All-State Football: Small Schools

Two of this year’s first team small schools linebackers are Paul Scott of Oakland McClymonds & Bradley Canepa of Sonora. Photos: Everett Bass Photography & The Modesto Bee.

CIF state championship teams McClymonds, Rancho Christian and St. Patrick/St. Vincent all get a pair of players onto one of our two elite all-state squads, but Sutter of the CIF Northern Section tops all with three. It’s harder to determine which schools are “small” in the age of competitive equity, but it still depends on section playoff division.

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Small Schools State Player of the Year Johnny Buksa from St. Anthony of Long Beach along with several major college-bound prospects top the charts on the 2016 Cal-Hi Sports Small Schools All-State teams.

Many of the players on these teams, including Buksa, lost to schools that are considered medium schools for the all-state teams in CIF regional or state finals. Buksa’s team dropped an overtime contest to Pleaseant Valley of Chico in the CIF Division 4-A title game. He still completed an outstanding season with 3,009 yards passing, 1,627 yards rushing and a combined 54 touchdowns.

Sutter ended up as the only school with three players on the first and second teams, although one of the Huskies selected was kicker James McHugh. The other two are linebacker Logan Hungrige (first team) and junior quarterback/running back Tyler Reynolds (second team), who is the son of head coach Ryan Reynolds. Sutter was 14-0 when it lost to medium school Oakdale in the CIF Division 3-A NorCal championship.

Two other schools that placed two on the all-state small schools teams that lost to medium schools in CIF state finals were Bishop’s of La Jolla (lost to Oakdale in D3-A) and Bakersfield Christian (lost to Campolindo of Moraga in D4-AA).

Several all-state players — even on the small school level — will be signing letters of intent next Wednesday or have already signed to attend an NCAA college. That list includes QB Braxton Burmeister of La Jolla Country Day (Oregon), WR Isaiah Hodgins of Berean Christian (Oregon State), OL Bryce Petersen of McKinleyville (Nevada), DL Terrance Lang from Maranatha of Sierra Madre (USC), LB Addison Gumbs from Stellar Prep of Hayward (Oklahoma), LB Paul Scott from McClymonds of Oakland (Cal) and DB Ian Zamudio from Notre Dame of Riverside (Nevada)

Note: Schools broken down into large, medium and small based on section playoff divisions but also on where they’ve been traditionally. We also will not generally consider a school with 2,000 enrollment or more small school at all no matter what section playoff division that school is placed.

Jacob Moss from Santa Clarita Christian caught 112 passes this season for 1,601 yards and also had 267 for his career that coverage nearly 4,000 yards. Photo: Courtesy School.

Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football
Small Schools

WR – Isaiah Hodgins (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek) 6-4, 205, Sr.
WR – Jacob Moss (Santa Clarita Christian, Canyon Country) 5-9, 175, Sr.
OL – Andrew Berrier (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) 6-2, 270, Sr.
OL – Hunter Lee (Oak Park) 6-4, 250, Jr.
OL – Bryce Petersen (McKinleyville) 6-3, 280, Sr.
OL – Gabriel Preciado (Mar Vista, Imperial Beach) 6-4, 260, Sr.
OL – Tucker Robertson (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) 6-3, 260, Sr.
QB – Braxton Burmeister (La Jolla Country Day) 6-2, 200, Sr.
RB – Robert Cozine (Taft) 5-9, 175, Sr.
RB – Jullen Ison (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) 5-8, 190, Sr.
RB – Branden Rankins (Aquinas, San Bernardino) 5-10, 205, Jr.
PK – Clay D’Amico (Valley Christian, Cerritos) 6-0, 180, Sr.

It’s easy to see where major college recruit Addison Gumbs of Hayward Stellar Prep is going to play in college. Photo:

DL – Terrance Lang (Maranatha, Sierra Madre) 6-7, 265, Sr.
DL – Ryan “Juice” Robinson (Kennedy, Richmond) 6-2, 220, Sr.
DL – J.H. Tevis (Menlo School, Atherton) 6-5, 225, Sr.
LB – Nicholas Alvarez (Rancho Christian, Temecula) 6-3, 220, Sr.
LB – Brad Canepa (Sonora) 5-10, 215, Sr.
LB – Addison Gumbs (Stellar Prep, Hayward) 6-3, 210, Sr.
LB – Logan Hungrige (Sutter) 6-3, 235, Sr.
LB – Paul Scott (McClymonds, Oakland) 6-1, 205, Sr.
DB – Jeremiah Foster (Bakersfield Christian) 6-5, 200, Sr.
DB – Marquel Johnson (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo) 5-11, 175, Sr.
DB – Ian Zamudio (Notre Dame, Riverside) 5-9, 160, Sr.
P – Daniel Whelan (Rancho Mirage) 6-3, 200, Sr.

QB/RB – Johnny Buksa (St. Anthony, Long Beach) 5-11, 185, Sr.
QB/DB/PK – Zach Bushling (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella) 5-9, 170, Sr.
RB/LB – Jordan Dominguez (Selma) 6-0, 215, Sr.
QB/RB – Jeffrey Jackson (Bishop’s, La Jolla) 6-1, 190, Jr.
QB/RB – Jack Rice (St. Bernard’s, Eureka) 6-0, 175, Sr.
QB/DB – Lucas Triplett (Fort Bragg) 6-1, 190, Sr.

Brookside Christian running back Rueben Lee rushed for more than 1,600 yards in just eight games and averaged more than 15 yards per carry. Photo:

WR – Noah Bean (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) 6-3, 190, Sr.
WR – B.J. Busbee (St. Anthony, Long Beach) 5-9, 170, Sr.
OL – Robert Crandall (Mission Prep, San Luis Obispo) 6-4, 285, Sr.
OL – Parker Jenks (Marysville) 6-4, 260, Sr.
OL – Maino Maino (Taft) 6-0, 290, Sr.
OL – Dane Nelson (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) 6-1, 295, Sr.
OL – Colin Preston (Bret Harte, Altaville) 6-5, 290, Sr.
QB – Braden Wingle (Bakersfield Christian) 6-5, 200, Jr..
RB – Joseph Garcia (Strathmore) 5-10, 175, Jr.
RB – Rueben Lee (Brookside Christian, Stockton) 5-9, 165, Jr.
RB – Aaron Milliner (La Salle, Pasadena) 5-9, 200, Sr.
PK – James McHugh (Sutter) 5-6, 150, Sr.

DL – Daniel Anderson (Bishop’s, La Jolla) 6-1, 295, Sr.
DL – Devin Devlin (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo) 6-3, 220, Sr.
DL – Isaac Hodgins (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek) 6-1, 285, Jr.
DL – Dylan Petti (Notre Dame, Riverside) 6-3, 270, Sr.
LB – Killian Rosco (Sonora) 6-5, 240, Sr.
LB – Micah Roth (Calvary Murrieta, Murrieta) 6-3, 210, Sr.
LB – Brandon Semien (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) 5-9, 190, Sr.
DB – Angelo Garrett (McClymonds, Oakland) 5-9, 155, Sr.
DB – Andrew Keeter (Amador, Sutter Creek) 5-11, 165, Sr.
DB – Reese Smith (Oak Park) 6-1, 160, Sr.
DB – R.J. Van Kampen (Valley Christian, Cerritos) 6-0, 175, Sr.
P – Jack Luckhurst (Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) 5-10, 155, Soph.

RB/LB – Nolan Goyet (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) 6-1, 195, Sr.
QB/RB – Cade Henjum (Saddleback Valley Christian, SJ Capistrano) 6-0, 200, Sr.
RB/LB – Joey Morones (Christian, El Cajon) 5-10, 225, Sr.
QB/RB – Tyler Reynolds (Sutter) 5-11, 180, Jr.
RB/DB – D’Marcus Ross (Capital Christian, Sacramento) 5-11, 215, Soph.
RB’DB – Jordan Scheiberl (Rancho Christian, Temecula) 5-8, 165, Jr.

Notes: In addition to Johnny Buksa as Small Schools State Player of the Year, also already announced earlier was Jim Kunau from Rancho Christian of Temecula as Small Schools State Coach of the Year.

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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