Some of these writeups each week can come from the smallest divisions, even wild-and-wacky eight-man playoff games, but this week we also have an outing from a losing team that can’t be missed because it was against one of the top teams in the nation. Yes, we know a lot of teams have already played on Thursday of this week, but we don’t want these players from these games to miss out on any recognition.
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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(Writeups by Paul Muyskens, Mark Tennis & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)
(For games played through Saturday, Nov. 5)
Kyle Anderson (Leland, San Jose)
Finishing the season with 1,435 yards and 16 touchdowns, this sophomore followed up his 211-yard rushing performance from the week before by rushing for 286 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries during a 49-24 win over Mt. Pleasant.
Stan Berryhill (Orange Lutheran)
Catching nearly every completed pass that quarterback Cole Capen had during a 47-28 loss to St. John Bosco of Bellflower, he caught 13 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Capen only had two other completions on the night for a total of seven yards. Doing that against the DBs that Bosco has makes the performance even more impressive.
Daymyn Blalock (Alhambra, Martinez)
Not only did he complete 15 of his 22 pass attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns, but this dual-threat senior rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries during a 46-42 win over College Park of Pleasant Hill.
Stephen Carr (Summit, Fontana)
The big-time USC commit and probably the consensus No. 2 RB recruit in the state behind Antioch’s Najee Harris had perhaps his best game yet when Summit beat arch-rival Kaiser 55-31. Carr only had 15 carries but had 313 yards and five TDs. His scores came from 56, 52, 15, 23 and 64 yards out.
Bobby Cole (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth)
Helping head coach Jon Ellinghouse achieve his 100th career win, Cole surged for 268 yards on 29 carries and scored four times in a 35-7 triumph vs. Paraclete of Lancaster.
J.T. Daniels (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Another day and another big passing performance for this sophomore as he completed 23 of his 38 pass attempts for 459 yards and six touchdowns during a 59-7 win over JSerra Catholic of San Juan Capistrano. Daniels already has 86 career TD passes, which as we noted on our state record updates earlier this week already puts him on the all-time state list and his sophomore season probably isn’t even close to being done yet.
Elijah Dominguez (Oak Grove, San Jose)
While he wasn’t named as our NorCal Special Teams Player of the Week he was in the running for it after scoring two touchdowns, kicking six extra points and a field goal during a 45-7 win over Piedmont Hills of San Jose.
Taylor Dunlap (Lakewood)
Helping the Lancers earn their 15th straight trip to the CIFSS playoffs, Dunlap passed for 353 yards and five TDs as they got past Long Beach Jordan 35-34.
Shalom Filoialii (Yerba Buena, San Jose)
It was a tough season as the Warrior Aztecs lost eight straight but the season ended on a bright note as he rushed for 287 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-22 victory vs. Evergreen Valley.
Abraham Galvez (J.W. North, Riverside)
The annual rivalry game between the Huskies and Riverside Poly turned into one of those shootouts with Galvez’s passing keying a 52-42 triumph. He finished with 436 yards and five TDs. Teammate Micah Lowden also had great numbers with eight catches for 216 yards and three scores.
Ethan Gretzinger & Reid Fong
(Rolling Hills Prep, San Pedro)
Here’s two players in an eight-man CIF Southern Section playoff game that had outings they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. In a 60-53 win vs. Cate of Carpinteria, Gretzinger finished 18 of 34 passing for 499 yards and seven TDs and found Shangmin Whang for a 32-yard TD pass to win it with seven seconds left. Fong was the one with the monster receiving game, however. According to head coach Dan Spahr, he had 342 yards with five TDs. Fong’s number of catches were not reported. Both Gretzinger and Fong also are sophomores.
Keith Houston (Riverside County Education Academy)
In another CIFSS eight-man playoff shootout, Houston powered for 407 yards on 23 carries and scored five TDs but it wasn’t enough in a 63-48 loss to a Flintridge Prep of La Canada team that is coached by former CIF Oakland Section commissioner Russell White.
Kendall Kikkawa (Flintridge Prep, La Canada)
Sophomore RB wound up with eight TDs in a wild-and-wacky 63-48 win over Riverside County Education Academy in the first round of the CIFSS Eight-Man Division I playoffs. Kikkawa had seven TDs on the ground with 33 carries for 189 yards and also caught a TD pass.
Nathan Lamb (Tulare)
According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Lamb set a new section record by completing 79.8% of his passes in the regular season. The sophomore also had a streak of hitting 25 consecutive passes in recent weeks, which is the second best in section history. Last week against Tulare Western, he passed for 307 yards on 22 of 24 and had four touchdowns in a 48-27 win.
Javier Luna (Heritage, Menifee)
In addition to recovering a pair of fumbles on defense, Luna rushed for 225 yards and scored on runs of 59 and 73 yards in a 35-13 victory over previously unbeaten Paloma Valley. Luna’s team also completed its seventh straight unbeaten league record.
Jayden Machado (Elk Grove)
Leading the Thundering Herd to their 17th Delta League title since 1989, he was nearly perfect passing the football during a 35-0 win over Sheldon of Sacramento. Machado completed 19 of his 22 pass attempts for 313 yards and four touchdowns while also scoring on a touchdown run. Three of his touchdown passes went to Gavin Reinwald.
Chad Magyar (Santa Margarita, Rancho Santa Margarita)
Before the final game of the regular season, this junior’s season-high was 147 yards rushing in a game but he easily surpassed that during a 49-24 win over Servite of Anaheim as he rushed for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.
Lee Majors (Fresno)
The $6 million kid (sorry if you’re younger than 50 and might not get that reference) tied a school record by scoring five touchdowns when the Warriors topped Roosevelt of Fresno 49-14. Majors scored on three pass receptions that covered 17, 22 and 80 yards, added one TD rushing and one on a punt return.
Shane Maldanado (Sierra, Tollhouse)
The junior RB had two career highs by rushing for 234 yards on 18 carries and scoring four touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Yosemite of Oakhurst.
Adrian Martinez (Clovis West, Fresno)
A D1 QB recruit with offers, Martinez set a school record by completing 36 passes in 48 attempts in helping the Golden Eagles beat Clovis 41-27 in one of the top rivalry games in the CIF Central Section. Adrian also accumulated 328 yards for the game and also had 88 yards rushing and a pair of scores.
Connor McBride (Woodbridge, Irvine)
He was a workhorse during a 24-21 win for the Warriors over University of Irvine as he carried the football 40 times for 233 yards and a touchdown while also catching two passes for 28 yards and a score.
Eric Melesio (Norte Vista, Riverside)
He kind of came out of nowhere this season, but is clearly the state’s leading rusher in terms of yards. In the Braves’ 48-0 romp past La Sierra that wrapped up the River Valley League title, Melesio had 35 carries for 395 yards and six TDs. He’s now gone past 3,000 for the season.
Jordan Mims (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton)
Making the most of his nine carries, he rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns during a 63-14 win over Woodside. Mims, who has a 99-yard TD run this season, also helped the Bears secure the top seed for the CCS Open Division I playoffs.
Keanu Norman (Los Alamitos)
Named by OCVarsity as its offensive player of the week, this sophomore rushed for 204 yards and three scores while also returning kickoffs for 198 yards during a 41-28 win over Newport Harbor of Newport Beach.
T.J. Pledger (Chaminade, West Hills)
The big-time junior who is collecting D1 offers almost as fast as touchdowns racked up 243 yards on just five carries in the Eagles’ 63-7 victory over Crespi of Encino. He had three TDs on runs of 73, 89 and 70 yards.
Jahquon Speed (Valencia, Placentia)
The Tigers started the season 1-6 but they will now be headed to the playoffs on a three-game winning streak after a 28-26 win over Cypress. Speed, their senior running back, showed off his speed by rushing for a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries.
Levi Taylor (Silverado, Victorville)
Deserving more of a gold medal and not a silver, he competed 17 of his 24 pass attempts for 427 yards and seven touchdowns during a 61-12 win for the Hawks over Granite Hills of Apple Valley. Daniel Dexter was his leading target with five receptions for 160 yards and four touchdowns.
Chuck Wick (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
The Seraphs ended a two-game losing streak with a 54-24 win over Camarillo as he rushed for 249 yards on 20 carries.
Nick Zell (Heritage, Brentwood)
During a 56-33 win over Deer Valley of Antioch, he had a third of his completions end up in six points as he completed 21 of his 36 pass attempts for 345 yards and seven touchdowns. Tyriq Mack had seven receptions for 141 yards and five touchdowns.
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