Throughout his career, Xavier Leal has been a jack of all trades on the football field for the Clear Creek Wildcats.
The senior has played quarterback, running back, safety and wide receiver but he hasn’t minded switching spots on the field.
“I just roll with it and do what I’m told,” he said.
This year, Leal has continued to be a well-rounded athlete, playing at both running back and wide receiver for the Wildcats.
“When we’re in our two-back set, he’s a running back and when we spread it out, he’s a receiver,” said Clear Creek head coach Darrell Warden.
Last year, Leal played at the wide receiver role before adjusting to his dual spot this year.
“He was just a receiver last year,” Warden said. “The position that he plays now, is a multiple position that requires him to do multiple things.”
For Leal, playing at running back hasn’t been too hard to adapt to.
“It’s a little bit more running than I’m used to,” Leal said. “But I’m just trying to help the team in any way that I can.”
But there are still some hurdles.
“The biggest challenges are just getting used to the blocking schemes and who to block and everything,” Leal said.
As far as which is his favorite position, its whatever he’s currently playing even though he enjoyed his time at quarterback earlier in his playing days, he said.
“I’ve always wanted to be a quarterback but running back is the next best position for me,” Leal said.
His switch to wide receiver last year was a new experience for him.
“Throughout high school, I’ve played quarterback and mainly played in the backfield so playing receiver last year was new to me,” Leal said.
While he has played some on defense, Warden said Leal could help his team more on offense.
“He’s a good athlete,” Warden said. “At the start of the year he was playing some safety for us but it ended up being too much for him since it’s a tough level of football that we play in here at 6A. We felt like he would help the team better by playing on the offensive side of the ball. He’s a smart kid. He does different things and we put a lot on his plate. He’s able to execute.”
Suffice to say, his skills have not gone unnoticed.
“He’s a tough kid. He’s a kid that truly likes to play this game,” Warden added. “You have kids who just want to play the game and those who really want to be good at it and he’s a kid who wants to be good and loves to play the game. When it comes to leadership, he does a great job.”
This week, the Clear Creek Wildcats (3-3 overall, 2-2 in District 24-6A) have a tough home contest against the Dickinson Gators (4-2, 2-2) which is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The Wildcats are coming off a 52-21 loss to the Friendswood Mustangs while the Gators enjoyed a 24-7 win over the Alvin Yellowjackets last week.
Leal and his teammates know they have to make every week count if they want to advance to the state playoffs.
“It’s a big game this week. We’ve been having a lot more energy at practice,” Leal said. “We’re going to need a big game against everybody.”