LAKE WORTH – Jonathan Santos has made big strides this season for Park Vista.
The 2017 ATH (5’11”, 160 pounds) has been a major cog in a Cobra offense that has scored 214 points through 8 regular season games. Santos has seen his production rise dramatically from last season to this season, scoring a total of 5 touchdowns, while averaging close to 75 all-purpose yards per game.
With his contributions, Park Vista (8-0; 5-0 in District 10-8A) has been able to win the District 10-8A championship. The Cobras have a chance to finish the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, as they play against fellow district opponent Santaluces (0-8; 0-5 in 10-8A) in Week 10 and Seminole Ridge (in Week 11.
“We have worked so hard to get to this point,” Santos said. “But we know that we aren’t done yet. We must continue to stay focused and do the things that have gotten us this far.”
With impressive district wins earlier this season over Atlantic (6-2; 4-1 in 10-8A) and Boca Raton (5-3; 3-2 in 10-8A), the Cobras know they could face off against one of those two teams in the Class 8A playoffs. Santos says they will be more ready than before.
“We feel like one of our biggest keys to success this season has been our practices and our preparation from week to week,” Santos said. “Our coaching staff has done a tremendous job getting us ready to play each game. Personally I don’t care if we play Boca or Atlantic, since we already beat them both. We will be ready to go out and play our best game.”
Park Vista has been a very pleasant surprise this season, especially after coming off last year’s mediocre campaign that resulted in a 5-5 final record. Santos attributes the Cobras success to dedication and hard work over the summer.
“Last year things were crazy,” Santos said. “We had a very disappointing season, so the seniors came out and set the pace during the summer by putting in the hard work. Now look what we have accomplished.”
Santos, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, has been garnering some attention on the college football recruiting circuit. Schools such as Ave Maria, Huntingdon College, Albion College, and Northwestern College have been showing interest in the Park Vista athlete.
“This whole season has been a real blessing for me,” Santos said. “I’m just so thankful and humbled by our success, and what I have been able to contribute to the team. But we still have a larger goal to accomplish. This season doesn’t mean anything if we don’t bring home a state championship. That’s our ultimate goal.”
We will follow Santos and the Park Vista Cobras for the duration of their quest to win the Class 8A state title.
PHOTO CREDITS: Keith Forde and Jeffrey Wimbrow