Recent Edison of Stockton quarterback Treyvon Breckenridge didn’t get to play in any summer all-star games, but instead of moping around he has started his own COVID-19 related business: cleaning and disinfecting garbage cans. He’ll play next at Delta College and like all of those heading to community colleges still has his dreams of one day playing on scholarship for a four-year university.
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The emotions for Class of 2020 graduate Treyvon Breckenridge from Edison of Stockton have been high, low and everywhere in between since the 2019-20 school year began.
On the one hand, he’s been like all of the others from the Class of 2020 in that he had to miss so many of his senior year traditions that he was looking forward to. On the other hand, how many got to lead their high school football team to victory in one of the most exciting recent playoff games in his city’s history, not to mention throwing eight touchdown passes in another game and scoring 49 points in a basketball game?
As the Coronavirus pandemic broke out in California in March, Treyvon had finished his senior season in basketball and was getting ready to play for the Vikings’ baseball team. He and his squad never got to play in a single game. With his senior prom cancelled, Breckenridge next had to wait to see if he’d get to play in the Central California Lions’ All-Star Football Game and a game in which Edison’s head coach, Booker Guyton, had been selected to be the coach of the North team that Treyvon would be on. That game, which was scheduled for the middle of June, didn’t make it and neither did an all-star basketball game that Breckenridge had been chosen for.
With no offers from a four-year college, Breckenridge is hoping to get his chance playing for Delta College in Stockton. But the summer hasn’t been just about working out with Edison assistant coach and local trainer Tim Brown. Just a few weeks ago, Treyvon got the notion to start his own business and since then, as they say, business has been booming.
“It all started when my mom told me to go and clean the garbage cans,” Breckenridge said. “I said, ‘But mom, isn’t it supposed to be dirty.'”
Treyvon went ahead and took care of the chore and added that he’s had a lot of experience cleaning up around his house.
“I have 14 siblings (10 brothers, four sisters) and I’m the third oldest so I kind of grew up cleaning stuff,” he said.
Breckenridge also has always wanted to own and operate his own business and hopes one day to be a business major in college. The cleaning of the family cans led to an idea, which led to a simple series of posts on Instagram. Others from the Edison High community put in orders for him to do the same. Someone from the FOX 40 TV station in Sacramento saw the posts and a crew showed up to watch Treyvon complete a cleaning. That TV story also has now led to a statewide story on this website.
One of the first decisions Breckenridge had to make is what he’d charge for his garbage can cleaning service. With the support of his mother, Kimberly, they came up with $5 per can.
“That seemed reasonable, plus a lot of the elderly folks can’t get out as much as they can,” he said. “But they also want their cans to stay clean, especially now with COVID.”
Did being the quarterback and a team leader in two sports help Treyvon get his cleaning business going a lot quicker than perhaps it ordinarily would have taken?
“Yes, I think that helps a lot,” he said. “By me being one of the leaders at the school people believe in me for who I am and they want to support me.”
Guyton, who has also coached at Brookside Christian in Stockton as well as at Vacaville Christian, is one of those who certainly believes in Breckenridge.
“Trey was a great leader for our football team, players looked up to him and they respected his work ethic, his approach to the game and the way he carried himself,” Guyton said. “The story of him starting his own business is no surprise to me; he is a born leader.”
Edison’s team last season featured Raleek Brown, one of the most dynamic sophomore running backs in the nation who has since transferred to national power Mater Dei of Santa Ana. While Raleek’s talent and projection to play at a high level in college is obvious, it was felt by a lot of the coaches in the San Joaquin Athletic Association that what Treyvon did as the quarterback couldn’t be ignored so it was he who was named the league MVP.
Breckenridge completed 60 percent of his passes with 25 TDs in the regular season. In one game, a 65-0 romp past Chavez of Stockton, Treyvon put his name into the Cal-Hi Sports state record book with eight TD passes. It’s also the most TD passes in one game for any school in the Stockton Unified School District. It’s not a city record, though, since Tony Rodriguez of Brookside Christian had nine in a game 2010. The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section record of 10 (which also is tied for the state record) was set in 2012 by Folsom’s Jake Browning.
Folsom has in fact been an SJS powerhouse since the 2012 season, capturing CIF state titles in 2014, 2017 and 2018 (all in Division I). The Bulldogs had their shot at getting a third in a row stopped in last year’s D1 section semifinals by Monterey Trail of Elk Grove, but the week before in the quarterfinals it was Edison that nearly ended the run. Folsom held on for a 45-42 victory.
Edison put itself in a position to almost pull off that upset with a 35-21 win in the first round of the playoffs over Lincoln of Stockton. Lincoln had been 9-0 until it lost in its regular season finale to St. Mary’s and was looking to bounce back against the Vikings, who also were 9-1. Breckenridge had 300 yards passing and three TDs to help turn back Lincoln.
That Edison-Lincoln game drew a crowd of perhaps 5,000 or more at Edison. Administrators, staff and athletic director Richie Lynch did a great job creating an electric atmosphere similar to what Grant of Sacramento had going about eight to 10 years ago.
Breckenridge has never been one to sit still. He went straight from football to basketball and averaged 16.6 points per game for a squad that also won its league title and finished 20-9 after an opening round section playoff loss to Modesto Christian. In an MLK Day non-league 85-75 loss to Deer Valley of Antioch, Treyvon broke loose for 49 points. He also had a 30-point outing in a loss to Albany.
Proud mom Kimberly added: “I would like to add that Treyvon is the only quarterback that has led Edison to back-to-back league championships since 1977, which is the year I was born.”
“I get asked a lot about which sport I like best because I’ve grown up playing football and basketball,” Breckenridge said. “If I had to choose, I choose football. And yes, I want to be a quarterback.”
Breckenridge knows the odds will be stacked against him for making that transition from Delta College to a four-year university and he knows he’ll have to do well for the Mustangs first.
“I say whatever you put your mind to that you have to trust the process,” he said. “In my junior year, I wasn’t starting at the beginning. I knew when my time came to prove to the coaches what I could do. In my first game, I had five TDs.”
Breckenridge also now knows that it’s a process to start, manage and make decisions in running a business. He’s not abandoning his long-range goals to spend every day cleaning garbage cans, but the extra money will help his family and shows him that a lot of people outside of his family and in his city also will do what they can to help him succeed.
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