State Stat Stars of the Week

Farmersville QB Sam Metcalf matched his jersey number last week with seven TD passes and become all-time career yards leader for Central Section. Photo:

Farmersville QB Sam Metcalf matched his jersey number last week with seven TD passes and become all-time career yards leader for Central Section. Photo:

Presented by our new partners from ATHLETETRAX, it’s another week of massive passing with four reported above 500 yards, including another one from the Redwood Empire with eight TD passes. Vista del Lago’s Terell Lee and Wasco’s Gabriel Cabezuela also shine as rushers.

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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 Sept. 11 to Sept. 13.


Noah Davis (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
What is going on in the Redwood Empire? One week after Fort Bragg’s Kaylor Sullivan had eight TD passes in one half, we bring you Davis. In the Crusaders’ marathon game against Eureka last Friday night, Davis connected on 34 of 57 passes for 614 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s the first 600-yard outing of the season and puts Davis into the all-time state record book.

Long Beach Poly QB Josh Love enjoyed a strong outing when team defeated Westlake of Westlake Village. Photo: Student Sports.

Long Beach Poly QB Josh Love enjoyed a strong outing in win vs. Westlake of Westlake Village. Photo: Student Sports.

Collin Rugg (La Jolla)
Despite Rugg nearly setting the CIF San Diego Section record for passing yards in a game, the Vikings lost at Fallbrook 55-52 last Friday. In the loss, Rugg completed 34 of his 49 pass attempts for seven touchdowns and 570 yards. He now trails only the 597-yard total by El Capitan’s Tanner Rust back in 2007 on the all-time section list.

Jake Browning (Folsom)
For the second week in a row, Jake found himself watching the second half from the sidelines after he passed for 532 yards and seven touchdowns while also running for a score during the first half of the Bulldogs’ 56-6 win over Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove. Despite not playing in the second half the last two weeks, he has 1,306 yards and 20 passing touchdowns for the season.

David Todd Jeremiah (Christian, El Cajon)
In the first two games in the 3-0 start by the Patriots, it was the rushing of junior Adrian Petty that was most noteworthy but it was Jeremiah’s passing that was front and center in last week’s 70-7 romp past El Cajon Valley. Jeremiah, also a junior, completed 27 of 35 passes for 520 yards and six TDs. Christian remained No. 1 in this week’s CIF D4 South bowl game rankings.

Sam Metcalf (Farmersville)
Th senior passed for 481 yards on 26 of 48 attempts to lead Farmersville past Woodlake 50-21. According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Metcalf increased his career total to 9,411 yards for a new section record that passed Oscar Reyes of Tulare, who had 9,120 from 2010-12. Metcalf also threw for seven touchdowns for the third time in his career and increased his career total to 113.

Patrick Glasgow (Calvary Chapel, Santa Ana)
Forced to throw 62 times to try and lead his team to a come from behind winb, he completed 38 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns but it wasn’t near enough as the Eagles lost 61-28 against South of Torrance.

Jonathan Saavedra (Santa Clarita Christian, Canyon Country)
The star of SCC’s 49-48 win over San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea was this senior as he passed for 465 yards and seven touchdowns while also rushing for 81 yards. It was the second time this season he has thrown for seven touchdowns in a game. Saavedra also improved his season totals to 1,130 yards and 15 TDs through three games.

Daniel Prieto (Newbury Park)
Not only did he help Darick Holmes get listed among the receivers but he helped himself get listed as well as he completed 22 of his 26 pass attempts for 456 yards and six touchdowns in the Panthers’ 48-20 win over Agoura.

Osai Brown (McNair, Stockton)
Not only did Brown throw for three touchdowns while passing for a season-high 450 yards but he also rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-40 loss to Liberty Ranch of Galt.

Kaylor Sullivan (Fort Bragg)
One week after setting a state record with eight touchdown passes in a half, Sullivan completed 30 of his 51 pass attempts for 446 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-19 win over El Molino of Forestville.

Brandon Jones (Bakersfield Christian)
The senior quarterback passed for 442 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort as BC lost to Mission Oak of Tulare 42-30. Teammate Tyler Lozano also had 16 receptions for 199 yards and one score in the same game.

Josh Gaudet (Horizon Christian, San Diego)
In a 48-7 blasting of Palo Verde Valley, Gaudet led the Panthers to 34 points in the opening quarter. According to San Diego Coastal Sports, he finished 17 of 23 for 377 yards and four TDs. Gaudet also rushed 18 times and had 55 yards, including three other TDs.

Brady White (Hart, Newhall)
Continued his stellar senior season with six touchdown passes in a 49-17 victory over Paraclete of Lancaster. White completed 15-of-23 passes for 344 yards. All-state candidate Trent Irwin caught seven passes for 190 yards.

Matt Adamkiewicz (Christopher, Gilroy)
In a 48-14 win against Live Oak of Morgan Hill, Adamkiewicz continued an early season hot streak that has him among the leaders in the CCS. He passed for 365 yards and had three TD passes.

Conner Miller (Grace Brethren, Huntington Beach)
When he went to school last Friday, he was sure to have had lots of people talking about his performance on Thursday night. Miller completed 17 of his 21 pass attempts for 301 yards and seven touchdowns when the Warriors defeated Flintridge Prep of La Canada 63-34.

Nick Bonniksen (El Dorado, Placerville)
Some of Nick’s classmates at El Dorado no doubt are dealing with the massive King fire this week and we wish them well. Bonniksen and the Cougars improved to 3-0 last week with a 72-28 victory over Rio Americano of Sacramento. He passed for 348 yards and five TDs and also rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown on eight carries.

Josh Love (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach)
While throwing for 325 yards and four touchdowns may not be as big as most state stat star performances, Love did it while leading the Jackrabbits to a 34-24 win over Westlake of Westlake Village in a battle of state top 10-ranked teams. One of the TD passes by Love came on fourth and goal that gave Poly the lead for good.

Adam Vance (Redwood, Visalia)
The senior quarterback set a new school record by passing for six touchdowns in a 49-35 win against Tulare. Adam was 15 of 23 for 262 yards for the game. Teammate wide receiver Rickie Garcia also had eight receptions for 110 yards and three scores.
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Marc Lanford (Saugus)
Going well over the double-digit and 300-yard markers in receiving during the Centurion’s 63-35 win over Buena of Ventura, Lanford caught 17 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns.

Jack Rice (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
While it isn’t quite Montana to Rice, this sophomore wideout was the go-to target for Noah Davis during his 614-yard passing performance in St. Bernard’s 53-41 triumph over Eureka. Rice caught 15 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. According to the game story by Lorrie Reyes of the Eureka Times-Standard, Rice and Davis were competing for the starting QB position before the season and had head coach Matt Tomlin saying Rice is a future Division I QB.

Ryan Muir (San Jacinto)
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior had the game of his life with a reported seven catches for 301 yards and four TDs when the Tigers topped Apple Valley 42-21. Before this game, Muir hadn’t had more than one TD catch in any outing.

Cole Thompson (Folsom)
Named as our Northern California Offensive Player of the Week, Thompson caught six passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of a 56-6 win over Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove.

Joseph De La Cruz (Farmersville)
In the same game against Woodlake (50-21 win) in which QB teammate Sam Metcalf threw for 481 yards and seven TDs, De La Cruz had a record night with nine receptions for 273 yards & four scores for two new school records.

Kyle Sweet (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)
Sweet now owns Santa Margarita records for most catches and most yards in a game. He broke the record for receptions with 15 and had 201 yards and one TD in last week’s 21-10 win over Dorsey of Los Angeles. Sweet had 294 yards in one game last year against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.

Sean Hamilton (McNair, Stockton)
As the leading target for fellow state stat star Osai Brown, Hamilton caught 10 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles lost to Liberty Ranch of Galt 51-40. On the season, he also now has 580 yards receiving, which leads the state for those who report their stats to MaxPreps.

Xavier Thibodeaux (Tennyson, Hayward)
Giving the public address announcer plenty of chances to work on pronouncing his name correctly, Xavier caught eight passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns in outscoring Lowell of San Francisco on his own in the Lancers’ 56-14 win.

Darick Holmes (Newbury Park)
Teammate Daniel Prieto looked Holmes’ way often as the future Arizona Wildcat caught eight passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns during a 48-20 win over Agoura.


Terell Lee (Vista del Lago, Moreno Valley)
While Lee doesn’t lead the state in reported rushing yards he did lead the way last week with 392 yards and five touchdowns on 33 carries to help the Ravens move to 3-0 after defeating Cathedral City 65-44. Through three games, Lee has rushed for 780 yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 carries.

Junior RB Edward Vander gives the JSerra offense a valuable weapon. Photo: Student Sports.

Junior RB Edward Vander gives the JSerra offense a valuable weapon. Photo: Student Sports.

Malcolm Williams (Sunnyside, Fresno)
He rushed for a career high of 340 yards on 24 carries and scored a career high of five touchdowns on runs of 5, 31, 62, 65 & 47 yards in a 53-35 win over Mt. Whitney of Visalia.

Gabriel Cabezuela (Wasco)
After a big performance against Foothill of Bakersfield, it looks like Cabezuela is the state leader in rushing with 868 yards. At least, that’s among those who report to MaxPreps. Helping take the load this year after the transfer loss of running back Isaiah Sharpe to Frontier of Bakersfield, Cabezuela rushed for 338 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-16 win against Foothill.

Elijah Preston (St. Augustine, San Diego)
It was a big night in Los Angeles last Friday as Loyola played its first home game in 65 years and this talented running back did all he could to try and ruin the night for the Cubs’ faithful. Preston rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns while also catching a touchdown pass but the home crowd went home happy and the Saints went home with a 42-35 loss.

Freddie Holly (Norte Vista, Riverside)
A junior who gained all-state sophomore honors last season, Holly led the Braves to their third win of the season with 284 yards against Palm Desert. His only TD in the 31-10 triumph came on a 55-yard run

Jamal Scott (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley)
While he’s not the big time recruit like the Florida-bound Sheriron Jones, Scott turned more than a few heads as he rushed for 277 yards and six touchdowns during a 69-21 win over Great Oak of Temecula. He’s just a junior.

DeShawn Collins (Grant, Sacramento)
Scoring three of his four rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Collins led the way and ran for 269 yards on 22 carries as Grant beat Bullard of Fresno 28-14. The Pacers improved to 3-0 and moved up to No. 15 in this week’s State 25.

Jacob Taloa (Kimball, Tracy)
A two-way player for the Jaguars, it was on offense where he played a big part in their first win of the season as he rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns while also catching a touchdown pass in a 55-25 triumph over Bear Creek of Stockton 55-25. Taloa also intercepted a pass on defense against the Bruins.

T.J. Williams (Kennedy, La Palma)
Fighting his way to huge chunks of yards running the ball, he carried 35 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns as the Fighting Irish won their second game in a row with a 30-28 triumph over El Modena of Orange.

Mark Paule Jr. (Sierra, Manteca)
It has become a habit this season for us to see his name in our local newspaper on Saturday morning. For the third time this season, Paule rushed for over 200 yards in a game as he ran for 245 yards and six touchdowns as the Buffaloes defeated Chavez of Stockton 63-24. While it wasn’t the seven touchdowns he scored in the first game of the season, the 245 yards rushing is his season-high.

Edward Vander (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano)
Outscoring Huntington Beach on his own, this Lions’ running back and the OCSidelines Player of the Week rushed for 218 yards and five touchdowns on just 15 carries as the state ranked Lions got the 63-17 road win.
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Lonny Powell (Sacramento)
Committed to Cal, our previously announced NorCal Defensive Player of the Week had five sacks and recovered a fumble on defense while also rushing for 74 yards and one touchdown as the Dragons defeated Vista del Lago of Folsom 31-25.

Matt Locher (Los Alamitos)
With 26 tackles, his defense alone earned him our weekly honor as SoCal Defensive Player of the Week but he also added 38 yards and a touchdown on eight carries during a 17-16 win by the Griffins over Eastlake of Chula Vista.

Phillip Tran (Fremont, Sunnyvale)
Just a sophomore, Tran was the man for the Firebirds in their 35-14 victory over Monta Vista of Cupertino. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 236 yards and two TDs and also rushed five times for 112 yards and another score. He was named our first Le Boulanger Offensive Player of the Week for South Bay/Peninsula schools.

Cameron Burston (Stellar Prep, Hayward)
The San Jose State commit showed his skills in leading Stellar Prep past Drake of San Anselmo 26-3. Despite a slow start in which he had minus passing yards after three possessions, Burston finished with 251 yards passing and 115 yards rushing and accounted for four touchdowns.

Allen Perryman (Lemoore)
For the second time in three games, he had three interceptions in a game as the Tigers moved to 3-0 with a 21-3 win over Buchanan of Clovis. Perryman’s seven interceptions this season has him leading the state out of those that report their stats to MaxPreps. In our last printed state record book, the state record for interceptions in a season was set back in 1988 when Shad Lara of Carpinteria intercepted 17 passes in 14 games.

Brandon Russell (Tracy)
Filling up the stat sheet on both sides of the ball, Russell caught a 29-yard touchdown pass while also intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble as the Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season with a 50-12 victory over Beyer of Modesto.

Le’Andre Jefferson (Mission Oak, Tulare)
One of the top talents in the Central Valley, Jefferson scored five touchdowns for a career high as Mission Oak beat Bakersfield Christian 42-30. Three of his scores came on runs of 30, 1, 25 yards. Jefferson also had two receptions for touchdowns of 69 and 79 yards.

Elijah Roberts (Pioneer, San Jose)
It was a hat trick of sorts for him in the Mustangs’ 61-20 win over Gunderson. Roberts caught a touchdown pass, returned an interception for a touchdown and returned a kickoff for six points.

Evan Rios (Madera)
Named as our NorCal Special Teams Player of the Week, he made two field goals, including a 50-yarder, while going 4 for 4 on extra points as the Coyotes defeated Reedley 42-29.

Cole Ramey (Arroyo Grande)
With a grand kicking leg, he put it to great use during a 41-7 win for the Eagles over St. Joseph of Santa Maria. Ramey kicked five extra points and two field goals while also kicking six touchbacks. Two of his punts also went at least 50 yards.

Charlie Ramirez Jr. (Pittsburg)
On a team loaded with returning standouts, Ramirez came up big in a 29-0 win against Monte Vista of Danville. The junior linebacker had 13 tackles, including one sack, and intercepted a pair of passes.

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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