All-State FB 2018: Medium Schools

Two of those who are first team offense for the All-State Medium Schools honor squad are running backs Austin Jones of Oakland Bishop O’Dowd and Christian Hunter of Fontana Kaiser. Both of them also could still be chosen All-State first or second team overall when those teams are done. Photos: &

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.

QB Jalon Daniels was a dual threat on every play for CIF D2-A state champ Lawndale. Photo: Mark Tennis.

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
Medium Schools

D’Marcus Ross was a four-year standout. at Capital Christian and is a first team all-state pick even though the Cougars are no longer small school. Photo: David Gershon / SportStars.

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.

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.

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.

After we saw El Cerrito’s Makai Polk named one of the two MVPs at the Blue-Grey All-American camp last spring, he had a great two-way season and has signed a letter of intent with Cal. Photo: Mark Tennis.

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.

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.

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.

(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)

One of the leaders of Chico Pleasant Valley’s CIF Division 4-A state title team was wide receiver/multi-purpose standout Caleb Cooley, son of head coach Mark Cooley. Photo:

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)

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.

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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  1. Derek Conrad
    Posted February 1, 2019 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mark,

    Is Rubidoux considered a medium school ? I saw that Tyson Giles was nominated so I’m just curious.


    Coach Conrad

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted February 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Rubidoux would be medium and unfortunately couldn’t find a spot for him with all of the other running backs on the worksheet.

      • Derek Conrad
        Posted February 4, 2019 at 8:17 am | Permalink

        Hi Mark,

        We told him at the sports banquet that he was nominated, being the quiet humble young man he is he just smiled and said “ I’ll take the nomination “ grinned and walked off the stage.

        Coach Conrad

  2. Mike Cano
    Posted February 4, 2019 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mark,
    Curious how you classify Bishop Diego a school of 265 students as a medium school? Thanks for all you do for high school athletics.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted February 6, 2019 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      It’s not based on enrollment but which section playoff division a school plays in. Bishop Diego beat a school with nearly 2,000 kids for 2017 CIF D3-AA state title and D3-AA clearly has to be medium. The only enrollments we look at are for those large public high schools that are now playing in the lowest divisions. Those can’t be small school in any way shape or form.

      • Mike
        Posted February 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the explanation!

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