P2P CCS Football Honors
Called a "generational player" by his coach, Serra QB Leki Nunn is the Prep2Prep CCS Player of the Year. (Paul Scearce/Special to Prep2Prep)

ALL-CENTRAL COAST SECTION

Player of the Year
LEKI NUNN, QB, SERRA


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

Last year’s Prep2Prep CCS Junior of the Year continued his ascension among the all-time greats in the section this season, and ended up as an easy choice for our Central Coast Section Player of the Year.

“He’s what I like to call a generational player,” said Serra coach Patrick Walsh. “If you are lucky, you get a player like him once or twice in a generation. He’s been so fun to watch over the last three years. I call him Steph Curry in cleats.”

Nunn’s season was nothing short of amazing, as he guided a Padres’ offense which averaged over 400 yards per game, despite playing one of the most difficult schedules in all of Northern California. And after opening the season with four consecutive losses, Nunn led a Serra resurgence, winning 10 straight games, including a section title and a berth in the CIF 2-A title game after beating Sanger in the NorCal regional final.

After opening the season against St. Mary’s-Stockton, De La Salle, Pittsburg, and Valley Christian, the Padres routed Sacred Heart Cathedral to set the stage for one of Nunn’s biggest career performances.

“His performance (against St. Francis) was one of the gutsiest, most unforgettable performances I have ever seen,” Walsh said. “I’ll never forget it. He made plays everywhere.”

Serra needed each and every one of those plays that night, a 41-40 overtime win against the previously undefeated Lancers. The victory would be a springboard to the WCAL championship, which the Padres shared with Valley Christian and St. Francis.

On that particular night, Nunn threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns, while running for 119 yards and two more scores. In overtime, his five-yard touchdown run answered a previous Lancers’ score, and his two-point conversion pass to Shane Villaroman captured the victory.

Throughout the course of the season, Nunn played wherever needed for the Padres. In 12 games of action, he completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,972 yards and 19 touchdowns, with just three interceptions, and added an extra element on the ground, running for 1,055 yards and 18 scores. With sophomore Luke Bottari also playing quarterback, Nunn even caught eight passes and scored twice through the air.

Even more amazing was the physical adversity Nunn battled while thriving on the field. Bothered by back issues all season long, Walsh described the senior signal-caller as someone who was never fully healthy during the year, yet as the post-season wore on, his performances only got better.

After not playing in wins over St. Ignatius, Mitty, and Riordan, Nunn returned to throw for 269 yards and three touchdowns in a dominating early November win against Bellarmine. Then came the playoffs. He ran for over 100 yards in each of the team’s final four games, and threw for 855 yards in the final three games. In the final three games, he also accounted for 17 touchdowns.

“His will to overcome adversity cannot be replicated. He just willed things to happen,” Walsh said. “He made everyone around him better. He has this internal belief in himself and the team, and it is 100 percent authentic. He’s not a talker, but you can just feel it in a competitive landscape. I’ve coached some amazing competitors, and I put him up there with any of them.”

For his individual performance on the field and ability to lead his team within two points of a state title, we are honored to recognize Nunn as the Prep2Prep CCS Player of the Year.


Coach of the Year
PATRICK WALSH, SERRA


Following an 0-4 start against some of the toughest competition in the state, Serra's Patrick Walsh led the Padres on a 10-game winning streak and is our choice for Prep2Prep CCS Coach of the Year. (Paul Scearce/Special to Prep2Prep)

By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

The best coaching staffs in the top programs create challenges for their teams early in the season, preparing for them success in league play and the post-season. Serra coach Patrick Walsh not only embraced that philosophy, but took it to another level with this year’s Padres team.

The result was a 0-4 start out of the gate, followed by a 10-game winning streak and a berth in the CIF 2-A title game, winning both a share of the WCAL championship and a CCS Open 2 title in the process. That was followed by a thrilling win over Sanger in the NorCal regional final, and a back-and-forth two-point loss to unbeaten Sierra Canyon in the state championship.

Of Serra’s four losses early in the season, three of those losses came to teams who reached state title games – St. Mary’s-Stockton, De La Salle, and Valley Christian. The other loss was to a Pittsburg team which had just one loss in the regular season. The battle-tested Padres then went on a tear, capitalizing on both the early-season struggles and the return of a few key players from injury, notably linebacker TC Lavulo.

“There were two major themes for us this year – being men of faith, and being miserable,” Walsh said. “We kept faith in the process and in each other. No one turned on each other or questioned anything. The other part was that we embraced the misery, and talked about that quite a bit. Life is not always easy or fun. We talked about that and embraced that mindset, even after we started winning.”

The real springboard victory came in Serra’s sixth game of the season, after an expected win over Sacred Heart Cathedral the previous week. That week was the 41-40 overtime victory against eventual WCAL co-champion Saint Francis, with quarterback Leki Nunn’s heroics paving the way for a win which would trigger a dominant run over the remainder of the season, even as Nunn sat to rest his back in the next few games.

Walsh manipulated his offensive weapons like chess pieces during the season, utilizing the arm of sophomore quarterback Luke Bottari to move Nunn around as needed, and placing defenses in no-win situations with the different looks Serra could offer. The end result was a run to the section championship and regional victory in which the Padres beat each team by at least 13 points, including a 37-24 win over Mitty in the section title game and a 49-36 win over Sanger on the road to reach the state finals.

All throughout, Walsh has remained in deferral mode when it comes to the credit associated with so much success.

“It takes everyone involved to have this kind of success,” Walsh said. “That goes for the players, the coaches, the administrators, and the entire school community. Everyone has a role in this success.”

For his approach to this year and orchestrating a dramatic turnaround, leading to Serra’s third season this decade with 10 or more wins, Patrick Walsh is our selection as the 2016 Prep2Prep CCS Coach of the Year.

Other coaches considered for this award: Menlo-Atherton’s Adhir Ravipati, Soledad’s Frankie Berlanga, and Half Moon Bay’s Keith Holden.


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Aajon Johnson, Menlo-Atherton
Position: Quarterback
Year: Senior

The PAL-Bay Division’s Offensive Player of the Year led his team to league and section titles, and to the CIF 3-AA title game, accounting for over 3,300 total yards and 36 touchdowns from scrimmage. He was a true dual-threat in the backfield with Mims, throwing for 2,132 yards and rushing for an additional 1,202 yards.


Jordan Mims, Menlo-Atherton
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

Mims was virtually unstoppable for the Bears, rushing for 2,388 yards and 29 touchdowns, while averaging 9.5 yards per carry. His season included an amazing 99-yard touchdown run in a win over Sacred Heart Cathedral. He finished his varsity career with over 4,000 rushing yards and nearly 700 yards receiving, to go with 52 touchdowns.



Emilio Martinez, Palma
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

The MBL-Gabilan’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year set a Palma school record with 2,482 rushing yards and set a Monterey County record with 39 rushing touchdowns. Martinez topped the 200-yard mark on seven different occasions, including a 308-yard performance in the first round of the playoffs against Saratoga, a performance he followed by running for 295 yards the next week against Live Oak.



Hunter Nye, San Benito
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

Nye was the player who shared the MBL-Gabilan’s co-Offensive Player of the Year award with Martinez, and for good reason. The senior back ran for 1,781 yards and 26 touchdowns to lead the Balers into the CCS Open 1 semifinals. In his final game of the season, Nye ran for 230 yards and scored three times against Milpitas.



Anthony Flores, Valley Christian
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

The WCAL’s co-Most Valuable Wide Receiver was the Warriors’ go-to guy on nearly pass play, and opposing defenses knew it. Despite no other player on the team having more than seven catches, Flores still averaged 18 yards per reception, hauling in 42 balls for 758 yards and 10 touchdowns, on a team which threw the ball fewer than nine times per game.



Mekhi Blackmon, Menlo-Atherton
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

Blackmon was an absolutely explosive big-play target for the Bears and their championship run this season. He averaged 27 yards per catch, with 620 yards and nine touchdowns on just 23 receptions. And he could have made our first team on either side of the ball, also bringing down six interceptions as a defensive back.


Will Lansbury, Stevenson
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

In contrast to the other two receivers on our first team, the MTAL’s Offensive Player of the Year played in a pass-heavy offense, but every team knew he was the number one target, and it didn’t matter. Lansbury racked up 78 catches for 1,312 yards and 21 touchdowns, in just 10 games. He was named first-team all-league on both sides of the ball, with six interceptions on defense.



Jake Tonges, Los Gatos
Position: Tight End
Year: Senior

The SCVAL-De Anza’s Offensive Player of the Year is an imposing force on both sides of the ball, but is recognized here as a dominant tight end. The 6-foot-5 senior had 43 catches for 772 yards and seven touchdowns, but was equally as important as a blocker in an offense which averaged 235 yards per game on the ground. He also had nine sacks and 16 tackles for a loss from his defensive end position.



Dylan McCreery, Valley Christian
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Offensive Lineman of the Year in the WCAL paved the way for a Warriors’ rushing attack which averaged nearly 270 yards per game on the ground, and was a huge part of the reason why they captured a CCS championship and reached the CIF title game. He was also selected for the Blue-Grey All-American game back in December.



Drew Dalman, Palma
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

It’s not often that an offensive lineman earns Player of the Year honors for an entire league, but that was exactly the case for Dalman in the MBL-Gabilan this season. The Stanford commit anchored the middle of the line for the Chieftains and their dominant run game, paving the way for a league title and a berth in the CCS title game and NorCal regional.



Dillan Misaalefua, Oak Grove
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

There was no doubting the dominance of the massive Misaalefua, who was named the BVAL-Mt Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He paved the way up front for an Eagles’ team which went unbeaten in league, and averaged nearly 360 yards of offense per game, including 222 yards per game on the ground.



Ian Tapueluelu, Aragon
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Opposing coaches in the PAL-Bay Division are not thrilled about this guy coming back next season, after he anchored the Dons’ run-heavy offensive attack, one which led to this year’s playoff berth. Multiple backs carry the ball in Aragon’s system, but it’s usually Tapueluele opening up the massive holes for them to run through.



Antonio Mafi, Serra
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Mafi was the dominant force up front for the Padres, who really got rolling in the final 11 games of the season, and averaged over 400 yards per game on offense. The first-team All-WCAL selection will be relied on even more next year after dominating as a junior this season.



Leki Nunn, Serra
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Our overall Player of the Year capped a career in which he accounted for 5,861 yards from scrimmage over the last two years, and 72 total touchdowns during that same span. He scored as a passer, rusher, receiver, and kick returner.



Bailey Schroeder, Valley Christian
Position: Kicker
Year: Senior

The top-ranked kicker in the section, according to the national Chris Sailer rankings, displayed his leg strength by placing 42 of his 75 kickoffs in the end zone, and also placed 13 of his 33 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He was also 48 of 50 on extra points, and drilled six field goals.



FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Cade Hall, Bellarmine
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Junior

The WCAL’s Most Valuable Defensive Lineman will be around another year to terrorize opposing offenses, after already establishing himself over the past two seasons.


Tyler Manoa, St. Francis
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Manoa, the WCAL’s Junior Player of the Year, could have been first team on either the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Defensively, the BYU commit was a pure disruptive force, getting in the backfield for 15 stops behind the line this year.



RJ Stone, Valley Christian
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Rebotarrio (6-2, 290), named the MBL-Gabilan’s MVP, had four fumble recoveries, three sacks, 12 hurries and an interception. Drew frequent double-teams as he helped the Mustangs to a 10-2 overall record, 5-1 in league. Played center on offense. Also the league’s defending heavyweight wrestling champ, he has a grappling scholarship to Michigan State.



Michael Camacho, San Benito
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The MBL-Gabilan’s Defensive Player of the Year was dominant for the Balers this season, with 103 tackles and 11.5 sacks. He also displayed his versatility by blocking a punt and recording an interception, and played his best in the biggest games, recording a combined 29 tackles and three sacks in two late-season games against Palma and Salinas.



JH Tevis, Menlo
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Bergstrom had more than 100 tackles, to go along with three sacks and an interception to help the Bells to league, section and regional titles. Was named the WCAL’s linebacker of the year.



TC Lavulo, Serra
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

It was no coincidence that the Padres’ winning streak this season also happened at the same time as Lavulo’s return from injury. The three-year varsity standout not only led a defense which helped carry the Padres to a state title game, but was also named the WCAL’s Most Valuable Linebacker.



Christian Wiseman, Menlo-Atherton
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The Defensive Player of the Year in the PAL-Bay Division anchored the Bears’ defense, racking up 171 total tackles, with seven sacks and 27.5 tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-4 standout at the heart of the defense finished his career with 316 total tackles in three seasons at the varsity level.



Grady Ryan, Oak Grove
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The Eagles’ two-way standout, who also thrived as a tight end, was named MVP of the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton Division after recording 111 tackles, including 19 tackles for a loss. He added a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown in a win over Leigh, and broke up six passes for the year. Ryan finished his three-year varsity career with 270 total tackles, 39 tackles for a loss, and 20 pass break-ups.



Jackson Burrill, Bellarmine
Position: Linebacker
Year: Junior

The first-team All-WCAL linebacker was a force on the inside for the Bells, capping a standout varsity career. His senior year was a career in itself, with 181 total tackles, including 36 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.



Trent Laubach, Valley Christian
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

Laubach spearheaded a Warriors’ defense which carried the team to a state title game, with 148 total tackles, including 19 tackles for a loss. He finished his career with 217 total stops, including 24 for a loss.



Bennett Williams, St. Francis
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Easily one of the top two-way players in the section, Williams is most known for his defensive prowess. At defensive back, he had six interceptions and 15 pass break-ups this season, along with a blocked punt. He added 541 receiving yards and five touchdowns through the air. Williams finished his high school career with 17 interceptions and 46 pass break-ups.



Tariq Bracy, Milpitas
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Junior

Bracy could go here or at the utility spot. He had five interceptions this season, giving him 11 over the last two years, while also breaking the 1,000-yard barrier as both a rusher and receiver. The Prep2Prep Junior Player of the Year received the same award in the SCVAL-De Anza Division.



Malik Jeter, Seaside
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

The MVP of the MBL-Pacific Division anchored Seaside’s defense from his safety position, while also leading the offense as the team’s quarterback. He has scholarship offers from Hawaii and Sacramento State as a defensive back, and broke up passes in every game for the Spartans this season.



Tali Finefeuiaki, Wilcox
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

The Most Valuable Defensive Player of the SCVAL-De Anza was a two-way standout for the Chargers, but a massive impact player from his strong safety position. Two of his best performances came in a pair of highly-regarded losses, racking up 15 solo tackles in a playoff loss to Menlo-Atherton and 20 solo tackles in an early-season loss to San Benito. Finefeuiaki added nearly 600 yards from scrimmage on offense this year.



Joey Riccabona, Aptos
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The MVP of the SCCAL did a bit of everything for the Mariners, who moved up to the Open Division playoffs this year after winning three straight section titles in the lower divisions. Defensively, he had six interceptions, but offensively, was the team’s jack-of-all trades. He filled in at quarterback for four games when needed, and produced everywhere else, finishing with 859 yards and nine touchdowns receiving, to go with 265 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Riccabona also returned punts and was the holder on extra points.



Nolan Berry, Westmont
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The MVP of the BVAL-Santa Teresa Division was a two-way force for CCS runner-up Westmont. Offensively, Berry led the Warriors with 1,842 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively, he had 83 tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss and seven sacks.



SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Kyle Reid, Los Gatos
Position: Quarterback
Year: Senior

The MVP of the SCVAL-De Anza Division did everything needed for the Wildcats’ offense. He completed 61 percent of his passes for over 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns for the league champions, while rushing for an additional 535 yards and 10 scores. Reid accounted for seven total touchdowns in a title-clinching win over Wilcox in late October.


Cyrus Habibi-Likio, St. Francis
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

The coveted recruit has many schools waiting on his college decision, after a senior year in which he was a two-way standout for the Lancers. Offensively, he had a target on his back all year, but produced 11 touchdowns on the ground despite not playing in two games and having fewer than 10 carries in three others. His offers include Oregon, Washington State, Boise State, California, and Utah.


Chase Hofmann, Half Moon Bay
Position: Running Back
Year: Junior

Hofmann was the workhorse for the PAL-Ocean and CCS Division 5 champions, running for 2,070 yards and 29 touchdowns. He topped the 200-yard mark on five different occasions, including a 216-yard performance in the section championship game.


Javon Sturns, Valley Christian
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

Sturns scored in every post-season game for the Warriors, including four touchdowns in a section semifinal win over Aptos and two more in a regional title game victory over Cardinal Newman. For the season, he topped the 100-yard mark on nine occasions, finishing the year with 1,578 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. He also returned kicks for the WCAL and CCS champions.



Evan King, Menlo
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

In an offense which ran the ball nearly twice as many times as they threw it, King still put up eye-popping numbers, hauling in 69 passes for 1,098 yards and 15 touchdowns to earn first-team PAL-Ocean honors. He also played his biggest down the stretch, when it mattered most. In the last five games of the year, including three playoff games, King had 43 catches and seven scores.



Shane Villaroman, Serra
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Junior

Villaroman was the Padres’ consistent go-to guy through the air, catching three or more passes in all but one game (a blowout win early in the season). He finished the year with 63 catches for 1,055 yards and 13 touchdowns. Especially impressive was his performance in the CCS playoffs, when he had 17 catches for 291 yards and four scores in those three games.



Ryan Johnston, Scotts Valley
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

The co-Offensive Player of the Year in the SCCAL, Johnston was the number one target in the passing game for a balanced offensive attack. He finished the year with 50 catches for 1,052 yards and 17 touchdowns, using his 6-foot-1 frame to create mismatches with opposing secondaries. And no week was more impressive for Johnston than the playoffs against Half Moon Bay, when he had 10 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns.



Kian Ghelichkhani, Saratoga
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

Ghelichkhani was the top target in the most pass-oriented offense in the section, and responded with a huge season. He was named the Most Outstanding Receiver of the SCVAL-De Anza, after posting 111 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. The big games did not limit his production, with a season-high 226 yards in a one-point loss to Half Moon Bay and five straight games with 144 yards or more down the stretch.



Julio Galeana, Alisal
Position: Tight End
Year: Senior

The first-team MBL-Pacific selection was Alisal’s top weapon during the season, leading the team with 23 catches for 424 yards and four touchdowns. His top game came in an 88-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win over Pajaro Valley.



Jose Ramirez, Half Moon Bay
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The league and section champion Cougars ran for over 250 yards per game, with Ramirez as a big reason why. The athletic left guard was part of a dominant group all season long, and especially in the section title game, when the Cougars ran for nearly 400 yards.



Peter Snodgrass, Palo Alto
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Snodgrass was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the SCVAL-De Anza, for a Vikings team which reached the playoffs behind its reliant ground game. The three-year varsity player also excelled at linebacker, with 58 tackles and 6.5 tackles for a loss.



Victor Sanchez, Gilroy
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Sanchez was named the MBL-Pacific’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, anchoring a Mustangs’ line from his interior position, one which paved the way for a ground game that averaged nearly 300 yards per game.



Cesar Duran, Alvarez
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The MBL-Gabilan Offensive Lineman of the Year anchored the outside of the Eagles’ line, helping the team to average nearly 300 yards per game of offense, despite their struggles in terms of wins and losses.



Jonathan Tomaka, Wilcox
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Tomaka was named the Outstanding Lineman in the SCVAL-De Anza, leading a Chargers’ attack which averaged over 350 yards per game on the ground, tops in the section. The six-foot, 245-pound tackle and team captain was part of an athletic line that paved the way for Wilcox’ playoff appearance.



Marcelous Chester-Riley, Woodside
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The MBL-Gabilan Offensive Lineman of the Year anchored the outside of the Eagles’ line, helping the team to average nearly 300 yards per game of offense, despite their struggles in terms of wins and losses.



Nate Rosas, Hillsdale
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Rosas led the Fighting Knights as both a running back and free safety, and earned the Utility Player of the Year award for the PAL-Bay Division. On the ground, he totaled 1,118 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned all kicks and punts, and for good measure, completed all three of his passes this year.



Dylan Williams, Menlo
Position: Kicker
Year: Junior

Williams drilled 37 kickoffs into the end zone and was 6-of-8 on field goals, with a season-long of 42 yards and three made field goals of longer than 40 yards.



SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Trevor Scheibley, Santa Teresa
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The 6-foot-3 defensive end was dominant on the edge for the Saints, and was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton. He anchored a defense which held opponents to fewer than 20 points in all six of the team’s victories, resulting in a playoff berth.


Noa Ngalu, Menlo-Atherton
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Sophomore

If there was a category for two-way linemen, Ngalu would top the list, even in his sophomore campaign. Offensively, he had 95 pancake blocks, and on defense, he was purely dominant, with 21.5 tackles for a loss among his 104 total tackles.



Chris Ilar, Aptos
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Lineman of the Year in the SCCAL, Ilar was a two-way force for the Mariners. Defensively, he had six sacks, and anchored a defense which held opponents to single digits in all but one league game.



Andrew Hernandez, Soledad
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Hernandez was named the MTAL Defensive Player of the Year, as well as earning first-team honors on both sides of the ball. His play on the defensive line, however, spurred the Aztecs to a Division 4 section title, as they held opponents to two scores or less in seven of their 10 wins this year.



Demarcus Hawkins, Seaside
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Defensive Lineman of the Year in the MBL-Pacific, Hawkins was a wrecking ball up front. He had 79 tackles, but really excelled at getting in the backfield, with 14.5 sacks and 27 tackles for a loss. Hawkins also forced four fumbles and broke up eight passes.



DJ Monroe, Westmont
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

Monroe was a force at middle linebacker for the Warriors, in their run to the section title game. The BVAL-Santa Teresa’s Defensive Player of the Year had 130 total tackles, with 11 sacks and 36 tackles for a loss.



Jack Aufricht, Pioneer
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The Mustangs may not have won a ton of games, but Aufricht shined on defense, racking up 61 solo tackles, to go with six tackles for a loss. He was also named the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton’s Defensive Player of the Year.



Kyle Smith, Los Gatos
Position: Linebacker
Year: Sophomore

The SCVAL-De Anza Sophomore of the Year racked up 158 total tackles, with 16 tackles for a loss, and forced four fumbles. He also added 14 quarterback hurries, and should be a mainstay of the Wildcats’ defense over the next two seasons.



Brendan Semien, Sacred Heart Prep
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

Semien was a force at linebacker for the Gators, with 160 total tackles and three forced fumbles. The first-team PAL-Bay selection had a season-high 18 solo tackles in an early-season game against Riordan.



Mitchell McCabe, Saint Francis
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The team captain for the Lancers could have been a selection either here or on the offensive line, but we placed him here due to his disruptive nature off the edge as an outside linebacker, one who was particularly effective when walked up in Saint Francis’ 3-4 scheme. McCabe made plays all over the field, including five tackles for a loss, 14 quarterback hurries, and five pass break-ups.



Scott Poetzinger, San Lorenzo Valley
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Riccabona was the heart of a secondary that helped rally the Mariners from a 1-4 start to a fifth consecutive league title, third consecutive section championship and an 8-4 overall record.



Patrick Calcagno, St. Francis
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

The WCAL Defensive Back of the Year racked up 74 tackles from his safety position, while breaking up seven passes and recording an interception.



Leland Ledger, Leigh
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Ledger was considered for a utility position here, with his two-way production for the Longhorns, but the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back stays on the defensive side after racking up 95 tackles from his safety position, including 14 stops in a playoff loss to Serra. Offensively, he added 447 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.



Isaiah Guzman, Gunderson
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

The BVAL-West Valley recognized Guzman on the offensive side of the ball, as their Player of the Year as a receiver, but we are placing over here after registering five interceptions and 22 pass break-ups to go with 51 tackles. Offensively, he added 809 yards and 12 touchdowns from scrimmage.



DeAngelo Hester, Oak Grove
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Hester did a bit of everything for the Eagles. He was named the league’s outstanding linebacker, where he had 98 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss and an interception, but he also produced offensively. He added 240 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, averaging nearly eight yards per carry.



Austin Kause, Archbishop Mitty
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The WCAL Utility Player of the Year, Kause had 1,338 all-purpose yards, spread throughout offensive, defensive, and special teams categories. As a receiver, he had 52 catches for 554 yards and five touchdowns. He added over 200 yards on the ground while also returning kicks and punts. Defensively, he had five interceptions, returning one against St. Ignatius for a score, and added a fumble return for a touchdown against Riordan.



Richard Herrera, Wilcox
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Herrera not only ran for 1,210 yards and 24 touchdowns, but the SCVAL-De Anza’s Senior of the Year also produced defensively and on special teams, as a kick returner. The primary ball carrier in Wilcox’ option offense was also solid at cornerback, and a threat to return kicks.



THIRD TEAM OFFENSE:

QUARTERBACK: Miles Kendrick (Valley Christian), Tyler Stow (Scotts Valley), Michael Johnson, Jr. (The King’s Academy), Will Liddle (Saratoga)

RUNNING BACK: Keishawn Robinson (Seaside), Joseph Barnes (Gilroy), Jack Wolf (Aptos), Charlie Ferguson (Menlo), Zondre Faraj-Washington (Mitty), Noah Cryns (Pacific Grove)

WIDE RECEIVER: Nick Menchero (St. Ignatius), Richard Fedelin (Piedmont Hills), Duncan Stewart (Sequoia), Damon Diaz (North Salinas)

TIGHT END: Dominic Graziani (St. Francis), David Peterson (Sacred Heart Prep), Dante Tomasini (San Benito)

OFFENSIVE LINE: Tevita Pahulu (Leigh), Alexis Marentis (San Jose), Brad Murphy (Valley Christian), Daniel Contawe (Soledad), Bobby Facchino (Bellarmine), Gabe Meza (Mitty)

UTILITY: Alec Calderon (Santa Teresa), Marquise Reid (Menlo-Atherton)

KICKER: Nik Hernandez (San Benito), Matt Keeth (Saint Francis), Luke Mujica (Homestead)



THIRD TEAM DEFENSE:

DEFENSIVE LINE: Fabian Hunkin (North Salinas), Jon’Mae Wafford-Thompson (Overfelt), Una Kaufusi (Mountain View), Gavin Rodinsky (Branham), John Baily (Westmont), Josh Fernando (Serra), Nick Alftin (Mitty), Tristan Helin (San Mateo)

LINEBACKER: Antonio Andrade (Gilroy), Stavro Papadakis (Menlo-Atherton), Alii Matau (Milpitas), Lasa Tofi (Riordan), Alexander Meredith (Stevenson), Sisipako Vehikite (Santa Clara)

DEFENSIVE BACK: Noah Rodriguez (Milpitas), Taniela Latu (Serra), Isaac Regalado (San Benito), Daniel Sayre (Seaside)



HONORABLE MENTION:

ALISAL: Alexis Ramos, Steven Castro
ALVAREZ: Michael Ramirez, Ernesto Portillo
ANDREW HILL: Matthew Tran
APTOS: Roman Ceja, Trenton Black, Danner Pardue, Kieran Woodley
ARAGON: Davion Cox, Hati Unga, Anthony Sandoval, Siua Tongamoa
ARCHBISHOP MITTY: Phillip Tran, Joseph Vaughn
ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN: Donny Bendo, Phil Kaulave
BELLARMINE COLLEGE PREP: Ike Ogbogu, Justin Malone, Brendan Manigo, Tyler Gallis
BURLINGAME: Sean Saunders, Cole Friedlander, Arman Dizadji
CAPUCHINO: Isaiah Archilla, Raynaz Halim, Trey Zahursky
CARLMONT: Jackson Velschow
CARMEL: Covossay Windham, Daniel Higman, Hayden Stachelek, Zach Rossi
CHRISTOPHER: Noah Liberatore
CUPERTINO: Alex Bruckhaus, Cristian Carrillo, Eric Elemento
DEL MAR: Dylan Oliver, Anthony Zephyr-Ventura
EL CAMINO: CJ Bautista, Damien Lum
EVERGREEN VALLEY: Evan Sablan
FREMONT: Roman Stein, Jaylen Wynn, Rodney Chand, Jessy Lopez, Mitchel Arteaga
GILROY: Jonathan Castro, Max Pierce, Spencer Soares
GREENFIELD: Hector Ramirez
GUNDERSON: Joseph Catano, John Saens
GUNN: DJ Barnes, McKinley Kalar
HALF MOON BAY: Hayden Von Almen, Gavin Tomberlin, Jake Quosig, Sean Baird, Jack Cartwright
HARBOR: Jameson White
HILLSDALE: Isaiah Cozzolino, Matt Roloff
HOMESTEAD: Rajah Ward, James McFadden, Josh Takahara
INDEPENDENCE: Anthony Talingdan, Juan Lizarraga, Isaiah Gonzales
JAMES LICK: Noah Tirri
JEFFERSON: Daniel Benjamin, Roshawn Livingston
KING CITY: Clay Barbree, Tommy Stephens
LEIGH: Jared King, Michael Brohn, Peter Finocchio, Zach Draxton
LELAND: Kyle Anderson, Sho Yamamoto, Max McCash
LINCOLN: Aldin Besirevic, Eyob Feisa
LIVE OAK: Jonathan Singleton, Jacob Ryder, Alex Cornejo, Zach Heffernan
LOS ALTOS: Tonga Keti, Jordan Auerbach
LOS GATOS: Will Fordyce, Ryan Wilcox, Jake Clyne, Ben Grasty
MENLO: Hayden Pegley, Jack McNally, Landon Smith
MENLO-ATHERTON: Leo Cucinell, Tate Tussing
MILLS: David Tongilava, Sione Langi, Saumane Stanley
MILPITAS: Tyree Bracy, Tai Nguyen, Mariano Robles, Justin Scrempos
MONTE VISTA CHRISTIAN: DJ Deas, Holden Lukin, Jackson Collins
MONTEREY: Marcus Dorn, Isaiah Jones, Nathan Lubbe, Wesley Tuavao
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Elias Davidson, Tommy Resnick
MT. PLEASANT: Brandon Cortez
NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY: Joseph Barrios, Ricardo Alfaro
NORTH SALINAS: Timothy Burkhardt, Erik Delgadillo
OAK GROVE: Tyler McGovern, Jarmar Julien, Jr., Isaiah Ossai, Taimane Ashby
OVERFELT: Moses Barajas, Nicholas Benavides, DeVaughn Johnson
PACIFIC GROVE: Nick Coppla
PAJARO VALLEY: Alec Moran
PALMA: Mikey Zaragoza, Isaiah Blanco, Tristen Wahl
PALO ALTO: Paul Jackson III, Sione Latu, Josh Brigel
PIEDMONT HILLS: Alex Garcia, Donovan Taylor, Michael Wyche
PINEWOOD: Jaedan Bailey, Alex Dagman, Jackson Haun
PIONEER: Anthony Martin, Matthew Wiitanen
PROSPECT: Patrick Harris, Tau Taulealeta, Alaric Hill
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL: Darren Nocetti, Are’on Nitchell
SACRED HEART PREP: Kyle Stalder
SALINAS: Jeffrey Weimer, Andrew Padilla, Trevor Simon, Noah Habes
SAN BENITO: Evan Weatherly, Daniel Pasillas, Hunter Raquet
SAN JOSE: Kylan Harris, Carlos Guerrera
SAN LORENZO VALLEY: Tanner Murray, Jackson Turner
SAN MATEO: Anderson Perdomo, George Qobti, Joe Baker
SANTA CLARA: Nick Garcia, Tyler Harp
SANTA CRUZ: Johnny Soto
SANTA TERESA: Andrew Schultheis, Kyree Harbin
SARATOGA: Harrison Fong, Nolan Chao
SCOTTS VALLEY: Carson Spence, Matthew Boe, Trevor Ponos
SEASIDE: Roderick Gaskins, Tristian Beza
SEQUOIA: Nick DeMarco, Adalberto Villalobos, Nate Talakai, Jacob Yamboa
SERRA: Isiah Kendrick, Ryan Matoso
SILVER CREEK: Elijah Espinosa, Kameron Bordenave, Jesse Barientos
SOBRATO: Jared Jones, Isaiah Fernandez
SOLEDAD: Jared Jones, Isaiah Fernandez
SOQUEL: Carlos Mercado
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO: Urian Barraza, Luke Cruz
ST. FRANCIS: Reed Vettel, Dominic Chang
ST. IGNATIUS: Dan Hagan, Patrick Brosnan, Andre Truccolo, Rusty McDonough
STEVENSON: Casey Mornhinweg, Hayden Gordon
STUART HALL: Jorim Powell, Jeremiah Sullivan, Sam Cormier, Nick Watts, Alex McDonald
TERRA NOVA: Nathan Gordon, Saini Saini, Richard Walls, Michael Mata’u, Angelo Pera
THE KING'S ACADEMY: Tyler Farnham, Kilifi Leaatoa
TRINITY CHRISTIAN: Caleb Hill, Jamez Booker, Chris Wright, Wyatt Hankard
VALLEY CHRISTIAN: Isaiah Rodriguez, Angel Virelas
WATSONVILLE: Daniel Olivarez
WESTMONT: Cameron Rottler
WILCOX: David Hernandez, Alex Flores, Gilbert Gaeta
WILLOW GLEN: Connell Ryans, Rudy Amann
WOODSIDE: Chris Brugger, Christian Ochoa
WOODSIDE PRIORY: Keyshawn Ashford
YERBA BUENA: Julian Rosales