Tilford working as first season approaches

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. -- A bead of sweat rolled off Nathan Tilford’s eyebrow in between games as the sun broke through the thick marine layer. While most of the Upland (Calif.) High School varsity team members took a break from the summer’s grueling 7-on-7 circuit, the prodigy who landed a USC scholarship offer just over a month ago got some work in at the annual Mission Viejo passing tournament.

For Tilford, who has since added an offer from Arizona State, every weekend matters.