All of our major offensive individual categories that are maintained as all-time California high school football records are now ready to go for the 2022 season. Most categories contain more than 100 players and they include all games played in the state back to 1890. We earlier did a post about passing records. Today, it’s rushing, scoring and receiving. Recruiters say it’s a down year for receivers in Southern California, but from a record-breaking standpoint that’s not true. These players should be keeping us busy tracking their totals.
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Six Receivers To Watch This Season For The State Record Book
Tiger Bachmeier (Murrieta Valley, Murrieta)
While his older brother Hank is all over the place in the state passing records, Tiger has gained a listing with his senior season still to come. He’s in the book for regular season receiving yards with 1,381 from last year. With just a modest senior season, the Stanford commit should crack the career lists for TDs, catches and yards. He starts 2022 with 141 receptions for 2,433 yards and 25 TDs
Hector Ceballos (Franklin, Los Angeles)
A single game stunner in which Hector caught 27 passes for a new L.A. City record (and No. 2 all-time in the state) in a win against Eagle Rock helped to set him up to catch 111 for the season and 101 for the regular season. He’s just the 10th player in state history to catch 100 or more passes in a regular season. Ceballos also made the book for his 1,504 yards in 11 games and 1,392 for the regular season.
Jurrion Dickey (Last Year: Valley Christian of San Jose)
It’s still not reported officially where Jurrion is going to play this season (has been Mater Dei but those reports have been refuted). It’s only known that it isn’t going to be at Valley Christian. He has been a prominent varsity pass-catcher there since his freshman season. He’s not yet in the state record book for a single season in any category, but unless he moves to another state he should get four-year career totals even with a pandemic season that will qualify. In his three seasons at VC, Dickey had 120 catches for 2,084 yards and 31 TDs.
Kashton Henjum (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)
Getting to play in four CIFSS playoff games and then the CIF D-3AA SoCal final jumped Kashton’s season totals in a huge way. He took advantage with outings such as seven catches for 151 yards and two TDs in a win vs Sunny Hills, 11 for 159 and two in a win vs Temecula Valley in the CIFSS D6 final and 13 for 178 and one in a loss to Aquinas of San Bernardino. It all added up to 108 catches for 1,551 yards and 14 TDs in 15 games. Both the catches and yards are in the book. As a player who contributed to the Sailors as a freshman, he also jumped his career totals to 191 for 2,830 yards and 24 TDs. Henjum already has a listing for the state career category.
Carlos Hernandez (Monrovia)
Although the playoffs didn’t last long for the Wildcats, Hernandez had a huge year catching the football. His regular season totals are what stand out, including 1,523 yards and 22 TD catches. Both of those totals go onto the all-time state list. This could be another transfer situation not clear based on reported information, but the totals from Monrovia last fall checked out.
Bryce Parker (Inglewood)
We had thought he was another Inland Empire talent from a region that is tip-top in WRs in 2021 (Grant Gray, Tiger Bachmeier, Malachi Riley, Jordan Napier, Vincent Holmes and more), but Parker has recently transferred to Inglewood. No matter where he’s at, Bryce is one of just five seniors this year who already have a state record listing. For Parker, it’s his total from last season at Santiago of Corona of 1,408 receiving yards for 10 regular season games.
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Scoring Leader To Watch This Season For The State Record Book
Blake Nichelson (Manteca)
It takes 300 points or 45 touchdowns to get into the state record book for scoring and Nichelson just missed it last season. He was the state scoring leader as a junior, however, with 44 TDs plus 11 two-point conversions and a safety for 288 points. Blake is about as versatile as a player can be on a football field at 6-3, 205 pounds. He’s regarded as a four-star linebacker as a recruit and can play tight end or receiver on offense as well as running back. Manteca should have another strong team around him this season so his numbers on offense figure to be spectacular once again.
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Rushing Leader To Watch This Season For The State Record Book
Zach Gross (Rim of the World, Lake Arrowhead)
His regular season rushing total of 2,115 yards was just a couple of yards short of going into the book, but if we went by per game average he’d be in there since Zach played nine games instead of the usual 10. His 10th game was a 46-21 CIFSS playoff loss to Long Beach Jordan. Gross had back-to-back outings of 12 carries for 257 yards and six TDs and then 24 for 351 and six TDs in late season wins against Fontana and Rialto.
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Graduated Receivers From 2022 Now Included In State Record Listings
Jake Calcagno (California, San Ramon)
78 catches for 1,238 yards (regular season); 91 catches overall.
Willie Clifton (Kimball, Tracy)
1,265 receiving yds (regular season).
Jake East (Agoura, Agoura Hills)
1,337 receiving yds (regular season).
Fox Hougen (Canyon, Anaheim)
87 catches in 10 regular season games (no playoffs) for 1,002 yds, 18 TDs.
Conor Lawlor (Scripps Ranch, San Diego)
23 TD catches and 1,558 yds.
Tetairoa McMillan (Servite, Anaheim)
34 career TD catches; 88 receptions overall.
Gabriel Nunez (Beaumont)
137 catches in 12 games for 1,708 yds.
Owen Taylor (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo)
1,285 receiving yds (regular season)
Carson Tucker (Arcata)
6 TD catches in one game; 18 TDs in 9 regular season games.
Head coach Ken Batdorf and his teams in recent years at Norte Vista of Riverside have been known for their ground-and-pound rushing attacks. In 2018, Batdorf, who starts this season with a reported 199 career wins, went with a freshman to be his lead ball carrier and that freshman, Eddie Allain, responded with 1,550 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.
With the pandemic wiping out one season other than just five or six games for the 2020-21 school year, it was almost impossible for any players to compile career totals high enough for the state record book. But Allain had that freshman season and did plenty in his other two seasons, including last year, to still have a rather prolific career.
The graduated standout for the Braves rushed for 2,139 yards last season plus he had 22 TDs rushing with one TD each for receiving, punt returns, kickoff returns and interceptions. He wrapped up his career with 98 TDs and 6,430 yards rushing. With those missing games, it’s obvious he’d have been one of those very rare players in state history who had more than 7,000 yards rushing and 100 or more TDs.
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