Flashback Friday

Joe LeBel

Amador junior quarterback Joe LeBel probably knows Article 19, Section 1900 of the California Interscholastic Federation’s bylaws by heart. That section of the CIF’s constitution begins: A student shall not be allowed to participate in an interscholastic varsity football contest until the student has reached the student’s 15th birthday.

LeBel doesn’t know this because he’s an aspiring lawyer. He knows because he’s only 15 years and 23 days old. Until his 15th birthday, just prior to the third game of the year against Escalon, he was forced to stand on the sidelines and watch his team play – without him.

“For the first time in my life,” LeBel said, “I was told I just could not do something.”

When he did start at quarterback against Escalon, LeBel became the youngest quarterback ever in the state of California, at the age of 15 years and 2 days.

At 6-foot-1, 160 pounds, LeBel is quite big for his age. Heck, he’s big for any age. LeBel, who started school at an early age and skipped third grade, has been taking snaps in high school since his freshman year when he was 12.