St. Francis of Mountain View leads the way with two on offense and two on defense. No other school landed more than two, but West Catholic Athletic League rivals Bellarmine, Serra and Valley Christian have a lot of players that easily could have been first team that weren’t picked as high.
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WR Richard Fedelin (Piedmont Hills, San Jose) 6-0, 170, Sr.
By far the most productive returning receiver in the section, Fedelin caught 88 passes as a junior for more than 1,000 yards and seven TDs.
OL Drew Dalman (Palma, Salinas) 6-3, 255, Sr.
He’s one of the top recruits from the Salinas area in quite a while and is the son of former 49er and former Stanford line star Chris Dalman.
OL Tyler Manoa (St. Francis, Mountain View) 6-3, 280, Jr.
His planned trip to Utah didn’t go the way he expected but the end result could not have worked out any better as this junior not only received his first offer but verbally committed to BYU over the summer.
OL Dylan McCreery (Valley Christian, San Jose) 6-3, 315, Sr.
The Warriors have a lot of returning strength up front and McCreery looked good at last May’s Nike event held in El Sobrante.
OL Dillan Misaalefua (Oak Grove, San Jose) 6-6, 300, Sr.
A standout on both sides of the line, this four-year starter had 59 total tackles while creating holes on offense for an Eagles’ team that rushed for 3,721 yards and 38 touchdowns.
OL Will Sweeney (St. Ignatius, San Francisco) 6-3, 245, Sr.
This two-way talent for the Wildcats received All-WCAL recognition last season in the line and does long-snapping. He’s also listed as a tight end/defensive end. He fit in best on this team as a lineman.
QB Casey Mornhinweg (Stevenson, Pebble Beach) 5-10, 180, Sr.
When you can put a Mornhinweg on an All-CCS team you just do it. Casey was one of the top players in the Monterey area last season and passed for 2,106 yards and 19 TDs.
RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio (St. Francis, Mountain View) 6-1, 200, Sr.
Despite his commitment to Washington State back in May, it hasn’t kept the offers from continuing to come in for this talented back after rushing for 1,438 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He also caught two touchdown passes and returned two kickoffs for scores as the Lancers reached their first state championship game.
RB Emilio Martinez (Palma, Salinas) 5-9, 185, Sr.
Injuries partly derailed Emilio’s season last year, but he’s clearly one of the best in the section and is getting offers from mid-major D1 schools.
RB Rajah Ward (Homestead, Cupertino) 5-6, 160, Sr.
He’s not big, but he’s got some of the best ankle-breaking moves in Northern California. Ward rushed for 1,186 yards last season with 13 TDs and also had some breakout games as a sophomore.
RB Covossay Windham (Carmel) 5-9, 215, Jr.
Missing three games last season with a bruised knee, he should be fully healthy to start his senior season. Windham returned late in the season and rushed for 298 yards in the playoffs against The King’s Academy of Sunnyvale. Over the past two seasons, he has rushed for 3,139 yards and 33 touchdowns.
PK Bailey Schroeder (Valley Christian, San Jose) 6-0, 170, Sr.
Finishing his junior year with 56 total points, he made 38 extra points and kicked six field goals with a long of 48 yards. Most of Schroeder’s kickoffs also reached the end zone.
Note: We would have selected Oak Grove (San Jose) junior Maurice Washington as one of the running backs, but he’s been ruled ineligible for the season by the CCS. He played last year at King’s Academy (Sunnyvale) and rushed for 1,827 yards.
DL Cade Hall (Bellarmine, San Jose) 6-2, 200, Jr.
Named by the San Jose Mercury-News to its first team defense, Hall was also named as the West Catholic Athletic League sophomore of the year after recording 45 tackles and six sacks for the Bells.
DL Moala Tautuaa (Palo Alto) 6-1, 330, Sr.
Hey, sometimes you’ve got to get a big guy in there to be the nose guard. Tautuaa was an all-leaguer last season and should be a force for the Vikings.
DL J.H. Tevis (Menlo School, Atherton) 6-4, 200, Jr.
Introducing himself to the opposing team’s quarterback often last year, Tevis had 79 total tackles and 14.5 sacks for the Knights during his sophomore season.
LB Jackson Burrill (Bellarmine, San Jose) 6-3, 225, Sr.
Action Jackson recorded 80 tackles and four sacks last season and was a key player on both sides of the ball. College offers should be coming his way.
LB David Peterson (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) 6-0, 190, Sr.
Named to the All-Daily News First Team on defense, he had 82 solo tackles, 112 total tackles and three interceptions as the Gators captured the CCS Open Division III championship.
LB Grady Ryan (Oak Grove, San Jose) 6-2, 215, Sr.
Also a top baseball player, Ryan is the Eagles’ top defensive returnee. He had 133 tackles with 6.5 sacks last season.
LB T.C. Lovulo (Serra, San Mateo) 5-11, 210, Sr.
He’s being called “Beastie” by Serra fans and teammates. Lavulo, an all-WCAL pick last season, also will get carries as a fullback on offense.
LB Lasa Tofi (Archbishop Riordan, San Francisco) 5-11, 175, Jr.
Despite being just a sophomore last season, he had 114 total tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Crusaders and was the lone sophomore selected to the WCAL first team besides Bellarmine’s Cade Hall.
DB Tariq Bracy (Milpitas) 6-0, 170, Sr.
While we selected him on the defensive side of the ball, he plays on both sides and special teams as he recorded 38 tackles and six interceptions during his junior year. On offense, he rushed for 866 yards and 11 touchdowns while also catching 16 passes for 365 yards and four scores.
DB Patrick Calcagno (St. Francis, Mtn. View) 6-0, 175, Sr.
The son of Lancers’ head coach Greg Calcagno and grandson of NorCal legend Ron Calcagno is a hard-hitting safety who had 95 tackles last season.
DB Bennett Williams (St. Francis, Mtn. View) 6-0, 185, Sr.
He’s not just one of the top returning DBs in the CCS, but in all of Northern California. Williams had nine interceptions as a junior.
P Julio Galena (Alisal, Salinas) 6-2, 210, Sr.
He isn’t listed as a punter but his numbers for the games he punted last season stood out at 43.1 yards per punt. He also was an effective defensive lineman.
QB/RB Michael Johnson (The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale) 6-3, 175, Soph.
While TKA will miss running back Maurice Washington III, the team still has this talented youngster back after he passed for 2,248 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for 358 yards and four scores last season. Visiting Cal during the summer, he also has offers from Arizona, Florida State and Mississippi State.
RB/KR Jordan Mims (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-0, 185, Sr.
On the offensive side of the ball is were Mims stands out the most for the Bears as he rushed for 1,133 yards and 16 touchdowns last season while catching 26 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns. He also returns kicks and may play more this season in the secondary.
RB/WR Isoa Moimoi (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) 5-11, 185, Sr.
We were challenged to try to get as many of the section’s top 1,000-yard running backs onto this team and fit in Moimoi here. He had 1,108 yards as a junior and was especially strong down the stretch.
RB/QB Leki Nunn (Serra, San Mateo) 5-10, 175, Sr.
An easy selection for this preseason team, Nunn was the WCAL player of the year last season after passing for 1,766 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and 11 scores.
TE/LB Hesekaia Tali-Finefeuiaki (Wilcox, Santa Clara) 6-0, 210, Sr.
Doing a bit of everything for the Chargers last season, he rushed for 161 yards, caught 21 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns, recorded 50 tackles and intercepted two passes. He will be starting for the third straight season.
QB/RB Phillip Tran (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose) 6-3, 215, Sr.
After making a name for himself as a sophomore at Fremont (Sunnyvale), Tran switched to Mitty last year. He seems poised to have a great senior season. He’s getting D1 college interest, too.
OL David Beltramo (Valley Christian, San Jose) Sr.
QB Chris Brown (Santa Clara) Jr.
Db Marcelous Chester-Riley (Woodside) Sr.
WR/DB Isaiah Cozzolino (Hillsdale, San Mateo) Sr.
LB Jack Gentry (San Lorenzo Valley, Felton) LB
TE/LB Dominic Graziani (St. Francis, Mountain View) Sr.
DE Jadan Harris (St. Francis, Mountain View) Sr.
DL Robert Hernandez (Palma, Salinas) Sr.
WR/DB Dion Leonard (Milpitas) Sr.
OL Nio Mafi (Serra, San Mateo) Jr.
LB D.J. Monroe (Westmont, Campbell) Sr.
RB Hunter Nye (San Benito, Hollister) Sr.
QB/RB Ike Ogbogu (Bellarmine, San Jose) Sr.
DB Isaac Regalado (San Benito, Hollister) Sr.
DB Tommy Resnick (Mountain View) Sr.
OL Jake Seandel (Los Gatos) Sr.
DL R.J. Stone (Valley Christian, San Jose) Jr.
RB Javon Sturns (Valley Christian, San Jose) Sr.
QB Gavin Tomberlin (Half Moon Bay) Jr.
OL/DL Aaron Vogel (Saratoga) Sr.
Note: These preseason all-section teams are done in the same 30-player format as the annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams. They are based on a combination of what the players did last season and college recruiting. Not every all-section team will have writeups of every player. Some will have an intro, then lists.
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