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. 17-19) 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 baseball. Send any player of week nominations or possible state record totals after each week to Thanks to Central Section historian Bob Barnett for contributions.

Khalil Ali (South Hills, West Covina)
Outstanding junior QB was sizzling hot when the Huskies notched a win over West Covina. Ali finished with 402 yards passing and five TDs. That fifth score came on a 80-yarder to Jordan Sanchez, which also was Jordan’s third TD catch of the night.

Ceasar Ayala (Eisenhower, Rialto)
It was a slow start for Ayala and the Eagles (who were 13-1 last season) but they’re now winning in the San Andreas League. In a 62-7 victory last week vs. Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead), Ceasar ruled by going 12 of 18 passing for 439 yards and seven touchdowns.

Matt Meredith is only a junior and with his lanky frame will draw comparisons to former Miramonte great Ken Dorsey. Photo:

George Baker (River Valley, Yuba City)
Handing another loss to Bella Vista of Fair Oaks (which has ongoing streak among longest in state history), Baker led the way for River Valley in a 49-7 win over the Broncos. Baker came up with three interceptions on defense with one returned for a touchdown. On offense, he also rushed for 176 yards and three scores.

Zevi Eckhaus (Culver City)
The numbers kept piling up for Zevi during the Centaurs’ 42-9 win against El Segundo. The junior QB connected on 20 of 23 passes for 469 yards and five TDs. He now has 3,190 yards and 42 TDs this season in just eight games.

Sam Gaete (Palm Desert)
He’s been moving up the state rushing leader lists since the team returned from a 47-14 loss to famed program Permian High of Odessa, Texas (Friday Night Lights school). For the third straight game, Gaete went past 200 yards rushing last week when Palm Desert topped La Quinta 17-14. He ended with a season-high 287 yards on 26 carries and scored once.

Kingston Hala (Paramount)
QB for team that has lost only to Bishop Amat and that was by one point put up great numbers to lead Pirates past Warren of Downey 45-20. Hala connected on 22 of 32 passes for 343 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries.

Wick Hauser (El Capitan, Lakeside)
Playing the role of one-man wrecking crew, Hauser did it all for the Vaqueros as they nipped Granite Hills of El Cajon 25-23. On offense, Wick did the trick with 12 rushes for 98 yards and one TD plus 157 yards passing (9 of 11, 1 TD). On defense, he piled up 14 tackles.

Justin Holaday (Lemoore)
In leading Lemoore past Golden West of Visalia 36-29, Holaday passed for a career high of 362 yards on 20-30-0 and had four touchdowns. Receivers Will Schalde had six receptions for 161 yards & three touchdowns & ChrisTaylor had a game-high nine receptions for 97 yards, one touchdown. Running back Lonnie Wessel led Golden West by setting a school record with 308 yards on 27 carries & TD runs of 56 and 51 yards. Wessel also has now set a school record at Golden West with 26 TDs this season.

Lian Jacildo (Duarte)
It wasn’t enough to lead his team to a win, but Lian leaned into his carries all night long in a 43-36 loss to Workman (City of Industry). The senior back ended with 30 carries for 362 yards and three TDs.

Mike Maeva (Mar Vista, Imperial Beach)
In a 36-22 win against Sweetwater of National City, Maeva was marvelous with 24 completions in 29 passing attempts for 380 yards and five TDs.

Matt Meredith (Miramonte, Orinda)
Previous NorCal Offensive Player of the Week had another huge outing throwing the ball in Mats’ 48-6 victory over Millennium of Tracy. Meredith went 18 of 25 for 401 yards and two TDs. For the season, he now has 2,434 yards passing and 28 TDs.

Daniel Trujillo (Lindsay)
Senior RB set a school record by rushing for 336 yards on 19 carries and tied a career high by scoring four touchdowns in a 64-6 over Farmersville. Kicker Emiliano Corona also made 8-of-9 extra points.

Vann Wilkins (Lower Lake)
There wasn’t anything low about the passing that Wilkins did during Lower Lake’s 66-43 triumph last Friday against Kelseyville. The senior QB completed 18 of 27 passes for 415 yards and six TDs.

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