Entering last Saturday night's game against Walnut High School, Brea-Olinda was in dire need of a leader. The Wildcats started the game with eight starters out because of injuries or disciplinary reasons.
But Brea's Fred Camarena, one of the team's tri-captains still playing, accepted the dilemma. He has a special way of handling difficult situations, and this was an unusual circumstance.
Camarena, a senior free safety, intercepted three passes, including two within the final four minutes, to help secure Brea's 21-16 win. For his performance, he has been named The Times' Player of the Week.
"I like pressure situations," Camarena said. "I've always liked them the most. That's when it's the most fun for me."
Bill Brown, Wildcat coach, said that Camarena always excels in the clutch.
"Last year, he won several ballgames for us, just by making the big play," Brown said. "We were only 5-5, but he made a tremendous contribution."