All-State FB 2020-21: Small Schools

Two of those named first team offense on this year’s teams are quarterback Teddy Purcell of Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) & running back Stephen Britton of Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach). Photos: Willie Eashman & Twitter.com.


State D4 Team of the Year Sacred Heart Prep and State D5 Team of the Year Tri-City Christian both land multiple players onto these first and second teams. State Small Schools Player of the Year J.T. Thompson of Harvard-Westlake also has a teammate that joins him as an all-state honoree. These teams also include state’s reported scoring and tackling leaders.

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The 42nd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams are continuing this week with players selected for small schools and medium schools with the overall top 30s still to come. We know it’s strange to be still doing 2020-21 football honors in June, but the thought of not doing the same for the players of this school year compared to the others who had no idea how a worldwide pandemic would be so disruptive just never entered our minds. These players 10 years from now or 20 years from now deserve to look at our archives just like some of their dads do today.

Cameron Carr was the rushing and passing leader for Gridley, which finished No. 8 in the final D4 state rankings. Photo: Hudl.com.


There were obviously no CIF section, regional or state playoffs to use as a guide for this year’s teams, but we did compile state rankings for five divisions so the players who were on those teams for D4 and D5 (the ones we consider small schools) were all eligible to be all-state small schools.

Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton, which was No. 1 in the final D4 state rankings, placed one player on first team with two on second. Quarterback Teddy Purcell was first team as he passed for 1,063 yards and 11 TDs with just one interception. He also rushed for 105 yards and one score. Leading tackler John Carter was on second team as a defensive linemen. He also led the Gators in sacks with seven and receive All-Bay Area News Group honors. The other on second team was offensive lineman Peter Desler.

State Small Schools Player of the Year J.T. Thompson (that honor was released nearly two weeks ago) of Harvard-Westlake was joined on the all-state team by sophomore offensive lineman Kai Faucher (6-5, 250), who is on second team.

As explained previously, Thompson’s selection was not easy. One of those seriously considered was Santa Fe Christian running back Stephen Britton. He piled up 1,018 yards rushing with 17 TDs plus he added one TD on a punt return and another on a kickoff. He’s on the all-state first team offense. A teammate of Britton’s, junior linebacker Luca Torti, has been named second team defense.

Shavon Gramps-Green of 6-0 Biggs in the CIF Northern Section also deserves extra attention. The first team all-state small schools running back led the entire state with 28 TDs and 168 points in just those six games. He averaged 15.2 yards per carry (will make the state record book) and he broke the section record with eight TDs in his final game vs. Live Oak.

Note: Schools broken down into large, medium and small based on section playoff divisions but also on where they’ve been traditionally. We also will not generally consider a school close to or above 1,500 enrollment small school at all no matter what section or state playoff division that school is placed. This means schools like El Monte and Lincoln of San Francisco, which won CIF state titles in 2019, can’t ever be a “small” school. Medium, yes. Small, no. Many of the CIF L.A. City Section playoff teams, including D2 and D3, can’t be small schools, either, for same reason.

This has proven to be by far the most difficult all-state small school selections in our 40 years. Most newspapers did not do their usual post-season honors and none of them did them as deep. More schools than usual were not on MaxPreps and there were very few who sent in nominations of their players. All-league teams were able to be seen for some players but others were not done.

Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football
Small Schools

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Linebacker Ryder Merten of Holtville was credited with 93 tackles in six games with a high of 20. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder led the state among those reporting stats to MaxPreps. Photo: holtvilletribune.com.


WR Trey Blackford (Tri-City Christian, Vista)
5-11, 175, Sr.
WR Marcus Powe (La Salle, Pasadena) 6-2, 185, Sr.
WR J.T. Thompson (Harvard-Westlake, Studio City)
6-1, 175, Jr.
OL Angel Bravo (Orland) 6-4, 300, Sr.
OL Daniel Callison (Village Christian, Sun Valley)
6-3, 295, Sr.
OL Ricky Freymond (Ontario Christian) 6-5, 260, Sr.
OL Nate Maier (Rim of the World, Lake Arrowhead)
6-6, 295, Jr.
OL Ben Torres (Caruthers) 6-3, 315, Sr.
QB Teddy Purcell (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton)
6-1, 195, Sr.
RB Stephen Britton (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach)
6-0, 215, Sr.
RB Shavon Gramps-Green (Biggs) 6-1, 180, Sr.
PK Nathan Kunz (Mariposa County, Mariposa) 6-1, 175, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL Baraquel Fimbres (Vincent Memorial, Calexico) 6-1, 235, Sr.
DL Jordan Guzman (Corcoran) 6-1, 200, Sr.
DL Elijah Satcher (Salesian, Richmond) 6-4, 235, Sr.
DL Ashton Wagner (Paradise) 6-2, 265, Jr.
LB Keanu Kuma (Washington, Easton) 6-1, 225, Jr.
LB Garrett McCray (East Nicolaus, Nicolaus) 6-4, 225, Jr.
LB Ryder Merten (Holtville) 6-3, 200, Sr.
DB Dominic Castaneda (Liberty, Madera Ranchos) 5-8, 165, Jr.
DB Kannon Gibson (Mariposa County, Mariposa) 5-11, 165, Sr.
DB Kaleb Stamps (Arrowhead Christian, Redlands) 6-1, 190, Sr.
DB Kyle Watson (Sutter) 6-1, 180, Sr.

FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE

RB/LB Luke Anderson (Escalon) 5-11, 210, Sr.
WR/DB Dante Antonini (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma) 6-2, 200, Jr.
QB/RB/DB Cameron Carr (Gridley) 6-0, 180, Sr.
RB/LB Tristan Hofmann (Half Moon Bay) 6-0, 175, Sr.
RB/LB Camdan McWright (St. Genevieve, Panorama City) 6-1, 190, Jr.
WR/LB Noah Short (The King’s Academy, Sunnyvale) 6-1, 175, Sr.
QB/RB/P Noah Waldeck (Tri-City Christian, Vista) 6-4, 200, Sr.

Note: Went with a player on multi-purpose who punted instead of an actual punter.

Seth Miguel was an outstanding QB at Hilmar for the last two seasons. Photo: Hudl.com.


SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

WR Daniel Rosenberg (La Jolla Country Day)
6-2, 195, Sr.
TE Derek Taylor (Hilmar) 6-7, 215, Soph.
OL Spencer Cox (Big Valley Christian, Modesto)
6-3, 280, Sr.
OL Peter Desler (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton)
6-3, 250, Sr.
OL Preston Dimas (Half Moon Bay) 6-0, 210, Sr.
OL Kai Faucher (Harvard-Westlake, Studio City)
6-5, 250, Soph.
OL Ivan Ibarra (St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Vallejo)
6-3, 290, Sr.
QB Trent Calvert (Dos Palos) 6-0, 180, Jr.
RB Tyler Harrison (Paradise) 6-1, 180, Jr.
RB Dominic Martinez (Orosi) 5-7, 165, Sr.
RB James Sherman (Linden) 5-11, 190, Sr.
PK Joe Repass (Union Mine, El Dorado) 5-10, 160, Sr.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL John Carter (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton) 6-0, 175, Sr.
DL Connor Gilbreath (University Prep, Redding) 6-4, 250, Jr.
DL Jaedon Moore (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) 6-4, 220, Soph.
DL Riley Morris (St. Genevieve, Panorama City) 6-1, 215, Jr.
DL Chris Whitney (West Valley, Cottonwood) 6-2, 290, Sr.
LB Chris Richins (Gridley) 5-9, 185, Sr.
LB Zac Sheets (Nordhoff, Ojai) 5-8, 175, Jr.
LB Luca Torti (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) 6-1, 190, Jr.
DB Hayden Boyes (West Valley, Cottonwood) 5-11, 165, Sr.
DB Josh Ortiz (Arrowhead Christian, Redlands) 5-6, 160, Sr.
DB Marcus Smith (Mountain Empire, Pine Valley) 6-2, 190, Sr.

SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE

RB/LB Daniel Cummings (Sutter) 5-9, 180, Sr.
RB/DB/K Shane Curren (Portola) 5-11, 190, Sr.
RB/DB Alex Harding (South Fork, Miranda) 5-9, 160, Sr.
RB/LB Carson Lowrie (Winters) 6-1, 215, Sr.
QB/RB Seth Miguel (Hilmar) 6-2, 205, Sr.
QB/DB Richie Munoz (La Salle, Pasadena) 6-0, 175, Soph.
RB/LB Kamron Randell-Taylor (Riverside Prep, Oro Grande) 5-11, 190, Soph.

Note: No punter for the second team. Extra multi-purpose player added.

SMALL SCHOOLS STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (previously announced):
J.T. Thompson (Harvard-Westlake, Studio City) Jr.

SMALL SCHOOLS STATE COACH OF THE YEAR (previously announced):
Ryan Reynolds (Sutter)

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2 Comments

  1. Jovon Grandison
    Posted June 6, 2021 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    So you mean to tell me I was ranked #1 in my county, 21st in the state, and lead the county in yards per catch, receiving yards, and was 2nd in the county for touchdowns and I made no list. LOL

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted June 6, 2021 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

      You’re not on MaxPreps so don’t know what stats you are referring to and you’re from a team that lost to Nordhoff 48-0. Sending pissed off messages after the fact helps no one. Maybe if someone sent something in beforehand about you (like a coach) perhaps you would have gotten something. Too late now.

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