State Football Record Updates

New 200-win club member head coach Roger Canepa speaks to his team from Central Catholic of Modesto last season after CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship. Photo: Mark Tennis.

New 200-win club member head coach Roger Canepa speaks to his team from Central Catholic of Modesto last season after CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Two more coaches join the list of those with 200 varsity career wins with another likely this weekend. We also try to figure out if Highlands’ Isaiah Tenette has set a record for single game rushing yards by a quarterback. Finally, could Folsom WR Cole Thompson’s state record for TD catches in a season set last December already be in trouble?

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It never takes long for state record updating to begin each football season.

For the state coaching records, the first week and second week provided us with one new member each in the exclusive club of those with 200 career wins. This third weekend coming up also should continue the streak.

Corona Centennial head coach Matt Logan raises CIFSS Pac-5 title plaque last December. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Corona Centennial head coach Matt Logan raises CIFSS Pac-5 title plaque last December. Photo: Mark Tennis.

On August 28, Tim Salter of Upland notched No. 200 when the Highlanders defeated Knight of Palmdale 49-6. He’s been at the helm of the program for 22 years and after a second win on Sept. 4 his record was reported by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin at 201-87-1. With Salter, of course, you always think of him and his coaching family. His brother, Tom, has been the head coach at Bishop Amat of La Puente and Culver City. His father, Dick, was the head coach from 1970 to 1989 at Arcadia and for years before that at Cathedral of Los Angeles. Sadly, Dick passed away last year at age 87.

Then last weekend on Sept. 4, Salter’s feat was matched by Roger Canepa from Central Catholic of Modesto. Canepa, who has guided the Raiders to three straight CIF Division IV state bowl game titles, reached No. 200 when Central Catholic buried Atwater, 49-0. Before taking over for 200-win coach Mike Glines at Central Catholic in 2008, Canepa enjoyed success at Sonora (1990-1995) and at Calaveras of San Andreas (1996-2007). The difference with Canepa and most others on the 200-win list is that coaching isn’t his only profession. He’s also very successful in the water drilling business as a vice president of Canepa & Sons of Sonora.

This weekend, the state should add yet another to the 200-win club when Corona Centennial meets Orange Lutheran. If the Huskies win, head coach Matt Logan would improve his career record (this is his 19th season) to 200-45.


Single Game Rushing: A QB With 465 Yards

When reporters call with state record questions, we really do try to answer them all without having to figure anything out.

Last weekend, for example, we knew that Highlands of North Highlands’ Isaiah Tenette had rushed for 465 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 84-43 win against Mira Loma of Sacramento.

Until Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee phoned, however, we didn’t know that Isaiah plays the quarterback position. Joe asked: “Is that a state record for a quarterback?”
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A quick glance at the single-game list and we weren’t sure. For today’s state record updates, we have tried to be more sure.

Tenette, who also plays basketball for the Scots and averaged 24.4 points and 7.2 assists per game as a junior standout, needed 21 carries for his 465 yards against Mira Loma. One of the reasons the performance was a bit down-played by both the Bee and us is that Mira Loma has been struggling (0-10 the past two seasons). It’s not quite the same as Antioch super junior Najee Harris going for 396 against a Milpitas team that was 11-1 last year.

Still, Isaiah’s outing deserves some attention. First, it’s the single game high so far this year. The only other reported 400-yard rushing outing in the state came in the first week of the season by Donovan Switalski from East Nicolaus, who ripped off 403 in a 30-26 loss to Fall River of McArthur. Second, it’s not a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section record but it is a new Sacramento area record, breaking the old best of 449 set in 2005 by James Montgomery from Cordova of Rancho Cordova.

Now for the QB question. Checking through the list of those in front of Isaiah on the all-time state list (465 and above), we did find one QB. That was the position played by Sty Hairston of Banning in 2012 when he ran for 476 yards on just 15 carries and scored seven TDs in a 71-14 win vs. Linfield Christian of Temecula. Tenette therefore would be No. 2 among QBs.


Derrion Grim: 10 TD catches in first two weeks

If there was one player in the state after just two weeks of games that you can point to as being a possible state record breaker, we’d pick senior wide receiver Derrion Grim from McNair of Stockton.

Derrion Grim has 10 TD catches in just two games. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Derrion Grim has 10 TD catches in just two games.

In his first game, a 74-26 win by the Eagles over Calaveras of San Andreas, Grim caught 10 passes for 238 yards and six touchdowns. The Boise State commit also returned the opening kickoff for a score and was our first Cal-Hi Sports NorCal Offensive Player of the Week. In his second game, Grim had 12 receptions for 225 yards and four TDs in a 61-50 loss to Downey of Modesto.

With an effective senior quarterback, Osai Brown, getting him the ball and with his dad, former University of Pittsburgh standout La’Tef Grim, serving as McNair’s offensive coordinator, all the pieces are in place for some record-breaking totals.

Besides also obviously avoiding any injuries, it’s also going to help Grim that McNair tends to give up a lot of points on defense. This means the Eagles aren’t going to be way ahead too often so that the starters have to come out.

It’s easy to see with all of those factors that Grim could threaten the state record of 34 TD catches for one season that was set just last year by Folsom’s Cole Thompson. The state regular season record of 25 set in 1999 by Earvin Johnson of L.A. Cathedral and tied two years ago by Matt Byer of Oak Park also may fall. Grim could even be halfway home to that record after his next game.

Thompson got to play 16 games to get to his total of 34, which Grim isn’t going to do, but three to four TD catches per game with perhaps 11 or 12 played just may do the trick. Grim also is very good and even if he wasn’t putting up insane totals probably is the best wideout to come out of Stockton since Brandin Cooks of the New Orleans Saints was playing for Lincoln in 2010.


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

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