Apparently not if you're San Pedro High football.
Early into the 2013 season, the Pirates are 2-0 with victories over Morro Bay and Locke of Los Angeles, and an experienced offensive line plus a devastating defense are two of the biggest reasons why.
Guess who orchestrates the offense?
It's a young, but talented quarterback who's only a sophomore named Jacob Miller, who is the latest in a school that has produced several top-notch signal callers in coach Mike Walsh's 23 years, and Miller is just the fourth in those years who was the starting quarterback in their sophomore year, following alongside the likes of former CIF-Los Angeles City Section Player Of The Year Melvin Yarbrough, Steve Taylor and Dustin Garneau.
So far this season, Miller has completed 9-of-18 passes for 122 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for San Pedro, with all of his completions coming in 14 attempts during their 46-12 victory over Locke this past Friday.
In 2012, Miller, who played Pop Warner football at age 9 for Palos Verdes, before coming to San Pedro High, threw for five touchdown passes for the junior varsity team, and was quickly moved up to varsity by the ninth game of the year against Banning of Wilmington, a 48-6 Pirate victory.
With the Pirates leading Banning comfortably, Walsh substituted Miller into the fray, and he became the first freshman quarterback in school history to ever take a snap in a game.
"It was a really good feeling, and a big accomplishment to be the first freshman to do that," said Miller, who didn't attempt a pass against Banning that night.
Miller comes from a great family. His father Leonard is in his second year as the Pirate Booster Club president, his mother Stacy attends all his events, and his sister Macy, also a sophomore at San Pedro, was the junior varsity girls soccer team MVP for the 2012-2013 season.
When asked who he thought was San Pedro's biggest rival in the Marine League, Miller was pretty clear on his answer.
"Since they're the defending (CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I) champs, I'd say Narbonne," Miller said. "But Carson will give us a good game as well."
Miller and the Pirates actually begin league competition on October 11 at Carson, then hosts Narbonne the following week in a game that will be broadcast live by Time Warner Cable. The home crowd at Pirate Stadium for the October 18th showdown with the Gauchos will most certainly be rocking, and it's something Miller and the rest of the Pirates will sure to feed off of for some high energy.
"The Pedro fans are great and you really feel the energy behind you at the home games," Miller says of the Pirate football followers. "And I know many of them will be there to support us at the away games."
With the way the offensive line featuring juniors Dominic O'Brien, Robert Villegas and Tyler Castaneda, along with seniors Daniel Ramirez and Alfonzo Aguilera have been blocking, and the way running backs senior Pete Palacios and junior Chris Alvidrez have been carrying the ball lately, it takes tons of pressure off Miller.
That alone makes this young San Pedro team extremely dangerous as they host University of Los Angeles this Friday.