Presented by ATHLETETRAX, this week’s best show that not all first-round section playoff games are routs. We have plenty of huge totals from games that went 71-70, 68-64 and 62-51. Jake Browning also ties another state record with eight TD passes for one half while a QB goes 11-for-11 (which is good for a state record book mention) but then suffers a season-ending injury.
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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 Nov. 13 to Nov. 15.
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Noah Davis (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
Putting up one of the top performances in the nation, according to MaxPreps, Davis completed 24 of his 42 pass attempts for 554 yards and five touchdowns during a 48-14 win over Ferndale. Earlier this season, he passed for 614 yards during a 53-41 win over McKinleyville. For where Davis stands on the all-time single game state list, get your Gold Club membership today to access the Cal-Hi Sports state records.
Buddy Enriquez (Rosemont, Sacramento)
Doing all he could to prevent the Wolverines’ season from coming to an end, he passed for 470 yards and five touchdowns on 25 completions in 37 throws but it was in a 69-37 losing effort to Sierra of Manteca in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. Buddy’s total also is right on the cutoff line for insertion into the state record book. To see his name now in the on-line book, get your Gold Club membership today to access the Cal-Hi Sports state records.
Matt Adamkiewicz (Christopher, Gilroy)
For the second straight week, Adamkiewicz went over the 400-yard mark in passing. He completed 24 of his 34 pass attempts for a season high 450 yards and five touchdowns during a 48-10 win over Gilroy. It was the 9-1 Cougars’ fourth straight win in the Severance Bowl. Adamkiewicz passed for 405 yards in his previous outing against North Monterey County.
Jake Browning (Folsom)
Before finding a seat for the second half, he completed 32 of his 46 pass attempts for 439 yards and eight touchdowns during a 70-14 win over Stagg of Stockton in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. With five touchdowns in the first quarter, he broke the 200 career touchdown mark and now stands with 204 in his career. Browning’s eight TD passes for one half also tied the state record set earlier this year by Fort Bragg’s Kaylor Sullivan. Prior to the game, longtime writer Joe Davidson praised the Washington-bound Browning by saying he is the best QB he’s ever seen from the greater Sacramento area. To see his name now in the on-line book for the new entries, get your Gold Club membership today to access the Cal-Hi Sports state records.
Ryder Ruiz (Bishop Amat, La Puente)
It would have been hard for this junior to play much better than he did during the Lancers’ 47-18 win over Lakewood as he completed 29 of his 35 pass attempts for 410 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Ryder is the younger brother of recent Amat two-sport star Rio Ruiz.
Carson Glazier (San Marino)
In a 49-28 CIFSS Central Division playoff triumph over Claremont, Glazier was razor sharp on his passes. He connected on 22 of 27 for 405 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior went mostly to junior teammates J.P. Shohfi (8 catches, 100 yards) and Aiden Santino (7 for 107) but senior Chip Crowley caught four for 142.
Khalil Tate (Serra, Gardena)
It was a hard-to-believe night for Tate in Serra’s 68-64 loss to Centennial of Corona in the CIFSS Pac-5 Division playoffs. He passed for 402 yards and five TDs and he rushed for 119 yards and three more scores. The 521 yards and eight TDs combined, however, were accompanied by four interceptions and two lost fumbles.
Tyrone Williams (Merced)
A player we really liked at the NorCal Elite 11 QB event, Williams led the Bears to their eighth win in a row. He completed 23 of his 35 pass attempts for 389 yards and four touchdowns during a 66-27 win over Tokay of Lodi in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Anthony Gordon (Terra Nova, Pacifica)
In his regular season finale, Gordon hit on 24 of 29 passes for 383 yards and three TDs but it was another tough loss for the Tigers as they fell to arch-rival Half Moon Bay 49-48 in the Skull Game. Gordon still did enough, however, to get to 3,828 yards for his final regular season total, which put him first in the state.
Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
In what turned out to be his final outing for the Seraphs before heading to USC, Town completed 27 of his 33 pass attempts for 374 yards and a school-record tying six touchdowns during their crazy 71-70 triple-overime loss to Norco in the first round of the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division playoffs.
Joshua Gaudet (Horizon Christian, San Diego)
A stellar season came to an end for Gaudet in the first round of the San Diego Section Division IV playoffs. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 357 yards and three TDs but Horizon lost 49-34 to El Cajon Valley. Gaudet ended the season with 3,739 yards and 38 TDs. He also was sacked 38 times, which is part of the reason for the team not being as strong.
Jacob Castillo (Mt. Miguel, Spring Valley)
He did his part to keep Mt. Miguel close in a 47-35 playoff loss to Point Loma of San Diego. Castillo hit on 16 of 28 passes for 356 yards and five TDs, but he did throw for a couple of interceptions as well.
Nick Brown (Rancho Alamitos, Garden Grove)
On the road to open the CIFSS Southern Division playoffs, he led the Vaqueros to a 50-34 win over Saddleback of Santa Ana. Brown completed 18 of his 23 pass attempts for 353 yards and seven touchdowns. Devin Velez was his leading target as he caught six passes for 115 yards and three scores.
Noah Righetti (St. Mary’s, Stockton)
The Rams are one of the threats to knock off Grant of Sacramento in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs and Righetti’s play at QB is one reason for that. He passed for 344 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for a touchdown during a 55-12 win over River Valley of Yuba City.
Josh Sierra (Kingsburg)
The senior quarterback carried the load for Kingsburg in a 60-40 victory against Independence of Bakersfield in the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs. Sierra passed for 332 yards on 17 of 32 with two touchdowns and also rushed for 90 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns. The two teams produced 1,070 yards offense for the game.
Jeremiah Martin (St. Francis, La Canada)
It will be a bittersweet spot in the state record book for this senior quarterback. He went a perfect 11 for 11 for 184 yards and three touchdowns before breaking his collarbone and having his season come to an end during a 49-14 win over Mayfair of Lakewood in the CIFSS Southeast Division playoffs. To see his name now in the on-line book, get your Gold Club membership today to access the Cal-Hi Sports state records.
Daniel Prieto (Newbury Park)
If not for two incomplete passes, Prieto would have come close to a state record for best perfect passing performance as he completed 20 of his 22 pass attempts for 319 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for a score during a 56-28 win over Righetti of Santa Maria.
Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo)
The baseball-football standout accounted for six TDs to help El Segundo get to 11-0 with a 52-20 triumph against Rio Mesa of Oxnard in the CIFSS Western Division playoffs. Nootbaar passed for 284 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 30 yards and two more scores.
Josiah Deguara (Folsom)
Jake Browning looked to Josiah early and often in the first half of the Bulldogs’ 70-14 win over Stagg of Stockton. He caught 15 passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns.
Dominic Vaccher (Troy, Fullerton)
As the leading target for Thomas Becerra (who threw for 313 yards but suffered three interceptions), Vaccher caught 13 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns but the Warriors’ season came to an end with a 52-28 loss to Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo in the CIF Southwest Division playoffs.
Javon McKinley (Centennial, Corona)
Points were not at a premium during the Huskies 68-64 win over Serra of Gardena as he caught 13 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns. McKinley also returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown in the first round of the CIF-SS Pac 5 playoffs.
Johnny Paramore (Jefferson, Daly City)
Johnny was on the spot with 11 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns during a 35-27 loss to The King’s Academy of Sunnyvale.
Brandon Oroxon (Lincoln, Los Angeles)
Caught ten passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns during a 42-35 win over Granada Hills.
Jack Rice (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
Regular target of Noah Davis caught six passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Crusaders opened up the CIF North Coast Section Division V playoffs with a 48-14 win over Ferndale.
Trent Irwin (Hart, Newhall)
QB Brady White continues to feed his star receiver as Irwin caught 10 passes for 166 yards and one touchdown while also intercepting a key pass on defense in the Indians’ 30-22 victory against Edison of Huntington Beach in the CIFSS West Valley Division playoffs.
Ricky Gonzales (Webb, Claremont)
Despite rushing for 383 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries, Webb’s season came to an end with a 62-29 loss to Grace Brethren of Simi Valley in the CIFSS East Valley Division playoffs.
Najee Harris (Antioch)
One of the top sophomores not just in the state but in the nation, Harris rushed for 371 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries during a 50-26 win over San Leandro.
Marcel Brown (Rio Linda)
Selected as our NorCal Offensive Player of the Week, Brown carried the football 19 times for 349 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Knights past Placer of Auburn 62-51 in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. Brown and the Knights play another stat star regular, Mark Paule Jr. of Manteca Sierra, in this week’s quarterfinals.
Sterling Salguero (Birmingham, Lake Balboa)
Since starting the season 0-5, Salguero and the Patriots have won six straight after opening the L.A. City Section Division I playoffs with a 36-30 win over Banning of Wilmington. He carried 32 times for 338 yards and four touchdowns.
Sheldon Arnold (Santee, Los Angeles)
Rushed for 332 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries as the Falcons defeated Panorama of Panorama City 45-24 in the first round of the CIF LA City Division III playoffs.
Beau Bisharat (Jesuit, Carmichael)
One week after being bottled up by Grant of Sacramento, Bisharat broke loose for 324 yards on 19 carries and scored three times as the Marauders blanked Gregori of Modesto 27-0 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. Gregori was making its first-ever playoff appearance but couldn’t stop Bisharat. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior had scoring runs of 83 and 80 yards.
Chris Rom-Toribio (La Quinta)
Handed the football 41 times during a 49-34 win over Apple Valley, Rom-Toribio rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns. It was his second straight performance with five rushing touchdowns and he has now rushed for 2,502 yards and 40 touchdowns this season.
Moby Contreras (Los Amigos, Fountain Valley)
State stat star regular he opened the postseason by carrying the ball 22 times for 290 yards and four touchdowns as the Lobos defeated Magnolia of Anaheim 48-13 in the opening round of the CIFSS Southern Division playoffs.
Demetric Felton (Great Oak, Temecula)
In Great Oak’s 55-37 upset of state-ranked Chino Hills in the CIFSS West Valley Division, Felton was feeling it with 28 carries for 287 yards, including TD runs of 75 and 36. Teammate Brandon Presley had a 64-yard punt return and a 46-yard TD catch.
DeShawn Collins (Grant, Sacramento)
Making sure the top seeded in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs wouldn’t be a first round upset victim, Collins rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Pacers past Patterson 42-23.
Curtis Threlkeld (North, Bakersfield)
Hailing from the same school as newly crowned NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, Threlkeld rushed for a game high of 270 yards on 34 carries, scored two touchdowns and had four receptions for 85 yards in a 30-7 win over Wasco.
George Sammon (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma)
Setting a career-high rushing mark for the second straight week, the senior led the Mustangs in a CIFNCS Division V 27-21 victory over Cloverdale. The Mustangs trailed 21-7 late in the third quarter before rallying behind two Sammon scores. He ended with 261 yards rushing on 31 carries and three TDs. The win for the Mustangs avenged a 28-7 loss to Cloverdale in early September.
Justin Rice (Central Catholic, Modesto)
In a 63-10 victory over Natomas of Sacramento in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs, Rice made the most of his 13 carries with 255 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a 71-yard touchdown pass as the Raiders bounced back from a loss to Oakdale.
Jakob Good (Westmont, Campbell)
He’s been more than Good for the Warriors this season with multiple 100-yard outings and did it again in a 23-19 win over Sobrato of Morgan Hill. Good had 250 yards on 24 carries and scored on runs of 12, 1 and 2 yards.
Chris Brown (Modesto Christian, Modesto)
With the Crusaders’ offensive line creating big holes all night long, he rushed for 249 yards and four touchdowns as part of a 562-yard team total during a 76-41 win over Rio Vista in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV quarterfinals.
Khyran Jackson-Barbee (Morse, San Diego)
His final carry went for the game-winning touchdown in overtime as he finished with 230 yards on 36 carries in the Tigers’ 14-7 win over Bonita Vista of Chula Vista in the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs.
Romello Harris (Tulare)
The junior running back pushed his touchdowns for the season to 34 with on runs of 11, 57, 1, 51 & 6 yards on 27 carries and had 230 yards in a 55-18 win over Sunnyside of Fresno.
Hunter Calton (Escalon)
Averaging 11 yards per carry, Calton rushed for 230 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries as the Cougars advanced to take on Central Catholic of Modesto in the CIF SJS D4 playoffs with a 48-20 win over Center of Antelope.
Roderick Ashford (St. Anthony, Long Beach)
Rushing for 229 yards and scoring five touchdowns, the Saints defeated Capistrano Valley Christian of San Juan Capistrano 48-32 in the CIFSS East Valley Division playoffs. Three of Ashford’s five touchdowns came after being handed the ball on rushing plays. He also scored on a 36-yard pass and on a 90-yard kick return.
Keanu Forbes (Harker, San Jose)
Another that made the most of his limited carries, Forbes netted 223 yards on 14 carries and scored three times during a 48-15 win over St. Francis CCC of Watsonville.
T.J. Brumfield (Crepsi, Encino)
He rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns as the Celts defeated Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita 45-13 in the opening round of the CIF-SS Pac 5 Division playoffs.
Paul Lomanto (Live Oak, Morgan Hill)
Already with over 1,000 rushing yards on the season, Lomanto added to that with 211 yards on 18 carries during a 35-13 win over Gunderson of San Jose.
Nathan Tilford (Upland)
Standout sophomore etched his name into the state record book by scoring on a 99-yard run to help Upland top San Juan Hills 42-7 in the CIFSS West Valley Division playoffs. Tilford also scored on a 52-yard run in the same game. He is just the second sophomore we know of with a 99-yard run. The only other one on the all-time state list is Leonard Huarte of Bishop for a 99-yarder in 1964. To see Tilford’s name now in the on-line book, get your Gold Club membership today to access the Cal-Hi Sports state records.
MULTI-PURPOSE, SPECIAL TEAMS, DEFENSE & MORE
Victor Viramontes (Norco)
Just a junior, he led the Cougars to a 71-70 win in triple-overtime against St. Bonaventure of Ventura in the opening round of the CIFSS Pac-5 playoffs. Viramontes, already chosen as our SoCal Offensive Player of the Week, passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 324 yards and five scores.
Jacquez Cheathum & David Moala (Grant, Sacramento)
If you try to cheat and double up blocking one of these two, you will just make it easier for the other. Both players recorded 4.5 sacks as the Pacers racked up 11 in all during a 42-23 win over Patterson in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
Areg Nazarian (St. Francis, La Canada)
Our SoCal Special Teams Player of the Week did more than just star on special teams in a 49-14 triumph against Mayfair of Lakewood in the CIFSS Southeast Division playoffs. Nazarian returned two kickoffs for touchdowns including the opening of the game, caught a touchdown pass and rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Brandon Grogan (Escalon)
Not only did Grogan recover two fumbles and return them both for touchdowns but he also intercepted a pass while on defense during a 48-20 win for the Cougars over Center of Antelope in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.
Blake Cuzzupoli & Brenden Schooler (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo)
Both played a big part in the Mustangs’ outscoring Troy of Fullerton 24-0 in the final quarter for a 52-28 win in the CIFSS Southwest Division playoffs. Cuzzupoli had a 41-yard field goal and returned an interception 75 yards for six points while Schooler found the end zone on a 98-yard kickoff return and recovered a fumble while on the punt team and returned it 54 yards for a score.
Christian Rita (Milpitas)
Becoming a threat to score as much on defense as he is on offense, he had two interception returns for touchdowns and a touchdown catch on offense during a 56-0 win over Santa Clara. Rita now has five pick-six TDs and eight touchdown catches this season. He’s also returned three kicks for scores.
Tofa Tupo (Buena Park)
Named by OCSidelines as its Defensive Player of the Week, Tupo had 15 tackles and three sacks as the Coyotes won their first playoff game since 2001 with a 43-34 win over Cypress in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs.
Joey Medeiros (Saratoga)
Honored already this week as one of our LeBoulanger South Bay/Peninula POWs, he caught two touchdowns, ran for a score and intercepted two passes during a 41-33 win over Palo Alto.
Joshua Sanchez (El Toro, Lake Forest)
Nearing 100 tackles on the season, our SoCal Defensive POW had 15 tackles, including four for losses, during a win over Sunset League champ Los Alamitos in the CIFSS West Valley Division playoffs.
Keisean Nixon (Salesian, Los Angeles)
In one of the more surprising results from last weekend, the Mustangs knocked off La Mirada 24-18 and Nixon had a big part in that. He intercepted a pass and returned it 63 yards for six points and also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score.
Darreon Lockett (Pomona)
McAuliffe of Lancaster was no match for the Red Devils in the CIFSS Mid-Valley Division in a 65-0 rout. Lockett led the way with 240 yards passing and five TDs plus 125 yards rushing with three TDs scored.
Ben Hart (Del Oro, Loomis)
He intercepted two passes on defense for the Golden Eagles during a 14-6 win over Roseville in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. It was Hart’s first multi-interception game of the season but he now has eight overall. Del Oro’s win was dedicated to former longtime equipment manager Wilbur Heath, 75, who was granted a dying wish to watch that game from an ambulance parked near the field. Heath, who has had three sons play at the school as well, died last Sunday night.
D’mitri Mata (Maranatha, Pasadena)
One of the reasons the Minutemen are now 11-0 this season after a 47-21 win over Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo is the play of this sophomore. Mata intercepted two passes and caught six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also now has seven interceptions on the year.
Congraluations to longtime coach Frank Thiessen of Bakersfield Christian in winning his ninth consecutive section championship. The Eagle girls beat Bakersfield 5-4 in the Division II final. Bakersfield Christian finished the season with a 20-2 record, pushing Thiessen’s record in boys & girls tennis since 1962 to an amazing 1,116-252-3 record. He is one of the winningest coaches in California history for combined sports.
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