State Stat Stars of the Week

Norwalk senior running back Rashaad Penny has had two straight big-time outings for his 10-0 team against La Mirada and Mayfair of Lakewood. Photo: Ronnie Flores.

Norwalk senior running back Rashaad Penny has had two straight big-time outings for his 10-0 team against La Mirada and Mayfair of Lakewood. Photo: Ronnie Flores.

The SoCal Player of the Week is Norwalk’s Rashaad Penny for yet another sensational outing while the NorCal selection goes to Miramonte QB Drew Anderson.

We will lead off the State Stat Stars every week with the Northern California and Southern California Players of the Week. This week’s duo also were featured this week on Time Warner Cable’s Varsity Roundup Show throughout Southern California.

As has been customary for many years, we collect the state stat stars in support of the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book & Almanac. The book has been published seven times (the most recent, though, was 2009) and is as official as a state record book can be since no other exists. To report a State Stat Star of the Week of your own, please email details to

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Thanks to Paul Muyskens, Harold Abend, Ronnie Flores and CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett for contributing items this week. This honor roll is for games played from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9.

Southern California Player of the Week
Rashaad Penny (Norwalk)

The senior running back has led Norwalk to a 10-0 record so far. In a 41-36 win over Mayfair of Lakewood that clinched the Suburban League title, Penny had 25 carries for 294 yards and three TDs and had another TD on a 98-yard kickoff return. One of his TD runs came on an 86-yard fake punt.

Even with all that, Norwalk needed a 1-yard plunge by QB Jacob Carr with 7.6 seconds left for the winning points. On the season, Penny, who has offers from Nevada, Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State, has rushed for 1,748 yards and has scored 29 TDs.

QB Drew Anderson from Miramonte of Orinda will look to guide team deep into the NCS D2 playoffs.

QB Drew Anderson from Miramonte of Orinda will look to guide team deep into the NCS D2 playoffs.

Northern California Player of the Week
Drew Anderson (Miramonte, Orinda)

A three-year starter at quarterback for the Matadors, Drew has been outstanding in recent weeks. He passed for 385 yards and five TDs two weeks ago followed by 18 of 24 for 343 yards and six TDs last week in a 56-28 victory over Alhambra of Martinez.

Anderson also has led Miramonte to an 8-2 record so far with the only losses to Marin Catholic and El Cerrito with a win over 9-1 Analy of Sebastopol. For the season, Anderson has passed for 2,611 yards and 29 TDs.


Trevor Bearden (Live Oak, Morgan Hill)
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior had his second-fewest carries and second-lowest output of the season in a 35-14 victory over San Jose Gunderson. The difference is this time his team won. When he had his lowest carries and output, the 8-1 Acorns suffered their only loss this season. With 130 yards on 20 carries with three TDs, the CCS rushing leader this season now has 2,253 yards and 23 touchdowns. His CCS all-time career leading mark is now 5,730 yards with a league game and at least one playoff game assured for Live Oak. That total qualifies for the state record book, but the magic 6,000-yard mark is well within his grasp.


Cory Young (Norco)
In a game that determined second place in the Big VIII League, the Cougars got an outstanding performance from Young in their 56-21 win over Santiago of Corona. He went for 421 yards and scored four touchdowns to finish the regular season with 2,019 yards and 17 touchdowns. The school’s single-game rushing mark is held by Toby Gerhart, the state’s all-time leading rusher, who went for 462 yards against La Sierra of Riverside in 2005.

LaMarr Crowder (Cerritos)
The Dons’ season came to an end with a 60-44 loss to Whittier Christian of La Habra but this senior runningback had a great final game that he’ll remember forever as he ran for 380 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries.

Hakeem Mays (Willow Glen, San Jose)
He carried 42 times for a whopping 368 yards with three TDs, but his team lost a heartbreaker, 28-27, to crosstown Piedmont Hills. Two weeks ago, Hakeem had had 247 yards and four TDs in a win over San Jose Leland.

Austin Hefner (Porterville)
The senior led Porterville to a 42-35 win over Monache. He estabished a new school record by rushing for 320 yards on 19 carries and scored a career high of four touchdowns.

Miles Harrison (Clayton Valley, Concord)
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound junior blasted his way to 295 yards and five TDs in a 56-28 shellacking of Walnut Creek Northgate. In that offense, it will be something special to see what Miles can do next season as a senior.

Marcel Brown (Rio Linda)
Somebody accidentally called him Marvel in a tweet, which certainly fits him. Brown set a school record by rushing for 294 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries as the Knights defeated Del Campo of Fair Oaks 49-20 to end the regular season with a 9-1 record.

Justin Torres (Sierra Vista, Baldwin Park)
It was a first half to remember as the Dons scored 62 points in the first half on the way to a 76-49 win over Workman of City of Industry. In the win, this junior ran for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries.

Donovan Lee (Chaminade, West Hills)
It was the end zone that seemed to stop him from gaining more yards running the ball in state-ranked Chaminade’s 56-35 win over St. Francis of La Canada. Lee gained 274 yards on 24 carries while rushing for seven touchdowns as the Eagles ended the regular season at 8-2.

Oronde Crenshaw (Costa Mesa)
The Mustangs continue to ride Crenshaw to victory as they handed him the ball 20 times last week. He delivered with 262 yards and five touchdowns as they defeated Laguna Beach 56-30 to finish undefeated in the Orange Coast League.

Kirk Johnson (Valley Christian, San Jose)
One of the top junior running back prospects in the state showed both he and his Warriors are for real in a 21-14 win over a Mountain View St. Francis team that has been tough on the run all season. Johnson didn’t care after rushing for 258 yards and one TD in the victory.

Jaylyn Morgan (Pittsburg)
The team’s big star, Harris Ross, has been injured, but his junior backup filled in just fine in a 19-0 win over neighboring rival Antioch, pounding out 257 yards rushing and all three of his team’s touchdowns on runs of 47, 78 and 16 yards.

Rayshon Mills (Christopher, Gilroy)
When this season’s and the CCS all-time leading rusher, Trevor Bearden, went against Christopher, he had 45 yards and no TDs, while Mills rushed for 208 yards and four TDs in a 28-8 Christopher victory. Last week, in a 44-14 victory over crosstown arch-rival Gilroy, and the second leading rusher in the CCS this season, Brandon Boyd, Mills went for 250 yards and three TDs while Boyd had 26 yards on 12 carries with a score.

Jason Hinton (Moreau Catholic, Hayward)
Hinton makes a second appearance in this feature after gaining 245 yards on only 14 carries and all three of his team’s TDs, but the Mariners lost 47-21 at Fremont American.

Nate Woudstra (Washington, Fremont)
The senior running back rushed for 247 yards and three TDs in a 40-34 victory over crosstown Irvington.

Jacob Ortiz (Banning, Wilmington)
He dashed for 244 yards and two touchdowns as the Pilots defeated L.A. Washington 40-26 to finish the regular season 5-5.

Andreas Litton (Bella Vista, Fair Oaks)
While the Broncos’ season had just two wins they have some things to look forward to next season, including this talented sophomore who ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in their 45-44 loss to Christian Brothers of Sacramento.

Nick Fisher (Great Oak, Temecula)
Not content to just hang up his pads and go fishing anytime soon, he led a second half comeback with 28 carries for 232 yards and three touchdowns in the second half of a 31-21 win over Murrieta Mesa of Murrieta.

Kyle Chambers (Ferndale)
The newest hero in this historic little town shined on both sides of the ball in a 49-23 victory at Miranda South Fork, rushing for 217 yards and three TDs on offense, and picking off two passes as a defender.

Watch Varsity Roundup at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays on Channel 354 in Los Angeles and on Channel 825 in San Diego.

Watch Varsity Roundup at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays on Channel 354 in L.A. and on Channel 825 in San Diego.


Jake Browning (Folsom)
While setting the state record for touchdown passes during a regular season, he completed 37 of his 46 pass attempts for 490 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove 63-39. Josiah Deguara was his leading target as he caught 10 passes for 157 yards and four touchdowns. Browning now needs seven more TD passes to tie the state record that he tied last season with 63 as a sophomore.

Steven Chavez (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey)
There was no junk time yardage in this game as he completed 35 of his 53 pass attempts for 428 yards and touchdowns as the Vikings ended the regular season with a 43-42 win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Montebello. He also added 107 yards rushing on 10 carries and added three more scores on the ground.

Brady White (Hart, Newhall)
In a contest witnessed by Cal-Hi Sports, the junior signal-caller completed 43 of 63 pass attempts for 427 and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Indians lost a key Foothill League game to Canyon of Canyon Country, 45-38. Hart went from being a top 10 ranked team in the state to third place in its league in two weeks. The Indians just couldn’t get enough stops when it mattered. Another touted junior, Trent Irwin, caught all three of White’s touchdown passes and finished with 11 receptions for 131 yards.

Ian Book (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills)
Our upset pick of Jesuit of Carmichael to get the win was looking pretty good at halftime as the Marauders led 42-21 but this sophomore made sure that wouldn’t happen as he passed for 394 yards and six touchdowns to help the Trojans rally for a 45-42 win in overtime.

Cole Carrithers (Hillsdale, San Mateo)
The Knights’ 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior quarterback passed for 390 yards and five TDs in a 66-14 blowout of Sunnyvale Kings Academy.

Caden Voges (Sacramento)
After a few quiet weeks, this sophomore signal caller completed 16 of his 30 pass attempts for 347 yards and five touchdowns while also running for two scores as the Dragons won their fifth straight game defeating McClatchy of Sacramento 54-14. During the regular season, he passed for 3,052 yards and 37 touchdowns while rushing for 539 yards and seven scores. Kyree Stephens was his leading target as he caught six passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

Jonathon Walters (Saratoga)
The Falcons’ senior signal-caller went over the 300-yard mark for the third time this season after passing for 346 yards and four TDs in a 45-22 victory over Sunnyvale Fremont.

Michael Carrillo (Christian, El Cajon)
A standout senior for the Patriots, he completed 15 of 22 passes for 330 yards and a season-high five TDs in a 62-9 triumph at La Jolla Country Day. Christian improved to 9-1 and earned the No. 2 seed in the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs.

Christopher Lanman (Los Altos)
Lanman was more like an airman in a 30-0 whitewash of San Jose Lynbrook. The 6-3, 195-pound senior passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns. It was his third 300-yard performance this season.

Anthony Gordon (Terra Nova, Pacifica)
It was just another day at the office for this talented junior quarterback in a 29-15 victory over Atherton Sacred Heart Prep. The 6-foot-2 Gordon was 27-for-37 for 315 yards and two touchdowns. It was his seventh 300-yard performance this season.

Nicholas Plum (Mission Bay, San Diego)
The son of former Helix star Jim Plum and the brother of 2013 Ms. Basketball State Player of the Year Kelsey Plum (now at Washington), Nicholas completed 20 of 27 passes for 315 yards and five TDs in a 49-13 road win at Coronado. Mission Bay improved to 9-1.

Brandon Jones (Bakersfield Christian)
A junior who has certainly made a name for himself this season, Jones passed for six touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Arvin. His regular season total of 42 ranks second best in the Central Section.

Sam Metcalf (Farmersville)
He only passed for two touchdowns against Orosi in a 61-28 victory, but it pushed his season total to 44, which according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett is a new regular season section record.

Nick Bonniksen (El Dorado, Placerville)
While it’s not quite good enough to get into our state record book he did complete all eight passes he threw for 152 yards and four touchdowns while also running for two touchdowns during a 64-0 win over Galt.


Andre Long (Workman, City of Industry)
He caught 11 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the final game of his high school career as the Lobos were on the losing end of a 76-49 final score against Sierra Vista of Baldwin Park.

Liam Godfrey (St. Mary’s, Berkeley)
Ian Bonde kept looking his way as he caught 10 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns during a 55-14 win over Pinole Valley of Pinole.

Isaiah Renfro (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
He didn’t need a ton of catches to put up big yardage totals during a 56-21 win over Brentwood of Los Angeles. The all-state sophomore from last season caught six passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

Andrew Gose (Bellflower)
Like a wild goose he ran through the Glenn of Norwalk secondary for three touchdowns while catching seven passes for 218 yards in a 48-7 win for the Buccaneers.

Chas Resinger (Colfax)
Michael Wilson looked his way often when throwing the football as he caught 11 passes for 187 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-35 triumph over Lincoln.


Marc Powell (Verdugo Hills, Tujunga)
He went off in the Dons’ 62-39 East Valley League win over North Hollywood by accounting for a whopping 476 yards and seven touchdowns. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 213 yards and five more scores as the Dons finished 4-2 in league play.

Rayquan Ford (South East, South Gate)
He closed out the regular season by accounting for seven touchdowns and 407 yards in a 52-37 victory over Huntington Park. He rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries and passed for 212 yards (13 of 20) and three more scores as South East finished the regular season 9-1. Entering the playoffs, Ford has accounted for 28 touchdowns and 1,986 yards.

Brandon Moua (McLane, Fresno)
In a 55-48 overtime win against Hoover of Fresno, Moua passed for 295 yards on 18 of 30 with two touchdowns and set a new school record by passing for 1,920 yards in one season. He also had 95 yards rushing for a total of 400 yards for the game. Teammate Kerry Elder also had a nice game with nine receptions for 155 yards with two touchdowns and established a new school record with 73 receptions for the season.

Brandon Dawkins (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
The 2011 Cal-Hi Sports State Sophomore of the Year had another big game, but the Lions suffered a stunning 39-36 loss against Westlake in the Marmonte League title game when an Oaks punt in the closing seconds was blocked and returned for a touchdown. Dawkins threw for 301 yards (15 of 34) and three touchdowns in the third quarter to rally the Lions He also rushed for 129 yards on 21 carries. It was a mixed bag, however, as Dawkins also threw four interceptions and the Lions failed to convert on four fourth down plays.

Lee Jones (Sierra Vista, Baldwin Park)
In a 76-49 win over Workman of City of Industry, he more then put in work on offense, defense and special teams. Jones carried the ball six times for 104 yards and two touchdowns, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and on defense he had 10 tackles and recovered a fumble.


Kwesi Mashack (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta)
Not only did he intercept two passes during the Broncos’ 41-5 win over Chaparral of Temecula but he returned both of those interceptions for touchdowns.


•Senior quarterback Jake Young established a new career passing record at Hanford and now has 6,681 yards, which is also the 7th best in Central Section history. Hanford beat Lemoore 19-14 last week in the milk can bowl.

•Fowler edged Caruthers 32-25 in the West Sequoia League and has now won 39 consecutive league games and nine consecutive league championships dating back to the 2005 season. The league win streak is the second longest in section history. Also from Fowler, senior quarterback James Silva passed for six touchdowns on October 25 against Minarets, which is a new school record.

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