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Cribb is a ‘warrior’ for Monte Vista

Gavin Cribb warms up against Acalanes on March 13, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Gavin Cribb warms up against Acalanes on March 13, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Acalanes head coach Floyd Burnsed was in awe after watching Monte Vista senior running back Gavin Cribb compete against his team Saturday.

“He’s a warrior,” Burnsed said. “I couldn’t believe he stayed on the field as long as he did.”

In that game, despite Monte Vista only having 23 players due to contact tracing, Cribb was the star of the show, rarely getting tired and fighting his way through all types of adversity.

Cribb carried the ball 29 times for 231 yards and two touchdowns, nearly keying the Mustangs to an incredible victory before falling 33-27 to an Acalanes squad that had more than twice as many players on the sideline as them.

And that’s only where Cribb’s play began.

He had an 18-yard touchdown to senior Josh Zeising on a trick play. There were the four catches for 36 yards.

The do-it-all Monte Vista backfield star credits his family for his success, a family that includes his older brother, Zane Cribb, who plays collegiately at California.

“Definitely my family,” Cribb said. “The drive I have, the perseverance like I’ve been saying.”

Before Saturday night’s feat, Cribb was already shining in a Mustangs uniform.

Last year, Cribb finished with a team-high 778 rushing yards and two touchdowns, part of a squad that won eight games and advanced to the North Coast Section Division I semifinals. He added 258 receiving yards – the most among returning players – and one score, equating to more than 1,000 all-purpose yards.

In what’s been a longer offseason than normal and one filled with adversity for he and his Monte Vista teammates, Cribb said he really added to his mental and physical attributes, working on explosiveness and speed.

“Definitely matured from last year,” Cribb said. “Definitely grew up with a lot of guys around me to push me and motivate me every day.”

George Fox, which has mustered at least a .500 record every year since 2016, is the one offer for Cribb thus far. 

He’s also currently speaking with Colorado State.

All Cribb is looking for is a place he feels comfortable.

“Honestly just a home, somewhere I can feel like I’m wanted and can play,” Cribb said.

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