Getting close or already having 2,000 yards rushing seemed to pump up several running backs last week, including Mikey Dean from Chaffey of Ontario, Isaac Jones of Porterville, Najee Harris of Antioch and Donovan Switalski of East Nicolaus. We also tip the hat to a QB with 506 yards passing in his final game and a DB with a 102-yard interception return.
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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(For games played through Saturday, Nov. 7)
(Thanks to Stockton office assistant Paul Muyskens and to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett for contributions)
Ricardo Arias (McLane, Fresno)
Somehow he didn’t find the end zone despite his huge receiving numbers during a 47-40 win over Hoover of Fresno as he caught seven passes for 335 yards.
Colby Carrera (Vista del Lago, Folsom)
He rushed for 256 yards and three touchdowns during a 38-28 win over Christian Brothers of Sacramento. It was a breakout effort and was almost double his previous season high.
Bobby Cole (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
Making it 10 wins in 10 games so far this year, Cole came through often for the Trailblazers in their 48-34 win last week over Paraclete of Lancaster. The senior back ended with 277 yards and four TDs on just 31 carries.
Deshawn Collins (Grant, Sacramento)
Following up his performance from the week before that earned him NorCal player of the week honors, he rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns during a 42-16 win over Jesuit of Carmichael. It also has been reported that he became the first Sacramento-area running back to rush for over 2,000 yards in back to back seasons.
Steven Comstock (Northview, Covina)
The sophomore QB led the Vikings past Covina 42-28 to give them the Valle Vista League championship. He rushed for 180 yards on 28 carries and scored twice. Comstock also completed 18 of 24 passes for 141 yards and two other TDs. Teammate Dominic Ramirez starred as well with 12 catches for 108 yards and two TDs.
Jake Constantine (Camarillo)
This senior QB just seems to get better and better with each outing. In a 49-21 triumph last Friday vs. Royal of Simi Valley in the Scorpions’ final regular season game, Constantine connected on 30 of 40 passes for 477 yards and four TDs. He also had a TD running the ball. He’s probably the key reason why Camarillo is 10-0 and moving up in the overall Stat
Zach Cooper (Lawndale)
It was a tough week for Cooper and the Cardinals, who had to take four forfeit losses, but it ended well with a 45-0 win over Hawthorne. Cooper shined with 21 carries for 255 yards and four touchdowns.
Dante Davis (Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove)
Finishing off the regular season in a big way, the senior rushed for a school record 328 yards and five touchdowns during a 42-21 win over Ponderosa of Shingle Springs. He and his team should be in one of the best Sac-Joaquin Section D1 openers on Friday at Lincoln of Stockton.
Mikey Dean (Chaffey, Ontario)
Failing to rush for at least 200 yards in his three previous games, he ended the regular season with his fifth game of at least 300 yards rushing with 312 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries during a 23-6 win over Alta Loma. For the season, Dean has now rushed for 2,475 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Nathan DeJager (Bakersfield Christian)
According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Nathan set a new section record for field goals in career when he kicked two field goals (one measured 38 yards) in a 20-7 win over Taft that increased his total to 26. Senior Evan Rios of Madera has made 24 field goals during his career with playoff games to be played.
Keith Dosier (Chavez, Stockton)
Another who earned himself a spot in our state record book with his performance last week was this 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior, who completed 33 of his 46 pass attempts for 506 yards and six touchdowns during a 55-48 loss to Stagg of Stockton.
Zion Echols (Charter Oak, Covina)
The senior standout headed to Cal hit paydirt six times to lead the Chargers past West Covina 49-14. Echols, who rushed for 222 yards on 24 carries, had TD runs of 40, 33, 30, 25, 4, and 1 yard. He also caught three passes for 39 yards.
Elijah Garcia (Lincoln)
Fighting Zebras running back ran away from the competition as he rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns during a 49-35 win over Bear River of Grass Valley. The Bruins were in our D4 state rankings just two weeks ago so the yards came against a quality opponent.
Jake Haener (Monte Vista, Danville)
The top-notch junior QB helped the Mustangs bounce back from an upset loss to California of San Ramon in a 42-27 triumph vs. San Ramon Valley. Haener hit on 22 of 36 passes for 313 yards and two TDs. Teammate Albert Smith was clutch as well. He had 149 yards rushing on 16 carries with four TDs and caught six passes for 54 and one TD.
Najee Harris (Antioch)
Continuing to put on a show for those in attendance, he rushed for 268 yards and four touchdowns during a 44-42 win over Pittsburg that allowed Antioch to move into our overall State Top 25. He’s just a junior, but already has pretty much locked himself onto the all-state first team.
Noa Harrisson (South, Torrance)
It’s not often in a game involving North Torrance’s Mique Juarez that someone else is a stat star, but Harrisson had a 47-yard interception return, a 68-yard punt return plus one sack as the Spartans beat the Saxons 20-13.
Cooper Horwitz (Westmont, Campbell)
Aided by TD runs of 55, 5 and 46 yards, Horwitz was like a howitzer with 27 carries for 224 yards and three TDs as the Warriors beat Branham of San Jose 49-27 and improved to 5-1 in league play.
Ray Jackson III & Luis Ramos (Clayton Valley, Concord)
It was another big night for the Ugly Eagles’ rushing game in a 42-13 win vs. College Park of Pleasant Hill. Jackson had 14 carries for 268 yards and two scores, including his longest TD of the season (92 yards). He also got close to 1,800 yards in nine games. Ramos is the ringleader of the offense at quarterback, helping it amass 503 rushing yards. He only had 34 yards rushing himself, but passed for 126 yards and one TD.
Jacob Jimenez (Saddleback, Santa Ana)
Setting a school record during a 17-10 win over Estancia of Costa Mesa, he intercepted a pass in one end zone and returned it to the other end zone for a 102-yard play. He also recorded six total tackles and broke up a pass in the win that clinched a playoff spot.
Isaiah Jones (Porterville)
For the second week in a row, he rushed for over 300 yards as he rushed for 323 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries but the Panthers were unable to win for the second week in a row. They lost by a 32-28 final score to Monache of Porterville.
Brandon LaMarche (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
He rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries for the Monarchs as they defeated Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita 45-14 to move up back into the top 10 of our newest state rankings. Teammate Fa’avae Fa’avae led the defense with 3.5 sacks.
Jordan Leonard (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
Making sure the Warriors would at least get a share of the Academy League title, he rushed for 341 yards and six touchdowns during a 51-36 win over Crean Lutheran of Irvine.
Shane Maldonado (Sierra, Tollhouse)
Standout sophomore rushed for a season high of 257 yards on 22 carries and scored one touchdown in a 49-33 victory against winless Yosemite of Oakhurst. QB Tristan Wilson also passed for a season high of 276 yards and three touchdowns. Yosemite ends the season with a winless streak of 27 games dating back to the 2013 season.
Josue Martinez (Mountain View, El Monte)
Rushed for 425 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries during a 54-47 loss for the Vikings against El Monte.
Austin Moore (Sylmar)
He racked up 12 tackles on defense and had two sacks plus a fumble recovery to help the Spartans beat Canoga Park 50-10. Sylmar is the 12th seed in the L.A. City Section Division I playoffs.
Connor McBride (Woodbridge, Irvine)
Following up his 286-yard, four-TD performance from the week before, he rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries during a 21-17 win over University of Irvine. McBride also finished the regular season with 1,777 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.
Devon Modster (Tesoro, Las Flores)
He didn’t rush for many yards, but the University of Arizona commit scored three touchdowns while also passing for 390 yards and two touchdowns during a 66-27 win over San Juan Hills of San Juan Capistrano.
Richard Newton (Palmdale)
He’s just a sophomore, but gave Falcon fans a glimpse of things to come with 35 carries for 230 yards and two TDs in a 35-14 win vs. Antelope Valley of Lancaster. Newton now has 685 yards and 12 TDs in just his last three games.
Caleb Paulson (Immanuel, Reedley)
The senior QB passed for a career high of 391 yards on 22 of 42 with four touchdowns and three interceptions in a 48-34 non-league loss to Central Valley Christian of Visalia. Kolin Stock led CVC by scoring four touchdowns and getting 182 yards on 28 carries.
Michael Pittman (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
The USC-bound senior was the brightest star on the field during the Lions’ 52-29 triumph vs. Westlake of Westlake Village. Pittman returned the opening kickoff for a 99-yard TD and he caught six passes for 182 yards and two TDs. He ended with 344 all-purpose yards.
Roman Preciado (Montebello)
In the last three games, Preciado has been more than present with five interceptions for the 9-1 Oilers. The senior DB had two picks and four tackles in last week’s 35-8 victory vs. Alhambra. He had a fumble return TD in the team’s only loss of the season so far to Paraclete of Lancaster and he had a fumble recovery three weeks ago against San Gabriel.
It’s no secret that Rice is going to be handed the ball a ton when you face the Raiders and the previously undefeated Oakdale squad still had trouble stopping him as he rushed for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries during a 42-37 win for the Raiders.
Robby Stevenson (Woodlake)
Just a freshman, Robby put on a passing show by setting three new school records when the Tigers beat Granite Hills of Porterville 40-3. He hit on 9 of 16 throws for 385 yards and five touchdowns with one going for 97 yards to receiver Marin Apodaca.
Sultaan Sullivan (Serrano, Phelan)
Entering the final game of the regular season, Sullivan already had over 2,000 rushing yards and he added to that with 237 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries during a 47-20 win over Burroughs of Ridgecrest.
Joe Sweeney (Freedom, Oakley)
He passed for 309 yards and three TDs for the Falcons against Liberty of Brentwood in the annual Bell Game rivalry. With teammate Ronnie Rivers adding 175 yards rushing, Freedom won 51-8.
Donavan Switalski (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus)
Making the most of his 14 carries, he rushed for 271 yards and five touchdowns as the Spartans ended the regular season with a 68-33 win over University Prep of Redding. Switalski has been among the state leaders all season and takes a total of 2,350 yards into the postseason.
Lucas Triplett (Fort Bragg)
The junior WR/DB had 15 catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns when the Timberwolves topped Cloverdale 41-0. On defense, he also had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. QB Kaylor Sullivan also was 30 of 45 for 388 yards and four TDs and how had 3,750 yards and 46 TDs for the season.
Alan Valdovinos (San Pasqual, Escondido)
With a lot riding on one swing of his leg, Valdovinos made a 38-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 10-7 win in overtime over crosstown rival Escondido. The kick enabled San Pasqual to create a three-way tie with Fallbrook and Valley Center for the Valley League championship.
Devin Villarreal (Vacaville Christian, Vacaville)
He completed 32 of his 55 pass attempts for 454 yards and four touchdowns but had to be disappointed after the game as he had five interceptions in a 57-35 loss to Highlands of North Highlands 57-35.
Nick Watase (Whittier Christian, La Habra)
One of the higher reception totals in a game this season he caught 19 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns during a 49-46 loss to Heritage Christian of Northridge.
Darius Wheeler (Sobrato, Morgan Hill)
Leading the Bulldogs to their first win of the season in their next to last game, Wheeler rolled up 262 yards rushing on 20 totes and scored three times. Sobrato defeated San Jose 43-24.
Grant Woodside (Valley Christian, Roseville)
Another wide receiver with a big night catching the football as he caught seven passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns during a 67-36 win over Turlock Christian.
Thomas Youmog (Granite Hills, El Cajon)
Youmog was like U-Haul to lead the Eagles past Santana of Santee 41-13. He carried 15 times for 256 yards and three TDs, including two from 63 and 70 yards out. With the win, Granite Hills clinched the Grossmont Valley League title.