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Quick-hitting, behind-the-scenes news and notes from the CalHiSports.com staff, including previews of upcoming content and events.

FB: Upset Special of Week

Each week on Thursdays, we’ll pick one game involving a team in the Top 50 of our state rankings that we think has the best chance to suffer an upset loss. We’ll see if we can nail a few of them during the season. Picking 70 percent of wins is easy for any prep writer. But just stick to upsets and it’s not so easy.
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Sac-Joaquin Section Top 5: RBs

We are happy to announce that for the fifth straight year the CalHiSports.com web site and Cal-Hi Sports will be part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.
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CIF Central Sec: A perfect Wolfe

Here’s some record updates and highlights of top players & teams from the recent week as reported to us from CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett of Fresno. Bob has done phenomenal work on behalf of CIF Central Section schools, athletes and coaches for more than 40 years.

FOOTBALL
Quarterback Blake Wolfe of Sanger was perfect for the game by going for 13 of 13 for 206 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-7 win by the defending D2 section champs over Clovis East. Wolfe tied for the third best for completions without a miss in section history. Wolfe’s favorite target was talented Jalen Cropper with seven receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Jasper Berumen of Granite Hills (Porterville) rushed for a career high of 225 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 14-7 over Orosi.

Jacob Torrez from top-ranked section team Central of Fresno had a career high with nine receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown from junior quarterback Trent Tompkins in a 30-3 victory against visiting Liberty of Bakersfield. Tompkins also passed for 216 yards for the game.

Senior kicker Eli Riofrio from Clovis West of Fresno had a career night by making three field goals and three PATs for 12 kicking points in a 30-9 win over Edison (Fresno). One field goal measured 49 yards, the third best in school history. Eli also now has 18 field goals for his career.

Quarterback Braden Wingle of Bakersfield Christian is starting to warm for the season. He passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-6 win over Mission Oak of Tulare.

Senior Kazmeir Allen of Tulare had a sold game against Redwood of Visalia by rushing for a season high of 210 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 42-6 win by the Tribe over the Rangers.


NEW Sac-Joaquin Sec Top 20

Once again, since the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is the one for our home base in Stockton, we’ll put together a weekly Top 20 for that section this season. Watch the FOX40 Final Quarter on Fridays at 11 p.m. for all the highlights and to see our latest SJS Top 5 List.

(After results of Saturday, Sept. 9)
(Previous rank in parentheses)

Tracy running back Mason Sarsfield has displayed great athleticism at camps and combines. Photo: Mark Tennis.


1. (2) Folsom 3-0

2. (3) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 3-0

3. (4) Granite Bay 3-0

4. (5) Manteca 3-0

5. (12) Central Catholic (Modesto) 2-0

6. (1) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 2-1

7. (7) Del Oro (Loomis) 2-1

8. (6) Oakdale 2-1

9. (8) Inderkum (Sacramento) 3-0

10. (9) Rocklin 3-0

11. (10) Sacramento 3-0

12. (11) Jesuit (Carmichael) 1-2

13. (13) Vacaville 2-1

14. (14) Grant (Sacramento) 2-1

15. (15) Franklin (Elk Grove) 2-0

16. (17) Antelope 3-0

17. (18) Elk Grove 1-2

18. (NR) Tracy 2-1

19. (19) Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 2-0

20. (NR) Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 2-0

Dropped Out: Previous No. 16 Capital Christian (Sacramento); No. 20 Whitney (Rocklin).

Teams That Have Losses: St. Mary’s (lost 20-7 to Central Catholic); Oakdale (49-28 to Folsom); Vacaville (lost 24-23 to Oak Ridge); Del Oro (lost 30-13 to Timpview of Utah); Grant (lost 24-0 to Rocklin); Jesuit (31-21 to Granite Bay & 55-9 to Folsom); Elk Grove (31-18 to Inderkum & 28-14 to San Mateo Serra); Tracy (27-7 to San Ramon Valley).

Big Games This Week (involving both teams from the section): Folsom vs. Sacramento at Hughes Stadium; Granite Bay at Vacaville; Monterey Trail at Del Oro; Grant at Franklin.

Note of the Week: Oakdale’s last loss at the Corral before falling to Folsom last Friday was in October of 2013 to Manteca 35-20 in a game that Cal-Hi Sports attended. It also was the 100th career win for Manteca head coach Eric Reis, who had not won there before. The two teams have byes this week and then the following week it will be Manteca going to the Corral. Will Oakdale lose two in a row at home? The odds aren’t good for the Buffs if you look at it that way, but you never know.


What We Learned: DLS-St. Francis

At least on this night, not having an effective passing game shows that the Spartans still have a way to go to get close to the CIF Open Division championship level of St. John Bosco and Bosco’s league rivals from Mater Dei. Their front seven on defense, however, could end up being equal to many of the best in school history. For St. Francis, we’ve now watched the Lancers along with WCAL rivals Valley Christian and San Mateo Serra and it looks like the preseason hunch about them being the best in CCS was correct.
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FB: Upset Special of Week

Each week on Thursdays, we’ll pick one game involving a team in the Top 50 of our state rankings that we think has the best chance to suffer an upset loss. We’ll see if we can nail a few of them during the season. Picking 70 percent of wins is easy for any prep writer. But just stick to upsets and it’s not so easy.
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More FB Player of Week Nominees

Some of these could still be written up later on in the season as a NorCal/SoCal Player of the Week because the only rule we have for players of the week is that no one can be chosen more than once. Note: Nominations accepted each week at markjtennis@gmail.com.

Micah Barnes (Kennedy, Richmond): On just 10 passing attempts, hit on eight for 290 yards and five TDs as Eagles beat Oakland Tech 43-12. Larry Washington Jr. also had four catches for 174 and three and rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries.
Travis Benham (Archbishop Riordan, San Francisco): The one and only Pat the Stat (Riordan and WCAL statistician Patrick Segurson) provided this one. In 42-7 win by Crusaders over Salesian of Richmond, Benham broke a school record by passing ro 410 yards. That he did it on just 11 passes is what was more remarkable. Segurson had Benham 9 of 11 for 410 and five TDs. In the first half alone, he went 7 of 8 for 307 yards and four TDs. Individually, Je’Lani Clark had five catches for 193 yards and two TDs while Max Mezie had 2 for 155 and two.
Spencer Corona (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton): Great all-around game with 12 catches for 184 yards, including a 30 yard touchdown, plus five touchbacks on five kickoffs, a made field goal, two PATs, three tackles and two passes defensed. M-A lost to Archbishop Mitty of San Jose 30-23.
Trent Free (Saint Vincent de Paul, Petaluma): Making his first start, the junior led the Mustangs to a road win over Northern Section Portola 28-6. Free threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns on 12 of 25 passing in a contest that was scoreless at halftime.Throwing for 293 yards in the second half on 7 of 10 passing, Free completed touchdown passes of 90, 70, and 12 yards. The yardage total represents the most by a Saint Vincent player since 1998.
Alex Jung (Sunny Hills, Fullerton): Rushed 27 times for a school record 407 yards and a school record six TDs in 40-3 triumph vs. Dana Hills (Dana Point). Alex also had a school record with a 97-yard TD run.
Dino Kahaulelio (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa): He came to play in 48-34 loss to St. Mary’s of Stockton. According to stats from our own Harold Abend, Dino came to play with 14 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked punt.
Rocky Katoanga (El Camino, Oceanside): Linebacker with D1 offers reported with 18 tackles in Wildcats’ 29-22 win against Rancho Bernardo.
Chance Nolan (Paloma Valley, Menifee): Completed 20 of 30 for 359 yards and four TDs during 35-30 triumph over Valley View (Moreno Valley). Three of the TDs went to junior Koale Schroeder.
Dominick Norris (Vista del Lago, Folsom): Rushed for 304 yards and scored four TDs in team’s 50-28 victory against Ponderosa of Shingle Springs.
Bryce Peterson (Downey, Modesto): In a wild 74-49 contest with Patterson in which the Knights led 52-35 at halftime, Peterson connected on 26 of 33 passes for 364 yards and three TDs. He also scored on a run and on a reception.
Francisco Remigio (Schurr, Montebello): Caught 10 passes for 202 yards and two TDs as the Spartans throttled Garfield of Los Angeles 46-14.
Skyler Taylor (La Habra): On just 14 carries, Skyler rose up for 289 yards and seven TDs as Highlanders pounded Tesoro (Las Flores) 45-14.
John Torchio (Campolindo, Moraga): Converted WR went 20 of 27 for 407 yards and one TD and rushed for 109 yards and three TDs in 47-28 win vs. St. Ignatius of San Francisco.


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CIF Central Sec WRs go bonkers

Here’s some record updates and highlights of top players from the recent week as reported to us from CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett of Fresno. Bob has done phenomenal work on behalf of CIF Central Section schools, athletes and coaches for more than 40 years.

FOOTBALL
*Senior Emoryie Edwards of Tulare High had a record night against El Diamante of Visalia in leading team to 48-7 win). He tied a career high of 12 receptions and that gave him 212 for his career. Edwards also had 191 yards and two touchdowns for the game. Edwards breaks the Central Section career reception record held by Billy Satterfield of Arvin, who had 209 catches from l982-84. Junior quarterback Nathan Lamb was on target all night as well for the Tribe. He went 20 of 25 for 285 yards and three touchdowns.

*Junior wide receiver Keshon Butler of Tulare Western also had a record night. He set a new Central Section record with 380 yards on 9 receptions and tied a school record with four touchdowns from quarterback Elijah Burrell, who set a school record with 427 passing yards on 15 of 19 (no interceptions) in a 63-28 win over Mount Whitney of Visalia. Butler breaks the section record previously held by Keith Poole of Clovis with 373 receiving yards in 1991. Kicker Dominick Hernandez also made all 9 pat attempts.

*Junior quarterback Alex Trujillo of San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) set two school records by passing for 488 yards on 21 of 26 and a whopping six touchdowns in a 53-46 win over visiting Lemoore. Sophomore receiver Jalen MxMillan also tied a section record by catching all six touchdowns from Trujillo and two school records on 12 receptions for 369 yards. Junior Leonard Glass also had a big night by rushing for 200 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns.

*Junior quarterback Jeshua Gutierrez of Firebaugh had a fine Friday night by throwing for 294 yards on 14 of 20 and four touchdowns and rushed for 80 yards on 7 carries in a 36-21 win over Fowler. Wide receiver Tylor Palmer caught three touchdowns for the game.

*Quarterback Noah Fulton of Minarets had a career high of 339 yards passing on 13 of 20 and had five touchdowns in team’s 45-7 romp past Sierra of Tollhouse. Fulton also rushed for 50 yards and one score.


NEW Sac-Joaquin Sec Top 20

Once again, since the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section is the one for our home base in Stockton, we’ll put together a weekly Top 20 for that section this season. Oak Ridge, Granite Bay and Manteca all get big scares but all three avoid upsets. Watch the FOX40 Final Quarter on Fridays at 11 p.m. for all the highlights and to see our latest SJS Top 5 List.

Del Campo RB Greg Cabral piled up more than 2,400 yards as a junior. Photo: Hudl.com.


(After results of Saturday, Sept. 2)
(Previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 2-0

2. (2) Folsom 2-0

3. (3) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 2-0

4. (6) Granite Bay 2-0

5. (5) Manteca 2-0

6. (7) Oakdale 2-0

7. (4) Del Oro (Loomis) 1-1

8. (8) Inderkum (Sacramento) 2-0

9. (9) Rocklin 2-0

10. (11) Sacramento 2-0

11. (10) Jesuit (Carmichael) 0-2

12. (12) Central Catholic (Modesto) 1-0

13. (13) Vacaville 1-1

14. (14) Grant (Sacramento) 1-1

15. (16) Franklin (Elk Grove) 2-0

16. (15) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 2-0

17. (18) Antelope 2-0

18. (17) Elk Grove 0-2

19. (20) Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 2-0

20. (19) Whitney (Rocklin) 1-1

Teams That Have Losses: Vacaville (lost 24-23 to Oak Ridge); Del Oro (lost 30-13 to Timpview of Utah); Grant (lost 24-0 to Rocklin); Jesuit (31-21 to Granite Bay & 55-9 to Folsom); Elk Grove (31-18 to Inderkum & 28-14 to San Mateo Serra); Whitney (lost 24-10 to Granite Bay).

Big Games This Week (involving both teams from the section): Folsom at Oakdale; Central Catholic at St. Mary’s; Rocklin at Whitney; Grant at Capital Christian;

Note of the Week: The score was 52-35 at halftime when Downey of Modesto was playing Patterson last Friday. The Knights ended up winning 74-49. According to the Modesto Bee, that’s the fifth time they’ve scored 70 points or more since head coach Jeremy Plaa came in prior to the 2011 season. Bryce Peterson completed 26 of 33 passes for 364 yards and three TDs for Downey. He also scored on a TD run and caught a TD pass.


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