FB State Record Updates (Part 3)

Joe Ngata of Folsom piled up 1,777 receiving yards last year, which is the fourth most by a junior in state history. Photo: Twitter.com.

Latest state record categories on this site have been updated and are ready to go for 2018 season for career passing, single season receiving yards, single season receiving touchdowns, single season receptions and career receiving. How high will Hank Bachmeier of Murrieta Valley and Jayden Daniels of San Bernardino Cajon get for their final career passing totals? And which juniors and sophomores from last season had the state’s most impressive receiving numbers? You can’t get these lists anywhere else. Go inside for many of the names of those newly added from last season.


No one soon is likely to get close to the Cal-Hi Sports state records of 16,775 yards passing and 229 touchdown passes set during the three-year career of current University of Washington quarterback Jake Browning when he was at Folsom High from 2012 to 2014.

But two quarterbacks for the upcoming season both have a chance to finish their careers in the No. 2 positions.

Jayden Daniels of San Bernardino Cajon starts the season with career totals of 9,312 passing yards and 110 TDs. A different QB from the Inland Empire has even higher totals. Photo: #D1Nation/@SportsRecruits.

Hank Bachmeier from Murrieta Valley of Murrieta, who is starting at quarterback for the Nighthawks for the fourth season, enters the 2018 season with 10,001 career yards and 124 career TD passes. He would be looking to surpass the current No. 2 all-time totals (and CIF Southern Section records) of 13,109 yards set in 2016 by Tristan Gebbia of Calabasas and 152 touchdowns set last year by JT Daniels from Mater Dei of Santa Ana. JT was listed as a junior when he led the Monarchs last season, but re-classified after the season was over, graduated and is now at USC.

But if Bachmeier and his team were to go out early in the postseason — entirely possible in the rugged CIFSS Division 1 playoffs — his own new section records could then just as easily get broken a few weeks later by San Bernardino Cajon’s Jayden Daniels. Cajon won’t be in the CIFSS D1 playoffs and played 16 games last season. Jayden Daniels, who set a new state record for total offense yards in a season last year, starts out this fall with 9,312 career passing yards and 110 career TD passes.

In the updated state record list for career touchdowns, those newly added from last season with more than 100 are Jeffrey Jackson from Bishop’s of La Jolla, Chance Nolan from Paloma Valley of Menifee and Matt Corral of Long Beach Poly (but who played in his three previous seasons at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village).

Corral, one of the nation’s top quarterback recruits last season and now at Ole Miss, also has been newly added with more than 10,000 career passing yards from his years at Poly and Oaks Christian. The only other new entry on that list with 10,000 yards or more is Quinn Commans from Whittier Christian of La Habra.

For the Gold Club post of updated career passing state leaders, CLICK HERE.

As last season was unfolding, we knew all three of the major state career receiving records were in jeopardy so those totals were reported on and were updated in several posts on the Cal-Hi Sports site. As a reminder, the one that was broken was for career TD catches and fell to senior Marquis Spiker from Murrieta Valley. Spiker ended with 72 TD catches to break the previous record of 66 set in 2000 by Earvin Johnson from Cathedral of Los Angeles.

Johnson’s previous state record total also was tied by senior Mozes Mooney from Bishop’s of La Jolla. Mooney was helped by getting to play 50 games in his prep career (he started as a freshman) but 66 TD catches is tremendous however it is analyzed.

All of the final career totals by Mooney, Spiker and Tulare’s Emoryie Edwards were previously added to the site. A new one just added was for Firebaugh’s Tylor Palmer. He makes the list for career receiving yards and career receiving TDs.

For the Gold Club post of updated career receiving state leaders, CLICK HERE.

Six-foot-6, 235-pound Spencer Webb of Christian Brothers (Sacramento) had 23 TD catches last season. He is now at Oregon. Photo: Twitter.com.

A frequent target last season of Jayden Daniels last season at Cajon was fellow junior Darren Jones. He led the state with 28 touchdown catches, but right behind him with 27 was Marquis Spiker of Murrieta Valley (now graduated) and Tylor Palmer of Firebaugh (CIF Central Section and also graduated). All three of those totals are now in the state record book.

Two others that were put in with 23 TD receptions were Giovanni Sanders of Murrieta Mesa and Spencer Webb from Christian Brothers of Sacramento. Both of them have graduated as well and Webb is now at Oregon.

For regular season touchdown catches, Spiker, Palmer and Webb were the state leaders with 21, 20 and 20 TDs. Jones had 19 as did Mozes Mooney from Bishop’s of La Jolla. One player with 18 and also freshly added to the files is Juan Pablo Ruiz from Vincent Memorial of Calexico.

For the Gold Club post of updated single season touchdown catch state leaders, CLICK HERE.

In going over the updates for single season receiving yards, a sophomore state record was uncovered. The new record was set at 1,810 yards last season by sophomore Jalen McMillan from San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno. He later starred for the Panthers as an outfielder/hitter in baseball and as a sprinter for the track team. The previous best for a sophomore was 1,711 yards by Jack Rice of Eureka St. Bernard’s in 2014.

The previously mentioned Darren Jones also set a state record for juniors with 2,094 yards at Cajon. It was just barely better than the previous record of 2,062 yards set in 2014 by Javon McKinley of Corona Centennial.

Folsom’s Joe Ngata also had one of the top totals in that category among juniors with 1,777 yards.

Four seniors who all went onto the all-time state lists with 1,580 yards or more are Jordan Schmidt of Orange, Giovanni Sanders of Murrieta Mesa, Latavion Staples from Silverado of Victorville and Ryan Cragun from St. Margaret’s of SJ Capistrano.

For the Gold Club post of updated single season receiving yards state leaders, CLICK HERE.

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Regular season receiving yards is kept in a different post on this site and there are two new additions from last season in addition to Cajon’s Darren Jones. They are Tyler Jones from Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo and Andrew Hem from McNair of Stockton.

For the Gold Club post of updated regular season receiving yards state leaders, CLICK HERE.

Despite having a freshman quarterback last season and being on a team that won only three times, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel senior Daniel Nava was a busy bee. Nava caught 106 passes in 10 games for the sixth-highest regular season total in state history. No other receiver also ended the season with more reported catches even though some of them played 15 or 16 games. Nava’s freshman quarterback, Cole Boop, has since transferred to Upland and is one of the state’s most highly regarded sophomores.

Some of those previously mentioned in other receiving categories, such as Darren Jones, Tyler Jones, Giovanni Sanders and Ryan Cragun also had 93 catches or more last season to earn new state record listings.

For the Gold Club post of updated single season receptions state leaders, CLICK HERE.

For us, whenever we get to list a potentially great player in the state record files for the first time, it’s a little bit of a thrill. One of those who went in with a regular season reception total of 80 from last year that is now in the book is Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford. During the recent spring-summer events season, Ford blew up as a national recruit and was MVP for receivers at Nike’s The Opening, which was held this year in Texas.

Two others from last season now listed among the all-time state leaders for regular season receptions are Lance Babb from Schurr of Montebello and James Sweet of Lincoln.

For the Gold Club post of updated regular season receptions state leaders, CLICK HERE.

Mark Tennis is the editor and publisher of Cal-Hi Sports. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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