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Villaroman follows brother’s success

Joey Villaroman warms up against Valley Christian on March 19, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Joey Villaroman warms up against Valley Christian on March 19, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Four years ago, Joey Villaroman watched his brother reach the pinnacle of high school athletics.

Shane Villaroman was on Serra’s 2017 state title squad, catching 43 passes for 476 yards that season in the Padres’ incredible run to the California Interscholastic Federation Division 2-AA crown.

When Joey Vollaroman saw that, he knew he needed to do even better.

“Once I saw he could do it, I knew I gotta one up him,” Joey Villaroman said. “I knew I had to.”

Joey Villaroman is putting himself on a path to do the same.

His first-ever varsity game was a massive one for the Padres, as he tallied the second-most receiving yards on the team (58) on four receptions in a 33-26 road win at No. 4 Valley Christian to begin the spring campaign.

This year, Villaroman and the Padres are 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Bay Area after a pair of top 15 wins over Valley Christian and St. Francis.

He credits his close ones for always keeping him responsible.

“Just everyone holding me accountable and always staying humble and just keep working,” Joey Villaroman said.

All of that was a byproduct of just what Joey Villaroman and his family have done to reach this point.

Over the offseason, Joey Villaroman’s father put a weight room in the garage, where Joey and Shane were working out.

Joey Villaroman ended up putting on 30 pounds in the offseason, jumping to 6’2” and 175 pounds.

“I took the offseason pretty seriously, put on 30 pounds, grew like an inch or two and just been working,” Joey Villaroman said. “KT Prep and just from freshman to varsity is a big difference.”

All Joey Villaroman wants to do is keep the success going with Serra over the final few games.

“I hope we go 5-0, if we have five games, and just do it all for the seniors,” Joey Villaroman said. “And I just want to keep playing, do my role and just do whatever I can.”

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