Northview Viking Quarterback wins Tribune Offensive Player of the Year Title
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Steven Comstock, Northview, Jr.
There were times when Northview High School quarterback Steven Comstock chose to burn opponents with his arm. Then, there were times he used his legs. And when Comstock did both in the same game, it was darn-near impossible to stop the Vikings.
Comstock, the junior dual-threat quarterback who is also a CIF champion wrestler, put on the show this season that so many expected of him. And because of it, his team was a league champion with several big victories to their credit.
After throwing for 2,679 yards and 30 touchdowns, and adding another 830 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns, Comstock is the Tribune’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“I’m a little surprised, but very humbled,” Comstock of the award. “I definitely couldn’t have done it without my team, my offensive line, my receivers and even the defense and coaches. That’s all something that pretty much got me there into this spot.”
With Comstock at the helm, Northview continued to be one of the top teams in the area. The Vikings won the Valle Vista League for the third consecutive season. Not surprisingly, Comstock was named league MVP.
Comstock hit the ground running this season. Against Charter Oak, he nearly threw for 400 yards and had three touchdown passes in a blowout loss. Undeterred, weeks later he rallied Northview back from a big deficit against Don Lugo to come away with a win after he hit receiver Antwaun Ayers on a touchdown pass in the closing minute.
In league, Comstock was a force that couldn’t be stopped. Against Covina, he rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown. Against San Dimas, he ran for 147 yards and three scores. When you throw in that he also had six touchdown passes combined against those teams, it becomes obvious that Comstock was a weapon that just couldn’t be stopped.
“That win over Don Lugo was definitely huge,” Comstock said. “It showed that we could come together in the last few seconds. The win over San Dimas was also a huge thing. We all played together in that game and really won it as a team.”
Northview stomped Chino in the first round of the playoffs, but came up short against finalist Burbank in the second round. Comstock threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the loss, but it wasn’t enough.
With one more high school season ahead of him, Comstock is already thinking about all that’s to come. He’s already got four college offers in tow with more expected to come. Perhaps the next big accomplishment will be a CIF championship.
“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” Comstock said. “We just have to work hard during the offseason. We have some guys. We’re going to work hard and do our thing and see what happens. I’m not worried about colleges. I already have offers that I’m satisfied with. There’s no pressure, just having fun.
“I’m just excited to see what comes next in my football career.”
In addition to Comstock, the Tribune recognized Antwaun Ayers and Jale Martinez, both from Northview, on the Tribune First Team Offense. Kobe Quiroga, from Northview, and Nick Lariviere from South Hills are members of the Tribune First Team Defense.
Congratulations to all of these Covina-Valley Athletes!
By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Photo by Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News/SCNG