Zach Roberson was impressive the first five weeks of the 2009 season, then he went up against Summerville High's first Mother Lode League foe.
That's when the 6-foot-3 junior displayed his true talent.
He fired 22 touchdown passes in five games, leading the upstart Bears to a league title and their first berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
Roberson enjoyed a season like few other Stanislaus District quarterbacks ever had, throwing for 2,893 yards and a remarkable 37 touchdowns. He is closing in on the state's top 25 career TD throwers -- five are tied at No. 24 with 80 TDs -- with 56 TDs, 4,888 yards and a 53 percent completion percentage in his two varsity seasons.
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There's no questioning Roberson's talent, but it could be a few weeks before coach Ben Watson knows if he has the depth for a second consecutive title.
Roberson's top four receivers combined for 120 catches, 2,100 yards and 33 TDs a year ago -- and they all graduated.
That's just the opening Calaveras and Argonaut -- the traditional foothill powers who combined to win seven titles in the last decade -- believe they will be able to exploit.