For the first time this season, boys and girls basketball players get mixed in with the group of those on our honor roll for football. It’s a hot start for a couple of San Diego girls. In football, QBs Brandt Hughes from Pleasant Valley of Chico and Jack Newman from Analy of Sebastopol put up huge totals in playoff games.
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 email@example.com 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, Nov. 28)
(Thanks to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett for contributions)
Roman Ale (Narbonne, Harbor City)
The L.A. City Section player of the year candidate connected on 11 of 13 passes for 314 yards and three TDs in the Gauchos’ 42-0 victory over Dorsey of Los Angeles in the CIF L.A. City Section Division I semifinals. Ale also improved his season total to 40 TD passes.
Nick Alessi & Anthony Massari (Palos Verdes, PV Estates)
These two both had kick return scores and an interception to help the Sea Kings beat Mira Costa of Manhattan Breach 25-10 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division semifinals. Alessi had a 70-yard punt return TD with his interception. Massari had a 75-yard kickoff return. PV will now play Calabasas (12-1) in the final and will be attempting to defend title it won last season.
Damian Alloway (Summit, Fontana)
Trying to lead the Skyhawks’ comeback from 18 points down, he caught four touchdown passes but their undefeated season came to an end with a 35-30 loss to San Marino in the CIFSS Central Division semifinals.
Brad Aquino (Oakdale)
Plowing his way ahead, he turned 27 carries into 105 yards and five touchdowns as the Mustangs defeated Inderkum of Sacramento 51-38 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals.
Trevounte Bobo (Bradshaw Christian, Sacramento)
He had two interceptions in the fourth quarter as the Pride captured the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship with a 28-18 win over Hilmar.
Junior Cardenas (Mendota)
Yes, junior is a junior but put up senior numbers in Mendota’s 49-34 win vs. Dos Palos in the Central Section Division IV playoffs. Cardenas set two new school records by passing for 358 yards and five touchdowns (he completed 14 of 25 passes and had no interceptions). Two touchdowns went to Fabian Jasso for 138 yards on five receptions.
Bobby Cole & Kohl Hollinquest (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
These two both shined in the Trailblazers’ 62-26 win over Pomona in the CIFSS Mid-Valley Division semis. Cole rushed for 273 yards and scored four TDs, one of which was from 89 yards out. Hollinquest had three sacks on defense and had a touchdown catch on offense.
Quentin Davis (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
This senior QB has really been the difference in taking the Bosco offense to another level in the aftermath of Josh Rosen moving on to UCLA. Basically, there’s been little to zero drop. In last week’s 63-10 crushing of Bishop Amat in the CIFSS Pac-5 semis, Davis hit on 17 of 20 passes for 301 yards and four TDs. He did throw an interception, but it was only his second of the season.
Vlad Dzhabiyev (San Clemente)
Vlad was bad in a good way since he was one of three players on his team to rush for over 100 yards during a 63-34 triumph over Buena Park in the CIFSS Southwest Division semifinals. Dzhabiyev rushed for 191 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries.
Nate Ewing & Evan Barney (Clayton Valley, Concord)
With their game tied 6-6 at halftime, they helped the Ugly Eagles dominate the second half during a 35-6 win against Granada of Livermore in the NCS D2 semifinals. Ewing returned the kickoff after halftime 89 yards for a score and Barney added a 65-yard pick six.
Max Gilliam (Thousand Oaks)
The Cal-bound QB had another hot night when the Lancers topped Arroyo Grande 40-35 in the CIFSS Northern Division semifinals. Gilliam completed 18 of 22 passes for 293 yards and three TDs and scored on a 64-yard run. Receiver Kevin Howell also had another huge night with eight catches for 202 yards and two of the TDs.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio (St. Francis, Mountain View)
Making sure the Lancers wouldn’t pick up their second loss this season and have their year come to an end, he rushed for 258 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries during a 41-21 win over Wilcox of Santa Clara in the CCS Open Division II semifinals.
Ramses Hernandez (Fairfax, Los Angeles)
The Lions and Hernandez will be playing Los Angeles High on Saturday in the CIF L.A. City Section Division II final. In their 17-14 triiumph vs. Chatsworth in the semifinals, Hernandez carried 34 times for 232 yards and one score. It also was his 35th touchdown scored of the season.
Harrison Hobbs & Jerod Long (Avalon)
The Catalina Island school won the CIFSS Division I 8-man title behind these two in a 50-8 destruction of Mojave. Hobbs had two sacks to give him 34 ½ for the season. Long rushed for 160 yards and scored three TDs. Avalon also wrapped up an 11-0 record.
Darnay Holmes (Calabasas)
Last season’s Cal-Hi Sports State Sophomore of the Year helped lead his team to their first ever CIF football final as he rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries while also blocking a field goal and returning it for a touchdown during a 41-17 win over Redondo Union of Redondo Beach in the CIFSS Western Division semifinals.
Brandt Hughes (Pleasant Valley, Chico)
Had we seen it sooner he might have been one of our players of the week but at the least he will be listed here. Hughes tied a CIF Northern Section record with seven touchdown passes during a 49-7 win over Shasta in the Division II section championship game. On the night, he completed 20 of his 31 pass attempts for 296 yards and became the fifth player in section history to throw seven touchdown passes in a game.
Jullen Ison (Moreau Catholic, Hayward)
Despite his rushing for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries, the Mariners’ season came to an end with a 31-27 loss to Marin Catholic of Kentfield in the NCS Division IV semifinals.
Jake Jeffrey (Folsom)
Leading the comeback against St. Mary’s of Stockton, the school’s latest QB whiz completed 25 of his 39 pass attempts for 352 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in a 55-49 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinal win.
Michael Floyd & Evan Michalat (Rocklin)
QB Floyd looked toward Michalat often during a 55-35 win over Antelope in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs. Floyd went 20 of 23 for 287 yards and four TDs. Michalat caught nine passes for 181 yards and one touchdown. Rocklin beat a team that was 12-0 and now plays Del Oro of Loomis for the SJS D2 crown.
Jack Newman (Analy, Sebastopol)
His stats all year aren’t getting reported anywhere until after Monday night and we’ve even checked game reports. We need to be sure we’re getting his totals eventually listed and into our own files. Two weeks ago, the junior quarterback’s big night showed him completing 40 of his 61 pass attempts for 505 yards and six touchdowns during a 38-22 win over El Cerrito in the NCS D3 playoffs. His leading target was also a junior, Ross Simmons, who caught nine passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns. Following up his biggest performance of the season, he put up his second best passing performance last week as he passed for 409 yards and one touchdown during a 45-27 win over Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park as the undefeated Tigers advanced to the CIF NCS Division III championship game against Campolindo of Moraga.
Michael Portola (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa)
Not wanting his season to come to an end, he helped a comeback that saw the Cardinals trailing by 14 with under seven minutes to play but they ended up with a 43-42 win over Fortuna in the CIF North Coast Section Division IV semifinals. He ended the night with 147 yards rushing and four touchdowns while also recording a sack and recovering a fumble.
Jhavari Ransom (Mission Bay, San Diego)
After he hauled in 12 receptions for 269 yards and two TDs (from 53 and 46 yards out), the Buccaneers celebrated a 31-28 triumph over Valley Center in the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs. They will play Bonita Vista of Chula Vista in the championship.
Zikel Reddick & Noah Bean (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley)
Reddick rushed for 262 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries while Bean caught five passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in a come-from-behind 46-41 win over Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach.in the CIFSS East Valley Division semifinals.
Josh Roa (Lemoore)
The sophomore kicker was the difference of the game against a tough Sanger team as he made two field goals that measured 40 & 29 yards and a extra point in a 13-5 hard-fought win in the CIF Central Section Division II playoffs. Lemoore (11-2) now plays Ridgeview of Bakersfield (12-0) in the title game.
Joey Ruiz (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
In a Central Section D3 playoff semifinal, Ruiz rushed for a game high of 204 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 27, 2, & 32 yards as the Panthers beat Tulare Western 35-26. They will now meet Hanford in the title game.
Cameron Taylor (Hillsdale, San Mateo)
With his team being shutout and trailing 7-0 at halftime, he took over in the second half to finish with 187 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries during a 23-7 win over Silver Creek of San Jose in the CCS Division IV playoffs. Both the CCS D4 and D5 winners will not be going to CIF bowl games in favor of runner-up teams from one of the three CCS Open Divisions.
Charlie Treanor (Canyon, Anaheim)
Playing on offense, defense and special teams, he helped make an impact during a 35-20 win over El Modena to earn the Comanches a trip to their first CIF final since 1979 while looking to capture the program’s first-ever section championship. Trailing 14-13 at halftime and after three quarters of play, he ended the night with three short touchdown runs while also returning a punt for a score.
Joel Finney (Central City Value, Los Angeles)
Senior captain for the Jaguars had three games of over 30 points last week, highlighted by 37 points, nine rebounds and five steals during a 63-57 loss to Hawthorne.
Gabe Hicks (Valley View, Moreno Valley)
While the Eagles lost their season opener by a 92-85 final score against JSerra Catholic of San Juan Capistrano, this senior guard did some scoring with 38 points on 64 percent shooting.
T.J. Leaf (Foothills Christian, El Cajon)
Another state stat star regular from last season, he opened his senior year with 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists during an 84-42 win over Great Oak of Temecula. Earlier this week, he wasn’t far off from a triple-double as he scored 34 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots during a 73-44 win over Etiwanda.
Sebastian Much (JSerra Catholic, San Juan Capistrano)
A key transfer from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, he has quickly gotten used to his new team as he scored 27 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and had six assists during a 92-85 win over Valley View of Moreno Valley and fellow state stat star Gabe Hicks.
Katie Campbell (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
Senior captain is off to a sold shooting start to her season, highlighted by a 28-point and 13-rebound performance during a 79-59 win over Palisades of Pacific Palisades. It was a matchup at the Palisades tourney between two teams that both were in the top 15 of the Cal-Hi Sports preseason state rankings.
Sierra Campisano (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
It may be quite a scoring battle this season in San Diego between Campisano (the Oregon recruit and up to No. 14 in the ESPN Class of 2016 national rankings) and super junior Destiny Littleton of La Jolla Bishop’s. In Campisano’s first game earlier this week, she bombarded the nets for 46 points and grabbed 13 rbounds with four blocks and three steals in a 63-58 triumph vs. Canyon Springs of Moreno Valley.
Karessa Fields (Victor Valley, Victorville)
Leading the Jackrabbits to victory, this 5-foot-7 senior guard scored a season-high 38 points during a 67-49 win over Rim of the World of Lake Arrowhead.
Destiny Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
We’ll probably be writing up Destiny every week in the stat stars honor roll. In her first game this season, the big-time junior poured in 44 points and had 10 rebounds and four assists in a 78-35 victory against Hilltop of Chula Vista.
Leaonna Odom (Chaminade, West Hills)
On her way to being named the MVP at the Palisades Beach Invitational, she had a 29-point performance during a 57-41 win over Ventura that also saw her grab nine rebounds. Chaminade, ranked second in the state to start the season behind St. Mary’s of Stockton, defeated No. 8 Cajon of San Bernardino 57-54 in the title game.
Lillian Olson (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks)
After averaging 23 points and 17 rebounds per game last season, this 6-foot-2 senior had 23 points and 14 rebounds in her first game of this season during a low scoring 42-32 win over San Juan of Citrus Heights. Earlier this week, she had 40 points and 12 rebounds during a 69-10 win over Global Youth Center of Antelope.
Kayla Washington (Cajon, San Bernardino)
A state stat star regular last season with averages of 28 points and 16 rebounds per game, she is off to a nice start with 18 points and 25 rebounds during a 51-49 win over Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and fellow state stat star honoree Katie Campbell at the Palisades tourney. She then followed it up facing Leaonna Odom and Chaminade of West Hills in the final and responded with 26 points and 18 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 57-54 loss.
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