State Stat Stars of the Week

Newport Harbor quarterback Cole Norris wasn't cold when the Sailors won a wild one over Huntington Beach last Friday. Photo: Martin Henderson/

Newport Harbor quarterback Cole Norris wasn’t cold when the Sailors won a wild one over Huntington Beach last Friday. Photo: Martin Henderson/

Presented by ATHLETETRAX, this week’s best includes player from La Quinta who heated up the desert with more than 500 yards in rushing, receiving and returns. More QBs with 400 yards in passing and more RBs with 300 yards in rushing also get in the spotlight.

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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 Oct. 9 to Oct. 11.


Noah Davis (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
Named as our NorCal Offensive Player of the Week, he completed 23 of his 30 pass attempts for 474 yards and six touchdowns as the Crusaders defeated South Fork 47-15 and in the process moved into the CIF D4 North rankings. If St. Bernard’s gets some playoff games, Davis could approach 3,500 yards for the season.

Brad Cagle is the experienced quarterback and team leader at El Capitan of Lakeside. Photo: Student Sports.

Brad Cagle is the experienced quarterback and team leader at El Capitan of Lakeside. Photo: Student Sports.

Nick Chapman (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo)
Sea View League play got underway last week for the Wolverines and they opened it with a 41-17 win over Laguna Hills as Chapman completed 25 of his 42 pass attempts for 468 yards and five touchdowns.

Sam Metcalf (Farmersville)
The record-setting senior passed for 429 yards and three touchdowns on 26 of 40 throws and scored on a two-yard run as Famersville beat Orosi 35-0. Metcalf’s favorite target has been Joseph De La Cruz, who had a season high of 12 receptions for 155 yards and one score.

Osai Brown (McNair, Stockton)
He did it all in McNair’s 42-18 victory against Franklin of Stockton. Brown completed 18 of 22 passes for 419 yards and six TDs and that wasn’t enough. He also rushed for 74 yards on eight carries.

Jake Browning (Folsom)
It has become normal for Jake to spend a good portion of the second half on the sidelines and that was the case during a 63-6 win over Nevada Union of Grass Valley as he completed 20 of his 28 pass attempts for 380 yards and eight touchdowns. Jake Jeffrey was the leading target in this one with seven catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Browning is well on his way to surpassing last season’s state record totals of 5,737 yards and 75 TD passes.

Brian Gadsby (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta)
Someone who was in consideration for one of our player of the Week honors, Gadsby completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 367 yards and five touchdowns before watching the rest of the Falcons’ 48-13 win over Glendale. He passed for 2,465 yards and 33 TDs as a junior and should easily surpass those totals this year also because Crescenta Valley will get extra games in the CIFSS playoffs.

Maxwell Maitland (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta)
It took both Maitland’s passing and teammate Quincy Wimbush’s rushing (see below) to overcome Murrieta Mesa in Murrieta Valley’s 50-47 overtime win. Maitland connected on 18 of 31 passes for 355 yards and two TDs.

Cole Norris (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)
With half of his completions going to Keaton Cablay, he completed 28 of his 41 pass attempts for 353 yards and six touchdowns during a 52-48 win over Huntington Beach. Norris is one of the top QBs in Orange County.

Shawn Munoz (Enochs, Modesto)
In a game that featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense, he passed for 336 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 69 yards and four touchdowns with his most important carry being his last one as he ran for a two-point conversion and the game-winning points in a 50-49 win over Beyer of Modesto.

Anthony Gordon (Terra Nova, Pacifica)
He got warmed up for this week’s matchup against Sacred Heart Prep by completing 22 of 39 passes for 312 yards and three TDs in a 38-35 victory against Sequoia of Redwood City. Teammate Reggie Auelua added 200 yards rushing and two TDs on 24 carries.

David Todd Jeremiah (Christian, El Cajon)
It was no problem for Jeremiah and his teammates in a 56-0 shutout of Coronado. He completed 25 of 31 passes for 307 yards and five TDs. Trevor Howell was his top target with nine catches for 175 yards and two scores.

Brad Cagle (El Capitan, Lakeside)
Another East County (San Diego) standout from last week was El Cap’s three-year starter. In a 63-28 triumph against Grossmont of La Mesa, Cagle passed for 302 yards and four TDs and rushed for 82 yards and two more scores.

Blake Barnett (Santiago, Corona)
The Elite 11 standout headed to Alabama was nearly perfect in a 57-25 win last week over Corona as he completed 14 of 17 passes for 253 yards with five TDs and no picks. Barnett’s QB rating for the game was calculated at 158.3 by the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Grant Bunker (Westlake, Westlake Village)
Making his varsity debut to replace an injured Malik Henry, he passed for 253 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in a 52-3 win over Paraclete of Lancaster.




Keaton Cablay (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)
Cole Norris had his eyes locked on this senior wide receiver who also plays on defense as he caught 14 passes for 181 yards and four touchdowns in the 51-48 win over Huntington Beach. Cablay also intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the game.

Daniel Tveretinov (Rosemont, Sacramento)
Teammate Buddy Enriquez looked his way early and often during a 43-33 win over Union Mine of El Dorado as he caught 12 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns.

Connor Van Ginkel (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta)
Despite playing just the first half, he caught eight passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons moved to 6-0 on the year with a 48-13 win over Glendale.

Jack Rice (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
Helping quarterback Noah Davis earn NorCal Player of the Week honors, he caught seven passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns during a 47-15 win over South Fork of Mirada.

Deondre Vines (Pacifica, Oxnard)
In a 38-3 triumph over Channel Islands of Oxnard, Vines ran through the lines of defense for 200 receiving yards on seven catches and scored three times. Pacifica remained unbeaten at 7-0.

Ian Robertson (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo)
He was the top target in QB Nick Chapman’s 468-yard game when Aliso topped Laguna Hills 41-17. Robertson caught seven passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

Guy Demazeliere (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
More than just the guy during a 42-21 win over Calvary Chapel of Downey, Demazeliere caught seven passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns.


Tyree Harris (Torrance)
Getting tons of attention and honors from his performance last week, including selection as our SoCal Offensive Player of the Week, Harris rushed for 321 yards and seven touchdowns as the Tartars defeated South of Torrance 62-47. He also played defense and had an interception during the Pioneer League season-opener.

Chris Rom-Toribio (La Quinta)
For rushing, receiving and return yards, Rom-Toribio was out-worldly in La Quinta’s 84-28 romp past Cathedral City. The senior had 376 yards rushing and four TDs on 18 carries. He also had a 57-yard TD reception and had two kickoff returns for 118 yards and another score. La Quinta improved to 6-1 with its only loss by one point to unbeaten Heritage of Menifee.

UCLA commit Michael Pittman had a strong game in all facets when Oaks Christian sent Thousand Oaks from the ranks of the unbeaten. Photo: Mark Tennis.

UCLA commit Michael Pittman had a strong game in all facets when Oaks Christian sent Thousand Oaks from the ranks of the unbeaten. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Jacob Fimbres (Sonora, La Habra)
Handed the ball 27 times ,he averaged more than 11 yards per carry with 310 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders remained undefeated and handed Sunny Hills of Fullerton its first loss of the season with a 41-25 win.

Freddy Holley (Norte Vista, Riverside)
Fast Freddy got his jollies with 288 yards rushing and five TDs to lead the unbeaten Braves past Patriot of Riverside 62-7. It also was the fifth straight 200-yard game for the highly regarded junior.

Sterling Salguero (Birmingham, Van Nuys)
With a second half performance that was more golden than sterling, Salguero keyed a 19-14 comeback win over El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. He rushed for 287 yards on 30 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Rolando Ramirez (Orange Cove)
He rushed for a career high of 279 yards on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 57, 38, & 80 yards as Orange Cove beat Laton 48-10.

Malcolm Williams (Sunnyside, Fresno)
He had a fine game by rushing for 278 yards on 21 carries and scored three times (one going for 90 yards) as Sunnyside breezed by McLane of Fresno 60-6. Teammate Gerald Mendez also set a school record with five TD passes despite only throwing for 137 yards.

Moby Contreras (Los Amigos, Fountain Valley)
Helping previously undefeated Santiago of Garden Grove fall from the undefeated ranks, he rushed for 272 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Lobos defeated the Cavaliers 21-6.

McKinley Ross (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta)
In that wild-and-wacky 50-47 loss in overtime to Murrieta Valley, Ross was the boss with 25 carries for 263 yards and six touchdowns. He played earlier in his career at Murrieta Valley, too.

Hunter Simmons (Huntington Beach)
Leading the hunt for a second win for the Oilers, he rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries but they came up short in a 52-48 final on the road against Newport Harbor of Newport Beach.

Quincy Wimbush (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta)
In addition to QB Maxwell Maitland (see above), Wimbush also had a big game in the 50-47 overtime win over Murrieta Mesa. He carried 40 times for 252 yards and four TDs, including the game-winner in overtime on a 25-yard jaunt after Murrieta Mesa had converted a field goal.

Fernando Rodriguez (Williams)
Stinging the East Nicolaus defense for three touchdowns in the second quarter, he finished the night with 241 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries as the Yellowjackets moved to 7-0 with a 39-30 win over the Spartans.

Marcus Quintanilla (Foresthill)
Outscoring Valley Christian of Roseville on his own, he ran wild for 240 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Wildfires defeated the Lions 34-7.

Justin Rice (Central Catholic, Modesto)
Filling in for the injured Montell Bland, he has been outstanding and made the most of his nine carries during a 52-0 win over East Union of Manteca. Rice gained 235 yards and scored four touchdowns while also catching a touchdown pass in the easy win.

Priest Jennings (Chavez, Stockton)
Opening up SJAA league play with a 42-28 win over Bear Creek of Stockton, he rushed for his third 200+ yard performance on the year. Jennings finished with 235 yards and three touchdowns.

Jay Green (Beyer, Modesto)
Despite the Patriots losing a heartbreaking 50-49 game to Enochs of Modesto, they had to be thrilled by the performance of this junior as he rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns while also catching two touchdown passes from Nick Trujillo.

Frankie Trent (Oakdale)
Setting a Levi’s Stadium record that might stand for quite some time, he scored six touchdowns and carried the ball 34 times for 225 yards as the Mustangs defeated Manteca 42-21 at the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

Sean Buligon (Edison, Stockton)
While he may line up under center and is listed as a QB, what he does best is run the football. That was the case during a 50-48 win over Stagg of Stockton as he carried the ball 25 times for 219 yards and five touchdowns in a game that reportedly had a combined 1,194 yards.

Aaron Birch (Marysville)
Another QB that does his damage running the ball, he didn’t complete a pass and attempted just three during a 52-33 win for the Indians over Natomas of Sacramento. Still, Birch rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries.

Deshawn Collins (Grant, Sacramento)
Leading a rushing attack that as a team piled up 470 yards and seven touchdowns, Collins ran for 209 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries while also catching a 35-yard touchdown pass as the Pacers moved to 6-0 with a 55-7 win over Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove.

Oscar Gomez (St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano)
If not for the end zone, he would have gone well over 200 yards rushing on the night as he gained 198 yards on 28 carries with six of those carries going for scores in a 44-6 win over Sage Hill of Newport Beach.


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Evan Rios (Madera)
It was just another normal night for this talented kicker as he made both of extra point attempts and was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals including a 51-yarder as the Coyotes remained undefeated with a come from behind 32-31 win over Bullard of Fresno. According to Andy Boogaard of the Fresno Bee, Rios has been playing football for just five months after being convinced to kick for the football team by his friends. It was his 37-yard field goal that gave Madera its first win over Bullard since 1994, according to section historian Bob Barnett.

Jaquille Bradford (Hoover, San Diego)
Named as our SoCal Defensive Player of the Week, he a season-best 16 tackles with six sacks as the Cardinals defeated Morse of San Diego 14-7.

Christian Rita (Milpitas)
The senior speedster continued to make huge plays for the unbeaten (and now state-ranked) Trojans in their 49-0 win over Saratoga. In addition to scoring on a 38-yard reception, Rita had a 58-yard interception return and a 20-yard interception return for TDs. Two others from the team – James Santos and Victor Rodriguez – also had pick sixes in the same game.

Qu’Ali Thomas (Locke, Los Angeles)
The junior DB was all over the field when the Saints defeated Manual Arts of Los Angeles 29-6. He led the way with three interceptions on defense to give him six for the season. He also had four catches for 31 yards and four tackles.

Matt Blair (Campolindo, Moraga)
Making sure the Cougars stay at the top of our Division III North rankings, he continued his streak of perfect kicking as he made all seven of his extra point attempts and kicked two field goals during a 55-21 win over Alhambra of Martinez.

Michael Pittman (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
Not only did he score a touchdown on offense and defense during the Lions 35-19 road win against Thousand Oaks but this UCLA-bound standout also returned a kickoff for a score.

Vance Sams (Edison, Fresno)
Senior leader for state-ranked Tigers rang up 12 tackles and also had an interception plus a forced fumble as Edison thumped San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno 44-14.

Steve Dinneen (St. Francis, Mountain View)
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound TE/OLB senior was involved in 15 tackles (9 solo , 6 assisted) in 15-14 win over Archbishop Mitty. Dineen sacked the Mitty QB three times for a loss of 26 yards and forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone for safety. He is the leading tackler this season so far for the Lancers.

Kyree Harvey (Salesian, Richmond)
Our NorCal Defensive Player of the Week had 3.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss during a 27-14 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo.

Andrew Acosta (Servite, Anaheim)
Going 4 for 4 on kicks during the Friars’ game against Orange Lutheran, he kicked two field goals, including the game-winner from 31 yards out as time expired, for the 28-25 win over the Lancers.

Elijah Orr (Grant, Sacramento)
One of several talented players on the defensive side of the football for the Pacers, he had 10 tackles, two sacks and an interception during a 56-7 win over Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove.

Jeffrey Molino (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
He helped the Broncos get back into the win column with two interceptions plus a blocked punt return touchdown in a 56-20 victory over Westview of San Diego.

Joel Aranda (Selma)
Just a sophomore, Aranda set a school record by returning an interception 103 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to preserve a 19-6 win by the Bears over Exeter.

Connor Dowd (Modesto Christian)
He wowed the crowd in a 63-0 blasting of Riverbank. Dowd was in on 17 tackles (three for loss) and had an interception on defense. He also rushed twice for 59 yards and one score.

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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