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Sakay ready for first varsity season at Salinas

Dalton Sakay is preparing for his first varsity season at Salinas. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Dalton Sakay is preparing for his first varsity season at Salinas. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Salinas quarterback Dalton Sakay has put in the long hours required to be successful, and he is seeing the results pay off heading into his junior campaign in the spring.

Sakay, who is gearing up for his first varsity season, has done whatever he can to get a leg up and prepare for the Friday night lights – all of which has been shown at both Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcases he has attended this offseason.

“Just we don’t know if there’s a season, so every rep, every camp I get invited to I try to go, try to compete my best and show out for my school,” Sakay said.

However, being the signal-caller was not Sakay’s first position on the gridiron.

He originally was a running back when he first started playing at 7 years old. Then, with an assist, from a family member, he would transition over to another position in the backfield.

That move jumpstarted a career that has Sakay on the cusp of special things entering his first varsity campaign as a member of the Cowboys program.

“My cousin switched me to a quarterback,” Sakay said. “Good transition I should say.”

Last season, Sakay saw the move his cousin helped him once make pay off in a big way.

Through the first three games as a sophomore on JV, Sakay threw for five touchdowns. On top of that, before the baseball season came to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was hitting .580 with two doubles and a triple in five games.

“I started realizing once I hit my sophomore year,” Sakay said. “I got a lot of passing yards. After that I just said might as well take it into hand and just keep going with it.”

Now Sakay is primed for even more once his first official varsity football season rolls around in  the spring. 

All offseason long, Sakay has focused on every aspect of his game – throwing more spirals, reading defenses better and all it takes to be a successful quarterback.

Additionally, Sakay has impressed at both Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcases he has attended and is planning on attending the National Preps Collegiate Showcase in Fresno on Sep. 26.

“It’s been going really good,” Sakay said. “I’ve been throwing with my guys every day. We’re just putting in work. Hopefully we’re trying to get a good season in this year, so we’re just grinding, get a good season this year.”

And with all of the hours put in during this extended offseason, Sakay and company are looking to build Salinas football even more after what was a 9-2 campaign and a Pacific Coast Gabilan Division title in 2019 after going a perfect 7-0 against league foes.

“We’re trying to win CIF,” Sakay said. “There’s no state this year, so we just want to win our division. We want to beat our rival school, Palma High School.”

1 Comment

  1. Isaiah Duarte on September 16, 2020 at 10:36 am

    My guy dj is ready to take the qb spot this year and lead our team to a title run because he is a great athlete who can change the game in a matter of time

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