The San Marino High School football team turned in another memorable season under the guidance of Mike Hobbie with a Rio Hondo League championship and a CIF Southern Section quarterfinals appearance last fall.
Two key members of the squad were recognized for helping the Titans finish with an overall record of 9-3-1. Seniors Beau Hobbie and Chris Wicke were named to the All-CIF Division 9 first team, the Southern Section announced on Monday.
Hobbie, who was named the Rio Hondo League’s most valuable player, cemented his legacy at SMHS as one of the best running backs to don a Titans uniform by breaking the school’s career rushing record with 3,517 yards. He had a stellar senior season in which he ran for 1,521 yards and 26 touchdowns.
“He’s a very talented player,” said SMHS football coach and grandfather Mike Hobbie. “When it came time to play ball, he was an extremely competitive kid. He is one of those rare kids who would lose themselves in the game. He would go in there and just try to beat the other team as hard as he could. It’s a quality I admire in him. Given his size, he never played small. He played big and took hits and got back up and took it back to them. He never backed down.”
The same could be said of Wicke, a senior defensive athlete who was always near the football and made many big plays for the Titans. He led the team with 96 tackles and intercepted a pass, earning him one of the highest honors from the Rio Hondo League. Wicke was named the most valuable player on defense after helping his squad finish with a perfect 4-0 in league play.
“He made a tremendous contribution to our program,” said Mike Hobbie, who recently announced his retirement from teaching and coaching after eight years with San Marino. “We used him all over the field and he didn’t get hurt at all. We played at wide receiver when we needed him, at linebacker and defensive end a couple of times. He was the leader of our defense and made our coverage calls. He played his butt off and was a hardnosed player. He is a coach’s dream.”