WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — A quarterback named Montana rolls to the right and, with that familiar, smooth motion that football fans in the 1980s and ’90s remember so well, effortlessly delivers a perfect downfield spiral.
What’s this? The reincarnation of Joe Montana, once known as Joe Cool for calmly delivering four Super Bowl victories for the San Francisco 49ers? No, it’s his son, Nick.
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Later, Montana’s team having built a lead, the backup is in and he runs the same play, same result. That’s Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, and he’ll be the starter next year.
The Great One in Waiting.
Catching some of their passes is a small, speedy wide receiver who has a knack for going up and getting the ball. That would be Trey Smith, son of successful actor Will Smith.
The Fresh Prince of Mid-Air.
The trio is contributing for one of the best high school football teams in the country. Didn’t think a team with the sons of arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, the greatest hockey player of all time and one of the most popular actors of his generation would be a slouch, did you?
Oaks Christian High, a private school — tuition: about $26,000 a year — founded in 2000 about an hour’s drive northwest of downtown Los Angeles, is small but mighty. Its enrollment is about 750, but its football team makes national news. The Lions are consistently one of the top-ranked teams in California and are 8-0 and No. 5 in USA TODAY’s Super 25 high school football rankings.