State Stat Stars of the Week

Sacramento Grant's Elijah Orr is on pace to surpass last year's total of 133 tackles. He had 24 last week in big win vs. Fresno Bullard. Photo: Zenobia Gerald/Courtesy family.

Sacramento Grant’s Elijah Orr is on pace to surpass last year’s total of 133 tackles. He had 24 last week in big win vs. Fresno Bullard. Photo: Zenobia Gerald/Courtesy family.

Annual regular football feature returns with top reported single-game performances from around the state. This week’s best includes one literally from a Rising sophomore who had 388 yards passing and six TDs for Newbury Park. Among others highlighted are a freshman QB named Daniels (not the one you’re thinking of) plus Newport Harbor’s Cole Kinder and Danville Monte Vista’s Jake Haener.

Note: We will collect totals from MaxPreps, newspapers, tweets and from those sent in to us. We also will compile single-game highs from this post throughout the season and of course we use our weekly State Stat Stars collection as an aid for the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book. That is the only state record book anyone has ever done and we have published it seven times with full copyright protection. To report totals to us for this feature and for the record book, email or call 209-463-9050. You can also text to 209-608-1317.

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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(For games played through Saturday, Sept. 12)

To read about the six players featured as our NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week, CLICK HERE.

Jorge Briseno (Santa Ana)
The Saints improved to 2-0 on the season with a 45-14 win over Anaheim as he carried the ball 25 times for 273 yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan Burness (Novato)
Playing against a Terra Nova of Pacifica team that normally sees its own QB throw for a bunch of yards, Burness burned the Tigers by hitting on 15 of 27 passes for 336 yards and four TDs as Novato won 31-28. The junior also rushed four times for 28 yards.
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Marco Cobian (Ramona)
In a game in which the opposing QB threw for 349 yards and two TDs, Cobian had the better outing as he went 18 of 33 for 282 yards and four TDs (with no interceptions) in a 28-27 triumph over Valley Center. Cobian also rushed for 27 yards on seven carries.

Cesar Cuevas (Hughson)
The Huskies as a team rushed for 519 yards and seven touchdowns during a 50-27 road win over Ceres and it was this senior that did the bulk of the work. Cuevas carried the ball 27 times for 277 yards and scored six touchdowns.

Jayden Daniels (Cajon, San Bernardino)
Mater Dei’s heralded J.T. Daniels might not be the only top-notch freshman QB named Daniels in Southern California this season. Jayden had a great night with 300 yards in the air and four TDs for Cajon when it defeated Kaiser of Fontana 42-7 last weekend.

Andrew Guevara (Sierra, Manteca)
Lodi quarterback Matt Meehleis saw more of this senior defensive end then he wanted to last Friday night as he had five sacks and the Timberwolves defeated the Flames 20-7 for their second win of the season.

Derrion Grim & Osai Brown (McNair, Stockton)
By now you might as well get used to seeing Grim’s name on a weekly basis. This time, he caught eight passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns during a 40-14 win over Liberty Ranch of Galt. Brown, meanwhile, was 20 of 30 for 425 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for a score. For the season, Grim already has 13 TD catches, which has him on pace to reach 39 by his ninth game.

Jake Haener (Monte Vista, Danville)
The back-and-forth nature of the Mustangs’ 49-41 win over Pittsburg had many in the Twitter world hooked last Friday. Haener, MV’s talented junior QB, was in the middle of it all and wound up going 16 of 27 for 326 yards and six TDs. Half of those TD passes came in a hectic fourth quarter, including a game-winner. Haener’s TDs were from 47, 18, 13, 34, 12 and 17 yards out.

Jake Haener burst onto the scene last year as a sophomore starter at Monte Vista of Danville. Photo: Lori Stanton/

Jake Haener burst onto the scene last year as a sophomore starter at Monte Vista of Danville. Photo: Lori Stanton/

Romello Harris (Tulare)
The all-state candidate running back continues his march toward breaking the CIF Central Section career rushing record with a season high of 390 yards on 38 carries and four touchdowns in a high-scoring 49-41 win against Redwood of Visalia. Harris now moves into fourth place on the section list and now has 6,315 career yards. The 38 carries for the game also gives Harris 870 for his career, which breaks the section record of 840.

Jaron Jackson (Lynwood)
In the first six minutes of the game, Jackson scored on a 60-yard punt return, 22-yard catch and 50-yard pick six as the Knights obliterated Firebaugh of Lynwood 85-0 in the third year of the Wood Bowl rivalry game. Lynwood also dedicated a new field before the contest. Firebaugh isn’t exactly a big school and we get it that it’s the two high schools for Lynwood, but a rivalry game seems like a stretch. There was a running clock by the second quarter.

Dontye James (Silver Creek, San Jose)
Wanting to make sure the Raiders got the gold during their game against Saratoga, he rushed for 232 yards and one touchdown during a 23-6 win to improve their record to 2-0 on the year.

Jake Jeffrey & Christian Huber (Folsom)
Huber was the leading target for Jeffrey during a 54-14 win by the Bulldogs over Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove. He caught 11 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Jeffrey on the night was 22 of 28 for 304 yards and five touchdowns.

Cole Kinder (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)
This Kinder wasn’t very kind to the defense of Pico Rivera El Rancho during the Sailors’ 33-21 triumph. In all, he rushed for 311 yards and two touchdowns as Newport improved to 2-0 on the season.

George Krantz & Auston Locke (St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano)
More than half of Krantz’s completions last Friday night during a 55-14 win over The Webb School of Claremont went to Locke as he caught seven passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Krantz, meanwhile, ended 13 of 21 for 369 yards and five touchdowns.

Milshon Lathan (Orange Lutheran, Lutheran)
It wasn’t enough to prevent the Lancers from losing 35-14 against Centennial of Corona but he did recover two fumbles and intercept a pass as they held the No. 2 Huskies to their lowest point total this season.

Troyante McConico (Pinole Valley, Pinole)
This QB in the middle of every play for the Spartans shined with 345 yards combined yards and six TDs in their 41-32 win vs. College Park of Pleasant Hill. To get those numbers, McConico hit on 16 of 24 passes for 242 yards and two TDs and rushed 25 times for 103 yards and four scores.

Devon Modster (Tesoro, Las Flores)
Every one of the University of Arizona commit’s passing yards mattered as he set a school record for yards in a game with 351 while throwing three touchdown passes during a 30-28 win over Upland. Still, to get the win, Tesoro needed Hayden McGinnes to kick a game-winning 23-yard field goal with six seconds remaining.

Elijah Orr (Grant, Sacramento)
When the Pacers took on Bullard of Fresno (both ranked teams) last Saturday, it took some stands by the Pacers’ defense to help secure a 21-14 victory. Orr, a senior safety and rover, dominated for Grant with a team-high 24 tackles, including a forced fumble at the end of the game that iced the win. Orr had 133 tackles and seven sacks as a junior.

Dominic Pedersen & Nick Vollert (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma)
The classmates each had career-best days in helping lead the Mustangs to a 48-20 win over San Rafael. Pedersen passed for career-high 298 yards and five touchdowns while connecting on 19 of 32 passes and rushed for 51 yards on five carries and a touchdown. Vollert, the Mustangs’ leading receiver, had eight catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Newport Harbor's latest hard-nosed running back is Cole Kinder, who went over 300 yards for one game last week. Photo:

Newport Harbor’s latest hard-nosed running back is Cole Kinder, who went over 300 yards for one game last week. Photo:

Clarence Pierson (River Valley, Yuba City)
As the Falcons improved to 3-0 this season with a 55-43 win over Roseville, Pierson pierced the opposition for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He also intercepted a pass on defense.

Dawson Piper & Ben Sukut (Capistrano Valley Christian, San Juan Capistrano)
Piper to Sukut was the combination that was repeated early and often during a 34-24 win for the Eagles over Mary Star of the Sea of San Pedro. Piper passed for 424 yards and four touchdowns with Sukut catching seven passes for 233 yards and three scores.

Cezar Prieto (Wasco)
He scored a career high of four touchdowns on 20 carries for 248 yards in a 41-0 win over Foothill of Bakersfield. Wasco’s win also exteneded Foothill’s losing streak to 20 games dating back to 2013.

Cameron Rising (Newbury Park)
Rising sophomore has become a name to watch as he completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 388 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Panthers past Agoura of Agoura Hills 58-34. Rising also rushed for 148 yards and one score on five carries.

Shawndale Ross (East Bakersfield)
In a 41-21 win over Mira Monte of Bakersfield, Ross rushed for a career high of 325 yards on 25 carries. He also scored twice on runs of 43 and 70 yards.

Angelo Trujillo (Castle Park, Chula Vista)
This senior quarterback and his team have high hopes for the upcoming San Diego Section Division IV playoffs. That remains the case after a 41-38 triumph over Santana of Santee in which Trujillo completed 14 of 20 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 84 more yards and scored once.

Darius Vines (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
Facing the defending CIF Division II state champions from Redlands East Valley, Vines put on quite the show as he passed for 340 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for a score during a 63-34 win for the Seraphs over the previously undefeated Wildcats.

Tyler Warren (Willow Glen, San Jose)
Just a junior, he had a fine start to the season as he completed 14 of his 18 pass attempts for 203 yards and six touchdowns during a 47-26 win for the Rams in their season opener over San Jose.

Miguel Wharton (Sierra Pacific, Hanford)
In the same game in which teammate Hunter Cabral broke a state record with 10 sacks, Wharton led his team to a 41-14 win over Riverdale by rushing for 285 yards on 17 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Miguel also had two interceptions playing defense.

Adarrus Wilson (Morningside, Inglewood)
Adarrus was like Adonis during the Monarchs’ 61-21 triumph over Torrance. In addition to catching four passes for 70 yards and two TDs, he also had two interceptions, including one he returned 50 yards for a score. Plus, Wilson scored on a 70-yard punt return.

Dominic Zendejas (Turlock Christian, Turlock)
Despite his huge night rushing the football, the Eagles were unable to pick up their second win of the season as they were on the losing end of a 54-16 final score against Woodland Christian. Zendejas on the night rushed for 270 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.

Paul Muyskens is the Stockton office assistant editor of Cal-Hi Sports. 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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