Nov 21, 2014 6:40 PM by Ross Field
Some thing's don't always go according to plan.
The Oroville High football team hoped to playing Friday night in the Division Two semifinals.
Instead, their final game was last Friday.
Still though, the Tigers season was full of high points, and one adjustment involving Chadd Dasilva was a big reason for the team's success.
"We as a coaching staff kind of started talking about it really early on," said Steve Steinmann, Oroville High football coach.
Dasilva started the year at wide receiver. Kahliel Wyatt was under center, until a coaching decision led to the two swapping positions halfway through the season.
"Chad showed us enough confidence in his throwing ability that we could still get the job done with him back there, and with Kahliel being able to do some things on the outside it became match-up problems," said Steinmann.
The roster tweak payed dividends.
"He's a big guy, you can just throw it up to him and he'll go get it," said Dasilva.
After the switch, Oroville proceeded to win three of their final four regular season games, securing the program's first playoff appearance since 2005.
And the nice thing about it with these kids, Chad took on his role, Kahliel took on his role and it was all about the team," added Steinmann.
But Oroville's run came to an end with a 10-7 first round playoff loss to Pleasant Valley. Still though, a remarkable turnaround for a program that won one game in 2013 and has long been considered an afterthought in Northern Section football.
"Pretty special group. They're going to be a group that I remember for a long time," said Steinmann.
With football now in the rear view mirror, Dasilva's attention has turned to basketball, as well as his studies. This natural born leader carries a 3.5 GPA. His goal is to be the best he can be and to set an example for his classmates and teammates to follow.
"I hope to have a good job down the road and I hope to be successful," said Dasilva.
Oroville High's Chad Dasilva is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.