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Bee Player of the Week: Rio Linda’s Tyson Ybarra has big game – and big scare

Rio Linda’s Tyson Ybarra is The Sacramento Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Week.
Rio Linda’s Tyson Ybarra is The Sacramento Bee’s Prep Football Player of the Week. Rio Linda High School

Tyson Ybarra had the game of his life last Friday, and then the scare of his life the next day.

Ybarra was frantic with worry just hours after he rushed for 193 yards and four touchdowns – and passed for another TD – while filling in at quarterback for best friend Jett Jones in Rio Linda’s 34-12 win over Foothill.

His mother, Jamie Rosenburg, was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. She will have open-heart surgery on Monday. She was pleased to know her son earned Bee Prep Football Player of the Week honors through voting on sacbee.com.

Ybarra and the Knights will compete on Friday with her in mind. Rio Linda (3-1) opens Tri-County Conference play at River City (4-0) in West Sacramento. Rosenburg will not be able to attend. She is at a local hosptial.

“They are hurting right now, and we are hurting for them,” Rio Linda coach Jack Garceau said of Ybarra and his family. “Tyson is a tremendous teammate, the ultimate teammate, a 3.7 student, a three-sport athlete and an all-around great person.”

Ybarra, a junior, was the team’s starting safety and receiver before last week’s game. He’s willing and able to play anywhere, Garceau said, adding that his leader made sure to thank all of his offensive linemen after the last game.

“He plays with his heart and plays like a little kid on the playground,” Garceau said. “He’s fantastic to watch and even more fun to coach.”

Joe Davidson: 916-321-1280, @SacBee_JoeD

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