Mike Miscione of Esperanza High School decided to change his attitude before last Friday's game against El Dorado. No more intense preparation. He played just to have a good time.
And what a time he had.
Miscione, The Times' Player of the Week, rushed for 348 yards and 4 touchdowns, the second-best single-game total ever in Orange County. Jim Gleed gained 418 yards for Dana Hills against Laguna Hills in 1979. Miscione's performance also broke Esperanza's school record of 255 yards set by Jim Farrell in 1984.
"I used to get myself so hyped up, so intense, (before a game), that I'd make myself sick," said Miscione, a senior tailback. "But before this game, I realized there wasn't really a purpose for it. I mean, I could get hurt and not get anything for it. So I said I was just going to go out and have fun."
Aztec Coach Gary Meek said he didn't notice a change in Miscione's attitude, but knew he wanted to break the single-game rushing record.