ANTIOCH -- Deer Valley High football coach Rich Woods got right to the point when asked what made Wolverines quarterback Nsimba Webster special this season.
"Well, I think every time the ball went into his hands, a regular snap, it was almost a highlight film," Woods said.
It isn't surprising that a video of Webster eluding at least nine would-be tacklers on his way to a touchdown went viral on YouTube. When asked to describe his style of play, Webster said: "Really shifty. My goal is to make defenders miss and make plays for my team."
He certainly achieved that this year, both with his legs and his arm.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior put up video-game numbers -- 2,026 yards passing with 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions and also 1,544 yards rushing with 28 touchdowns and a 10.0 yards-per-carry average.
But perhaps the most important numbers for Webster were 11-2. That was the Wolverines' record this season, as they advanced to the North Coast Section Division I semifinals for the first time, where they scored the most points by a Northern California team against De La Salle since 2008 in a 57-27 loss.
For his accomplishments this season, Webster has been named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Offensive Player of the Year.
"He does incredible things on a football field," Woods said. "A lot of times you need a quarterback to manage a game. Very seldom do you have a player that can take a game over.
"He was that kind of guy, he could take a game over."
Webster's game was certainly on display in the NCS playoffs. After accounting for six touchdowns and 267 total rushing and passing yards in a 49-21 win over Castro Valley, he produced five touchdowns and 392 yards of offense in a 67-44 victory over James Logan. He also accounted for all four of his team's touchdowns against De La Salle.
Perhaps what set Webster apart this season was his leadership and his competitiveness.
"He was like another coach on the field," Woods said. "He's passionate about what he does. ... He's such a competitor."