P2P SJS Football Honors
St. Mary's QB Jake Dunniway is the Prep2Prep SJS Player of the Year.

ALL-SAC-JOAQUIN SECTION

Player of the Year
JAKE DUNNIWAY, QB, ST. MARY'S


By HAROLD ABEND
Prep2Prep

St. Mary’s senior quarterback and Prep2Prep Sac-Joaquin Section Player of the Year Jake Dunniway has this thing about numbers, and that’s not only while playing football but in the classroom as well.

On the field the 6-2, 190-pound Dunniway was at or near the top of the SJS in just about every statistical category. He was first in passing yardage with 4,066 yards, first in QB rating with 138.2, tied for second in completion percentage at .678, third in touchdown passes with 46, and close to the leaders with only nine interceptions in 329 attempted passes.

In the classroom Dunniway carries a hefty 4.2 GPA and not surprisingly his favorite subjects have to do with numbers.

“I’m a math kind of guy,” Dunniway remarked. “My favorite subjects are science and biology but I’m into algebra and calculus, and I’m taking AP statistics.”

It was pretty obvious Dunniway was an AP-type of quarterback beginning last season when he threw for 2,584 yards and 26 TDs with only four interceptions for an astronomical 139.5 QB rating for a team that went 10-3 after losing to Folsom in the SJS D1 semifinals.

This season he came out strong in a season-opening 63-35 victory over Serra-San Mateo. Teammate and P2P Junior of the Year Dusty Frampton did a lot of the heavy lifting in the Serra win but Dunniway was a pinpoint 12 for 16 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. He was on target the next week after completing 17-of-22 passes for 282 yards and four TDs in a 49-32 win over Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa. He had six TDs and 386 yards the following week in a romp over Central Catholic-Modesto.

Dunniway struggled in a 55-16 loss to CIF Open Division champion St. John Bosco-Bellflower but his 161 yards with two TDs and two interceptions were as good as anyone did against the nation’s No. 2 team this season.

“Bosco knocked the tar out of him and he kept getting up and playing. Those kinds of things are an indication of great mental toughness,” St. Mary’s coach Tony Franks told the Stockton Record.

It would seem to be almost a given that to play at the highest level of high school football in California with the kind of success he had in a two-year varsity career, and also have an above “A” GPA takes mental toughness, and Dunniway certainly proved that to be true.

In between running clock games in which Franks often used him sparingly, his first 400-yard performance of the season came in a 57-21 victory over Tracy. Against the boys from the town where he lives, Dunniway passed for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

Come playoff time his accuracy continued with a 16 for 20 passing performance for 316 yards and five TDs in a 44-7 romp against Pitman-Turlock. The following week he was 12-of-17 for 322 yards and two TDs in a surprisingly easy 61-21 SJS Division I semifinal win over Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills.

In a rematch with Folsom, only this time in the SJS D1 championship game at Sacramento State, Dunniway only passed for 254 yards but was pinpoint once again after completing 15-of-20 passes with four going for scores.

“The Folsom game was a revenge game for us,” Dunniway said. “We knew we were capable, and going into the season the goal was to get to a state championship, but we knew we would have to win a section title and get past Folsom, so the focus was on playing our best.”

Dunniway had some problems against Freedom-Oakley in the CIF Northern Regional Division 1-AA Bowl Game but the Rams pulled out a 49-40 victory and headed back to Sacramento State for the CIF 1-AA Bowl Game and a match-up with Cathedral Catholic-San Diego.

St. Mary’s ended the season 14-2 after a 38-35 overtime loss to the Dons in the state title game, but Dunniway did everything he could while hitting the 400-yard passing plateau after throwing for a season and career high 415 yards with four TDs and one interception on season and career highs of 45 passes and 30 completions.

The Rams fell a tad short of the ultimate goal but Dunniway went out with a bang in leading St. Mary’s to the greatest season in school history.

Teammates

Dunniway is kind of known as a jokester amongst his teammates and according to the Rams signal-caller everyone had a place on this year’s team from himself as a team leader and as one of those “funny guys” that tended to “stand out” to others that were “quiet and laid back.” Overall they compiled a “diverse group,” he said.

“What I admired about all my teammates was they’re all really hard working. They had great work ethic,” Dunniway said. “My favorite thing was being able to relate to a bunch of different guys.”

Under the radar

When folks think of the top recruits on St. Mary’s this season the names that most readily come to mind are Oregon-committed defensive tackle Popo Aumavae, Sacramento State-bound wide receiver Dewey Cotton, and Cal-offered junior lineman Max Barth.

Dunniway’s name doesn’t come up because despite what he showed in taking St. Mary’s to the second-highest CIF Bowl Game in the competitive equity formula, and putting up numbers against a top-notch overall schedule, the Stockton Record MVP and Player of the Year, SJS MVP and Black Hat Football Offensive Player of the Year astonishingly still does not have a single college offer.

He does have an offer to walk on at UC Davis but has expressed interest to play at the next level, although UC Davis and his future plans go hand in hand, so football could be over.

Baseball leads to a lofty career choice

Now that his high school football career is over, Dunniway says he will try out for baseball again this year after playing as a freshman and focusing on football his sophomore and junior seasons. However, it’s a broken ankle he suffered before his sophomore baseball season that has been pivotal in his future plans.

“Ever since I broke my ankle I became interested in becoming an orthopedic surgeon so UC Davis is a fit for going on to medical school,” Dunniway said.

His future career choice may outweigh pursuing a college football career at a school that’s not a fit, so walking on as an Aggie could keep football in his blood but allow him to pursue a path to becoming a doctor.

Whatever Jake Dunniway decides to do with his life, the 2017 Prep2Prep CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Player of the Year has the total package to become a huge success.


Coach of the Year
TONY FRANKS, ST. MARY'S


St. Mary's head coach Tony Franks has led his team to 10 or more wins three years in a row and is the Prep2Prep SJS Coach of the Year.

By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep

Success under coach Tony Franks has become a given at St. Mary’s in Stockton, a program which has won 10 or more games in each of the last three years, and seven times in the last decade. That includes a Division 1 section title in 2008, with an earlier title under Franks in 2004.

This season, however, the Rams took that success to another level, dominating all comers in Northern California, and winning 14 games en route to a berth in the CIF 1-AA title game.

Franks did not give his team an easy path to success this season, scheduling the best teams he could find, which resulted in a pair of wins over eventual section champions to start the year, throttling both Serra-San Mateo and Cardinal Newman. The lone regular season loss came via a colossal piece of scheduling, as the Rams headed down to Whittier College, where they fell to eventual CIF Open Division champion St. John Bosco.

After the loss to Bosco, it took nine weeks before the Rams even received a challenge from an opponent, dominating TCAL opponents by a combined score of 303-42. The domination continued in the Division 1 section playoffs, where St. Mary’s beat Modesto and Pitman by a combined score of 108-14 before racing past Oak Ridge, 61-21.

That set up a section championship game against four-time defending champion Folsom, in a game that was never really in doubt. The Rams executed Franks’ game plan, dominating on both lines to rack up 565 yards of offense, while also sacking Folsom quarterback Joe Curry five times. They scored 35 first-half points and cruised to the 56-25 win, clinching a section title and advancing to the CIF regional playoffs.

“Coach Franks knows how to win and has a system to get the best out of his players,” said St. Mary’s quarterback Jake Dunniway. “This year was special because we did a lot of incredible things and made history for our school. Everyone knows how important this program and this school is to him, and because of that, it is just as important to us as players.”

The Rams were matched up with NCS Open Division runner-up Freedom in the 1-AA regional final, but even though the teams had no opponents in common, there was plenty of familiarity heading into the game. For the past decade, the two programs had been attending the same session of camp at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. They would practice next to each other, scrimmage each other, and the coaching staffs got familiar with each other during nightly barbecues.

The Falcons’ athletic defense slowed the St. Mary’s passing game on that night, so Franks masterfully adjusted his attack, and the Rams responded by running for 464 yards and prevailing, 49-40, to reach the state final against Cathedral Catholic-San Diego.

Though St. Mary’s fell short of its ultimate goal by three points, 38-35, the Rams still had over 600 yards of offense and made a statement on the biggest stage. It was an eerily similar ending to the 2008 season, when the Dons held off the Rams, 37-34, despite nearly 500 yards of offense from the St. Mary’s attack.

Despite the loss to end the year, the feeling around the St. Mary’s program is an overwhelmingly positive one, and no one around the Rams’ community has any intention on changing that atmosphere.

“Playing for Coach Franks is one of the best experiences to be a part of, simply because he really cares about his players,” said St. Mary’s junior running back Dusty Frampton. “He does a great job at passing on his knowledge of football to his players, while still making practice fun.”

The target has been on the back of the St. Mary’s program for a long time with Franks at the helm. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon, and if this year’s scheduling was any indication, the challenges will continue to come their way, with the same expectation of success.

For taking on those challenges, meeting them head on, and prevailing all the way to a section title and state final, Tony Franks is the Prep2Prep 2016 Sac-Joaquin Section Coach of the Year.


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Jake Dunniway, St. Mary’s
Position: Quarterback
Year: Senior

The overall SJS Player of the Year completed an amazing 68 percent of his passes, for 4,066 yards and 46 touchdowns, carrying the Rams to the CIF 1-AA championship game, where he threw for a season-high 415 yards and four scores. He was also named regional Player of the Year by The Record in Stockton.


Elijah Dotson, Antelope
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

Dotson had an amazing senior season for the Titans, who won their first 12 games as he carried the ball for 2,223 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 9.8 yards per carry. His 287-yard performance against Grant in the section quarterfinals lifted Antelope to a one-point win and semifinal appearance.



Dusty Frampton, St. Mary’s
Position: Running Back
Year: Junior

Frampton was nothing short of incredible in his junior campaign, and was a hands-down choice for Prep2Prep SJS Junior of the Year. He started the year with a massive 265-yard, six-touchdown performance against eventual CCS champ and CIF finalist Serra, and put the cherry on top with a 359-yard, five-score outing in the CIF 1-AA regional final win over Freedom. For the season, he ran for 2,345 yards and 42 touchdowns, averaging 9.1 yards per carry.



Will Semone, Oakdale
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

The Modesto Bee’s Player of the Year, Semone flourished in the Oakdale system this season after transferring from Central Catholic. He ran for a Stanislaus District-record 2,851 yards this season, including 337 yards in Oakdale’s Division 3 title game win over Christian Brothers and 303 more the following week in a CIF regional victory over Sutter.

Even then, Semone wasn’t done. He capped his phenomenal year with a 219-yard, six-touchdown performance against Bishop’s in the CIF title game. That gave him an astounding 1,684 yards in six post-season games.



Dewey Cotton, St. Mary’s
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

The TCAL’s Offensive Player of the Year racked up 82 catches for 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding nearly 300 more yards and four scores on the ground. The Sacramento State commit posted 12-catch outings in two of the Rams’ biggest games, an out-of-section win over NCS champion Cardinal Newman and in the state final against Cathedral Catholic.



Drake Stallworth, Folsom
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

Stallworth was the go-to guy in Folsom’s spread offense, and he produced with 61 catches for 1,224 yards and 19 touchdowns. Against Idaho power Coeur d’Alene, the Hawaii commit had 246 yards and four scores, and later put up a huge 173-yard outing in the Division 1 semifinals against Elk Grove.


Cutrell Haywood, Stagg
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

The Most Valuable Player in the SJAA, Haywood came into every game with a target on his back and facing everyone’s top defender, but still came away with 100 catches for 1,644 yards and 22 touchdowns. The dual-sport standout (basketball) didn’t get any rest, either, playing on defense, where he had 30 tackles, five interceptions, and nine pass break-ups.



Jimmy Jaggers, Roseville
Position: Tight End
Year: Senior

The UCLA commit made the most of his targets in the passing game, averaging nearly 19 yards per catch, with 15 catches for 283 yards and two scores. He also set the edge for a run game which averaged over 200 yards per game, and produced defensively, with eight sacks and nine tackles for a loss.



Parker Blomquist, Oak Ridge
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Sierra Foothill League’s Lineman of the Year, Blomquist anchored the line for an offense which averaged just shy of 400 yards per game, with nearly 230 yards per game on the ground. The two-way force for the Trojans was also disruptive on defense with 105 total tackles, six tackles for a loss, six sacks, and five pass break-ups.



Cole Norgaard, St. Mary’s
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The dual-sport athlete (basketball) was named the TCAL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, and anchored a group which dominated all year, especially in highly visible games such as the section championship and CIF regional final. The Washington commit led the way up front for an offense which averaged 486 yards per game, and racked up over 600 yards in each of the final two games this season



Nico Sarale, Oakdale
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Junior

The returning starter continued to produce for the Mustangs’ dominant offensive line, earning first-team All-VOL honors in his second year up front, and opening holes for Semone all the way through the state championship game.



Chris Martinez, Pitman
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The San Diego State commit led the way for a rushing attack which averaged 256 yards per game, and helped carry the Pride to nine straight wins and a Division 1 quarterfinal appearance.



Kyle Reis, Manteca
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Junior

The first-team All-VOL selection enabled the Buffaloes to be multi-faceted this season, as the team averaged 373 yards per game, with over 200 yards per game on the ground. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound junior figures to be one of the top linemen anywhere next season, and along with the return of quarterback Gino Campiotti, should lay the foundation for an exciting 2017 campaign at Mante



Mason Hurst, Del Oro
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The Prep2Prep SJS Senior of the Year and the Sacramento Bee’s Player of the Year did everything for the Golden Eagles. Hurst had 78 catches for 1,615 yards and 17 touchdowns as a receiver, ran for 165 yards and a touchdown, and added 75 tackles with four tackles for a loss and two interceptions as a defensive back. For good measure, in a win over Capital Christian, the Cal Poly commit had both a kickoff and punt return for scores.



Bryce Wade, Central Catholic
Position: Kicker
Year: Senior

Wade drilled 36 kickoffs into the end zone, while converting 50 of 51 extra points this season. He also hit four field goals, with a long of 38 yards.



FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Popo Aumavae, St. Mary’s
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Oregon commit was named the TCAL Defensive Lineman of the Year, and drew constant extra attention from every offensive line and blocking back the Rams faced this season. Despite that, he still totaled 39 tackles, five sacks, and four tackles for a loss as the guy who made it possible for everyone else to get in the backfield.


Tucker Fisk, Davis
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Stanford commit could have been named first-team as either a tight end or defensive end, and we decided to place the Co-MVP of the Delta League on the defensive side. Fisk was a dominant force at defensive end, with 73 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 11 tackles for a loss. He also blocked two kicks and recovered three fumbles. Offensively, he added 39 catches for 439 yards and four touchdowns.



Josh Falo, Inderkum
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Sacramento Bee’s Defensive Player of the Year, Falo spearheaded the front seven of an Inderkum unit which forced 32 turnovers and carried the Tigers to a Tri-County Conference title and an appearance in the Division 2 title game. The hybrid linebacker-defensive end is also one of the top tight ends in the country, and could have been listed on either side of the ball. Defensively, he was avoided by opposing offenses. Offensively, he had 21 catches for 410 yards and eight touchdowns.



DJ Johnson, Burbank
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Miami commit was absolutely dominant for the Titans this season, racking up 85 tackles with 15 sacks and 31 tackles for a loss, coming off the edge for Burbank. He also forced five fumbles and returned one of his three fumble recoveries for a touchdown, in an early win over Laguna Creek.



Ariel Ngata, Folsom
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Bulldogs’ defensive end and Washington commit held the edge with 65 tackles, including 15 tackles for a loss. As a pass rusher, he added 6.5 sacks and seven quarterback hurries.



Jake Bellecci, Elk Grove
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The four-year varsity player led the Thundering Herd to an 11-win season, with 84 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for a loss. He also had two sacks and forced three fumbles.



Aarmon Euwing, Christian Brothers
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The versatile Euwing was a force all over the field from his linebacker spot. He racked up 100 tackles, including 22 tackles for a loss, with four sacks and two interceptions.



Jalend Dinwiddie, Stagg
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

Dinwiddie was a pure force at the second level for the Delta Kings’ defense, racking up 163 total tackles to go with eight sacks, four blocked punts, and two fumble recoveries. He was named the SJAA’s Scholar Player of the Year.



Mustafa Noel-Johnson, Turlock
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

Another hybrid outside linebacker-defensive end type, Noel-Johnson was named the CCC’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, and racked up over 100 tackles as the Bulldogs captured the Central California Conference title and downed Lincoln-Stockton in the first round of the playoffs.



Aaric Holt, Downey
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The MMC Defensive Player of the Year, Holt had 149 total tackles to go with 12 tackles for a loss, four sacks, and three interceptions. He is also a three-sport athlete for the Knights.



Keaton Hampton, St. Mary’s
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

TCAL and SJS opponents alike are glad to Hampton go, after he broke up 16 passes this season and blocked two kicks. Those numbers just added to his 42 tackles and five tackles for a loss for the sure-handed and aggressive secondary player. He could have also gone on the offensive side of the ball here, after hauling in 47 catches for 1,132 yards and a team-high 16 touchdowns, giving him over 2,500 yards and 31 receiving touchdowns in his three-year varsity career.



Cameron Stone, Oak Ridge
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Stone was a lockdown defender for the Trojans, registering eight interceptions with 14 pass break-ups and 58 total tackles. He also added 470 yards and five receiving touchdowns.



Lawrence Hardy, Grant
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Hardy was a two-way standout for the Pacers this season, with 73 solo tackles, five interceptions, and three fumble recoveries on defense. He also had 871 yards and nine touchdowns through the air, and scored in six different ways. Aside from the nine receiving touchdowns, Hardy scored once on the ground, on an interception return, a fumble return, punt return, and kickoff return, for a total of 14 touchdowns.



Alex Cook, Sheldon
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Explosive as a receiver and returner, Cook was also a sure-handed tackler on defense, and one with a nose for the ball when it came his way. He had 92 tackles with five pass break-ups, while scoring on punt and kickoff returns. Offensively, the Washington commit had nearly 900 yards from scrimmage with 11 touchdowns.



Trajon Cotton, Inderkum
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The do-everything Cotton was a leader on both sides of the ball during the Tigers’ 11-win season and run to the section championship game. Offensively, the Pac-12 prospect threw for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns, with just interceptions, and added 333 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He was arguably more impactful on defense, where he had 63 tackles, five interceptions, and three fumble recoveries.



Stone Smartt, Del Oro
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

The Northern Arizona commit capped a standout high school career by leading the Golden Eagles to a section title and state title game berth. Smartt threw for 3,021 yards and 29 touchdowns, while completing 69 percent of his passes. He also ran for 879 yards and 11 scores.



SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Joe Curry, Folsom
Position: Quarterback
Year: Senior

In his first year as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback, Curry flourished, and was the MVP of the Sierra Foothill League as a result, throwing for 3,875 yards and 53 touchdowns. His first game was a 564-yard, six-touchdown performance against Coeur d’Alene-Idaho, and he shined in the section semifinals against Elk Grove, with a 415-yard, four-score effort in that game.


Jared Rice, Central Catholic
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

Rice ran for 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was named MVP of the Valley Oak League. He topped the 100-yard mark in seven straight games, including back-to-back three-touchdown games against Sierra and East Union.


Tyree Marcelle, Grant
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

The 5-foot-7 senior was purely explosive for the Pacers, running for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns. Marcelle topped the 200-yard mark in five different games, including back-to-back efforts over 270 yards in late season games against Jesuit and Granite Bay.


Tariq Hollandsworth, Sacramento
Position: Running Back
Year: Senior

The UNLV commit was a primary reason why the Dragons exploded on the scene this year, and erased Folsom’s winning streak against section teams. He ran for 1,569 yards and 23 touchdowns, including a season-high 271 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff win over Stagg, and 268 yards in the upset win over Folsom.



Marcellus Boykins-Hall, Ceres
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

Boykins-Hall led all of the Stanislaus District with 78 catches and 1,145 yards receiving, to go with nine touchdowns. That included a career night against Patterson, with 11 catches for 192 yards and two scores. For his career, the three-year varsity player finished with 2,144 yards through the air.



Chris Volek, El Dorado
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

Volek completed a phenomenal varsity career for the Cougars, snagging 72 balls for 983 yards and 10 touchdowns, despite entering the year with a big target on his back and receiving plenty of extra attention from defensive backfields. For his career, he finished with 2,285 yards and 28 scores over the last two seasons.



Calvin Grover, Downey
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

The MMC Offensive Player of the Year led the way with 73 catches for 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns, giving him over 1,800 yards through the air in the last two years. Highlights included a 189-yard effort against Patterson, and a 10-catch, 180-yard game in a 30-28 win over Beyer.



Brenden Hall, Vista del Lago
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Senior

Hall was the top recipient of the Eagles’ prolific passing game, with 98 catches for 1,491 yards and 22 touchdowns. He topped the 200-yard mark three times, including a 14-catch, 246-yard performance against El Camino.



Miquan Maxey, Lincoln-Stockton
Position: Tight End
Year: Senior

The dual-sport athlete racked up 59 catches for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, and topped the 100-yard mark on five different occasions. That included four straight games late in the season, where he scored in all four.



Orlando Umana, Grant
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Utah commit anchored a Pacers’ line which opened holes for a running game to average 215 yards per game.



Zack Rickard, Antelope
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Titans averaged 465 yards of offense per game, including nearly 300 yards per game on the ground.



Jarett Carl, St. Mary’s
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Carl anchored the center of the Rams’ line, earning first-team All-TCAL honors in the process. With him in the middle, the offense averaged 486 yards per game. The three-year starter also holds a 4.4 GPA.



Jacob Geist, Los Banos
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The three-year starter at tackle for the Tigers was named the WAC’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year, leading them to an eight-win season and playoff berth.



Dalton Heryford, Del Oro
Position: Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Playing center in the Golden Eagles’ explosive offense, which averaged over 450 yards per game, Heryford played bigger than his six-foot frame. He was a key component up front for their march to a CIF championship game.



Aaron Thomas, Lincoln-Stockton
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Thomas was a threat with his arm and his legs for the Lincoln offense, guiding their offense by completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,572 yards and 27 touchdowns, while adding another 522 yards and seven scores on the ground.



Marcus Aponte, St. Mary’s
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

For the year, Aponte had 62 catches for 1,092 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 10 catches and two scores in the CIF championship game. Defensively, he had 49 tackles, three tackles for a loss, two pass break-ups, and a forced fumble. He also returned kicks and punts during the year.



Gino Campiotti, Manteca
Position: Utility
Year: Junior

Campiotti was named the Outstanding Offensive Player of the VOL, and got it done in multiple facets of the game. He threw for 2,101 yards and 24 touchdowns, with only five interceptions, while adding 402 yards and eight scores on the ground. For good measure, he was the Buffaloes’ kicker and punter, drilling 58 of 63 extra points and 3 of 4 field goals. He’s also currently averaging 14 points and six rebounds per game on the hardwood.



Devin Hardaway, Liberty Ranch
Position: Kicker
Year: Senior

Hardaway showcased a strong leg all year for the Hawks, drilling 7 of 10 field goals, with a long of 50 yards, while also converting 37 of 39 extra points.



SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Jordan Stinhilver, St. Mary’s
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The first-team All-TCAL selection had a monster year for the Rams, with 13 sacks to go with his 64 tackles. In the section title game against Folsom, he shined the brightest with four sacks. He also returned an interception for a touchdown in an early-season shutout of Central Catholic.


Israel Luna, Del Oro
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Luna was an unstoppable force at times for the Golden Eagles’ defensive front, anchoring the interior with 13 sacks and 25 tackles for a loss, among his 62 tackles. He had 42 tackles for a loss over the past two seasons.



Bolaji Akinyemi, Tracy
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Junior

Named the Defensive Player of the Year in the TCAL, Akinyemi had 41 total tackles, including 10 tackles for a loss, while also forcing four fumbles and recovering six others.



Eric Mejia, Central Valley
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

Named Most Valuable Player in the WAC, Mejia was a force for the league champion Hawks. He had a total of 18 stops behind the line of scrimmage, and 42 total tackles. He had five tackles for a loss and two sacks in a key performance against West-Tracy.



Victor Jones, Inderkum
Position: Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior

The Wyoming commit wreaked havoc up front for the Tigers, with 79 tackles, three sacks, and five tackles for a loss. He also displayed his athleticism with an interception return for a touchdown in a non-league win over Moreau Catholic.



Camrion Davis, Del Oro
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

A force on both sides of the ball, Davis got his rest on defense in the one-sided wins, but produced with 6.5 tackles for a loss among his 39 stops, to go with a pair of sacks and an interception. He had seven tackles in the section championship game win over Inderkum, then had a six-tackle performance with two tackles for a loss and a sack in the regional win over Bakersfield. Offensively, he ran for 1,038 yards and 12 touchdowns.



Montell Bland, Central Catholic
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The two-way standout was dominant at linebacker, racking up 68 tackles with three sacks, three tackles for a loss, and an interception this season. In addition, the UC Davis commit ran for 774 yards and 14 touchdowns.



Brad Canepa, Sonora
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The Wildcats’ middle linebacker and Mother Lode Co-MVP was a force on defense this season, recording 140 total tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss. And he was far from a one-dimensional player, adding 521 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the offensive side.



Robert Moreno, Bear Creek
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

The Bruins’ stalwart on the inside, Moreno was in on 170 total stops this season, with 104 solo tackles, six tackles for a loss, and six sacks. He also added two interceptions, both in a win over Franklin.



Brad Jenner, Folsom
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior

In 11 games this season, Jenner racked up 87 tackles, with eight tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. His impact might have been most noticeable when he was not on the field; injured and unable to play in the section title game against St. Mary’s, Jenner watched as the Bulldogs surrendered 56 points to the Rams.



Tyler Green, Christian Brothers
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Sophomore

The Prep2Prep SJS Sophomore of the Year led the section in interceptions with 12, but was far from a one-dimensional player on defense. He added 44 tackles, and had over 500 all-purpose yards in a variety of roles for the Falcons.



Davion Ross, Inderkum
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Junior

Ross was a big-time playmaker in the Tigers’ secondary, finishing the year with 44 tackles and nine interceptions. Offensively, Ross added 343 yards and four touchdowns from scrimmage.



Ulonzo Gilliam, Jr., Merced
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Senior

Gilliam was debated as an offensive, defensive, or utility player, and any place would have suited his skills fine here. He had 103 tackles and six tackles for a loss on the defensive side, with two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. Offensively, he had nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage with 25 touchdowns.



Tre Jenkins III, St. Mary’s
Position: Defensive Back
Year: Junior

The first-team All-TCAL defensive back played many roles for the Rams, but was phenomenal defensively, with 93 tackles, six interceptions, and four fumble recoveries. He added another five touchdowns on the offensive side.



Robert Holt, Monterey Trail
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Holt was the virtual swiss army knife for the Mustangs. He had over 1,700 yards from scrimmage on the offensive side, accounting for 20 touchdowns, registered 86 tackles with three tackles for a loss and a trio of interceptions on the defensive side, and averaged nearly 38 yards per punt.



Devan Bass, Pitman
Position: Utility
Year: Senior

Bass did it all for the Pride, scoring 23 touchdowns in five different ways. That included 15 rushing touchdowns, to go with 1,036 yards on the ground. He added close to 400 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while also scoring on a fumble return, interception return, and twice on punt returns.



Marco Baldacchino, Oak Ridge
Position: Utility
Year: Junior

The offensive MVP of the Sierra Foothill League had a massive season for the Trojans, accounting for over 2,800 yards and 39 touchdowns from scrimmage. He was just nine rushing yards shy of being part of the 1,000-1,000 club as a quarterback, for passing and rushing yards.



THIRD TEAM OFFENSE:

QUARTERBACK: Austin Spinelli (Napa), Brent Schaeffer (Vista del Lago), Jayden Machado (Elk Grove), Tyler Vander Waal (Christian Brothers), Danny Velasquez (Turlock)

RUNNING BACK: Sean Madigan (Napa), Zach Orman (Galt), Dalton Gee (Del Oro), Reuben Lee (Brookside Christian), Cody Rentfro (Hilmar), Griffin Genzoli (Hughson), Graylon Lindsey (Sheldon), Andrew Rapacon (American Canyon)

WIDE RECEIVER: Justin Williams (Brookside Christian), Nate Eschleman (Union Mine), Justin Kraft (Whitney), Gavin Reinwald (Elk Grove), Jonathon Amadi (Jesuit), Matt Marengo (Christian Brothers), Jemaurri Bailey (Vanden)

TIGHT END: Ty Beidelman (Ripon Christian), Ryan Watson (Cosumnes Oaks), Spencer Webb (Christian Brothers)

OFFENSIVE LINE: Jesus Ochoa (Vintage-Napa), Jake Levengood (Vacaville), Ryan Williams (Lincoln-Stockton), Tyler Bowers (Downey), Taylor Tonda (Granite Bay), Dominic Splan (Tracy), Brandon Williamson (Central Catholic)

UTILITY: Calvin Brownholtz (Jesuit), D’Marcus Ross (Capital Christian), Isaiah Ajayi (Woodcreek), Hassani Zackery (Edison), Daylan Thetford (Amador), Malcome Green (Downey)

KICKER: Maximo Rodriguez (Linden), Donovan Haynes (Laguna Creek), Fernando Esparza (El Dorado), RJ Moorhouse (Cosumnes Oaks)



THIRD TEAM DEFENSE:

DEFENSIVE LINE: Justin Kakala (Manteca), Tre Tuipuloto Willis, Jr. (Lathrop), Dylan Weltmer (Beyer), Toby Silva (Orestimba), Hayden Simpson (Roseville), Hunter Halverson (Del Oro), Kelechi Njoku (Cordova)

LINEBACKER: Ferrin Manuleleua (Manteca), Jace Krick (Oakdale), Seth Tennis (McNair), Bishop Brown (Monterey Trail), Ryan Gatoloai (Inderkum), Kaderro Tamondong (Franklin-Elk Grove)

DEFENSIVE BACK: Kane Rodgers (Sonora), Braxton Howze (Downey), Trey Overton (Rocklin), Eric Davis (Folsom), Garrett Chapman (Antelope), Dawson Weber (Pleasant Grove), Isaiah Downes (Lincoln-Stockton), DaRon Bland (Central Catholic), Bronson Harmon (Oakdale)



HONORABLE MENTION:

AMADOR: Andrew Keeter, Logan Hawkins, Juan Herrera, Brandon Wright
ANTELOPE: Nick Spagnola, Logan Paulson, Jacob Pinola
ARGONAUT: Ryan Albiani
BEAR CREEK: Tre Wortham
BEAR RIVER: Austin Baze
BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN: Vito Merritt
BRADSHAW CHRISTIAN: Mateo Bromstead, Gerrett Robbins
BRET HARTE: Colin Preston
BROOKSIDE CHRISTIAN: Jalen Williams, Nate Banks
BURBANK: Levelle Bailey, Taniela Fisilau
CALAVERAS: Noah Preuss, Nick Quiniday
CAPITAL CHRISTIAN: Jacob Norville, Justin Alexander, Sean Goings, Andrew Sullivan
CENTER: Robbie Donnell
CENTRAL VALLEY: Jonathan Barragan
CERES: Chris Lubinsky, Conner Johnson
CHAVEZ: Leo Gayles III
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS: Joe McCarley, Jamarri Jackson, Jack O’Hearn
COLFAX: Garren O’Keefe, Marc Avila
CORDOVA: Deante McCullough, Xavier Johnson
COSUMNES OAKS: Deante McCullough, Xavier Johnson
DAVIS: John Lagatutta, Ish Perez, Will Smith
DEL CAMPO: Greg Cabral
DEL ORO: Jack Beeman, Tatou Martinson
DELHI: Jesse Flores, Sam Cortez
DELTA: Nick Barnett, Jacob Rapp
DENAIR: Joe Brasil, Justin Steeley
DIXON: Ben Nefzger
DOWNEY: Brett Neves
EAST UNION: Jack Weaver
EDISON: Jordan Whatley
EL CAMINO: Dale Armstrong, Jahari Kirkendoll
EL DORADO: Aaron Golmitz, Colton Bliss
ELK GROVE: Jon Pochop, Dylan Eldred, Jonas McMillan, Damario McClean
ENOCHS: Travis Graham
ESCALON: Blue Capps, CJ Gumbs
FLORIN: Steven Lu
FOLSOM: Jack Sa, Brandon Rupchock, Keoni Zagata-Vera
FOOTHILL: Vernon Robertson
FRANKLIN-ELK GROVE: Brady Johnson, Jalen Lampley
FRANKLIN-STOCKTON: Damion Pursley
GOLDEN VALLEY: Cadrian McDaniel
GRANITE BAY: Alex Martinez, Drew Yeargin
GRANT: Niti Lui
GREGORI: Evan Camarena
GUSTINE: Oliver Perez
HILMAR: Klay Ferris, Ethan Jones
HUGHSON: Anthony Bridgman
INDERKUM: Leevi Lafaele, Isaiah Crocker, Sateki Tupoi, Logan Benoit
JESUIT: Conner Bellinger, Jason Gallagher, Lorenzo Burkes
KENNEDY: Earl Averette
KIMBALL: Ryan Rivera
LAGUNA CREEK: Chuelue Vang
LATHROP: Idowu Olaleye
LE GRAND: Travis Johnson
LIBERTY RANCH: Kamil Jones
LINCOLN: Ryan Graham, Charles Middleton
LINCOLN-STOCKTON: Izaiah Celestine, Will George, Nick Englesby, Demond Short
LINDHURST: Roland Vaitautolu
LIVINGSTON: Justin Reimann, Miles Pennington
LODI: Cole Carouba
LOS BANOS: Chris Kyles
MANTECA: Kameron Beamon, Jose Garcia, Devyn Gonzales, Vincent Ferro
MARIPOSA COUNTY: Josh Land, Ryan Leonard
MARYSVILLE: Chase Tarr, Andrew Hoang
MCCLATCHY: Adam Mier
MCNAIR: Austin Sith, Armando Martinez
MERCED: Dustin James, John Becerra
MESA VERDE: Mark McGee, Jr.
MODESTO CHRISTIAN: Joseph Yanez, Chris Brown
MONTEREY TRAIL: Wayne Doroen, Bishop Brown
MOUNTAIN HOUSE: Jalen Hill
NAPA: Leo Rodriguez
NATOMAS: Jamar Walker
NEVADA UNION: Hayden Fay
OAK RIDGE: Bryan Catchings, Truman Andrus, Justin Peorio, Nate Otto
OAKDALE: Cameron Cherry
OAKMONT: Connor Gagain, Jake Knapp
ORESTIMBA: Drew Martin, Josh Barron
PACHECO: TK Teneng
PIONEER: Isaac Michel
PLACER: Joey Capra, Logan Moore, Anthony Karigan, Mario Perez
RIO LINDA: Wayne Davis
RIO VISTA: Ryan Mackey, Dakota Mills
RIPON: Aaron Paschini, Bryce Kinsey, Luis Candido
RIPON CHRISTIAN: Jake Beukelman
RIVER VALLEY: Jojo Penn, Dylan de la Vega
RIVERBANK: Jalen Spikes
ROCKLIN: Blayden Brown
ROSEMONT: Jordan McKay
ROSEVILLE: Nico Andrada, Brendan McMinn
SACRAMENTO: Jalien Henderson, Jaime Cousey, Tarez Hollandsworth
SHELDON: Chancellor LaChapelle, Brandon Erwing
SIERRA: Mark Vicente, Jacob Peterson
SONORA: Josh Harris, Killian Rosko
ST. MARY'S: Mikie Prefling, Keller Salmon, David Ford, Shawn Villegas
STAGG: Stephon Favela, Kobe Taylor
STONE RIDGE CHRISTIAN: Jonathan Collazo
SUMMERVILLE: Alex Prevost
TOKAY: Cory Glasgow
TRACY: Clayton Borges, Josh Alvarado
TURLOCK CHRISTIAN: Nathan Son
UNION MINE: Mike Griffiths
VACAVILLE: Tim Jackson
VALLEY: Michael Person
VANDEN: Stefan Koss
VISTA DEL LAGO: Blake Tuter, Dominick Norris
WEST: James Jones
WESTON RANCH: Albert White, Bryant Bowen, Jr., Andrew Farley
WHITNEY: Jake Cruz, Nick Eaton
WILL C WOOD: Carson Strong, Asa Wondeh
WOODCREEK: Tyler England
YUBA CITY: Maddux Bebout, Brenndon Shalowitz