South Bay/Peninsula Players of Week

Joey Medeiros of Saratoga makes a catch in the end zone during a game earlier this season. He has been chosen this week for defense. Photo: ca.8to18.com/saratogahs/

Joey Medeiros of Saratoga makes a catch in the end zone during a game earlier this season. He has been chosen this week for defense. Photo: ca.8to18.com/saratogahs/

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 Marcus Romero from Piedmont Hills of San Jose, Joey Medeiros of Saratoga and John Rak from Homestead 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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Offensive Player of the Week

Marcus Romero (Piedmont Hills, San Jose) Jr.

A player who’s been among those considered several times for this honor, on this occasion Marcus is the man.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound quarterback shined by completing 20 of 35 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns in a zany 59-55 triumph over Willow Glen.

Romero, who also rushed for 38 yards against the Rams, also improved his season totals to 2,334 yards with 25 TD passes.

Piedmont Hills (6-4) opens the CIF Central Coast Section Division I playoffs against Fremont of Sunnyvale (9-1), which has had two South Bay/Peninsula players of the week this season – Phillip Tran on offense and Alejandro Morales on defense.

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Defensive Player of the Week

Joey Medeiros (Saratoga) Sr.

In a 41-33 victory over Palo Alto that clinched a CCS playoff berth for the Falcons, Medeiros was all over the field knocking down passes or intercepting them.

Medeiros, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior, denied the Vikings with two interceptions and according to sportswriter Dick Sparrer of the San Jose Mercury-News he also deflected five other passes, three of which were in the end zone.

Medeiros also contributed on offense. He caught seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns and he scored himself on a 3-yard run.

Saratoga (5-5) plays No. 1 seed Pioneer of San Jose (8-2) in this week’s first-round of the CCS Division III playoffs.

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Special Teams Player of the Week

John Rak (Homestead, Cupertino) Sr.

One of the most productive kickers in the CCS all season, this week is unfortunately our last chance to choose Rak since Homestead (7-3) was left out of the CCS playoffs even though the Mustangs impressed last week in a 58-24 win over previously undefeated Fremont of Sunnyvale.

Rak, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, helped the Mustangs’ cause against the Firebirds by converting 7-of-7 on PATs, making a 27-yard field goal and knocking 8 of 10 kickoffs for touchbacks.

For the season, Rak finished 37 of 37 on PATs with five field goals, including a longest of 40 yards.

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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