State Stat Stars of Week

As we collected info for the six SoCal/NorCal Players of the Week in football, here’s a few others from last week’s games (Oct. 4-5) that put up totals that caught our attention. Note: No Prep Notes With a Twist column this week with All-State, All-Decade Teams and honors coming out in softball. Send any player of week nominations or possible state record totals after each week to

Trey Baker (Kennedy, Richmond)
In his first game playing for the small school state-ranked Eagles after transferring from El Cerrito, Baker ran back two punts for scores and he reached the end zone on a 31-yard interception return in a 48-0 win over Hercules. In the same game, Baker also rushed for 143 yards on six carries.

Mac Dalena had career bests in several categorie when San Joaquin Memorial topped Bullard. Photo:

Tyler Buchner (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
With a winning score of 73-32 by Tyler’s team over Orange Glen of Escondido, we honestly thought Buchner might have done something even more insane than he did. The frequent stat star went 19 of 31 passing for 414 yards and five TDs and he had 11 carries for 102 yards rushing and four more scores.

A.J. Cleveland (Highland, Bakersfield)
Junior QB set a new school record by passing for six touchdowns & 356 yards on 17 of 22 for the game in a 52-28 win over North Bakersfield. Wide receiver Shabazz Muhammad also had 188 yards & a school record of four touchdown catches.

Mac Dalena (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno)
San Joaquin Memorial team-mates Mac Dalena & Jalen McMillan, Finn Collins team-up to edge Bullard 33-31 in a County/Metro League Game. Fresno State commit had three career highs with 11 receptions, 189 yards & three touchdowns & a game ending interception in 33-31 win vs. Bullard of Fresno. Teammate Jalen McMillan had 8 receptions in that game and now has 210 for his career, second most in Central Section history, also had 128 yards receiving & set a new section career record of 4,299 yards (all section records from historian Bob Barnett). McMillan also tied another section record by getting one touchdown catch, now has 47 touchdowns in his career. Quarterback Finn Collins deserves mention as well as he passed for 360 yards on 23-35-0 & 4 touchdowns.

Oryan Hamlin (Chadwick, Palos Verdes)
In a game from two weeks ago, Hamlin ran wild in an 8-man game with 27 carries for 540 yards rushing and seven TDs to lead the Dolphins past Rolling Hills Prep of San Pedro 89-54. It might be an 8-man state record but we’ll have to some checking on that and will list Hamlin again when that is done.

Nick Hernandez (Monrovia)
It was a season high for passing yards for Hernandez in Monrovia’s 35-0 blanking of San Marino. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 395 yards and three TDs for the Wildcats, who improved to 6-1. He also now has nearly 1,900 yards for the season.

Jariah McBath (Marysville)
Sacramento Bee Prep of the Week made the Lindhurst of Olivehurst defense all wet in a 61-38 win by the Indians last week. McBath soaked in the praise after getting 338 yards rushing and three TDs.

Isaiah Newell (Las Lomas, Walnut Creek)
In just the first half of his team’s 49-7 win against Miramonte of Orinda, Newell (an Oregon State commit) racked up five touchdowns and had 297 yards rushing on just 16 carries.

Cael Patterson (Orange Glen, Escondido)
In the same game in which QB Tyler Buchner of Bishop’s accounted for 516 yards and nine TDs that the Patriots lost 73-32, Patterson still had a pretty great night, too. He rushed for 347 yards on 39 carries, scored three times and went past 1,300 yards for the season.

Trabron Russell (Manteca)
Scoring seven touchdowns in one thing, but doing it against Oakdale and on the road at Oakdale’s Corral is something else. That’s what Russell did in leading the Buffaloes past the Mustangs 55-37 last week. The senior running back also rushed for 240 yards. Oakdale still has to play Central Catholic of Modesto so we still have to see if the win gives Manteca a share of the Valley Oak League title or whether it meant second place.

Nathan Temple (Santana, Santee)
In a 56-21 win against Mt. Miguel of Spring Valley, Temple accounted for seven touchdowns. He hit on 14 of 22 passing for 310 yards and three TDs while as a runner he scored four times and had 10 carries for 55 yards. In a game last season, Nathan accounted for eight TDs.

Kenny Teter (Heritage, Menifee)
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Heritage wound up giving state-ranked Rancho Verde a tough go of it in the Ivy League. The Patriots have a couple of losses, but won last week 41-18 over Elsinore of Lake Elsinore. Teter was one of the top players in the league as a junior and rushed for 274 yards and three TDs on 25 carries vs. Elsinore. He also now has nearly 900 yards for the season.

Carson Yates (Leland, San Jose)
Versatile athlete led the Chargers past Lincoln of San Jose 42-35. As a passer, Yates completed 15 of 20 throws for 225 yards and three TDs. As a rusher, he kept the ball for 115 yards and had another score.

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One Comment

  1. Miguel Villanueva
    Posted October 27, 2019 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Game of the week to win League…Mt. Eden High vs. Hayward High.

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