All-State FB 2021: Medium Schools

Three-year standout Michael Ingrassia (left) threw for 36 TDs and ran for 13 in leading Marin Catholic to CIF D4-AA state title. At right is state passing leader Nicholas Coronado from Kimball of Tracy, who also was only QB to throw for more than 4,000 yards. Photos: Willie Eashman / Cal-Hi Sports & ttownmedia.com / Tracy Press.


An Inglewood team that got a lot of flak for winning a game 106-0 nonetheless was super-talented indeed and winds up leading the pack with four players who are on these all-state teams. CIF D2-AA state champ Mater Dei Catholic was right behind with three. CIF state champions Scripps Ranch, McClymonds and Marin Catholic are all among those with two.

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The 43rd 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. There were small school and medium school state rankings that were compiled several times during the season, including a final ranking for both, so those also were the same determining factors for why a team/school had players eligible for those categories. A player you know who may be missing is most likely because that player is from a school we have as large and not medium.

An Inglewood team that in the skill positions had the type of talent normally seen at super-powers Mater Dei and St. John Bosco and was in the medium schools rankings all season ended up with four players who have been selected first or second team. The Sentinels arguably could have had several more. While the school’s coaches received criticism for running up the score to 106-0 in one game, the players were not dinged for their possible accolades because of it. One or two of them probably will be picked again when the all-state teams still to come are done regardless of year in school or school size/competitive equity.

Taariq Al-Uqdah of Inglewood is shown after an outstanding performance in a shutout win against Leuzinger of Lawndale. Photo: Mark Tennis.


One of Inglewood’s four honorees — LB Taariq Al-Uqdah — is a repeater from the spring season. QB Justyn Martin joins Al-Uqdah on the medium schools first team. WR Louis Brown and DB Clint Stephens have been selected second team. Those four will be playing in college at Washington State, UCLA, Colorado State and UCLA, respectively.

State Medium Schools Player of the Year Tre Edwards, a highly regarded junior linebacker from Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, is another repeat selection from the spring. He’s also one of three from the Crusaders’ team that won the CIF D2-AA state title who has gained medium schools all-state honors. The other two, QB Dominic Nankil and DB Chris Snyder, also are juniors. None of the them will be eligible for medium schools next season as Mater Dei Catholic will be D1 in the San Diego Section and thus moving up for postseason honors as well.

Others who have repeated as first team all-state medium schools are WR Arlis Boardingham from Birmingham of Lake Balboa and QB/RB Nicholas Iamaleava from Warren of Downey. Also moving up from second team from last season to first team for this season are QB/RB Michael Ingrassia from Marin Catholic of Kentfield, OL Louie Canepa from Vintage of Napa and DB Jake East from Agoura of Agoura Hills.

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.

Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football
Medium Schools

Max Garrison from St. Francis of La Canada will play next at San Diego State. Photo: stfrancis.gorepu.com.


FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

WR Arlis Boardingham (Birmingham, Lake Balboa)
6-5, 235, Sr.
WR Conor Lawlor
(Scripps Ranch, San Diego) 6-1, 175, Sr.
WR Gabriel Nunez (Beaumont) 5-11, 170, Sr.
OL Louie Canepa (Vintage, Napa) 6-4, 315, Sr.
OL Byron Jones (Indian Springs) 6-3, 305, Sr.
OL Raymond Pulido (Apple Valley) 6-6, 320, Jr.
OL Marcus Simien (Patterson) 6-4, 280, Sr.
OL Sam Yoon (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-5, 300, Sr.
QB Justyn Martin (Inglewood) 6-4, 210, Sr.
RB Eddie Allain (Norte Vista, Riverside) 5-11, 180, Sr.
RB Max Garrison (St. Francis, La Canada) 5-10, 185, Sr.
PK Nick Pasquarella (Alta Loma) 6-1, 190, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL Tui Hala (Aquinas, San Bernardino) 6-3, 250, Sr.
DL Kevonte Henry (Leuzinger, Lawndale) 6-4, 225, Sr.
DL Blaze Iglesias (Orange) 6-3, 250, Sr.
DL Jaeden Moore (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) 6-4, 230, Jr.
DL Isaiah Ward (Colony, Ontario) 6-6, 240, Sr.
LB Taariq Al-Uqdah (Inglewood) 6-0, 225, Sr.
LB Trey Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-2, 210, Jr.
LB Jayden Virgin (Mt. Carmel, San Diego) 6-4, 225, Sr.
DB Takhari Carr (Dominguez, Compton) 5-11, 175, Sr.
DB Tacario Davis (Millikan, Long Beach) 6-2, 185, Sr.
DB Jake East (Agoura, Agoura Hills) 6-0, 185, Sr.
P Conor Weasler (Redwood, Larkspur) 6-0, 165, Jr.

FIRST TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE

QB/LB Braydon Brus (Glendora) 6-2, 210, Sr.
QB/RB Nicholas Coronado (Kimball, Tracy) 5-11, 170, Sr.
QB/RB Nicholas Iamaleava (Warren, Downey) 6-5, 195, Jr.
QB/RB Michael Ingrassia (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-0, 205, Sr.
RB/LB Blake Nichelson (Manteca) 6-3, 200, Jr.
RB/DB Tahj Owens (Loyola, Los Angeles) 5-11, 190, Sr.

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

There has never been an all-state freshmen team, but one of state’s top ninth graders no doubt was RB JoJo Solis from Aquinas of San Bernardino. He scored seven times in one game and he had 2,088 yards rushing with 465 receiving and 37 TDs. Photo: @Aquinas_Falcons / Twitter.com.


WR Louis Brown (Inglewood) 6-2, 185, Sr.
WR Jake George (La Serna, Whittier) 6-3, 190, Sr.
WR Austin Overn (Foothill, Tustin) 5-11, 175, Sr.
OL Tony Alejo (Hillsdale, San Mateo) 6-3, 280, Sr.
OL Carter Bessire (La Habra) 6-5, 250, Sr.
OL Dylan Conner (El Modena, Orange) 6-5, 270, Sr.
OL Simeon Mitchell
(McClymonds, Oakland) 6-3, 305, Sr.
OL Sam Ruffino (Chico) 6-3, 290, Sr.
OL Junior Ta’ase (Aquinas, San Bern.) 6-5, 330, Sr.
QB Jax Leatherwood
(Scripps Ranch, San Diego) 6-8, 315, Jr.
RB Curron Borders (Antelope) 5-7, 180, Jr.
RB JoJo Solis (Aquinas, San Bernardino) 6-0, 180, Fr.
PK Leonel Valencia (Santa Ynez) 6-2, 195, Sr.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL Miles Bailey (Benicia) 6-4, 260, Sr.
DL Zach Burton (Granite Hills, El Cajon) 6-3, 240, Sr.
DL Budda Peleti (Oak Hills, Hesperia) 6-3, 215, Sr.
LB Charlie Allen (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-2, 195, Sr.
LB Logan Bowers (Garces, Bakersfield) 6-2, 210, Sr.
LB Ben Hall (St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 6-1, 220, Sr.
LB Sam Ross (Miramonte, Orinda) 6-4, 225, Sr.
LB Jordan Wagner (Lincoln) 6-0, 200, Sr.
DB Mason Hallin (Montgomery, Santa Rosa) 5-10, 185, Sr.
DB Chris Snyder (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-0, 175, Jr.
DB Clint Stephens (Inglewood) 5-11, 190, Sr.
DB Croix Stewart (Benicia) 6-2, 190, Sr.
P Jack Norell (Glendora) 5-11, 170, Jr.

SECOND TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE

DB/KR Deville Dickerson (Lompoc) 5-10, 170, Sr.
QB/RB Tre Dimes (Vanden, Fairfield) 5-11, 180, Jr.
WR/DB Samuel Gbatu (Temecula Valley, Temecula) 5-11, 175, Sr.
QB/PK Michael Luckhurst (Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) 6-3, 175, Sr.
QB/RB Dominic Nankil (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) 6-2, 170, Jr.
QB/RB Dreyan Paul (McClymonds, Oakland) 5-11, 175, Sr.
RB/LB Salesi Moala (Tennyson, Hayward) 6-1, 225, Sr.
QB/WR Matthew Morrell (Cypress) 6-3, 195, Jr.
RB/LB Dustin Reynolds (Apple Valley) 6-2, 225, Jr.
QB/LB Seth Scheidt (Merced) 6-1, 215, Sr.

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

RB Nick Adimora from Mayfair of Lakewood signed with Eastern Washington. He accounted for 40 TDs in 2021 fall season. Photo: @SoonsFootball / Twitter.com.


WR Carlos Hernandez (Monrovia) 6-0, 170, Sr.
WR Jerry McClure (Mater Dei Catholic) 6-1, 190, Jr.
WR Cooper Wallace (Simi Valley) 6-0, 180, Sr.
OL Ruben Garcia (Scripps Ranch) 6-3, 295, Sr.
OL Bruce Mamea (Tustin) 6-2, 300, Sr.
OL Logologo Va’a
(Bishop Diego, Santa Barbara) 6-4, 290, Sr.
OL Tanner Vielguth
(Granite Hills, El Cajon) 6-2, 225, Sr.
QB Anthony Garcia
(Capital Christian, Sac.) 6–3, 185, Sr.
RB Caleb Alvary (Simi Valley) 5-11, 195, Jr.
RB Elijaih Lux (Patrick Henry, San Diego) 5-9, 180, Sr.
RB Venasio Mikaele (J.W. North, Riv.) 5-8, 200, Sr.
RB Delon Thompson
(St. Bonaventure, Ventura) 5-9, 190, Jr.
PK Mathias Brown (Sunny Hills, Fullerton) 6-0, 170, Jr.

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DL Thomas Kensinger (Venice) 6-4, 240, Sr.
DL Orion Null (Vanden, Fairfield) 6-1, 205, Jr.
DL Carlos Rivera (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) 6-3, 285, Sr.
LB Chandler Carthen (Ayala, Chino Hills) 6-0, 215, Sr.
LB Cam Loureiro (Oakdale) 6-1, 215, Sr.
LB Roman Marchetti (Foothill, Tustin) 6-2, 205, Sr.
LB Gabe Ponce (Pleasant Valley, Chico) 6-0, 210, Sr.
DB Lamont Burrell (Sacramento) 6-3, 175, Sr.
DB Robert Freeman (El Cerrito) 5-8, 165, Sr.
DB Charlie Knapp (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-1, 180, Sr.
DB Ethan Powell (Cajon, San Bernardino) 6-3, 205, Sr.
DB Vito Riccabona (Aptos) 5-10, 165, Sr.

THIRD TEAM MULTI-PURPOSE

RB/WR Nick Adimora (Mayfair, Lakewood) 5-10, 185, Sr.
QB/RB Zane Carter (Buena, Ventura) 6-3, 200, Jr.
WR/KR Jayvion Cole (McClymonds, Oakland) 6-0, 175, Sr.
RB/LB Evan Peaker (Independence, Bakersfield) 5-10, 195, Sr.
WR/DB Mason Rivera (Kimball, Tracy) 6-1, 175, Sr.
WR/KR Justus Ross-Simmons (Inglewood) 6-2, 210, Sr.
QB/RB Ray-John Spears (Sacred Heart Cathedral, S.F.) 6-1, 190, Sr.
QB/RB Chase Vehmeyer (Windsor) 5-10, 190, Sr.
QB/DB Savignon Yokley (El Capitan, Lakeside) 6-3, 185, Sr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (previously announced):
Tre Edwards (Mater Dei Catholic, Chula Vista) Jr.

MEDIUM SCHOOLS STATE COACH OF THE YEAR (previously announced):
Marlon Gardinera (Scripps Ranch, San Diego) (also overall State Coach of Year)

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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