There is no way to disguise it, hide it or fool anybody about it. It's like the 600-pound elephant in the room, everyone knows it's there.
Although the Burroughs High football team has no pachyderm on its roster, its impossible-to-miss entity comes in the form of a 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back Zander Anding.
Anding has put together the finest season by a running back in Indians' program history, breaking records, racking up big yardage and helping carry Burroughs to a share of the Pacific League championship, its third straight.
So, as the Indians venture into the waters of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs, Coach Keith Knoop expects teams to know about and try to come up with a way of stopping Anding.
"All we can do is try and rely on our size up front and our kids who are pretty good at blocking people," Knoop said. "We figure that teams are going to run a base defense at us. Everybody has tried everything to try and stop Zander. There is nothing we haven't seen or nothing we don't know how to block against. Whatever they give us we'll find a way to attack it."