The following excerpt came from The Pajaronian and was written by Juan Reyes. It can be read in its entirety HERE.
GILROY—The Cabrillo College football team took a short road trip to Gilroy High School on Saturday but freshman Christian Rodriguez felt right at home.
The former Mustangs standout recorded an interception return for a touchdown to help the Seahawks fly away with a convincing 38-10 win against Gavilan College in Golden Coast Conference action.
"I felt comfortable in my home environment," Rodriguez said. "I'm not used to being on the visiting side of everything but it definitely felt good and we needed that (win)."
The pick-6 was Rodriguez's fourth interception and second defensive touchdown this season—both team-highs.
Cabrillo (6-1, 2-1) is currently fourth in the Golden Coast behind Hartnell College (5-2, 3-1), Reedley College (6-1, 3-0) and conference leader Monterey Peninsula College (7-0, 3-0).
The defense has four touchdowns this season, which is tied for the best in the state alongside five other teams.
"Defense wins championships," Rodriguez said. "If we keep going on the same road that we're going, we're going to be in a bowl game and I'm trying to get that third ring on my finger."
One of those rings is a Central Coast Section Division V championship he won at Gilroy High in 2017.
Rodriguez jumped started things early in the first quarter with his 19-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"I know (Rodriguez) was really excited about coming to his home stadium," said Cabrillo coach Darren Arbet. "That interception he got was special."