he took notice of his game, and so did everyone else. How could they not when he consistently found the end zone?

“I was just scoring every touchdown,” Arquette remembers.

Once Arquette arrived at St. Francis, the production arrived immediately.

Arquette bullied his way through defenders and eluded his way past those lined up opposite him, carrying the ball 153 times for 906 yards and 12 touchdowns – highlighted by a 208-yard and three-touchdown effort in a 42-14 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. That came after he was pulled up to the varsity squad the year prior as a freshman, rushing for 56 yards on 12 touches in two postseason contests while the Lancers ended as a Northern California Division 2-AA runner-up.

But Arquette’s impact was felt far more than just offensively.

His sophomore campaign also featured 72 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections, one blocked field goal and one interception in St. Francis’ run to a Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.

That success stems from the motivation from his loved ones.

“My family, just wanting to be better,” Arquette said.

While Arquette doesn’t boast any collegiate offers currently, he said he’s heard from San Jose State.

And, dating back to the conclusion of his sensational sophomore season, Arquette has added to his game.

“My squats just skyrocketed,” Arquette said. “I’m not doing crazy, crazy numbers. I’m not Saquon (Barkley), but I’m way stronger in the lower body.”

St. Francis and Arquette – rated as the No. 18 in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps, a preseason player rankings system in the Bay Area – are determined for more this season.

The Lancers are currently tabbed as the No. 11 squad in the 25 Days of Christmas Bay Area Preseason Football Rankings, and Arquette is setting his sights high for them.

“I feel like we can go undefeated honestly,” Arquette said. “The only challenges I see is Valley (Christian), Serra and De La Salle. I feel like we can top them.”

1 Comment

  1. Marcellino Lopez on December 15, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Mijo….your dedication as always been there….its in your Heart…..yeah maybe I should have gotten you more touches.. in those younger years with the Storm…..I am honored to have coached you…

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