P2P WCAL Football Honors
Eric Redwood became Serra's all-time leading rusher this season. (Austin Yu/Prep2Prep)

WCAL Player of the Year

Good athletic genes didn't hurt Eric Redwood during his record-setting Serra High football career. His father, also named Eric, excelled at Serra and Hillsdale high schools and for Fresno State and for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

But the younger Redwood also carved out an identity for himself, becoming Serra's all-time leading rusher with 3,768 yards. He also has the highest rushing total for a single game with 288 yards (against Palo Alto) and rushed for 1,833 yards and 24 touchdowns his senior year.

For his efforts, Redwood is the Prep2Prep West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year.

"It feels good," Redwood said of the P2P award. "I'm honored to have the award."

Redwood has had numerous big games during a three-year varsity career during which he helped the Padres to the 2011 Central Coast Section Division I title.

Against Buhach Colony this season, he rushed for 172 yards and scored four touchdowns, including one in overtime to bring the Padres to within one point and also the 2-pointer to secure the victory.

Although Serra finished a yard short of earning a spot in the 2012 Open Division title game, Redwood said he would not have changed anything about his prep career.

"I loved it," he said. "If I could choose again, I wouldn't go anywhere else (but Serra). Everyone was very supportive of me."

Redwood said he will now attend a community college, but isn't planning to play football. He suffered a fracture of his collarbone in the section semifinal game against Bellarmine, but said that is not part of his decision.

"I want to do other things in life," he said. "I'd like to become a personal trainer and help kids stay in shape."

Said Serra coach Patrick Walsh of Redwood: "It wasn't about personal gain for him or to get a scholarship, it was more about the team and being there as a player for the Serra community. We love Eric and we're proud of him."

Also considered: Ryan Severson, RB, Valley Christian; Jack Stinn, QB, St. Ignatius; K.J. Carta-Samuels, QB, Bellarmine; Kenneth Olugbode, RB, Bellarmine.

WCAL Senior of the Year

Ryan Severson led Valley Christian to a CCS Division III championship with a tremendous season that saw him rush for 1,948 yards and 32 touchdowns in addition to catching 13 passes for 336 yards and 4 touchdowns. In all, the San Jose State-bound speedster accounted for 39 touchdowns and over 40 percent of Valley Christian's offensive point total. In fact, Severson scored over 20 percent of the time he touched the ball offensively, a remarkable total in any league, never mind the dominant WCAL. Severson helped the Warriors get to the title game with a pair of explosive performances in the early rounds of the playoffs, as he rushed for 376 yards and 8 TDs on 30 carries in wins over Burlingame and Sobrato.

Also considered: Jack Stinn, QB, St. Ignatius; Kenneth Olugbode, RB, Bellarmine.

WCAL Junior of the Year

In his first year as a varsity starter, K.J. Carta-Samuels led his team to 11 straight wins and the brink of a second straight CCS Open Division title, falling just inches short when the Bells were denied on a goal-line stand late in regulation against St. Ignatius. In addition to running Bellarmine's double-wing offense to near perfection with his running ability and decision-making, the Vanderbilt-bound junior added an extra dimension to the team's offense with his ability to throw the ball downfield. In what was supposed to be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Bells, Carta-Samuels quaterbacked them to 11 straight victories after a season-opening loss to national power De La Salle.

Also considered: Elijah Dale, RB, St. Ignatius.

WCAL Sophomore of the Year

Kirk Johnson rushed for 1,468 yards and 21 touchdowns in his first season as a starter for Valley Christian to help the Warriors to the CCS Division III championship. Johnson went off for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns in a wild 52-42 win over Sobrato in the CCS semifinals before adding another 181 yards and 2 TDs on just 7 carries in the championship win over Aptos. Johnson averaged nearly nine yards per carry and also put together big games against Milpitas (13-104, 3 TDs), Mitty (8-152, 2) and Riordan (12-143, 2).

WCAL Coach of the Year

John Regalia led St. Ignatius to its second consecutive CCS championship, but this one was extra special, as the Wildcats defeated Bellarmine, 13-10, in overtime to snag the Open Division title. It's no surprise the Wildcats showed so much poise down the stretch in come-from-behind wins over Archbishop Mitty and Bellarmine in the CCS semis and finals, respectively, as Regalia was able to maintain an even keel when it looked like his team was in danger of elimination. The Wildcats recovered from a two-game losing streak that included a 47-21 thrashing at the hands of Serra to finish the season with four straight wins over top-notch competition. St. Ignatius featured an efficient offensive attack engineered by Regalia and his staff and run to near-perfection by senior quarterback Jack Stinn, who applied Regalia's coolness on the sideline to effectively run the league's most balanced attack.

Also considered: Mike Janda, Bellarmine; Patrick Walsh, Serra.

NOTE: We would like to thank our readers for all of the nominations you sent in for the season-ending CCS football awards. It is a daunting task to narrow down our selections to just the top few as we recognize there are lots of great players who make contributions on the football field that are not necessarily well-documented but mean a great deal to the success of their teams. We salute all of the players that have made this a wonderful season of CCS football.