Presented by ATHLETETRAX, this week’s best includes seven with more than 400 yards passing but none of those seven threw for seven TDs in one game. Someone else did. College Park’s David Jones also will go into the state record book for scoring eight TDs in a single outing.
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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. 16 to Oct. 18.
K.J. Costello (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)
Breaking his own school record for passes completed in a game and also earning a spot in our Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book, Costello completed 34 of his 47 pass attempts for 495 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for two scores as the Eagles came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Orange Lutheran 42-41. Costello already has been ranked as one of the top QBs among the Class of 2016 in the nation.
Joe Hernandez (Whittier Christian, La Habra)
Nearly leading the Heralds to their first win of the season, this sophomore signal caller was 41 of 71 for 493 yards and three touchdowns in a 67-44 triumph over Valley Christian of Cerritos. Hernandez’ 71 attempts is fourth hghest on the all-time single game state list. He also makes the state record book in the other two categories as well. Whittier Christian led in the shootout game 38-34 after three quarters before ending up on the losing end.
Blake Barnett (Santiago, Corona)
Showing why he is committed to Alabama, our SoCal Offensive Player of the Week completed 27 of his 38 pass attempts for 491 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for two scores as the Sharks defeated King of Riverside 49-35.
Josh Gaudet (Horizon Christian, San Diego)
He continued to keep his team close in shootout losses with 437 yards through the air and five TDs against Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach. Santa Fe won 51-33, but Gaudet hit on 28 of 39 passes to account for his yards and went over 2,600 for the season.
Caden Voges (Sacramento)
The junior standout had another prolific outing when Sac High blasted Valley of Sacramento 59-0. Voges completed 15 of 23 passes for 422 yards and six TDs. He also had 24 yards rushing and one other score. For the season, Voges now has 31 TD passes in seven games.
Andrew Tovar (Cathedral, Los Angeles)
Just a sophomore, Tovar completed 37 of his 53 pass attempts for 419 yards and six touchdowns but the Phantoms suffered their first loss of the season 52-41 to unbeaten St. Francis of La Canada. Through seven games, he has passed for 2,053 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Damian Garcia (Bishop Amat, La Puente)
In our new expanded CIF State Bowl Game rankings, we mentioned the Lancers are a team to watch out for in D1 South and with good reason. Garcia passed for 418 yards and five touchdowns during an eye-opening 52-22 win over Chaminade of West Hills. Garcia, who completed 22 of 27 passes, was approaching the 470-yard single-game school record set in 1969 when current USC A.D. Pat Haden was a junior at Amat.
Josh Love (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach)
It was hard to not love his performance last Friday night unless you were a Lakewood supporter as he completed 26 of his 36 pass attempts for 370 yards and tied a school record with seven touchdown passes in a 49-7 win. It also was a good night for teammate Iman Marshall, who received his Under-Armour All-American Game jersey before the game and had six catches for 91 yards and four touchdowns.
Trey Tinsley (El Toro, Lake Forest)
Completing 24 of his 38 pass attempts for 351 yards and four touchdowns, we were surprised his numbers weren’t even higher as the Chargers had a more balanced offensive attack during their 74-56 win over San Juan Hills of San Juan Capistrano.
Nick Brown (Rancho Alamitos, Garden Grove)
Despite throwing the ball 40 times, Brown had no turnovers and he completed 26 passes for 349 yards and six touchdowns in a 48-26 triumph over Santiago of Garden Grove. It also was the third time this season that Brown has had a six touchdown pass game and he has thrown for 29 touchdowns and 2,231 yards in seven games.
Brandon Jones (Bakersfield Christian)
It hasn’t been as smooth of a season this year for the Eagles like last season when they went 12-3 and reached the CIF Division IV state championship game. Still, Jones has had some big moments, including 327 yards in the air and four touchdowns while also rushing for a score during a 56-7 win over Shafter.
Christian Silva (Tennyson, Hayward)
While it would have been a fun game to watch, it wouldn’t have been as much fun to keep stats during Tennyson’s 85-77 win over Castro Valley in overtime. Silva was arguably the top individual in the zany contest. He completed 15 of 19 pass attempts for 304 yards and four touchdowns while also carrying 18 times for 260 yards and three scores.
Brady White (Hart, Newhall)
More than efficient with his 24 pass attempts, the Arizona State-bound White completed 20 of them for 283 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 117 yards and two scores in a 42-14 win over West Ranch of Valencia.
Noah Evans (Whittier Christian, La Habra)
While teammate Joe Hernandez had 71 pass attempts and 41 completions in the Heralds’ 67-44 loss to Valley Christian of Cerritos, it was Evans serving as the main target. He had 17 receptions for 212 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he also has caught 64 passes for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.
Steven Spadarotto (Righetti, Santa Maria)
He will get a listing in the state record book for most catches in a game with 22 after he caught 22 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 loss to Atascadero.
Kyle Sweet (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM)
While K.J. Costello was setting all sorts of records throwing the football, it was this senior wideout that matched his own school record for receptions in a game with 15 for 235 yards and two touchdowns during the Eagles’ 42-41 win over Orange Lutheran.
Brenden Bixler (Santiago, Corona)
As the leading target in QB Blake Barnett’s big night (see above), Bixler also had a big night of his own as he caught 13 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns during a 49-35 win over King of Riverside.
Brandon Bonham (La Jolla)
Despite catching 12 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns, it wasn’t enough for the Vikings to prevent a 35-31 loss to Point Loma of San Diego.
Guy Demazeliere (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
He has had some big performances this season, but he doubled his season-best for receptions in a game when he caught 14 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns during a 38-28 loss to St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano.
Emmanuel Osuchukwu (Calabasas)
Despite catching 11 passes for over 200 yards and four touchdowns, it wasn’t enough to prevent the Coyotes from losing their fourth straight game 44-41 to Camarillo.
Jay Jay Wilson (Valencia)
In just three quarters, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder caught seven passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 142 yards and three scores on 11 carries in a 56-19 romp past Saugus.
Nick Jovanelly (Eagle Rock)
He helped Eagle Rock take control of the Northern League by catching seven passes for 192 yards in a 34-7 victory over Lincoln of Los Angeles. Eagle Rock is now 3-0 in league play with a likely showdown coming against L.A. Franklin in a regular season finale.
DEFENSE, SPECIAL TEAMS & MORE
Kevin Robledo (Westlake, Westlake Village)
Entering the season, we figured it was just a matter of what game this season he would break the state record for career field goals and it came on Friday night. Robledo kicked three of them (22, 37, 33) during a 30-27 win over Newbury Park to move his career total to 40 field goals. He surpassed the previous record of 39 set in 2010 by Jake Van Ginkle of Upland. There is a total of 48 in the national record book by a California player that is a mistake.
Kareem Coles (Madison, San Diego)
It was another strong outing in a 48-13 victory against Olympian of Chula Vista for the senior who two years ago quarterbacked Madison as a sophomore to the CIF D3 state bowl title. Coles completed 9 of 14 passes for 210 yards and two scores and also rushed 10 times for 164 yards and four touchdowns.
Cutrell Haywood (Stagg, Stockton)
With the school just down the street from our Stockton office, we were able to talk to the sophomore and snap a picture for his NorCal Defensive Player of the Week honor. Haywood had four interceptions and also caught three touchdown passes, in just his second varsity game, as the Delta Kings defeated McNair of Stockton 55-20.
Isaiah Armstrong (Redlands East Valley, Redlands)
One of two players to record four interceptions in a game last week, Armstrong had his four picks come during a 35-0 win over Cajon of San Bernardino. One writeup about the outing reported that the CIF Southern Section record is six, but the total mentioned was for an eight-man game which we keep separately from 11-man.
Jacob Murrieta (Kennedy, Fremont)
Whether on offense, defense or special teams, Murrieta made an impact in a 49-21 win over Washington of Fremont as he caught five passes for 111 yards and one touchdown, had three sacks on defense and also blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown.
Le’Andre Jefferson (Mission Oak, Tulare)
He scored four touchdowns, one going for a school record by returning a kickoff 99 yards for a score, two on pass receptions of 79 and 14 yards and he scored on an 11-yard run in a 41-13 win over Monache of Porterville. Quarterback Trey McJunkin also matched his season high by passing for four TDs.
Justice Shelton-Mosley (Capital Christian, Sacramento)
No stranger to being a state stat star, he carried the ball nine times for 110 yards and two touchdowns, caught two passes for 76 yards and one score; and returned a punt for six points as the Cougars defeated Dixon 49-14.
Anthony Stewart (Chowchilla)
According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Stewart set three school records by returning two interceptions of 40 and 95 yards for touchdowns and added another touchdown on a 97-yard run in a 38-6 romp past Washington Union. Stewart’s school records were for most interception return TDs in a game, longest interception return and longest run from scrimmage.
Devin Mirkovich (El Camino, Sacramento)
Driving his way between the quarterback and wide receiver, he intercepted three passes during the Eagles’ 9-6 win over Casa Roble of Orangevale.
Jarrell Brown (Citrus Hill, Perris)
He helped Citrus Hill to its 21st straight league win – a 59-17 triumph over San Jacinto – by completing 11 of 18 passes for 205 yards and two TDs and by rushing for 123 yards.
Laipeli Palu (Burlingame)
In a 46-30 victory over Menlo School of Atherton that kept the Panthers unbeaten, Palu led the defense with two interceptions, five tackles and one sack.
Dusty Howenstine (Rocklin)
Howenstine was like a howitzer making plays on defense in unbeaten Rocklin’s 35-7 win over Woodcreek of Roseville. He had 14 solo tackles, two sacks, deflected two passes and also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Noah Thompson (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo)
It was a hat trick of sorts for Thompson as he scored in three different ways during a 56-14 win over Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo in Sea View League play. He rushed for a short touchdown, caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff 95 yards for another score.
Vincent Heard (Narbonne, Harbor City)
He made himself seen and heard with big plays in the Gauchos’ 50-0 shutout win over Washington in Marine League play. Heard picked off two passes on defense and returned a kick 75 yards for a touchdown to pace the victors.
Jake Bailey (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach)
Kicking a season-high 15 points, this Stanford-bound kicker was 6-for-6 on extra points and 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 54-yarder for the second week in a row, during the Eagles’ 51-33 win over Horizon Christian Academy of San Diego.
Paul Gregorian (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma)
The senior linebacker recorded a career-high and team season-high 16 total tackles in helping lead the Mustangs to a 40-6 victory over rival Tomales. Gregorian also had an interception with a 17-yard return in the battle between long-time foes that each entered 2-0 in North Central League II play.
Jeff Martin (Hemet)
He rushed for 414 yards and two touchdowns on 46 carries during a 52-41 loss to Tahquitz of Hemet. This one came in late and almost didn’t make it in time.
Fernando Rodriguez (Williams)
Outscoring Trinity of Weaverville on his own, he rushed for 391 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries as the Yellowjackets stung their way to a 45-8 win.
Sean McGrew (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
It only just seemed like every time he carried ball last Friday night against JSerra that it ended with a touchdown. McGrew ended up with 26 carries for 386 yards and five touchdowns for the Braves in their 49-44 win. The final TD came on a huge fake punt that he ran in from 70 yards.
Isaiah Jones (Porterville)
The junior standout set a school record by rushing for 379 yards on 22 carries and tied a school record by scoring five touchdowns in a 49-28 win over Tulare Western.
Isaac Mendibles (Montebello)
Striking for over 15 yards per carry during a 49-16 win for the Oilers over Keppel of Alhambra, he finished the night with 336 yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries.
Jonathan Nicholson (Valley Christian, Cerritos)
Leading a fourth quarter attack that turned a 38-34 deficit into a 67-44 win over Whittier Christian of La Habra, Nicholson finished with 20 carries for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Teammate Robert Downs had 154 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries.
Alex Shelton (Bernstein, Los Angeles)
He dashed for 291 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 Central League victory over Contreras of Los Angeles.
David Jones (College Park, Pleasant Hill)
In most weeks, Jones’ performance against Ygnacio Valley of Concord would have gotten him much more than just a mention here. It was just such a crazy week. Still, his eight touchdowns scored in the 66-42 victory will get his name into the state record book. He only carried 14 times but also rushed for 282 yards.
Jacob Fimbres (Sonora, La Habra)
In a game that saw both teams take the lead in the final minute, the Raiders suffered their first loss of the season 34-30 at Troy of Fullerton despite Fimbres rushing for 280 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries. His last touchdown run of the night was followed by a two-point conversion to give Sonora a three-point lead with 50 seconds remaining.
Marcus Loudon (Buena Park)
Earning a spot forever in our state record book, Loudon had a 99-yard touchdown run and finished with a career-high 271 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in a 40-0 blanking of Fullerton Sunny Hills.
Jameyson Mowdy (Katella, Anaheim)
Moving to 2-0 in the Orange League with a 49-6 win over the Magnolia of Anaheim, the Knights fed Mowdy a heavy dose of the football. He carried 32 times for 257 yards and one TD.
Priest Jennings (Chavez, Stockton)
This Priest made the Edison of Stockton defense pray for mercy after he rushed for 249 yards and scored twice to help the Titans win 40-20. Jennings and his teammates seem to be in good shape to give Chavez its first league title in school history.
Oscar Gomez (St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano)
The Tartans had their closest game of the season last week but remained undefeated with a 38-28 win over Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach. Gomez rushed for 241 yards and two scores on 26 carries.
Deshawn Collins (Grant, Sacramento)
Leading the Pacers’ rushing attack, Collins ran for 233 yards and five touchdowns during a 54-29 win over Monterey Trail of Elk Grove.
Darius Jones (Canoga Park)
The All-L.A. City performer rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns in 49-0 win over Panorama of Panorama City. Jones now has 1,244 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns so far for a 7-1 team that is in first place (4-0) in the Valley Mission League.
Tukai Laginikoro (Tennyson, Hayward)
He scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime and finished with 223 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries during the Lancers’ 85-77 win over Castro Valley. The combined point total was just three off the reported state record.
Edward Vander (Jserra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano)
Not to be lost in the shadows of the great game had by Sean McGrew, Vander (also a junior) had a great night with 217 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in the 49-44 loss to St. John Bosco.
Grant Dragmire (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento)
Not only did he rush for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries but he also intercepted a pass on defense and made 12 tackles during a 36-28 win over Golden Sierra of Garden Valley.
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