There was some talk around the Marmonte League before the start of the football season. Word was out that the Thousand Oaks High lines were depleted, too young to lead the Lancers to their third straight league title.
But Greg Banks, the only returning starter along the Lancers' offensive line, knew they were wrong. Dead wrong.
"I felt that we were going to have a good offensive line," Banks said moments after Thousand Oaks devastated Inglewood, 62-6, in the season opener for both teams Thursday night at Thousand Oaks. "I had confidence."
That confidence spread quickly among his Lancer teammates, especially to senior running back Marc Monestime, who gained 118 yards on 16 carries and scored twice.
"It felt great running behind those big linemen," said Monestime, who led the Marmonte League in rushing last season with 1,090 yards. "We just kept on going and the momentum kept getting bigger and bigger."