O.C. All-Star Spotlight: Sonora's Jacob Fimbres
OCVarsity is putting the spotlight on the players taking part in the O.C. All-Star Football Game on July 8 at Orange Coast College.
For this edition, we have selected ... Sonora running back Jacob Fimbres.
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: JACOB FIMBRES
Jacob Fimbres drew a lot of attention with his play for Sonora last season.
The running back, who is currently practicing with the North team for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on July 8, set school records for rushing yards (2,373), all-purpose yards (3,120) and touchdowns (39) in 2015.
He was a relentless force for the Raiders, amassing 330 touches (27.5 per game),
His honors included being selected first-team All-County by the Register. He was also first-team All-CIF, Freeway League offensive player of the year and fourth-team All-State.
He plans to continue playing football while attending Pasadena City College in the fall.
Q: After putting up the kinds of numbers last season that you usually only see in video games, did your teammates christen you with any nicknames?
A: I’ve always been called Fim or Little Fim throughout Pop Warner and high school.
They also call me, “The G.O.A.T.” (Greatest Of All Time).
Q: To validate the nickname, “The G.O.A.T.,” what school records do you have possession of at Sonora?
A: I know I broke the rushing record, and I think the touchdown record, too. Rushing yards in one game, which was over 300. All-purpose yards because I had over 3,000 last year.
Q: It’s an interesting situation being on the North squad because you’re on a team with a bunch of guys that you competed against to put up these games. Is it tough to integrate yourselves from being opponents to being teammates?
A: I think it is cool because we finally get to be teammates instead of meeting each other from another school. The kids from other schools, I know most of them. I think it is cool to be on the same team.
Q: Buena Park coach Anthony White said, “Obviously, Jacob Fimbres is one of the best backs in all of Orange County, and we’ll be able to showcase that in a game.” This is someone who was doing their best to beat you. To have a league rival say that, what do you have to say to that?
A: I feel honored just to know that I have respect from coaches from other schools.
Q: What’s your future with the game of football after this showcase?
A: I’m going to Pasadena City College, and then I’m going to hopefully transfer to a four-year university.
Q: Why did Pasadena College appeal to you when compared to the other schools in the area?
A: The coach called me saying that they have no running backs. I went down there to visit the school. It’s a pretty cool little school, and the coaches are all cool and chill.
Q: You said that Pasadena told you they have no running backs. Was it a high priority to you to have an opportunity to come in and compete for the starting job right away?