The 40th annual edition of the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams will get to the large schools and overall choice over the Super Bowl weekend, but first we are focusing on the medium schools. Since we won’t put large-enrollment schools into “small” schools designations and don’t want to change our entire format to conform to competitive equity playoff divisions, there are more “medium” schools for all-state than ever before and more players named first, second and third team than ever before. CIF Division 2-A finalists Lawndale and San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno lead the way among this group with three on first team. We also had to get creative to get all of the running backs in this group that should have been on first team actually getting named first team.
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Previously named Medium Schools State Player of the Year Jordan Wilmore ended up being one of three who shined for Lawndale High’s 2018 CIF Division 2-A state championship team who have been selected to this year’s Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools first team.
Wilmore was the catalyst for the Cardinals not just this year but for three seasons and finished with 2,236 yards rushing and 22 TDs. He’s also been one of top recruited running backs for the entire state among those in the Class of 2019 and recently tweeted out a photo of himself in a UCLA jersey. He’s been joined on this year’s first team by junior quarterback teammate Jalon Daniels and defensive lineman Maki Fahina. Daniels scored a clutch touchdown late in the fourth quarter of the state championship game (the Cardinals defeated San Joaquin Memorial of Fresno 20-12) and for the season had 2,351 yards passing (26 TDs) plus 940 yards rushing (10 TDs). Fahina often blew up plays in the other teams’ backfields and already has been chosen South Bay Daily Breeze Defensive Player of the Year.
The team that Lawndale topped in that state final, San Joaquin Memorial, also checks in with three on the first team. Record-breaking quarterback Alec Trujillo isn’t listed as a quarterback on first team, but had enough rushing yards and TDs (334 and nine) so he could be multi-purpose. Trujillo passed for 4,251 yards and 50 TDs. The Panthers’ big-time junior receiver, Jalen McMillan, who was limited by an injury in the state final but who still had 73 catches for 1,401 yards and 19 TDs on the season, is listed as a receiver on first team. The Panthers’ other first team all-state pick had to be Josh Kelly as a defensive back since Kelly ranked among the state leaders with 10 interceptions.
Selecting Wilmore to first team offense was a no-brainer, but it took some maneuvering to include four other running backs who had great seasons on first team. Those four are senior Christian Hunter from Kaiser of Fontana, who led the state and put himself among the top five in state history with 3,839 yards rushing and scored 55 touchdowns; junior Cameron Skattebo of Rio Linda, who rushed for 3,550 yards with 42 TDs and led the Knights to the CIF Division 5-AA state title; senior Austin Jones from Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, a Stanford commit who had 2,005 yards with 24 TDs and led team to CIF North Coast Section D-2 crown; and senior Jahmon McClendon from Monte Vista of Spring Valley, who is headed to UCLA after rushing for 2,638 yards and 41 TDs (totals that aren’t on MaxPreps).
The solution for us to get all five onto the first team was to look for the best candidate among them who could be listed in the multi-purpose category. That became Skattebo, who also had 73 tackles and made some plays for Rio Linda on defense. That also required us to only go with one wide receiver, which ended up being San Joaquin Memorial’s Jalen McMillan.
Note: Schools broken down into large, medium and small in most cases based on section playoff divisions but also on where they’ve been traditionally. We also will not generally consider a school with 1,500 enrollment or more small school at all no matter what section playoff division that school is placed. With that said and with previous “small” schools moving up due to competitive equity playoffs, we now have more medium schools than we have had before. This has caused us to expand the medium school teams with a third team now being named in addition to first team and second team. All CIF Southern Section D1 and D2 schools are considered large and there are some in other divisions also considered large due to being moved up in state playoff divisions. CIF D2-AA state champ Grace Brethren, for example, is now large right alongside Sierra Canyon (which moved up last year). And if Sierra Canyon and Grace Brethren are large in the south, it’s time for Central Catholic (Modesto) for same. Plus, if a school with a large enrollment from a traditional D1 league (South Coast, Big VII, Southwestern, etc.) is playing in a lower CIFSS division we generally are not going to consider that school “medium.”
Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR Jalen McMillan (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 6-2, 180, Jr.
OL Joey Capra (Placer, Auburn) 6-4, 275, Sr.
OL Edward Hill (Valley Center) 6-3, 285, Sr.
OL Satoa Laumea (Eisenhower, Rialto) 6-4, 305, Sr.
OL Jason Rodriguez (Oak Hills, Hesperia) 6-7, 330, Sr.
OL Wyatt Terlaak (El Modena, Orange) 6-4, 300, Sr.
QB Nathan Lamb (Tulare) 6-3, 180, Sr.
RB Christian Hunter (Kaiser, Fontana) 6-0, 190, Sr.
RB Austin Jones (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 5-11, 190, Sr.
RB Jahmon McClendon (Monte Vista, Spring Valley) 6-2, 215, Sr.
RB Jordan Wilmore (Lawndale) 5-9, 200, Sr.
PK Colton Theaker (Arroyo Grande) 6-3, 180, Sr.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Naki Fahina (Lawndale) 6-2, 260, Sr.
DL Alonzo Gray Hall (Reseda) 6-5, 245, Sr.
DL Jamar Sekona (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-3, 305, Jr.
DL Noa Ngalu (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-2, 280, Sr.
LB Daniel Heimuli (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-2, 220, Sr.
LB Dino Kahaulelio (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa) 6-0, 235, Sr.
LB Isaiah Ward (Inderkum, Sacramento) 6-1, 205, Sr.
DB Chris Adimora (Mayfair, Lakewood) 6-2, 195, Sr.
DB Don Chapman (Lincoln, San Diego) 6-2, 180, Sr.
DB Josh Kelly (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 6-2, 185, Sr.
DB Shamar Martin (Morse, San Diego) 5-11, 175, Sr.
P Anthony Moran (Valencia, Placentia) 5-8, 175, Sr.
FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
QB/RB J.P. Andrade (Bonita, La Verne) 6-3, 200, Sr.
QB/RB Jalon Daniels (Lawndale) 6-1, 190, Jr.
RB/DB D’Marcus Ross (Capital Christian, Sacramento) 5-11, 210, Sr.
WR/DB Caine Savage (Western, Anaheim) 6-0, 170, Jr.
RB/KR/DB Cameron Skattebo (Rio Linda) 5-9, 170, Jr.
QB/RB Alec Trujillo (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 6-0, 170, Sr.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
WR Troy Franklin (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton) 6-4, 195, Soph.
WR Jaylen Matthews (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) 5-10, 175, Jr.
WR J.R. Waters (Oxnard) 6-3, 190, Sr.
OL Blake Baughman (Placer, Auburn) 6-5, 250, Sr.
OL Angel Flores (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) 6-4, 325, Sr.
OL Konner Gomness (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 6-4, 275, Sr.
OL Paul Matavao Poialii (Jefferson, Daly City) 6-4, 330, Sr.
OL Shane Semeit (Capital Christian, Sacramento) 6-7, 280, Sr.
QB Jackson Chryst (Palo Alto) 6-2, 205, Sr.
RB Joaquin Elliott (South Hills, West Covina) 5-8, 165, Jr.
RB Dorian Richardson (Rancho Buena Vista, Vista) 5-9, 215, Sr.
PK Jesse Mollkoy (Dos Pueblos, Goleta) 5-11, 180, Sr.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Logan Arnold (Yuba City) 6-3, 270, Sr.
DL Tyler Garay-Harris (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-5, 240, Sr.
DL Siale Liku (Oakland) 6-4, 330, Sr.
DL Caleb Thomas (Righetti, Santa Maria) 6-3, 275, Sr.
LB Raiden Hunter (San Diego) 5-8, 195, Sr.
LB Caleb McCullough (Pacifica, Oxnard) 6-2, 210, Jr.
LB Elias Rantissi (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park) 6-2, 230, Sr.
DB Levelle Bailey (Burbank, Sacramento) 6-3, 190, Sr.
DB Thadeo Campbell (Central, El Centro) 5-11, 175, Sr.
DB Makell Esteen (Lawndale) 6-1, 170, Jr.
DB Randy Jordan (Tulare) 5-10, 165, Sr.
P Jack Luckhurst (Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) 6-3, 175, Sr.
SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
RB/DB/PK Patrick McMorris (Santa Ana) 6-1, 190, Sr.
QB/RB Jordan Pachot (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) 6-1, 190, Sr.
WR/DB Makai Polk (El Cerrito) 6-3, 180, Sr.
RB/DB Marcos Reyes (Aptos) 5-9, 190, Sr.
RB/DB/K Paul M. Rosa (Wilcox, Santa Clara) 5-6, 165, Jr.
QB/RB Jeff Widener (Apple Valley) 6-2, 190, Sr.
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
(Alphabetical list only. As with format for large schools, third team is for seniors only. We have separate teams for juniors and sophomores, but they are eligible for every first and second team. We ended up getting to go 15, 15 and 15 for each list below.)
OL Dante Adkins (Highland, Lancaster)
WR Ashton Authement (Notre Dame, Riverside)
OL Franklin Banks (El Cerrito)
RB Raymond Brown (Inderkum, Sacramento)
OL Emmanuel Castro (Garces, Bakersfield)
LB Nicholas Delgado (Garfield, Los Angeles)
WR Casey Granfors (University City, Los Angeles)
RB Zaquand Irby (Ganesha, Pomona)
PK Miles Mena (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs)
QB Anthony Munoz (Western, Anaheim)
RB Isaiah Newell (Las Lomas, Walnut Creek)
RB Manny Ridge (Desert Mirage, Thermal)
RB Joseph Todd (Santee, Los Angeles)
WR Jelani Warren (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland)
WR Xander Witt (Apple Valley)
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DB Kermel Anwell (Ocean View, Huntington Beach)
DL Connor Barbato (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park)
DL Akili Butler (Lincoln, San Diego)
LB Nathaniel Carmody (Bellflower)
LB Matt Carr (Montgomery, Santa Rosa)
LB Jordan Cobbs (San Leandro)
LB Keenan Fyles (Lawndale)
DB Ja’Kobe Harris (Tennyson, Hayward)
DB Trey Jones (Capital Christian, Sacramento)
DL Brandon Knott (Inderkum, Sacramento)
DB J.L. Skinner (Point Loma, San Diego)
LB Giancarlo Tarifa (Birmingham, Lake Balboa)
DL Malakai Vaipulu (Aquinas, San Bernardino)
DB Jake Woods (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa)
LB Cortez Wright (Culver City)
THIRD TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE
RB/KR Javon Baker (Lincoln, San Francisco)
RB/DB Mike Carrillo (Garden Grove)
WR/DB Caleb Cooley (Pleasant Valley, Chico)
DB/KR Jackson Forbes (Vanden, Fairfield)
QB/RB Heder Gladden (Artesia, Lakewood)
RB/DB Leonard Glass (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
WR/DB Keonte Glinton (Bakersfield Christian)
QB/RB Jayden Gordon (Foothill, Palo Cedro)
QB/RB/P Carter Krupp (Woodcreek, Roseville)
QB/RB Jaedyn Pineda (Mt. Whitney, Visalia)
TE/LB Carter Sullivan (Antelope)
QB/LB Ike Udengwu (Workman, City of Industry)
QB/DB Dhameer Warren (Merced)
WR/KR Rolandiss Whitener (Arcadia)
QB/RB Kenyon Williams (Kearny, San Diego)
Note: In addition to Jordan Wilmore as Medium Schools State Player of the Year, also already announced earlier was Mark Cooley from Pleasant Valley of Chico as Medium Schools State Coach of the Year.