State Stat Stars of the Week

Brandon Jones of Bakersfield Christian began his senior season by accounting for seven TDs. He and the rest of the school is likely excited for alum Derek Carr as he takes over at QB for the Oakland Raiders. Photo: CentralValleyFootball.com.

Brandon Jones of Bakersfield Christian began his senior season by accounting for seven TDs. He and the rest of the school is likely excited for alum Derek Carr as he takes over at QB for the Oakland Raiders. Photo: CentralValleyFootball.com.


Presented by our new partners from ATHLETE TRAX, this week’s top single-game performances include the typical from QBs like Brady White and Jake Browning but there also are plenty of others, plus several more from the Santa Clarita Valley and one more from Folsom.

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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 Aug. 28 to Aug. 30.

PASSING

Brady White (Hart, Newhall)
Getting into a shootout in the season opener against Chino Hills, this Arizona State commit set a school record with 537 passing yards and six touchdowns but it was on the losing end of a 63-48 final score. According to the L.A. Daily News, White also completed 28 of 46 passes but one of his two interceptions was run back for a 44-yard TD that gave Chino Hills the lead with 4:38 left.

Trent Irwin of Newhall Hart once again caught a lot of passes from QB Brady White. Photo: Student Sports.

Trent Irwin of Newhall Hart once again caught a lot of passes from QB Brady White. Photo: Student Sports.

Jonathan Saavedra (Santa Clarita Christian, Canyon Country)
While not the big name like some of the other quarterbacks listed here, Jonathan did put up a big time performance in his team’s season-opening 68-20 win over Lutheran of Chula Vista as he passed for 527 yards and seven touchdowns while also rushing for two scores. A four year starter, the school switched to 11-man football during his freshman season.

Jake Browning (Folsom)
Breaking the state record for career passing yards in the first quarter of his first game this season, Browning eventually passed for 520 yards and seven touchdowns during a 55-10 win over Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Browning surpassed the previous record of 11,022 set in 2005 by Michael Herrick of Valencia. He now needs just one to tie and one to break the career state record for TD passes set at 146 in 2006 by Oaks Christian’s Jimmy Clausen.

Kaylor Sullivan (Fort Bragg)
Completing over 75 percent of his pass attempts with no interceptions, this junior completed 30 of 39 pass for 466 yards and two touchdowns as the Timberwolves opened the season with a 46-36 loss to McKinleyville.

Matt Jimison (Vista del Lago, Folsom)
Another of the best from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and from a school just down the street from Folsom, Jimison passed for 450 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-49 loss to Wood of Vacaville. According to the Sacramento Bee, he completed 36 of his 55 pass attempts as the Eagles trailed 35-7 after the first quarter and came up short in their attempt to rally from behind to get the win. Teammate Blake Martin caught 12 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns while Tylor Rhee caught 10 passes for 106 yards and one score.

Osai Brown (McNair, Stockton)
Calaveras of San Andreas had to feel like every time a pass was completed against its defense that it went for six points as this junior signal caller completed 15 passes for 402 yards and five touchdowns in wild-and-wacky 55-48 contest won by Brown and his teammates from McNair.

Matt Albright (Nipomo)
He did better then just all right as he passed for 395 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 87 yards and a score as the Titans opened the 2014 season with a 38-31 win over Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria.

Carson Glazier (San Marino)
Another junior that has his team excited for this season and next is this 5-foot-11, 150-pound signal caller. Glazier passed for 388 yards and six touchdowns during a 56-34 win over Arroyo of El Monte. Chip Crowley caught five passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns while J.P. Shohfi caught eight passes for 127 yards and one TD.

Tristan Gebbia (Calabasas)
Despite completing just nine passes, those nine completions went for 341 yards and five touchdowns as the Coyotes got the 53-19 win over Rancho of Las Vegas. It was the head coaching debut of new Calabasas coach Casey Clausen, a former assistant from Oaks Christian and a former QB at Tennessee.

Chase Killingsworth (West Ranch, Valencia)
Looking for wide receiver Brendan Moskul early and often, the two of them connected for three touchdown passes in a 42-14 win by the Wildcats over San Marcos of Santa Barbara. Killingsworth also finished with 340 yards and six passing scores.

Sheriron Jones (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley)
While his passing yardage was just 246 yards, the Florida commit he did throw for five touchdowns while also rushing for 142 yards during a 37-34 win over Citrus Hill. If not for the quarterback heavy class that is in California this year, you would likely know Jones’ name even more.

Travis Waller (Servite, Anaheim)
Against a Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas team that some have ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation, he passed for 282 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 138 yards and a score in the 48-27 loss. He committed to Oregon back in July.

Zac Sturdivant (Chino Hills)
He matched Newhall Hart’s Brady White by throwing for six TDs when the Huskies defeated the Indians 63-48 in one of last week’s top upsets. Sturdivant only had a reported 267 yards, but the TDs were very important.
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RECEIVING

Trent Irwin (Hart, Newhall)
Teammate Brady White set a school record with 537 passing yards in Hart’s 63-48 loss to Chino Hills and Irwin had a strong outing as well. He was the leading target as he caught 10 passes for 238 yards and one score before an injury to his shoulder in the fourth quarter.

Cole Thompson (Folsom)
As the leading target for Jake Browning in the Bulldogs’ first game of the season, Thompson caught 10 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated Cathedral Catholic of San Diego 55-10. In limited action last season, he caught just 10 passes for five touchdowns all season long.

Cameron Lewis (Santa Clarita Christian, Canyon Country)
He was Jonathan Saavedra’s leading target as he caught nine passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 68-20 win over Lutheran of Chula Vista.

Jaylinn Hawkins (Buena Park)
Our SoCal Offensive Player of the Week caught eight passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns. QB teammate Zach Taylor completed 16 of his 20 pass attempts for 441 yards and the four touchdowns in the 65-0 win over Orange.

UCLA commit Rick Wade was a defensive force for Santa Margarita in big win over Bishop Amat. Photo: Student Sports.

UCLA commit Rick Wade was a defensive force for Santa Margarita in big win over Bishop Amat. Photo: Student Sports.


RUSHING

Donald Gordon (Millikan, Long Beach)
Piling up almost as many yards as there were fans at the game, Gordon likely set school records in the Rams’ season-opening 50-7 triumph against Artesia of Lakewood. According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, he ran for 335 yards and scored six touchdowns.

Alexander Mattison (San Bernardino)
Playing without last year’s standout, Keon Stephens (transfer to Etiwanda still trying to get eligible), Mattison came through for the Cardinals in their 35-12 victory over Arroyo Valley of San Bernardino. He carried 23 times and went for 314 yards and four TDs.

Leo Lambert III (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks)
After missing all of last season because of jaw surgery, he made a huge impact in the first game of this season by rushing for 301 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 70-34 win over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach.

Joe Villareal (Banning, Wilmington)
In his first start, this sophomore back rushed for 292 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns in a 50-38 non-league win over South East of South Gate.

Connor Hamilton (Calaveras, San Andreas)
It came in a losing effort but he did all he could as he rushed for 281 yards and six touchdowns while adding 50 yards receiving during a 55-48 loss to McNair of Stockton.

Najee Harris (Antioch)
Here is another sophomore with a big time performance in a season-opening win. It’s hard to know whether Harris’ yards or number of carries by a soph is more impressive, but he did get the rock 35 times and had 279 yards to lead the Panthers past Acalanes of Lafayette 30-28.

Dane Stimbert (Lincoln)
Another back who put up big-time numbers running the football but in a losing effort, Stimbert rushed for 259 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-23 loss to Ponderosa of Shingle Springs.

Nick Fisher (Great Oak, Temecula)
Wolfpack senior captain was handed the ball 17 times and turned it into 257 yards and three scores as they defeated Carlsbad 38-21.

Dante Berggren (Waterford)
Our NorCal Offensive Player of the Week also turned 17 on Wednesday when we released the honor so it has been quite the week for this senior. He rushed for 256 yards and six touchdowns on just nine carries in a 37-18 win over Riverbank. One of those touchdowns also came on a 99-yard run, which will earn him a spot in our state record book.

Damon Lewis (Wood, Vacaville)
Leading a rushing attack that ran for 423 yards and eight touchdowns, he put up 230 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries during a 63-49 win over Vista del Lago of Folsom.

Marcus DeSantis (El Toro, Lake Forest)
He carried the ball 18 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the Chargers opened the season on the road and returned home with a 51-35 win over La Habra.

Mark Paule Jr. (Sierra, Manteca)
Rushing for 193 yards and six touchdowns in the first half alone, Paule Jr. finished with 202 yards and seven rushing touchdowns as the Timberwolves went on the road and defeated Ripon 54-7.
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MULTI-PURPOSE/DEFENSE

Brandon Jones (Bakersfield Christian)
The senior quarterback who is breaking school records held by new Oakland Raiders’ starting QB Derek Carr passed for three touchdowns and scored four touchdowns in a 66-27 win over Templeton. Teammate senior running back Matt Smith also rushed for 232 yards on 21 carries.

Joseph Wicker (Poly, Long Beach)
With not just the best sacking performance in the state but likely the nation as well, he recorded six sacks during the Jackrabbits’ 54-14 win over Crenshaw of Los Angeles. Wicker already has been named as our first SoCal Defensive Player of the Week for this season.

Malcolm Davis (Sunny Hills, Fullerton)
Listed as a junior QB, he did his damage in Sunny Hills’ 42-28 win at Pioneer of Whittier not by throwing the ball but by rushing for 102 yards and five touchdowns. Davis also played defense and intercepted two passes.

Darian Owens (Clovis West, Fresno)
Our NorCal Defensive Player of the Week had four interceptions while also rushing for a 41-yard touchdown and catching an 83-yard touchdown pass during a 49-39 win over Merced. Owens is just a junior. Owens’ teammate, Kordel Hoffman, passed for a career high 361 yards, ran for 115 yards and scored twice.

Willie Williams (Liberty, Brentwood)
Our NorCal Special Teams Player of the Week not only returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the second half but caught the game-winning touchdown pass on the final play of the game for a 27-26 win over Central of Fresno.

Damarrio Hammonds (Patterson)
Hardly leaving the field during the Tigers’ 47-34 road win against Escalon, Hammonds caught five passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, returned a punt for a touchdown and had an interception while playing defense.

Marcel Dancy (West, Tracy)
In a game that game down to the final play, Dancy not only intercepted the ball but returned it 100 yards for a touchdown in a 20-7 win for the Wolfpack over Lathrop. Without that play, Lathrop seemed poised to take a 14-13 win.

Stavros Katsantonis (Liberty, Bakersfield)
One of the reasons that the Patriots were able to post their 18-7 upset win over Mission Viejo was a 90-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Katsontonis. According to Central Section historian Bob Barnett, the play also set a school record.

Kijana Zigler (El Camino, Sacramento)
In a narrow 35-32 win over Rosemont of Sacramento, he made an impact on both sides of the ball as he rushed for two touchdowns and had two interceptions on defense.

Rick Wade (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)
A defensive end committed to UCLA, he had 13 tackles and two sacks in Santa Margarita’s 26-21 win over La Puente Bishop Amat.

Logan Pierce (Liberty, Madera Ranchos)
He had a fine all-around game in a 70-6 romp past Firebaugh by scoring four times (two on receptions of 14 and 33 yards) with another on a 32-yard interception and another on a punt return. Liberty set a new school record for points in a game, surpassing the old record of 67 set in 2012.

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 markjtennis@gmail.com.

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2 Comments

  1. Lance Daniels
    Posted September 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    You missed Mitchell Daniels….462 yds, 3 Td’s, 1 rushing

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted September 7, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Thanks. Feel free to let us know so we don’t miss again. 1,200 schools and only a few of us doing multiple content items.

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