All-State FB Medium/Small Watch Lists

Running back / linebacker Luke Anderson (left) is the top returning player for 2019 CIF D4A state champion Escalon. At right is linebacker Carson Irons from Sunny Hills of Fullerton, who had nearly 200 tackles in 2019 and will head to the Ivy League (Princeton) for college. Photos: Andy Alfaro / The Modesto Bee &

With some teams slated to play actual spring 2021 football games as early as next week, we’re beginning our series of statewide preseason posts with this look at top players to watch from those schools classified as medium or small for our annual all-state honors. North Coast Section schools Marin Catholic and Cardinal Newman have the most players listed for medium. We also made sure to have representation from 2019 small school state champions Ripon, Escalon and St. Bernard’s of Eureka.

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These lists are based on the medium & small school placements from last season. Without playoffs in the spring, they won’t change. These are not enrollment-based, but more on which section playoff divisions each school participated in for the 2019 season. We also have had a lot of schools traditionally in medium and small school designations for many years. There will be all-state medium and small school teams selected for the 2021 spring season, but there may not be as many players selected depending on how many schools are able to play.

Image of all-state football patch after 2019 season.

We will have a checklist of seniors who have graduated early or who are opting out of the 2021 spring season, but that will be added to the overall preseason all-state teams. None of those players were considered for these lists and won’t be eligible for all-state during this period. Some still may not have decided yet or we have not seen it.

We are not listing any players from schools that we have seen are not going to be playing this spring due to pandemic protocols. There may be players listed from schools that we have not seen yet that aren’t playing or from schools that may yet decide not to play or who may only play once or twice.

When the upcoming short season is completed, we already know we won’t have the time to produce extensive section-by-section all-state nominations lists. This list below is what we’ll go through when choosing the actual 2021 Spring All-State Football Teams. The teams chosen at the end of the 2021 regular fall season will be labeled 2021 Fall All-State Football Teams. Therefore, we would encourage any and all all-state nominations to be sent now or immediately after the upcoming spring games. Email info to Please include positions played, year in school.

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(Alphabetical order by positions)

Kimoni Stanley from Sierra of Manteca was one of the leading RBs in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section in 2019 regardless of playoff division. Photo:

WR Travis Arena (Northwood, Irvine) 6-2, 215, Sr.
WR Arlis Boardingham (Birmingham, Lake Balboa)
6-4, 225, Jr.
WR Trayton Cooper (Jurupa Hills, Fontana)
5-10, 170, Sr.
WR Mekhi Fox (Pasadena) 6-1, 190, Jr.
WR Jake George (La Serna, Whittier)
6-4, 195, Jr.
WR Kai Jessie (Patrick Henry, San Diego)
6-5, 200, Sr.
WR Alex Jones (Oak Park) 6-3, 180, Sr.
WR Josh Meredith (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista)
-0, 170, Sr.
WR Tsion Nunnally (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa)
6-2, 190, Sr.
WR Orion Peters (Inglewood) 5-11, 180, Sr.
WR Tyron Smith (Apple Valley) 5-10, 175, Sr.
WR Jordan Williams (Etiwanda) 6-2, 180, Jr.
TE Cody Ahola (Christopher, Gilroy) 6-3, 215, Jr.
OL Dylan Arriaga (San Dimas) 6-3, 250, Sr.
OL Matai Bell (Campolindo, Moraga) 6-3, 315, Sr.
OL Dawson Brown (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-5, 290, Sr.
OL Nick Calcaterra (Palisades, Pacific Palisades) 6-5, 290, Sr.
OL Garrett DiGiorgio (Serrano, Phelan) 6-7, 300, Sr.
OL John Fonseca (Cypress) 6-1, 265, Sr.
OL Boss Foumai (Patterson) 6-2, 300, Sr.
OL Nicholas Hill (Glendora) 6-1, 250, Sr.
OL Kelvin Jackson (Center, Antelope) 6-3, 280, Sr.
OL Christian Jones (San Luis Obispo) 6-9, 300, Sr.
OL Jack Maready (Foothill, Palo Cedro) 6-2, 280, Sr.
OL Jeffrey Martin (Sunnyside, Fresno) 6-2, 315, Sr.
OL Noah Pulealii (Palma, Salinas) 6-5, 315, Sr.
OL Carlos Rivera (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) 6-3, 265, Jr.
OL Junior Taase Faumui (Aquinas, San Bernardino) 6-5, 330, Jr.
OL Marcus Trotter (Anderson) 6-4, 290, Sr.
QB Hudson Beers (Justin-Siena, Napa) 6-0, 185, Sr.
QB A.J. Cleveland (Highland, Bakersfield) 6-0, 185, Sr.
QB Nicholas Coronado (Kimball, Tracy) 5-10, 165, Jr.
QB Jayden Denegal (Apple Valley) 6-4, 215, Jr.
QB Zevi Eckhaus (Culver City) 6-0, 190, Sr.
QB Walker Eget (West Ranch, Valencia) 6-3 185, Sr.
QB Jake Hamman (Chico) 6-1, 185, Sr.
QB Deacon Hill (Santa Barbara) 6-4, 225, Sr.
QB Jackson Holt (Oakdale) 6-4, 195, Jr.
QB Brady Huchingson (Acalanes, Lafayette) 6-1, 180, Sr.
QB Michael Ingrassia (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-1, 190, Jr.
QB Gabe Krug (Christian, El Cajon) 6-1, 175, Sr.
QB Jacob Laverdiere (Mt. Miguel, Spring Valley) 5-10, 180, Sr.
QB Joey Ramirez (Selma) 5-10, 170, Sr.
QB Travis Throckmorton (Simi Valley) 6-3, 205, Jr.
QB Dylan Wheatley (Citrus Valley, Redlands) 6-3, 205, Sr.
RB Eddie Allain (Norte Vista, Riverside) 5-10, 180, Jr.
RB Isaiah Creech (Highland, Palmdale) 6-1, 170, Sr.
RB Freddy Fletcher (Cajon, San Bernardino) 5-7, 160, Jr.
RB Jakob Galloway (Banning, Wilmington) 5-11, 235, Jr.
RB Nick Gardinera (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) 5-10, 200, Sr.
RB Max Garrison (St. Francis, La Canada) 5-10, 185, Jr.
RB Justin McCoy (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach) 5-10, 185, Sr.
RB Ethan Menezes (Vista del Lago, Folsom) 6-0, 195, Sr.
RB Matteo Perez (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 5-11, 190, Sr.
RB Zeke Saffar (Oakdale) 5-10, 185, Sr.
RB Kimoni Stanley (Sierra, Manteca) 5-8, 180, Sr.
RB James Weaver (Shasta, Redding) 6-0, 190, Sr.
PK Dylan Armendariz (Palm Springs) 6-0, 170, Jr.
PK Adrian Melesio (Patterson) 5-11, 180, Sr.
PK Hunter Ridley (Acalanes, Lafayette) 6-0, 190, Sr.

Whether listed as a DL or LB, Michael Richter from Santana of Santee was hard to miss during junior season when he had 19.5 sacks. Photo:

DL Manny Barreras (Fontana) 6-3, 275, Sr.
DL Austin Berry (J.W. North, Riverside)
6-2, 215, Jr.
DL David Chavez-Pena (Mountain View) 6-0, 190, Sr.
DL Alana Collins (Wilson, Long Beach)
6-4, 280, Sr.
DL Isaiah Howard (San Pedro) 6-0, 210, Sr.
DL Sebastian McQuigg (Patrick Henry, San Diego)
6-5, 240, Jr.
DL Kai Peterson-Davison (Marin Catholic, Kentfield)
6-2, 275, Sr.
DL Michael Richter (Santana, Santee) 6-2, 190, Sr.
DL Dejon Roney (Etiwanda) 6-4, 295, Jr.
DL Bladen Stankey (Shasta, Redding) 6-3, 220, Sr.
DL Darren Vasquez (Marina, Huntington Beach) 6-4, 220, Sr.
DL Logan Wiemann (Live Oak, Morgan Hill) 6-0, 190, Sr.
DL Noach Wood (Santa Barbara) 6-0, 255, Sr.
LB Poi Aina (Pacifica, Oxnard) 6-4, 225, Sr.
LB Max Anderson (Notre Dame, Riverside) 5-11, 200, Sr.
LB Braydon Brus (Glendora) 6-2, 210, Jr.
LB Kekoa Carroll (North, Torrance) 6-1, 200, Sr.
LB Sebastian Deleon (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta) 6-0, 220, Sr.
LB Trey Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-1, 220, Soph.
LB Thomas Froberg (Rio Linda) 6-0, 240, Sr.
LB Tytus Hutchison (Oxnard) 6-0, 195, Sr.
LB Carson Irons (Sunny Hills, Fullerton) 6-0, 205, Sr.
LB Tony Lopez (Oxnard) 6-1, 195, Sr.
LB A.J. Porter (Citrus Hill, Perris) 6-1, 220, Sr.
LB Sean Myles (Oakmont, Roseville) 5-9, 210, Sr.
LB Nate Ruiz (Buhach Colony, Atwater) 6-1, 210, Sr.
LB Mitch Russell (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa) 6-2, 215, Sr.
LB Mihalis Santorineos (Rancho Cotate, Rohnert Park) 6-2, 225, Sr.
LB Nelson Suisala (Hayward) 6-2, 225, Sr.
LB Christian Threadgill (Sierra, Manteca) 6-4, 185, Sr.
DB Deville Dickerson (Lompoc) 5-10, 170, Jr.
DB Isaiah Dunn (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs) 6-0, 190, Jr.
DB Mikey Ficher (Tulare Western, Tulare) 5-10, 175, Sr.
DB Robert Freeman (El Cerrito) 5-8, 160, Jr.
DB Kade Jones (South, Torrance) 5-11, 165, Sr.
DB Elijah Kelsey (Moreno Valley) 6-0, 180, Jr.
DB Richie Sanchez (San Pedro) 5-10, 170, Sr.
DB Max Smith (La Jolla) 5-10, 200, Sr.
DB Terrance Sweetman (South Pasadena) 6-0, 170, Sr.
P Cronus Rodriguez (Arroyo Valley, San Bernardino) 5-11, 165, Jr.

Tyler Kaschewski ran and passed for more than 3,000 yards at Templeton during 2019 season. Photo: Atascadero News.

RB/DB Isiah Carl (Chino Hills) 5-9, 170, Sr.
WR/DB Nico Contreras (Windsor) 6-1, 170, Sr.
RB/LB Kelvin Davis (San Jacinto) 6-0, 200, Sr.
RB/LB Dustan Ellison (Serra, San Diego) 5-11, 195, Sr.
RB/QB Jeremiah Graves (Hemet) 6-2, 195, Sr.
WR/DB Malik Hunt (Simi Valley) 5-9, 170, Sr.
QB/RB Jett Jackson (Kingsburg) 5-9, 165, Sr.
QB/RB Tyler Kaschewski (Templeton) 5-11, 190, Sr.
WR/DB Caleb Kendricks (McClymonds, Oakland)
6-0, 175, Sr.
QB/LB Francisco Mauigoa (Aquinas, San Bernardino)
6-3, 215, Sr.
RB/ATH Venasio Mikaele (J.W. North, Riverside)
5-8, 195, Sr.
RB/LB Shane Moran (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa)
5-10, 200, Sr.
QB/RB Caleb Ojeda (Live Oak, Morgan Hill)
5-10, 175, Sr.
QB/RB Ivan Ostry (La Canada) 6-1, 170, Sr.
RB/DB Dylan Overstreet (Casa Roble, Orangevale) 5-9, 170, Sr.
RB/LB Keyshawn Pu’a (Nipomo) 6-0, 220, Sr.
RB/LB Noah Sega (El Camino, Oceanside) 6-0, 195, Sr.
RB/DB Blake Spomer (Kingsburg) 5-9, 170, Sr.
WR/DB Deshon Thompson (Northview, Covina) 5-9, 180, Sr.
QB/RB Trev Tribble (Kaiser, Fontana) 6-0, 170, Sr.
RB/DB Jess Wattenberger (Bakersfield Christian) 5-11, 185, Sr.


(Alphabetical order by position)

Benicio Cristofalo caught 55 passes for 1,203 yards during junior season at Carmel and will team up this spring with one of the top tight ends in Northern California — Oregon State-bound J.T. Byrne. Photo:

WR Kendall Allen (Vacaville Christian) 6-1, 170, Jr.
WR Trey Blackford (Tri-City Christian, Vista)
5-11, 170, Sr.
WR Benicio Cristofalo (Carmel) 6-1, 175, Sr.
WR Daniel Rosenberg (La Jolla Country Day)
6-2, 195, Sr.
TE J.T. Byrne (Carmel) 6-6, 226, Sr.
TE Winston Williams (Immanuel, Reedley)
6-4, 220, Sr.
OL Moises Agundez (Minarets, O’Neals)
6-2, 290, Sr.
OL Inigo Baxter (Amador, Sutter Creek)
6-4, 230, Sr.
OL Angel Bravo (Orland) 6-4, 300, Sr.
OL Spencer Cox (Big Valley Christian, Modesto)
6-3, 280, Sr.
OL Preston Dimas (Half Moon Bay) 6-0, 215, Sr.
OL Ricky Freymond (Ontario Christian) 6-5, 255, Sr.
OL John Velasquez (Kerman) 6-1, 265, Sr.
QB Trent Calvert (Dos Palos) 6-1, 180, Sr.
QB Jesse Carmona (Ganesha, Pomona) 6-1, 170, Jr.
QB Kyle Keleher (Rancho Christian, Temecula) 5-11, 185, Sr.
QB Seth Miguel (Hilmar) 6-2, 205, Sr.
QB Richard Munoz (La Salle, Pasadena) 6-0, 170, Soph.
QB Kaden Preston (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella) 6-1, 170, Sr.
RB Levi Cox Cooley (Del Norte, Crescent City) 5-8, 185, Sr.
RB Jonathan Guerrero (Rio Hondo Prep, Arcadia) 5-6, 155, Jr.
RB Kai Hall (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma) 5-8, 180, Soph.
RB Tyler Harrison (Paradise) 6-1, 180, Jr.
RB Dominic Martinez (Orosi) 5-7, 170, Jr.
RB Ivan Robledo (St. Helena) 5-11, 205, Jr.
RB Jason Terry (Fairmont Prep, Anaheim) 6-0, 180, Jr.
RB Crispin Wong (Linfield Christian, Temecula) 5-8, 160, Sr.
PK Zachary Palmer (Yosemite, Oakhurst) 6-3, 175, Sr.

With a lot of offense gone from the last time that East Nicolaus played, junior linebacker Garrett McCray and the defense will have to shine for the perennial small school power from the CIF Northern Section. Photo:

DL Kaleb Elarms-Orr
(Moreau Catholic, Hayward) 6-3, 225, Sr.
DL Aidan Duhm (Trinity Classical, Valencia)
6-3, 225, Sr.
DL Baraquiel Fimbres (Vincent Memorial, Calexico)
6-0, 235, Sr.
DL Robert Gregor
(California School for Deaf, Fremont) 6-3, 230, Sr.
DL Nick Jimenez (Fillmore) 5-10, 225, Sr.
DL Zack Mercado (Vacaville Christian) 6-3, 255, Jr.
DL Ashton Wagner (Paradise) 6-2, 255, Jr.
LB Mason Knight (Ripon) 6-1, 170, Sr.
LB Keanu Kuma (Washington, Easton)
6-1, 225, Jr.
LB Garrett McCray (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus)
6-3, 230, Jr.
LB Marquis McKenzie (California City) 6-1, 185, Sr.
LB Kyle Watson (Sutter) 6-1, 185, Sr.
DB Kannon Gibson (Mariposa County, Mariposa) 5-11, 165, Sr.
DB Will Gilbert (Ripon Christian) 6-4, 175, Sr.
DB Jake Palmer (Nordhoff, Ojai) 5-10, 170, Sr.
DB Nikko Reed (Moreau Catholic, Hayward) 5-10, 170, Sr.
DB Mason Taylor (Adelanto) 6-2, 170, Sr.
DB Daushin Wright (St. Pius X-St. Matthias, Downey) 5-9, 185, Sr.
P Nathaniel Thiebaud (Vasquez, Acton) 5-11, 170, Jr.

Ahmir Ford was one of the standouts from the 2019 team at St. Pius X-St. Matthias that went 12-1 and went to a CIF Southern Section divisional title game. Photo:

RB/DB Chrstian Alvarez (Wasco) 5-8, 150, Sr.
FB/LB Luke Anderson (Escalon) 5-10, 225, Sr.
RB/LB Qwentin Brown (Santa Cruz) 5-11, 205, Jr.
QB/RB Hector Davila (Immanuel, Reedley)
5-11, 185, Jr.
QB/RB Ahmir Ford (St. Pius X-St. Matthias, Downey)
6-1, 190, Sr.
RB/LB Tristan Hofmann (Half Moon Bay) 6-0, 180, Sr.
TE/DE Gabe Mibourn (Sonora) 6-5, 210, Sr.
QB/RB Seth Miguel (Hilmar) 6-2, 205, Sr.
TE/LB Damarte Prudhomme (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
6-1, 200, Jr.
LB/ATH Noah Short (King’s Academy, Sunnyvale)
6-0, 170, Sr.

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