Sacred Heart Prep running back Andrew Segre said he’s been thinking about the word “legacy” and his place amongst the Gator Nation’s elite since the first time he donned a varsity uniform.
And he played that way in 2013.
“I wanted to leave my mark on Sacred Heart,” Segre said in a phone conversation a couple of days after the biggest game in SHP history. “I hope I’ve done that.”
There is nothing to suggest Segre didn’t.
In 2013 alone, Segre rushed for 1,444 yards and 20 touchdowns.
He caught 19 passes for 489 yards and another five scores.
He broke the SHP record for most yards in a game with 361.
He helped Sacred Heart Prep repeat as Central Coast Section Division IV champions after earning a No. 1 seed and placing second in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division.
He was named onto the PAL Bay Division First Team.
He was part of an outstanding offensive effort that up 42 points in the CIF Nor Cal championship game — giving SHP its first ever title of that kind.
He was the offensive load. And yes, SHP had riches in the backfield, but there was something electric when Segre touched the ball in 2013. His highlight reel is full of bruising runs that sucked the soul out of 14 different defenses. And a in a lot of ways, SHP as a team embodied that personality during its run to the CIF Division III championship game last Saturday in Carson — the first San Mateo County prep team to represent at that high of a level and the first in the “state championship” conversation since the 1920s.
“I exceeded them, actually,” Segre said of his 2013 goals. “As a team, I didn’t think we’d do as well as we did. I thought if we could get back to the CCS championship and win that, it would be more than I dreamed of. And we won that, and we won Nor Cals and went to State, I did not expect that at all. That was amazing.”
Amazing would be the best way to describe Segre’s season when you take a moment to consider that he helped the Gators make history with one arm — almost literally. And that his list of accolades is about as long as his personal injury list.
Last season, Segre dislocated his shoulder and the injury reared its ugly head a couple of times during the year. The 2013 campaign saw Segre battle through a lot of pain and injuries as well.
During the preseason, Segre injured his ankle.
During a win against Salinas High School, his shoulder dislocated three times and an MRI showed he had a detached labrum and bone chips in his scapula.
Not to long after that, Segre sprained his wrist and broke his finger.
And head coach Pete Lavorato confirmed that Segre played the majority of the season with his shoulder trying to escape its proper socket on multiple occasions.
“I just wanted to do anything for my team to win,” Segre said. “I felt like I owed it to them. Anything I could do to help, that’s what I wanted to do.”
Through all those nagging injuries, Segre found his way onto the field and into Sacred Heart legend. For his career, Segre rushed for 2,208 yards and 28 touchdowns and is a back-to-back CCS champion.
And today, he can also add “Daily Journal Football Player of the Year” to his list of personal accomplishment.
While Segre’s statistics jump out and are truly worth noting, it’s his leadership ability that properly cements him as on the all-time great players in Sacred Heart Prep history. Coming into this season, there weren’t too many people who believed the Gators could duplicate the success of 2012’s team considering they lost 21 seniors to graduation — a number of which were captains and served as guides for that championship squad. To say that SHP had more than its fair share of haters throughout the season — all the way through their two championship runs, would be an understatement.
But Segre, along with fellow seniors like Alex Costa and Patrick Finnigan, in a lot of ways exceeded the efforts of that historic 2012 SHP squad. “The way we play, it’s just a big family,” Segre said. “And that’s all you need to win a football game.”
And that’s how Segre approached every game, every play, every snap. Even in interviews that highlight his amazing athletic prowess, Segre is quick to point to other members of the Sacred Heart family — from players like Costa and Finnigan, to coaches, as well. Of his jaw-dropping, 361 yards performance against Pacific Grove in the CCS championship game, Segre said, “Our O-Line played amazing that game. I watched the film later on and there were at least two or three long runs where I didn’t get touched. It’s great when you’re used to running into big crowds and instead have all that space, I love it. They did a great job that game. I never expected to run for that many yards or touchdowns.”
And while he probably wasn’t expecting to be named the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year, the award should come as a surprise to no one who saw Segre perform in 2013.