Athletes of the semester

Gauchos No. 1 wide receiver of the season, sophomore, Maurice Clark, accounted for eight of their 19 receiving touchdowns scored during the 2007 season through 10 games.

The 6’4″, 210lb. sophomore from Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore lead the team in both receptions, with 43, as well as receiving yards, with 628.

Clark was a huge part in the passing game for Saddleback this season, totaling more 20 percent of the receiving yardage for the year in an offense ranked No. 5 in the Mission Conference for passing yards.

He went into the final game of the season against College of the Canyons ranked No. 13 in the conference in receiving yards, averaging 63.9 yards through the first nine weeks. He scored on both of the passing touchdowns on the night for Saddleback and led the team with 53 yards receiving.

It was not only his outstanding ability to catch and run with the ball when the quarterback looked his way that earned him the honors for the semester, but also his toughness in downfield blocking to help Saddleback claim the No. 3 rushing offense in the conference.

His efforts proved invaluable for the Gauchos this season, leading them to a record of 7-3 (3-1).