Casa Grande (CA) QB JaJuan Lawson is tearing up Northern California this season, and the Gauchos are 5-1 thanks to performances such as the one he had on Sep. 28. In a 45-0 shutout over league rival Santa Rosa, Lawson set a new school record with 353 passing yards to go along with five touchdowns. And he accomplished all this on 17-of-21 passing, or nearly 21 yards per completion.
Truly a dual threat, Lawson rushed nine times for 52 yards on the same night. Four times this season he has led the team in rushing, including games of 147 yards against Eureka, 128 against Heritage and 112 against Maria Carrillo.
With these stats and a new offer from UNLV, the junior can make an even larger statement with a return trip to the North Coast Section playoffs. He led the Gauchos to a win there last season before Rancho Cotate derailed their quest by a 42-35 score in the second round.
But Casa Grande recently moved to the North Bay League, allowing them the opportunity to avenge that loss. They travel to the home of the 6-0 Cougars on Oct. 12. As Lawson explained, “It’s exactly what we wanted. We control our own destiny and fate, but we have been waiting for it all year, nonetheless.” The upcoming game represents the toughest test the Gauchos have faced, as Rancho Cotate’s defense has not allowed more than 14 points in a game all season.
While his one-on-one workouts with NFA have decreased since the season began, he still benefits from the program. “I talk to Will Hewlett weekly and have him break down my game film. He knows what improvements I should make just by watching my delivery and mechanics.”
It bears repeating that Lawson is still a junior and has college offers coming his way. Having already worked out for multiple programs out West, his plans for the upcoming offseason are starting to take shape in other regions. “We’re hoping to plan a trip next summer to Ohio State, Michigan and that area just to check it out. I’ll also try to do the Semper Fi Proving Grounds combine, but other than those we haven’t discussed it too much.”
With the Rancho Cotate and season-ending Cardinal Newman games still to play, Lawson has plenty to keep his mind on for the near future. Nevertheless, Casa Grande is practically a lock for the playoffs and fans hope their team can surpass last season’s win total.