Here are the main headliners for the 43rd annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Teams and it’s also a return to a more jumbo-sized presentation (same as 2019). Go inside this post for writeups of the 11 players on offense plus a kicker and three of six multi-purpose players who have been selected First Team Overall. This is the group that is being honored regardless of school size or year in school. This year’s offense has three running backs with two receivers plus a sophomore quarterback.
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FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE OFFENSE (ELITE)
(Thanks to correspondents Chuck Nan & Daniel Poulter for providing most of the writeups)
WR Arlis Boardingham (Birmingham, Lake Balboa) 6-5, 235, Sr.
At his size, Boardingham was quite a complex issue for the opposition to handle. The fact that he played both offense and defense made it doubly difficult. As a linebacker, he used his agility and strength to take out running backs. As a receiver, there wasn’t any defensive back that could possibly out-jump or out-muscle him. On defense, Boardingham had 67 tackles, five pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. On offense, he was an even bigger factor with his 40 receptions for 836 yards (20.9 average) and 15 touchdowns receiving. He also scored five rushing touchdowns, threw for a touchdown and scored three more touchdowns on kickoff and punt returns. What did all this add up to? Well, it was a historic season for Birmingham Charter’s football program. The Patriots enjoyed their second-straight Los Angeles City Section – Open Division championship, a Southern California regional crown and the program’s first-ever trip to the CIF state final. McClymonds of Oakland was an easy winner, but that didn’t diminish this player. Boardingham still needs to select which school he will attend in the fall, either Florida or Oregon. The Los Angeles Times named him a Fall All-Star selection and Back of the Year. In addition, he was selected the Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year.
WR Tetairoa McMillan
(Servite, Anaheim) 6-4, 205, Sr.
The vibrant young man they call “TMac” was the concensus choice as state player of the year from virtually every outlet. This talented athlete accomplished just about as much as one can on the football field in one season. McMillan had a monster senior year for Servite by catching 88 passes for 1,302 yards (14.8 average) and 18 touchdowns. This went along with his defensive presence which saw him log 35 tackles, eight interceptions and two scores. McMillian’s long frame provides the ability to make spectacular and acrobatic catches. Having also excelled in volleyball, McMillan developed a rare sense of timing and body control in jump-ball situations, which defensive backs quickly learned. TMac enjoyed a bushel of honors. They include: Cal-Hi Sports’ Mr. Football 2021 and State Player of the Year, Trinity League Co-Most Valuable Player, Orange County Register Offensive Player of the Year and Polynesian National High School Football Player of the Year. An Arizona signee, McMillan will be joined in Tucson three other star players from Servite — Keyan Burnett, Noah Fifita and Jacob Manu. In addition, St. John Bosco’s Rayshon “Speedy” Luke joins the cast.
OL Jackson Brown (San Ramon Valley, Danville) 6-6, 295, Sr.
The San Ramon Valley offense was one of the best in the San Francisco Bay Area this season and quarterback Jack Quigley had time to make plays because of having one of the top offensive lineman in the state this year in front of him. The big, brawling lineman was a three-star prospect by 247sports and signed to the University of California Berkeley on Wednesday, 40 years to the day that his father signed with Pittsburgh. The Wolves finished 8-4 and were the top seed in North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs before being upended by eventual section champions Campolindo (Moraga). Brown was named to all of the Bay Area honors teams and more than lived up to some of the preseason attention that came his way.
OL Earnest Greene (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) 6-4, 330, Sr.
The Georgia Bulldogs snagged one of the most coveted offensive line prospects in the country when Greene committed in early December. Already enrolled in Athens, Greene brings his impressive skills and big body to the SEC. This past fall, Greene, a four-year starter at St. John Bosco, anchored the team’s punishing ground game that featured, among others, Rayshon Luke. The team managed to rush for more than 200 yards per game versus some of the top opposition in the nation. He joins Brock Bowers and Kendall Milton as elite California recruits to sign with Georgia during the head coach Kirby Smart era. One of Greene’s top skills is his versatility. He can play both left and right tackle. He played left tackle in the recent All-American Bowl. Greene has been named Trinity League Co-Most Valuable Lineman, All-CIF-SS Division 1, and Los Angeles Times Fall Lineman of the Year. Last spring as a junior, Earnest was the Cal-Hi Sports State Lineman of the Year. It should be no surprise with the release of this year’s final all-state team that Greene has been selected for the same honor again.
OL Simione Pale (Elk Grove) 6-4, 320, Jr.
We felt the fifth spot for first team on the O-Line this year was extremely difficult and there were two or three others that could have landed here. In the end, the path taken was to go with the highest-rated junior in the state. Pale followed up an all-state first team sophomore season with an even more impressive junior year. He has the quickness to play guard at the next level and he was once again on the Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro first team. There’s just nothing not to like about him, including a 4.50 GPA. Stanford has offered plus Simione recently went on a trip to USC.
OL Bobby Piland (Rocklin) 6-2, 290, Sr.
With long bright golden locks flowing out of a silver helmet, Piland was one of the most recognizable football players in the Sac-Joaquin Section over the last three seasons. The Sacramento Bee All-Metro Lineman of the Year was a force on both sides of the ball and was a key piece in helping Rocklin to one of the best seasons in school history. The energetic, intense Piland signed last week to serve and play for the Air Force Academy. On defense, Piland had 43 total tackles while pulling down eight for a loss and snagging 3.5 sacks and was an anchor on the offensive line for the 12-1 Thunder. If he was taller, we have no doubt that some of the major colleges would have offered him as well.
OL Sam Yoon (Loyola, Los Angeles) 6-4, 290, Sr.
Another of the preseason all-state players who shined on the field this season was Yoon for the Cubs. One of the top performers on the field and in the classroom this year, the offensive lineman carved himself a foundational role for Loyola. The UCLA bound lineman didn’t start playing tackle football until his freshman year of high school, but it didn’t take long for him to become a three-star prospect. In the classroom, Yoon is in the highest percentile, with the senior sporting a 4.8 GPA and having never received a grade lower than an A during his time at Loyola. Yoon also picked up a 1,550 out of 1,600 on the SAT.
QB Elijah Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 6-2, 180, Soph.
After two sizzling seasons as the starting quarterback for Mater Dei, Brown has proven to have no issue with following in the footsteps of former Monarch greats — most recently J.T. Daniels and Bryce Young. In two seasons, Brown is 17-0 as a starter, completed 73% of his passes for 3,554 yards and thrown 45 touchdowns. In the fall of 2021, Young directed a national championship for his school as he threw for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. He still has two years of high school left to play and there are a lot of records that may yet be smashed. Perhaps the most gifted intangibles for this young man are poise and calmness under the ongoing pressure and spotlight. Thus far, Brown has offers from UCLA, USC, Utah and Ole Miss among others. He already has been named as the Cal-Hi Sports Sophomore Player of the Year. Daniels was listed all-state first team as a sophomore, but that later turned out to be his second-to-last high school season. Brown isn’t the Quarterback of Year since that honor is going to Servite’s Noah Fifita. It’s just that Fifita was a way more versatile QB as a runner than many of the other top QBs so it made more sense to list him multi-purpose and get one of the others as first team.
RB Raleek Brown (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) 5-9, 175, Sr.
There was much disappointment among many in Brown’s hometown of Stockton when he left for Mater Dei after two years at Edison of Stockton. But most by now know how it can pay off for someone playing for a national title chasing program like the Monarchs and now it’s more like Raleek is just representing his hometown in addition to the school he played at for two seasons. Brown has a huge upside starring him in the face. The No. 1-ranked prep tailback in the nation, according to Rivals.com, was originally committed to Oklahoma. However, after Lincoln Riley left the Sooners’ program for USC, Brown announced he would follow. The talented Brown is billed as a likely all-purpose back, but late in the fall season he demonstrated that he could develop into a high-volume ball carrier if required. He possesses seemingly unlimited top-end speed that has been validated in track and combine environments. Brown has has the ability to be an effective pass catcher out of the backfield, although that was hardly tapped in the Monarch offensive game plan. The fall season saw him gain 1,123 rushing yards with a 7.9 average per carry and scoring 15 touchdowns. Brown enjoyed numerous honors including: All-Trinity League, All-Orange County and Co-CIF-SS Division 1 Offensive Player of the Year along with Tetairoa McMillan.
RB Lucky Sutton
(Cathedral Catholic, San Diego) 6-1, 205, Sr.
One of the most difficult choices for these honors wasn’t that Sutton and Raleek Brown would be first team but which one would be RB of the Year. Brown’s outings in Mater Dei’s biggest games (including the two wins vs Servite and the win vs St John Bosco) was almost too much, but Sutton was even more of a focal point for a Dons’ squad that won the CIF D1 state title. He rushed for 241 yards on 31 carries and one TD in the win against Folsom. He also wound up leading the state by a wide margin with 2,628 yards and 35 TDs in 12 games. Sutton’s biggest outing was 442 yards and six TDs in a win over Orange Lutheran in the SoCal D1 final. For college, Sutton is staying home and has signed with San Diego State.
RB Viliami Teu
(St. Francis, Mountain View) 5-11, 210, Sr.
During the COVID-19 shortened 2021 spring football season, Teu finished with just 195 rushing yards on 34 carries over four games due to injury. The three-year varsity member saved the best for his senior campaign, as Teu was the main weapon for one of the top 10 teams in the state. The St. Francis of Mountain View star running back racked up 2,211 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns in 12 games and finished second in the Central Coast Section in rushing yards behind Luther Glenn of Wilcox, Santa Clara who played three more games. Teu broke the St. Francis record for yards in Zeke Berry ended his career at De La Salle high school (Concord) as the top 2022 recruit from Northern California. With the Michigan University signee clocking in a single game at 344 yards and also picked up the all time West Catholic Athletic League single season rushing record at 1,449 yards in seven league games. The Bay Area News Group Player of the Year will be suiting up next for San Jose State University.
PK Aiden Flintoff (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) 6-2, 190, Jr.
The Lions have had the top kicker in Southern California for the last two seasons as Flintoff has taken over for Brenden Segovia. Despite being a junior, Flintoff was one of the best kickers/punters in the nation. The numbers were all off-the-charts. With the ball on the ground, Aiden connected on 13 of 16 field goal attempts with a longest made from 50 yards out. He also went 38 of 40 on PATs and boomed 59 of his 71 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. As a punter, he netted a 40.1 average with 14 balls going inside the 20-yard line. Flintoff also carries a 4.67 GPA.
ALL-STATE MULTI-PURPOSE (ELITE)
QB/RB Noah Fifita
(Servite, Anaheim) 5-10, 180, Sr.
Dynamic and energetic are just two of the adjectives used to describe the playmaking ability of this dual-threat quarterback. The talented Arizona commit has shown an aptitude for the big time with field awareness, successful decision-making and pinpoint accuracy. Despite his size, Fifita has a big arm that he put on display each game with fellow Wildcat signee Tetairoa McMillan. Fifita has a whole other facet to his game as a shifty, nimble, and quick runner. The fall season saw him complete 61.7% of his passes for 2,974 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also ran for 496 yards and nine touchdowns. Noah was considered Servite’s No. 1 player of the year candidate as a sophomore and junior and was named State Player of the Year for both seasons. As a senior, teammate McMillan added defense to his credentials and became Mr. Football. Although he’s listed here as multi-purpose, Fifita would be the choice as the Cal-Hi Sports Quarterback of the Year. He was first team All-Orange County over three others that had great seasons (Elijah Brown, Logan Gonzalez & Malachi Nelson).
QB/RB Dominique Lampkin (Serra, San Mateo) 6-2, 190, Sr.
While his final career and season stats are incomplete, seeing the Padres play three times showed clearly that their leader was their three-year versatile QB. Since they finished as the No. 1 team from Northern California, that gets Lampkin up onto first team. Lampkin played a lot as a sophomore due to injury and in the CIF D1-A state final against Corona del Mar he nearly brought Serra back from a big deficit. In the spring season, Serra went unbeaten with Lampkin leading the way. As a senior, he had 1,173 yards passing with 12 TDs and 345 rushing with eight TDs in eight reported games. When Serra avenged an earlier loss to St. Francis of Mountain View with a win in the CIF Central Section final, Lampkin scored the winning touchdown and threw for a score. Lampkin also was inserted on defense in certain situations and showed he could rush the quarterback on blitzes and might even be a linebacker down the road. He has listed offers from Fresno State and New Mexico but was unsigned when this team was released.
WR/DB Makai Lemon (Los Alamitos) 5-11, 185, Jr.
A unique athlete who has impact no matter where he is placed on the field, Lemon has the perfect size for receiver or defensive back, thus proving his two-way ability. Lemon amassed production on both sides of the ball where he has consistently demonstrated his dynamic playmaking skills. He is ranked one of the nation’s top two-way prospects in the 2023 class and No. 1 at the “athlete” position, on every list. This past fall, Lemon caught 65 passes for 1,062 yards (16.3 average) and 15 touchdowns, both career highs. On defense, he registered 28 tackles and notched four interceptions. As a sophomore, he collected 43 receptions for 756 yards (17.6 average) and nine touchdowns. Recently, Lemon was selected as Cal-Hi Sports’ Junior Player of the Year for the same two-way reasons as Mr. Football honoree Tetairoa McMillan. He also earned numerous honors including: Sunset League Co-Most Valuable Player, All-Orange County, All-CIF-SS Division 1, and Los Angeles Times Fall All-Star selection. Along with quarterback and teammate Malachi Nelson, Makai has committed to USC.