All-State FB Nominees (CIFSS, Part 1)

Patrick McMorris of Santa Ana High (left) had more than 2,100 yards in rushing, receiving and returns and he had 99 tackles on defense. Stanley Taufoou from Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (right) helped team win CIF D2-AA state title and will play next at USC. Photos: & Mark Tennis.

Here’s the third group of players who have been placed on our board of nominees toward selection of the 40th annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams. These players are all from the massive CIF Southern Section. Believe it or not, but we’ve reached 40 years since Cal-Hi Sports founder Nelson Tennis (1936-2004) sat down and jotted down the first postseason all-state football team for California. Just last year, we added an all-state patch ordering system through partners at and we’ll be doing that again during the 2018-19 school year in all sports.



Note: Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football content that will be for Gold Club members include second, final list of nominees plus second team, third team overall and All-State Juniors, All-State Sophomores. The free posts will be first team overall and first team small schools and medium schools. If you want to check out all of our rankings content, all of our all-state content and state record updates, you can check it out for just $3.99 to cover a one-month subscription. For info, CLICK HERE.

Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter compiled most of these names, beginning with last year’s final set of nominees. Thanks, Daniel.

These first series of posts represents the first step toward selection of the annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams and it is done in this way to elicit additional nominees that may have been missed. After all, there are 1,200 high schools in the state and our all-state teams are done in such a way that more than 300 players eventually could be selected.

The first list of initial nominees was for the CIF sections in Northern California. The second one was for the CIF Central Section plus San Diego and L.A. City. Thi final one will cover the CIF Southern Section.

By no means are these meant to be all-inclusive lists of every possible all-state player in California and we will miss listing some top juniors and sophomores on purpose because this isn’t a recruiting list. We encourage and welcome input from all users of our site and will be releasing a second, even more complete, updated list of nominees prior to when the teams are actually chosen and released.

Please send any nomination with each athlete’s height, weight, position, year in school, significant statistics. Comparing a player not on the board yet to one who already is also can be very important toward eventual selection. Limit each nomination to one page please. Send to: or call (209) 608-1317. Text messages to that number are okay as well.

The format we will continue to use is to honor a 30-player overall all-state first team with 30 more on second team with a third team of seniors only and larger schools only. We also will have first and second team for medium schools, small schools, juniors and sophomores. Each first team overall player is written up. Yes, we are struggling with what’s medium and what’s small with competitive equity. All that is certain is that players from large, public high schools will not be considered “small school.”

Don’t assume we know all there is to know about a player on the list, either. Send us info to make sure all pertinent information is turned in and placed into our files.

J.P. Andrade from Bonita of La Verne passed for nearly 3,000 yards last season and had 4,366 this season. Photo:

Chris Adimora (Mayfair, Lakewood) WR/DB Sr.
Donte Adkins (Highland, Palmdale) OL Sr.
Cade Albright (San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano) DE Sr.
Zeus Alefosio (Villa Park) DE Soph.
Zion Alefosio (Villa Park) SS Jr.
Khalil Ali (South Hills, West Covina) QB, RB Soph.
Jaden Allen (Bishop Amat, La Puente) WR Sr.
J.P. Andrade (Bonita, La Verne) QB Sr.
Blake Antzoulatos (Chaminade, West Hills) LB Sr.
Kevin Aranda (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) K Sr.
Blake Archuleta (Bishop Amat, La Puente) QB/RB Sr.
Akili Arnold (Mission Viejo) RB/DB Sr.
Cole Aubrey (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) LB/DE Sr.
Hank Bachmeier (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta) QB Sr.
Amir Bankhead (Paraclete, Lancaster) RB Soph.
Baron Barajas (Mayfair, Lakewood) LB Sr.
Jacob Barlage (Valley View, Moreno Valley) QB Sr.
Jonathan Batista (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) Sr.
Lorenzo Bazzani (Irvine) FB, LB Sr.
Connor Beautrow (Calabasas) LB Sr.
Anthony Beavers Jr. (Serra, Gardena) ATH Soph.
Jamaal Bell (Antelope Valley, Lancaster) WR Sr.
Evan Bennett (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) DL Sr.
Micah Bernard (Gahr, Cerritos) RB Sr.
Bobby Blandino (Los Alamitos) DB Sr.
Davon Booth (El Monte) RB, DB Jr.
Colby Bowman (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) WR Sr.
Thomas Branconier (Xavier Prep, Palm Desert) QB, FS Sr.
Doug Brumfield (Serra, Gardena) QB Jr.
Gary Bryant Jr. (Centennial, Corona) WR Jr.
Marshawn Buchanan (Adelanto) RB Jr.
LV Bunkley-Shelton (Junipero Serra, Gardena) WR Jr.
Nin Burns (Covina) QB/RB Jr.
Jermaine Burton (Calabasas) WR. Jr.
Cade Cadam (Bonita, La Verne) WR, SS Sr.
Damond Callahan (Warren, Downey) DB Sr.
Josh Calvert (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) LB/QB Sr.
Isaiah Calvin (Vasquez, Acton) RB, LB Sr.
Josh Calvin (Mayfair, Lakewood) QB Sr.
Ernesto Camacho (Arroyo, El Monte) QB Sr.
Jovan Camacho (West Ranch, Valencia) ATH, DB Sr.
Ryan Camacho (West Ranch, Valencia) WR, CB Sr.
Adam Camargo (Bishop Amat, La Puente) OL Sr.
Malik Cannon (Eisenhower, Rialto) DB Jr.
Josh Carlin (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) OL Sr.
Mike Carrillo (Garden Grove) RB, LB Sr.
Mason Carvalho (Paloma Valley, Menifee) WR Sr.
Jaden Casey (Calabasas) QB Jr.
Alex Castellanos (La Puente) ATH Jr.
Jesus “Chuy” Castro (Big Bear, Big Bear Lake) PK/DB/RB Sr.
Zedekiah Centers (Servite, Anaheim) WR, DB Jr.
Juan Chacon (Fairmont Prep, Anaheim) DB Sr.
Zach Charbonnet (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) RB Sr.
Victor Clanton (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) LB Sr.
Jackson Cloyd (Lutheran, Orange) LB Sr.
Ben Coleman (Linfield Christian, Temecula) OL/DL Sr.
Robert Coleman (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) QB/RB Jr.
Beaux Collins (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) WR Soph.
Kenny Collins (Bishop Amat, La Puente) RB Sr.
Brendon Costello (San Clemente) QB Sr.
Jeremiah Criddell (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) SS Sr.
Erik Cuellar (Covina) RB Jr.
Jalon Daniels (Lawndale) QB/RB Jr.

Junior quarterback Jalon Daniels ran for the winnning touchdown when Lawndale defeated San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno in CIF D2-A state title game. Photo: Mark Tennis.

Jayden Daniels (Cajon, San Bernardino) QB Sr.
Cameron Davis (Upland) RB Sr.
Taj Davis (Upland) WR Sr.
Travys Davis (Artesia, Lakewood) RB Sr.
Josh Delgado (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) WR Sr.
Lontrelle Diggs (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) RB/LB Sr.
Cristian Dixon (Diamond Ranch, Pomona) WR Soph.
Dajour Dixon (Paraclete, Lancaster) DE/DT Sr.
David Doane (Agoura) DE Sr.
Sean Dollars (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) RB Sr.
Mychael Douthard (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) LB Sr.
Cole Doyle (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta) QB Sr.
Steele Dubar (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) LB Sr.
AJ Duffy (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) QB Fr.
Anthony Duvo (Alemany, Mission Hills) LB Sr.
Cameron Eden (Edison, Huntington Beach) LB Sr.
Juaquin Elliott (South Hills, West Covina) RB Jr.
Quentin Evans (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore) LB, RB Jr.
Sean Evans (Eisenhower, Rialto) LB Jr.
Makell Esteen (Lawndale) DB Jr.
Kamren Fabiculanan (Westlake, Westlake Village) DB Sr.
Naki Fahina (Lawndale) DL Sr.
Bryce Farrell (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) WR/DB Jr.
Ray Ferrell (San Clemente) DB Sr.
Donny Fitzgerald (Coachella Valley, Thermal) QB Soph.
Angelo Fitzgerald (Coachella Valley, Thermal) WR, RB Sr.
Angel Flores (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) OL Sr.
Justin Flowe (Upland) LB Jr.
De’Gabriel Floyd (Golden Valley, Santa Clarita) LB Sr.
Kijjon Foots (Downey) QB Sr.
Kyle Ford (Orange Lutheran) WR Sr.
Xzavier Ford (Glendora) RB, DE Sr.
Korey Foreman (Centennial, Corona) DE Soph.
JoJo Forest (Mission Viejo) CB, WR Sr.
Ryan Franke (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) LB Sr.
Jacobah Fuamatu (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) LB Jr.
EJ Gable (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) RB Sr.
Ethan Garbers (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) QB Jr.
Jonny Garnett (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood) WR, DE Sr.
Jordan Garcia (Palm Desert) RB, DL Sr.
Brant Gass (Tesoro, Rancho Santa Margarita) LB Sr.
James Giles (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) LB Sr.
Tyson Giles (Rubidoux, Riverside) RB Sr.
Liam Gilhuly (Chaminade, West Hills) OL Sr.
Heder Gladden (Artesia, Lakewood) QB, SS Sr.
Daniel Godina (Eisenhower, Rialto) DL Sr.
Ralen Goforth (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) LB Sr.
Jacob Gonzalez (South Hills, West Covina) LB Sr.
Keithan Gooden (Calabasas) DB Sr.
Trey Goodlow (Heritage, Menifee) QB/RB Jr.
John Gosney (Huntington Beach) LB Sr.
Devonte Green (Highland, Palmdale) WR/DB Sr.
Darion Green-Warren (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) CB Jr.
Patrick Griu (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) DE Jr.
Dylan Guerra (Arcadia) QB Jr.
Ben Gulbranson (Newbury Park) QB Jr.
Elijah Hall (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) RB Sr.
Shakobe Harper (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) RB Sr.
Jack Harlow (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) OL Sr.
Xavier Harris (Oxnard) RB, WR Jr.
Martin Hartigan (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) LB Sr.
D.J. Harvey (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) DB Soph.
Jason Heller (Westlake, Westlake Village) WR, ATH Sr.
Josh Henderson (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) LB Jr.
Angel Hernandez (Mayfair, Lakewood) OL Jr.
J.D. Hernandez (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) LB, FB Jr.

James Giles had nearly 300 tackles in the last two seasons for Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo. Photo:

J.J. Hernandez (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) WR/DB Sr.
Kaleb Hervey (San Jacinto) TE, DE Sr.
Ryan Hilinski (Orange Lutheran, Orange) QB Sr.
Reece Hite (Mission Viejo) OL Sr.
Beau Hobbie (San Marino) RB, SS Sr.
Luke Hoggard (Edison, Huntington Beach) LB Sr.
George Holani (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) RB Sr.
Kajiya Hollawayne (San Jacinto) ATH Soph.
Troy Hothan (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) CB Sr.
Justin Houston (Junipero Serra, Gardena) LB Jr.
Trevor Howarth (Sierra Canyon, Chatsworth) DL Sr.
Braedin Huffman-Dixon (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) WR Sr.
John Humphreys (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) WR Jr.
Jalynd Hunt (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) LB Sr.
Christian Hunter (Kaiser, Fontana) RB Sr.
Kris Hutson (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) WR Jr.
Shane Illingworth (Norco) QB Jr.
Zaquand Irby (Ganesha, Pomona) RB, CB Sr.
Drake Jackson (Centennial, Corona) De Sr.
Kenric Jameison (Linfield Christian, Temecula) RB, SS Sr.
James Jimenez (Northview, Covina) QB, LB Jr.
Andrew Johnson (Laguna Beach) QB Jr.
Nick Johnson (Webb School, Claremont) QB/DB Sr.
Darren Jones (Cajon, San Bernardino) WR Sr.
Nathaniel Jones (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) RB Jr.
P.J. Kaufusi (Rancho Cucamonga) OL Sr.
Hunter Keneley (Mission Viejo) OL Sr.
Lance Keneley (Mission Viejo) DL Jr.
Thomas Kinslow (Centennial, Corona) RB Sr.
Blake Kirshner (Santa Clarita Christian, Canyon Country) QB Sr.
Richard Krebs (Servite, Anaheim) OL Sr.
Nicholas Larriva (Santa Ana) DL Sr.
Sataoa Laumea (Eisenhower, Rialto) OL Sr.
Jack Lenthall (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) LB Sr.
Drake London (Moorpark) WR. Sr.
Logan Loya (Orange Lutheran, Orange) WR Jr.
Tarik Luckett (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) WR Sr.
Jack Luckhurst (Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) P Sr.
Wakely Lush (San Clemente) OL Sr.
Spencer Lytle (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) LB Sr.
Taron Madison( Banning) RB Sr.
Nathan Manning (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) QB Sr.
Kejuan Markham (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) S Sr.
Keon Markham (Long Beach Poly, Long Beach) WR Sr.
Jermaine Marshall (Antelope Valley, Lancaster) RB Jr.
Myles Martin (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) DB Sr.
Michael Martinez (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) TE Sr.
Tsrong Mataele (Mayfair, Lakewood) RB Soph.
Jaylen Matthews (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) SB, CB Jr.
Munir McClain (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) WR sr.
Bru McCoy (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) Ath. Sr.
Ty McCullouch (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) WR, ATH Sr.
Caleb McCullough (Pacifica, Oxnard) LB Jr.
Trent McDuffie (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) CB Sr.
Steve McIntosh (Alemany, Mission Hills) DB Sr.
Seven McGee (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) RB Soph.
Patrick McMorris (Santa Ana) RB, WR, PK Sr.
Chris Melesio (Norte Vista, Riverside) RB Sr.
Drake Metcalf (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) OL Jr.
Zatyvion Miller (Los Alamitos) DL Jr.
Calvin Moissett (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) LB Sr.
Jesse Mollkey (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) PK Sr.
Jacob Moore (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks) LB Soph.
Samuela Mounga (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) DL Sr.
Anthony Munoz (Western, Anaheim) QB Sr.
Myles Murao (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) OL Jr.
Jaden Navarrette (Norco) ATH Jr.
William Nimmo (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) SS Sr.
Sean Nolan (Laguna Beach) WR, FS Sr.
Tuasivi Nomura (Centennial, Corona) LB Sr.
James Odom (Workman, City of Industry) WR, CB Jr.
Jordan Pachot (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) QB Sr.
Jonathan Perkins (Cajon, San Bernardino) LB Sr.
Mark Perry (Rancho Cucamonga) DB Sr.
Clark Phillips (La Habra) DB Jr.
Jeremiah Phillips (Santa Barbara) DL Jr.
Mycah Pittman (Calabasas) WR Sr.
Demoryea Polidore Jr. (Paramount) LB Sr.
Suaava Poti (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) DT Sr.
Ethan Rae (Orange Lutheran, Orange) TE Sr.
Darius Ramirez (Santa Clara, Oxnard) RB Jr.
Drew Ramirez (Santa Ana) RB/DB Sr.
Chris Rankins (Chaminade, West Hills) DB Sr.
Michael-Allen Reddy (Los Alamitos) LB Sr.
Mark Redman (Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach) TE Jr.
Reggie Retzlaff (Centennial, Corona) WR, ATH Sr.
Christian Reyes (Arcadia) K Sr.
Sean Rhyan (San Juan Hills, San Juan Capistrano) OL Sr.
Elias Ricks (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) DB Jr.
Manny Ridge (Desert Mirage, Thermal) RB Sr.
Sabien Rivera (Maranatha, Pasadena) OL, DL Sr.
Na’im Rodman (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) DL Sr.
Jason Rodriguez (Oak Hills, Hesperia) OL Sr.
Kai Rojas (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) QB, DB Sr.
Matthew Romero (El Segundo) QB/RB Sr.
Jalen Rudolph (Serra, Gardena) DL Sr.
Simon Samarzich (Upland) WR, LS Sr.
Ivan Sanchez (Workman, City of Industry) LB Sr.
Caine Savage (Western, Anaheim) WR, CB Jr.
Cassius Savage (Western, Anaheim) WR, KR Jr.
Ben Seymour (Valencia) DL Sr.
Tyreese Shakir (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta) DB Jr.

Reece Wakely had 13 sacks and was one of the defensive leaders for 13-1 Highland of Palmdale. Photo:

Ethan Shank (Irvine) WR, CB Sr.
Reese Silofau (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) OL/DL Sr.
Justin Skidmore (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) LB Sr.
Skyler Smith (Boron) DL Sr.
Adrian Soracco (Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) RB Jr.
Chris Steele (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) DB Sr.
Chris Street (JSerra, San Juan Capistrano) RB Jr.
C.J. Stroud (Rancho Cucamonga) QB, RB Jr.
Melquan Stovall (Serra, Gardena) WR Sr.
Brandin Sun (Orange) DE, LB Sr.
Jordan Tagaloa (Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) OL, DL Soph.
Sione Tai (Lawndale) OL Sr.
Marist Talavou (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) OT Sr.
Stanley Taufoou (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley) LB/DE/FB Sr.
Ika Tautala (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) RB/LB Sr.
Elijah Taylor (Westlake, Westlake Village) ATH Sr.
Kenny Teter (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) RB/DB Jr.
Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) DL Sr.
Jake Thomas (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) RB Sr.
Jakai Torres (St. Bernard, Playa del Rey) LB Jr.
Sefita Tupe (Junipero Serra, Gardena) DT Jr.
Jaxen Turner (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) S Sr.
Edwin Udengwu (Glenn, Norwalk) RB, SS Jr.
Ike III Udengwu (Workman, City of Industry) QB, LB Sr.
Xavier Ugorji (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) RB Sr.
D.J. Uigalelei (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) QB Jr.
Michael Velasco (Centennial, Corona) PK Sr.
Adrian Villegas (Bosco Tech, Rosemead) RB, LB Sr.
Fabrice Voyne (Xavier College Prep, Palm Desert) SS Sr.
Darius Wallace (Paramount) ATH Jr.
Reece Wakely (Highland, Palmdale) DL Sr.
Keyon Ware-Hudson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) DT Sr.
JR Waters (Oxnard) WR Sr.
Rolandiss Whitener (Arcadia) WR, KR Sr.
Jeff Widener (Apple Valley) QB, LB Sr.
Aalias Williams (Bonita, La Verne) WR, FS Jr.
Johnny Williams (Calabasas) RB/WR Sr.
Jordan Wilmore (Lawndale) RB Sr.
Davis Wilson (Rancho Verde, Moreno Valley) FS Sr.
Jayvaun Wilson (Valencia) ATH Sr.
Johnny Wilson (Calabasas) WR Jr.
Xander Witt (Apple Valley) WR, DB Sr.
Jude Wolfe (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) TE Sr.
Cortez Wright (Culver City) LB Sr.
Joey Yellen (Mission Viejo) QB Sr.
Bryce Young (Mater Dei, Los Angeles) QB Jr.
Ryan Zanelli (La Habra) QB Jr.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He also is author of “High School Football In California,” which was No. 1 on’s list of bestsellers in the teen/young adult football category for several weeks after it was released. He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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  1. Anthony
    Posted December 25, 2018 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Melquan Stovall played at Gardena Serra his senior year.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 25, 2018 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      Thought I’d changed it, but checked and saw that there were about 40 changes/updates that thought were done that weren’t. Thanks for quick comment. All of them are now fixed again.

  2. MattSepp
    Posted December 26, 2018 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see Moses Sepulona of Mater Dei on this list? That’s weird?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Feel free to send in a nomination for him.

      • Brent Jones
        Posted January 8, 2019 at 2:02 am | Permalink

        Kid was the leading tackler on the #1 team and #1 defense in the nation. Sounds worthy to me.

  3. Kenneth Berry
    Posted December 26, 2018 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Keyahn Pinkston of Lawndale High should’ve made it. Excellent guard & tackle.
    Linebacker/Defensive end Mark Blocker of Lawndale High bad over 100 tackles & 13 sacks.
    Lawndale high linebacker Keenan Fyles had 166 tackles & 7 sacks. He’s like 6th in the state in total tackles

  4. jesse markham
    Posted December 27, 2018 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Tupe-Mater Dei

    • Brent Jones
      Posted January 8, 2019 at 2:03 am | Permalink

      247 Sports has Tupe at Serra, too. I sure hope he didn’t transfer back.

  5. Kraig Young
    Posted September 6, 2023 at 1:19 pm | Permalink


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