Sac-Joaquin Top 5: Best RBs 2010s

We are happy to say that for the seventh straight year the web site and Cal-Hi Sports is part of the weekly Final Quarter high school football show on Friday nights on the FOX 40 station in Sacramento.

On last week’s 12th show for the 2019 season, we revealed our list of the top five running backs from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section for the decade of the 2010s. Here is what that countdown revealed:


1. Justin Davis (Lincoln, Stockton)
He was first team all-state as a junior in 2011 and had over 4,000 yards in his last two seasons in 2011, 2012. Then went to USC and has been with L.A. Rams.

2. Shaq Thompson (Grant, Sacramento)
Currently in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers as a linebacker, but at Grant he was one of the most exciting running backs in section history. State Junior of the Year in 2010 and all-state multi-purpose (RB/DB) two years in a row.

3. Ja’quan Gardner (Central Valley, Ceres)
Led the recently disbanded AFF in rushing and could be a star in new XFL. Gardner rushed for 2,467 yds in 2013 at Central Valley. Also later a small college All-American at Humboldt State.

4. Justin Rice (Central Catholic)
Led the Raiders to their third straight and fourth straight state titles in 2014 and 2015. Rushed for 2,698 yards in 2015. Currently shining at linebacker at Fresno State.

5. Cameron Skattebo (Rio Linda)
Recently committed to Sac State, Cameron had one of the greatest seasons in 2018 in section history with 3,550 yards rushing and 42 TDs.

This 30-minute show is twice as long as any other Friday night high school football show in the Sacramento market and is returning to the Friday at 11 p.m. time slot.

Watch this week’s show Friday at 11 p.m. for all the local highlights, plus the next Top 5 from, which will be a look at the top five defensive players in the section for the 2010s. The show will include highlights from all of the biggest games in the region, including the Fan Favorite Game of the Week, which will be a look at unbeaten Paradise playing Live Oak in the Northern Section D3 playoffs. Thanks to host Jim Crandell and the FOX 40 team for once again letting Cal-Hi Sports be part of this year’s show.

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