During Thanksgiving, Sho Watanabe will have plenty of reasons to give thanks.
The fall of 2011 is so much better than what took place during last year's football season. There wasn't much of a season for the Estancia High senior last year.
During preseason practices, Watanabe tore his right ACL and was out for the season. He didn't play a game for his new team. He had just transferred in from Newport Harbor and was ready to make an impact.
But then came the season-ending injury.
"It was devastating," Estancia Coach Mike Bargas said. "It was on the first day of our two-a-days. I'm sure he was feeling really bad and maybe second-guessing himself [on the transfer] too."
Transferring to Estancia had seemed as if it went smoothly for Watanabe. He grew up in Costa Mesa and played for the Costa Mesa Pop Warner program with many of his teammates now on the Estancia team. He said he moved back to the Costa Mesa area and was eager to play for the Eagles.