South Bay/Peninsula Players of Week

James Outman, our Le Boulanger Defensive Player of the Week, lowers the boom for Serra of San Mateo in recent game against St. Francis of Mountain View. Photo: Noel Sy.

James Outman, our Le Boulanger Defensive Player of the Week, lowers the boom for Serra of San Mateo in recent game against St. Francis of Mountain View. Photo: Noel Sy.

Presented by LE BOULANGER bakery, this is the latest in a new feature highlighting the most outstanding players from the South Bay/Peninsula region of the CIF Central Coast Section. This week’s three honorees are James Outman from Serra of San Mateo, Kevin Cance from Leland of San Jose and Xzavier Wilkins from Silver Creek of San Jose. CLICK HERE for details on how South Bay/Peninsula football fans can win 2 free San Francisco 49ers tickets.

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Le Boulanger South Bay/Peninsula
Defensive Player of the Week

James Outman (Serra, San Mateo) Sr.

The Padres’ bruising 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker, team captain and two-spot star who has a scholarship to Sacramento State for baseball, exemplifies the kind of top producer on a state-ranked team that isn’t flashy but takes care of business on the gridiron.

The Padres’ trademark has always been a stingy defense and the past two weeks Outman has been its backbone. Serra’s leading tackler, who has almost twice as many tackles as the No. 2 tackler on the team, had 10 tackles (six solo) and a pass interecption last week in a 36-10 victory over Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco.

Two weeks ago against St. Francis of Mountain View, Outman had 11 tackles (seven solo) in a 14-2 victory. His busiest game was in a season-opening loss to De La Salle when he had 12 solo tackles and 17 total.

“James is a great kid and a good pick for this award,” Serra head coach Patrick Walsh told Cal-Hi Sports. “He’s one of the few returning defensive starters and provides critical leadership in the Padres tradition of strong defense.”

Outman’s teammate, wide receiver Brandon Monroe, was also considered for special teams honors with a 51-yard punt return for a touchdown.

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Le Boulanger South Bay/Peninsula
Offensive Player of the Week

Kevin Cance (Leland, San Jose) Sr.

The Chargers’ quarterback was the homecoming hero in a 31-19 victory over cross-town Mount Hamilton League rival Leigh that gets Leland to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in league.

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior scored three different ways, passing for a touchdown, running for two more scores, and splitting the uprights for a 27-yard field goal.

In his previous game, Cance rushed for four touchdowns and kicked six PATs in a 49-41 victory over Piedmont Hills.

Le Boulanger South Bay/Peninsula
Special Teams Player of the Week

Xzavier Wilkins (Silver Creek, San Jose) Sr.

The 5-foot-10, 168-pound running back put two TDs on the scoreboard in a 43-22 win at San Jose High but neither of them came by rushing.

One of Wilkins’ scores came on an 80-yard kickoff return and the second came on an even longer interception Wilkins returned 85 yards to pay dirt.

With the victory, Silver Creek improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in Santa Teresa League action.

Note: To send in nominations for next week’s LE BOULANGER South Bay/Peninsula Players of the Week, send info to markjtennis@gmail.com or to marketingharoldabend@gmail.com. Please include usable photo if possible as well, which means not from a newspaper or major national website.

Harold Abend is the associate editor of CalHiSports.com and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at marketingharoldabend@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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2 Comments

  1. Palma Fan
    Posted October 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Emilio Martinez from Palma should have been nominated with his 260 yards and 5 TD performance in the hard-earned win against MBL rival Salinas 45-35.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted October 29, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      Emilio did have a great game but Palma is not considered in the geographical area in which there are Le Boulanger locations people can go to. The South Bay in this honor program pretty much stops in the southern part of San Jose.

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