Gray helped CdM (9-1-1) advance past the first round last week. He caught six passes from his friend and quarterback Mitch Gardner. Gray turned those receptions into 112 yards and a touchdown in the Sea Kings' 21-12 victory over Ocean View.
"You're always a bit skeptical when a kid comes out for football that hasn't before," CdM Coach Jason Hitchens said. "You don't know if they're able to handle the grind, the two-a-days. A lot of the kids can't acclimate. He had a period in the spring when he wasn't sure. But then he came out and hasn't missed a day since then.
"When he came out he had a real willingness that he wanted to learn the postion. He works extremely hard at becoming a better receiver. With him you have the inexperience, but you have the eagerness that has really benefited him."
Gray says he didn't play football as a sophomore and a junior because he strained his back while training for track. His doctor advised him to stay away from a physical game like football. Running was fine. Actually it was more than fine this past spring.
Gray won PCL titles in the 100 meters and 200, and he was also a part of the 4x100 relay team that won a league championship. He was named Co-MVP of the PCL finals.
Gray, whose top time in the 100 is 10.8 and a 22.1 in the 200, also helped the Sea Kings' 4x100 relay team finish sixth in CIF Southern Section Division III.
Cole Cottrell, now a teammate on the football squad, was also on that relay team. Now they want to help the Sea Kings win a CIF championship.