As the Grace Brethren High School Lancers head toward the CIF-SS Division 8 semifinals in Southern California this week, their freshman quarterback, Mike Zele, was featured in the Simi Valley Acorn. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley, Calif. (Jordan Bakker, pastor).
Zele is kid dynamite for Lancers
Just after 10 p.m. on Friday, two children bounced up and down in the shadow of Moorpark College’s football stadium, ignoring the cold.
The boys, donning Grace Brethren Lancers youth football jerseys, recapped the high school team’s 29-22 comeback victory against Millikan in the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 playoff quarterfinals on Nov. 17.
“Mikey did really good tonight,” the shorter child told the other, referring to Grace Brethren’s 15-year-old quarterback Mike Zele.
“He’s a freshman,” the taller boy responded.
The shocked reaction from the young fan is nothing new.
It’s the same surprise that overcomes many who learn the poised Lancer gunslinger is only a few months into his prep career.
For a freshman, tossed into the starting role during summer passing league tournaments, Zele has fared well managing pressure and expectations that come with leading a varsity football team.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound quarterback certainly didn’t look distressed while guiding the Lancers to a 15-point fourth quarter against Millikan. His solid performance helped Grace Brethren (10-2 overall) reach the section semifinals against Silverado (11-1); kickoff is slated for 7 tonight on the road.
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