Athlete Spotlight: Julian Regla

Drive. Determination. Dedication. These are only a few qualities that describe senior Rattler football captain Julian Regla. Now a starter for 2 years, Regla has defied the odds that were placed against him and has overcome all trials and tribulations in his path to becoming a dominant force on the Rattler defense. With career totals of 83 tackles (63 of those being solo tackles and 21 of them being tackles for loss), five sacks, twelve hurries and a forced fumble, Julian has created a legacy at Rancho Mirage High School, but that did not come without adversity.

Takedown by Regla

“I was always called too small,” Regla recalls from his sophomore season, his second year playing football for the Rattlers. “Most of the older players would tell me things like, ‘There’s no way you can play defensive lineman here’ or ‘You’re too small and weak to play in a real varsity game.’ I used it all as motivation to get better and become a starter.”

That year, Regla only played in 3 games, but he was able to get the experience needed to transform himself into the dynamic defensive end that everyone said he couldn’t be. In his junior season, Regla accounted for 51 total tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble along with two fumble recoveries for a total of eleven yards.

“I felt like I was ready mentally and physically my junior year,” Regla says. “We went 9-4, but we seriously could’ve made it to the [CIF championship game] that year.” Then came his senior year, the 2018 season. The Rattlers went 3-7, winning their first three then losing their last seven games with a final loss on the road at Palm Desert High School. “I’m not going to sit here and say that it didn’t hurt because it did. I wanted to win so bad. I didn’t want to be the first senior class that did not make the CIF playoffs, but that’s just how the season went.”

Regla ended the year with 30 total tackles, a sack and 4 hurries, but the statistics don’t do justice. Julian was all over the field in every game, making plays and causing key stops when the team needed them the most. 

“I just hope the young guys can learn from our mistakes and change this so that the same thing doesn’t happen next year,” Regla says. “It sucks knowing that I won’t be able to practice with the guys, put on that jersey or wear that helmet anymore, but I enjoyed the memories while they lasted. I gave it my all every time I had the chance, and I am proud to be able to say that.”