South Bay/Peninsula Players of Week

Two of the final three South Bay/Peninsula players of the week are Riley Quinn (left) and Ben Burr-Kirven, who sparked teams to CIF Central Coast Section titles. Photos: Hudl.com & Roger Chen/Prep2Prep.com

Two of the final three South Bay/Peninsula players of the week are Riley Quinn (left) and Ben Burr-Kirven, who sparked teams to CIF Central Coast Section titles. Photos: Hudl.com & Roger Chen/Prep2Prep.com

Presented by LE BOULANGER bakery, this is the final post in a series this season highlighting the most outstanding players from the South Bay/Peninsula region of the CIF Central Coast Section. We’ve saved two of the best for last — Ben Burr-Kirven of Sacred Heart Prep and Riley Quinn from St. Francis of Mountain View — and have also named Carlos Grande of Pacifica Terra Nova for special teams. 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

Ben Burr-Kirven (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) Sr.

He’s the best player on the best team in the CCS this season and even though he missed the first month of the season with an injury, it will be a shock if he’s not the CCS Player of the Year by any group that chooses that award.

In the unbeaten Gators’ 14-0 win over Bellarmine in the CCS Open Division championship, Burr-Kirven scored the only two touchdowns of the game and finished with 27 carries for 103 yards. He also was among SHP’s defensive leaders with nine tackles.

For the season, Burr-Kirven averaged 13.6 tackles per game and rushed for 862 yards and five TDs in eight games.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker/running back will play next at the University of Washington.

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Defensive Player of the Week

Riley Quinn (St. Francis, Mountain View) Sr.

Just like Burr-Kirven was the ringleader emotionally for CCS Open Division champ Sacred Heart Prep, it’s hard to put into words how Quinn inspired his Lancer teammates – not to mention anybody else who knows his story – this season and during his varsity football career.

Quinn, who plays with one arm, came up with two interceptions to help St. Francis defeat Archbishop Mitty of San Jose 17-7 in the CCS Division II championship. The Lancers (9-4) won their second straight CCS D2 crown and their 16th section title in school history.

Quinn also had two tackles and two other deflected passes for the Lancer defense. He averaged 4.5 tackles per game on the season and has already switched from football to basketball.

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Special Teams Player of the Week

Carlos Grande (Terra Nova, Pacifica) Sr.

We’ve already honored Tiger QB Anthony Gordon this season and couldn’t get WR Jordan Genato (also a CCS record breaker) chosen for this week so we’ll get the CCS Division IV champs represented with Grande.

In Terra Nova’s 43-23 victory over Monte Vista Christian of Watsonville in the CCS Division IV final, Grande made all five of his PAT attempts to conclude an outstanding season as a kicker.

Although he wasn’t able to try a field goal in his last game, Grande ended with five for the season in five attempts. He also finished 60 of 61 on PATs and had 75 kicking points for the season.

Terra Nova won a CCS title with a 7-6 record after last year’s team went 10-0 in the regular season (the Tigers are the last CCS team to beat Sacred Heart Prep) but then lost in the first-round of the CCS Open Division playoffs to Valley Christian.

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Previous Players of the Week For 2014 Season

Week 1
Phillip Tran (Fremont, Sunnyvale)
Dan Dunham (Valley Christian, San Jose)
Kelepi Lataimua (Serra, San Mateo)

Week 2
Tarnell Pollard (Prospect, Saratoga)
Andrew Robinson (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton)
Christian Rita (Milpitas)

Week 3
Hakeem Mays (Willow Glen, San Jose)
Nicholas McMurray (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
D’Angelo McKenzie (Mt. Pleasant, San Jose)

Valley Christian RB Kirk Johnson was all smiles after strong outing against Bellarmine. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Valley Christian RB Kirk Johnson was all smiles after strong outing against Bellarmine.

Week 4
Zach Silva (Pioneer, San Jose)
Charlie Roth (Menlo School, Atherton)
Ben Roach (Los Altos)

Week 5
Kirk Johnson (Valley Christian, San Jose)
Hesekaia Tali Finefeuiaki (Wilcox, Santa Clara)
Griffin Intieri (Burlingame)

Week 6
J.R. Hardy (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton)
Devaun Crittle (Homestead, Cupertino)
Walker Sedgwick (Los Gatos)

Week 7
Kevin Cance (Leland, San Jose)
James Outman (Serra, San Mateo)
Xzavier Wilkins (Silver Creek, San Jose)

Week 8
Lutoviko Ahoia (St. Francis, Mountain View)
Alejandro Morales (Fremont, Sunnyvale)
Eli Givens (Palo Alto)

Week 9
Gabe Campos (Capuchino, San Bruno)
Michael Swift (Branham, San Jose)
Cole Bunce (Bellarmine Prep, San Jose)

Week 10
Marcus Romero (Piedmont Hills, San Jose)
Joey Medeiros (Saratoga)
John Rak (Homestead, Cupertino)

Week 11
Anthony Gordon (Terra Nova, Pacifica)
Jake Holton (Los Gatos)
Maurice Washington (The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale)

Week 12
Troy Martig (Bellarmine Prep, San Jose)
Dakari Monroe (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Nery Abarca (Pioneer, San Jose)

Congratulations to all players from LE BOULANGER & Cal-Hi Sports.

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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