West Coast Top 25 High School Football Rankings
St. John Bosco (CA) 13-1
The Braves won the CIF Open Division State Championship Bowl game with a 49-29 win over DeLaSalle (Concord). They avenged their only loss from the regular season by beating previous #1 ranked Mater Dei 39-34 in the Southern Section final. The Braves had big out of state wins against DeMatha (MD), Don Bosco Prep (NJ), Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD), Trinity (NV), and Mililani (HI). D.J. Uiagalelei (Clemson) was the Player of the Year in California. He threw for 4,225 yards, completed 64.5% of his passes, and his touchdown to interception ratio was 48-2. The team had 3 1,000-yard receivers with Kris Hutson (69-1,290), Logan Loya (72-1,109), and Beaux Collins (41-1,008). Kobe Pepe (USC) was the Southern Section Division 1 Defensive Player of the Year. He led the team in total tackles, sacks, and tackles for loss. The following seniors signed with Division 1 colleges: Drake Metcalf (Stanford), Kourt Williams (Ohio State), Kris Hutson (Oregon), Logan Loya (UCLA), Jonathan Vaughns (UCLA), James Smith (Washington), Danny Lockhart (USC), Matthew Jordan (Army), AJ Gatto (Nevada), Che Womack (San Diego), Noa Masui (UC Davis), Logan Bednar (Harvard), Nathaniel Jones (New Mexico), Josh Alford (Iowa State), and Jake Newman (UCLA).
Mater Dei (CA) 12-1
The Monarchs were the #1 team in the nation going into the Southern Section Open Division Finals, but they lost a rematch to St.John Bosco 39-34. They beat Bosco in Week 9 38-24. Mater Dei had out of state wins against St. Francis Academy (MD), Centennial (AZ), and St. John’s (MD). The offense averaged 50 points per game and was led by QB Bryce Young (Alabama). Young threw for 4,528 yards and completed 71% of his passes. He threw 58 touchdowns and only had 6 interceptions. Kody Epps (BYU) caught 93 passes for 1,735 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. Kyron Ware-Hudson (2021) added 59 catches for 853 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ray Leutele (New Mexico) led the defense with 72 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 3 interceptions. Raesjon Davis (2021 LSU Commit) led the team in sacks. Myles Murao (Washington), Tai Marks (Colorado State), Nate White (Princeton), Dean Neeley (Navy), Kobah Fuamatu (San Diego State), CJ Parks (EMU), and Donovan Ford (Tyler JC) all signed with colleges. Beaux Collins (Clemson commit) and Ma’a Gaoteote (USC Commit) are 2021 prospects that already committed along with Davis.
De La Salle (CA) 12-2
The Spartans lost to #1 St. John Bosco 49-28 in the California Open Division State Championship Bowl game. Leading up to the State Finals game, the Spartans beat Pittsburg (11-2), Buchanan (10-3), Folsom (10-2), and Clayton Valley Charter (2AA State Champs). They won their 28th consecutive North Coast Championship. De La Salle’s only other loss was in week 1 to undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas, the Florida 7A State Champions. On the season, the team averaged 48 points per game on offense. Shamar Garrett (San Jose State) led the offense with 1,166 rushing yards, 9.1 average, and 12 touchdowns. Grant Daley (California) was their leading receiver with 25 catches for 645 yards and 5 touchdowns. QB Dorian Hale (2021) was 1st Team All-Bay Area and had just shy of 3,000 total yards of offense. Benjamin Roe (Eastern Washington) was the leader and anchor on the offensive line. Wyatt Crespi (Wake Forest PWO) was 1st Team All-Bay Area at defensive end, Chad Tasi (2021) was honorable-mention, and Lu Magia Hearns (2021) was selected to 3rd Team All-Bay Area. Hearns was also a playmaker on offense with 27 catches for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Chandler (AZ) 13-0
Chandler won the first-ever Open Division State Championship in Arizona by beating Scottsdale Saguaro 42-35. This was Chandler’s 4th consecutive state championship and 5th in the last 6 years. Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter (Hawaii) rushed for 244 yards, including a 71 and 74-yard touchdown runs. Chandler also had big wins against Liberty, the Nevada 4A State Champs, and Salpointe Catholic (10-1) in the state semifinal game. Tate Romney (BYU) and Malik Reed (Wisconsin) led the defense in tackles. Brandon Buckner (2021) had 24 tackles for loss, Jaheim Brown-Taylor (2021) had 21, and Bryant Jackson had 18. QB Mikey Keene (2021) threw for 2,805 yards. Kyion Graves (2022) led the team with 883 receiving yards and Jalen Richmond (2021) had 725 receiving yards. Gunner Maldonado (Northwestern), Nehemiah Magalei (Northern Arizona), Jay McEuen (Dixie State), and Riley Barton (Colorado School of Mines) are a few more seniors that signed with colleges. The Wolves have some amazing young talent coming up through the pipeline and they will be loaded again in 2020.
St. Louis (HI) 12-1
St. Louis (Honolulu) won the Hawaii Open Division State Championship with a 45-6 win over Kahuka and also shutout Mililani 35-0 in the semifinal game. This was their 4th straight state championship. The Crusaders’ only loss came after the season when they played St. Thomas Aquinas (15-0), the Florida 7A State Champion. This game was in mid-December and part of the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series held in Las Vegas. The loss snapped a 38-game win streak and it was their first time playing off the island in 20 years. QB Jayden de Laura (Washington State) was the Offensive Player of the Year. LB Nick Herbig (Wisconsin) was the Defensive Player of the Year. Head Coach Cal Lee was the Coach of the Year. A clean sweep of the top awards sums up their success in 2019. Jordan Botelho (Notre Dame), Roman Wilson (Michigan), Matt Skyles (UCLA), Kamo’i Latu (Utah), Stanley McKenzie (California), Darrell Masaniai (San Diego State), Lawai’alani Brown (CMU), and Kaiser Cambra-Cho (Air Force) are all players that signed with major Division 1 programs from the 2020 recruiting class.
Eastside Catholic (WA) 12-2
Eastside Catholic won the Washington 3A State Championship after beating undefeated O’Dea 20-12 in the finals. O’Dea beat them earlier in the year and then the Crusaders had the last word in the finals. Their only other loss was a game in Mid-December against Marietta (GA) in the Geico Bowl Championship Series. Eastside Catholic had big out of state wins against Grant (Sacramento), #25 Central Catholic (Oregon), and Pinnacle (AZ). This team is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Kobe Muasau (6’2 205) passed for 3,035 yards, completed 65% of his throws, and threw 33 touchdowns. His main target was Gee Scott (Ohio State) and DJ Rogers (California). Scott caught 71 balls for 1,453 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Rogers caught 33 passes for 452 yards and scored 6 touchdowns. Sam Adams (Washington) had just shy of 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Adams was the 3A Player of the Year. Gio Ursino rushed for 1,274 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. The offensive line was led by Jernias Tafia (6’4 305), Will Reed (6’6 260), D’Angalo Titialii (6’3 315), and Matt Morgan (6’4 250). Jaylahn Tuimoloau (6’5 245) led the defense with 64 tackles and 11 sacks. He is arguably one of the top players in the 2021 class. Ayden Hector (Stanford) is their top cover guy in the secondary and finished his career with 11 interceptions. John Taumoepeau (2021), Dishawn Misa (6’3 210), Peter Taoipu (6’5 300), Caleb Presley (2023), and Andrew Savaiinaea (6’4 240) were all impact players on defense and are also all underclassmen returning in 2020.
Corona Del Mar (CA) 16-0
Corona del Mar knocked off Serra (San Mateo) 35-27 to win the California 1-A State Football Championship Bowl Game. In the Division 3 CIF Southern Section playoffs, they beat Grace Brethren in the semifinals and Oceanside in the finals. The Sea Kings were explosive on offense with QB Ethan Garbers (Washington) setting Orange County single-season records with 71 touchdown passes and 5,034 passing yards. John Humphreys (6’5 WR Stanford) led Orange County with 111 catches, scored 32 touchdowns, and set another record of 2,001 receiving yards. Both players were Co-MVP’s of the Sunset League. Mark Redman (6’6 TE Washington) was another offensive weapon that caught 72 balls for 972 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bradley Schlom (UCLA) had 91 catches for 1,151 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Tanner Tomlison (Western Colorado), Thomas Bouda (6’4 250 2021), Vinny Provenza (6’4 230), and Zach Trachtman (6’7 290 OT 2021) anchored the offensive line. Mason Gecowets led the team in tackles with a 108 and was 2nd Team All-Orange County. Chandler Fincher (Arizona State) was a 1st Team All-County defensive back. Jack Rottler, a 6’5 linebacker, signed with Washington. Tommy Griffin (2021), Jack Salmon (2022), and Scott Giuliano (2021) are 3 underclassmen with Division 1 offers. This team was loaded and the future is bright.
Fresno Central (CA) 15-0
Central won the California 1-AA State Football Championship Bowl Game by defeating Sierra Canyon, 34-19. This was their first state championship in school history and only the 5th team from the Central Section to ever win a state title. They have also won 3 straight Division 1 CIF Central Section Championships. Jameson Silva (Western Colorado) threw for 3,301 yards, completed 70.4% of his passes, and had an amazing 44-2 touchdown to interception ratio. In the championship game, he passed for 353 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quali Conley (Dixie State) rushed for 1,508 yards on the season. Jeremiah Hunter (California) caught 79 passes for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns. Xavier Worthy (2021) added 54 catches for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns. The defense was led by 6’4 320-pound nose guard Ricky Correia (California), Jeremiah Shelton (2022 DE/OLB), and Jekob Jones (2021 LB). Sean Haymon (Northern Arizona) and Anazja Simpson (Dixie State) are two more seniors that signed to play at the next level.
Mission Viejo (CA) 11-1
Mission Viejo beat Servite 38-35 in the Division 1 CIF Southern Section playoffs (Final 8) then lost to #2 Mater Dei in the semifinals. The Diablos had an 11-game win streak going into the Mater Dei game. The defense was great all season only giving up 13 points per game. The defense was led by Lance Keneley (Stanford), Keanu Tanuvasa (Utah), and Easton Mascarenas (2021). They were all 1st Team All-Orange County and Mascarenas was the South Coast League MVP. Logan Schwenke (2021 DE) was 2nd Team All-Orange County and had 20 tackles for loss. QB Peter Costelli (2021) threw for 1,992 yards and has 15+ Power 5 offers. Chase Nenad (Yale) led the team in receiving with 649 yards and 2021 WR Mavin Anderson (California commit) was close behind with 533 yards. Jacquez Robertson (2021) and Tyson Scott (2021) combined for over 1,500 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. John Burns (Cal Poly), Shaun Gold (Yale), David Meyer (Cal Poly), Tommy Mirabella (San Diego State), Tony Villarreal (UC Davis) and RJ Lopez (UCLA) all signed on Signing Day.
Sierra Canyon (CA) 14-2
Sierra Canyon lost 34-19 to Central (Fresno) in the finals of the California 1-AA State Football Championship Bowl Game. They were the Division 2 CIF Southern Section Champions after blowing out Chaminade 35-7 in the finals. Head coach Jon Ellington and his Trailblazers have had 3 state championship appearances in the last 4 years and they have won 4 Southern Sectional Finals in the last 5 years. Ellington was the CIF Division 2 Southern Section Coach of the Year and has one of the hottest high school football programs on the West Coast. JD Hernandez was the Division 2 Defensive MVP in the Southern Section after racking up 128 tackles. The Trailblazers are loaded with underclassmen led by Chayden Perry. The 6’3 215-pound class of 2021 quarterback threw for 3,401 yards and completed over 60% of his passes. DJ Harvey (2021) caught 84 passes for 1,456 yards, scored 7 touchdowns, and also led the team with 4 interceptions on defense. Donovan Williams (2021) caught 47 passes for 749 yards. JD Sumlin (2021) led the team in rushing with 935 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. He also caught 49 passes for 528 yards. Jason Jones (2022) rushed for 835 yards (9/avg). Drue Watts (131 Tackles), Cole Bullock (100 tackles), Angelo Pulido (88 tackles), and Kamari Ramsey (80 tackles) are all in the 2021 class and were standouts on defense. Sierra Canyon had a great season and look out for the Trailblazers in 2020.
Punahou (HI) 10-2
Punahou is a powerhouse team in Hawaii that finished 10-2 on the season. Their only 2 losses were to #5 St. Louis and both were by a touchdown or less. The Buff n’ Blue had 5 shutouts including a 43-0 win over Long Beach Poly (CA) early in the season. The defense was led by safety Alaka’i Gilman (Stanford), junior sensation Kahanu Kia (6’2 210), LB Hiram deFries-Saronitman (6’1 235), LB Legend Matautia (6’0 240), CB Kilinahe Mendiole-Jensen (6’2), FS Jonah Henry (6’2 180), and sophomore LB Tevarue Tafiti (6’3 205). Punahou lost starting quarterback Hugh Brady (6’3 Princeton) in week 2 of the season. Vincent Terrell (Navy) and Koa Eldredge (BYU) were the goto guys on offense. Terrell used his 10.85 100M speed to make big plays all season. Eldridge caught 70 passes for 806 yards and scored 6 touchdowns. Solatoa Moea’i (6’5 315) was a beast up front, earned 1st Team All-State honors, and is headed to Utah. Alema Moeava (6’2 315) was 1st Team All-State. Quinn Maretzki (Army) had a great season and rated nationally as a kicker and punter. Panahou has some elite underclassmen and will be strong again in 2020.
Centennial (CA) 9-3
Centennial beat JSerra Catholic 56-0 in the Division 1 CIF Southern Section playoffs (Final 8) then lost to St. John Bosco in the semifinals. Gary Bryant (USC) led the offensive attack earning 1st Team All-CIF Southern Section (Division 1) and was the Big 8 MVP. He caught 58 passes for 1,134 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Nicholas Floyd (Dixie State) had an outstanding senior-year rushing for 1,369 yards, 9.3 average, and scored 28 touchdowns. He was 1st Team All-Area and the Offensive MVP in the Big 8 Conference. Korey Foreman (6’5 270) was 1st Team All-CIF and is considered the top player in the country for the 2021 recruiting class. He is committed to Clemson. Isaiah Young (Arizona State) was 1st Team All-Area defensive back and Jacob Mitchell (Army) was the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big 8 Conference. Miquel Bautista and Simon Hall led the team in tackles and earned 1st Team All-Area honors. Jaden Mickey (2022) led the team with 6 interceptions. Jeremy Naborne (2021) and Branden Alvarez (2021) are two talented receivers that have D1 offers. The Huskies open up the 2020 season playing Mater Dei.
Camas (WA) 14-0
Camas won the Washington 4A State Championship and completed a perfect 14-0 season by beating Bothell 35-14 in the finals. Bothell knocked Camas out of the playoffs in 2018 so this was a nice payback in the biggest game of the year. The Papermakers were dominant all season on both sides of the ball. On defense, they held opponents to 11.57 points per game and on offense, they scored 42 points per game. Camas fought through some adversity during the season with two of their top players suffering injuries. QB Jake Blair (6’3, 2021) broke his collar bone in October and Caadyn Stephen (USC) had a back injury that sidelined him most of the season. Blake Asciutto filled in nicely at quarterback. Tristan Souza (Washington State) and Rush Reimer (6’6 295) anchored the offensive line. Reimer was 1st Team All-State and will play for Montana State in college. Jacques Badolato-Birdsell (2021) provided the offensive firepower and put that on full display rushing for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns in the finals. Tyler Forner was a great 2-way player. Jackson Clemmer (6’6 195), Kenny Wright (6’4 220), and Titan Phillips (6’4 220) were all big targets in the passing game. Bryce Leighton (Montana State) gave Camas a huge advantage on special teams in the kicking game. Leighton was 1st Team All-State and an Under Armour All-American. The Papermkers have some special talent returning in 2020.
Helix (CA) 11-2
Helix won the Open Division Championship in the CIF San Diego Section playoffs by beating Carlsbad 28-21. They advanced to the California 1-AA Bowl Championship and lost in the semifinals to Sierra Canyon 38-20. Helix’s only other loss was in Week 2 against Herriman (Utah) in overtime. The Scotties had big wins in 2019 against Carlsbad, St. Augustine, Cathedral Catholic, Steel Canyon, and Oaks Christian. John Carroll led the defense with 100 tackles and earned Defensive MVP honors in the CIF San Diego Section. The team had two 1,000-yard rushers in Elelyon Noa (Utah State) and Christian Washington (2022). Both running backs averaged over 8 yards per carry and had double digits in touchdowns. Delshawn Traylor (Army) was another offensive weapon chipping in 532 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Traylor was also a 1st Team All-San Diego performer at defensive back. Keionte Scott (Snow College) led all receivers with 36 catches for 563 yards and 10 touchdowns. Scott was a 2-way player that earned 1st Team All-San Diego defensive back. Jahari Hill had 23 catches for 379 yards and 3 touchdowns. Shawn Martinez (1st Team), Anthony Lombardo (1st Team), and Noah Viloria (2nd Team) anchored the offensive line. Jeremiah Fletcher (2nd Team) was a standout at Linebacker for the Scotties. Helix is known for being a strong contender every year in late November and early December.
Servite (CA) 7-4
Servite lost to Mission Viejo 38-35 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Servite finished in 3rd place in the Trinity League, the toughest conference in the country. Two of their losses were to the top 2 teams in the country (#1 St. John Bosco and #2 Mater Dei) and their other loss was to Bishop Gorman (NV). Outside of Mater Dei’s win over St. John Bosco, the Friars were the only other team to come close to beating the Braves. They lost 27-26. Nicholas Martinez (6’5 285) earned 1st Team All-Trinity League and 1st Team All-Orange County honors. Tetairoa McMillan (6’4 190 WR 2022) led the team with 65 catches for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was 1st Team All-Orange County and has an early offer from Notre Dame. Noah Fifta (2022) showed he has the talent to compete with any team in the country. He threw for 2,892 yards, 37 touchdowns, and completed 61% of his passes. Noah Avinger (2022) and Zedakiah Centers (Cal Poly) were 2nd Team All-Orange County. Jake Overman (Oregon State), Ender Aguilar (California), Robert Krebs (Columbia), Jeminati Leuta-Ulu (UNLV), Jacob Garcia (Utah State), and Luca Lancellotti (Trinity College) all signed to play at the next level. Servite is definitely a team on the rise in California.
Buchanan (CA) 10-3
Buchanan won 27-0 over Liberty (Bakersfield) in the California Division 1 Central Section CIF Football Semifinals. They lost the next game 28-21 to #7 Central (Fresno) in the championship. Their only other two losses were to Central (Fresno) earlier in the season and to #3 De La Salle. The Bears were led by All-American running back Kendall Milton (Georgia). Milton rushed for 1,514 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. He ended his career with over 4,000 yards and 70 touchdowns. On defense, C.J. Jones (Fresno State) earned 1st Team All-Fresno Area as a defensive back and Matthew Merritt (Stanford) was a 1st Team Defensive Lineman. Zane Rix, Brandon Hernandez, Zack Studt, and Hayden Peterson (2021) all received postseason honors for their performance. Shane Pond (6’3 290) and Okey Egbuziem (6’1 270) were key offensive linemen that helped pave the way for Milton.
Corner Canyon (UT) 14-0
Corner Canyon won back-to-back Utah 6A State Champions after beating American Fork for the second time in the finals. They have a 26-game win streak heading into the 2020 season. They also beat Orem, the Utah 5A State Champions, in a Week 1 non-conference showdown. QB Cole Hagen (Yale) was the 6A Player of the Year. He passed for 3,676 yards and threw 43 touchdown passes. He also rushed for 1,108 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. RB Austin Bell (2021) had 1,451 all-purpose yards and scored 25 total touchdowns. The Chargers had two 1,000-yard receivers in Noah Kjar (2021) and Cody Hagen (2022). Talmage Handley (2021) caught 41 passes for 791 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. Jackson Light (Oregon) was the leader up front at Center. He and Jonah Strong (6’1 260) earned 1st Team All-State honors. On defense, Van Fillinger (6’4 250) recorded 88 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks at defensive end. Fillinger will play for Utah in college. Josh Wilson (BYU) led the team with 130 tackles. LB Cade McDougal and FS Andrew McDonald were key defensive players that earned 2nd Team All-State. Kennan Aiono (6’2 215) and Steve Street both made Honorable Mention All-State on the defensive line.
Cherry Creek (CO) 14-0
Cherry Creek won the Colorado 5A State Championship in a decisive victory over Columbine 35-10 and finished the season undefeated. The Bruins had a huge 35-10 out of state win against Santa Margarita (CA) from the Trinity League. They were not really tested all season and held their opponents to 9.78 points per game. Jayle Stacks (Colorado) was the Player of the Year and rushed for 1,155 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. QB Julian Hammond (2021) had 2,359 passing yards, completed 62.4% of his passes, and threw 28 touchdowns. Gunnar Helm (6’5 225) caught 25 passes for 370 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. The junior already has double-digit offers including Alabama. James Walker rushed for 884 yards, had 391 receiving yards, and scored 11 touchdowns. Chase Penry, a 2021 Colorado commit, caught 54 passes for 646 yards and had 10 touchdowns. Carson Lee (Colorado) was the anchor on the offensive line. John Adams (123 tackles), Dade Bissell (109 tackles), Delonte Dickey (90 tackles), and Gus Zilinskas (72 tackles) all were outstanding in their championship run. Myles Purchase (2021) was their top cover guy in the secondary. Arden Walker (6’4 245) had 59 tackles and is one of the top juniors in the state. LB Marcus Alexander (2021) had 58 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. The Bruins will be the favorites to repeat in 2020.
Carlsbad (CA) 10-2
Carlsbad’s defense made a huge 2-point conversion stop with a tackle by Kyle Vassua (BYU). Cole Wright (Boise State) caught 3 touchdowns of 9, 42, and 75 yards from quarterback Aidan Sayin (2021). Vassau finished the season with 101 tackles and earned 1st Team All-CIF San Diego Section. Wright caught 71 passes for 1,176 yards, scored 13 touchdowns, and he also made 1st Team. DJ Young was a 2-way star at running back and defensive back. He had over 1,000 all-purpose yards, scored 8 touchdowns, and had 73 tackles on defense. Jonathan Harrison (San Diego State) was the leader in the trenches at offensive tackle. The Lancers have a lot of promising underclassmen. Sayin (6’2 205) passed for 2,349 yards and threw 24 touchdown passes. Caleb Nelson (6’6 205), Dylan Smith (6’7 285), Josh Davis (72 tackles), Drake Miller (6’3 225), and Norwood Mazio (509 rushing yards) were all key contributors in 2019.
Oak Ridge (CA) 10-3
Oak Ridge was the Division 1 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Champions after beating Monterey Trail 35-27 in the finals. They advanced into the state playoffs and ended up losing to Central (Fresno) 38-32 in the California Division 1-AA State Bowl Game semifinals. QB Justin Lamson (2021) threw for 3,114 yards, 24 touchdowns, and completed 66.3% of his passes. He was selected as the Player of the Year in Sacramento. Nick Scalise (6’6 295 Sierra College) and Brandon Summers (6’4 280) led the team in the trenches. Avant Jacobs was Lamson’s go-to receiver. Jacobs caught 69 passes for 1,020 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. Brandon Barthel (2021) caught 48 passes for 714 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Evan Robinson caught 26 passes for 529 yards and 5 touchdowns. Dylan Warfield (6’2 205) rushed for 807 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. On defense, Ryan Enney (2021) led the team with 142 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. Hunter Nabers (2021) added 68 tackles and earned 2nd Team All-Area honors. Andrew VanKomen (6’3 225), Daniel LaPiana, and Peyton Vota were 3 key defensive players and are all in the 2021 class. Mujhid Samad was a two-way standout on both sides of the ball. Samad and Summers will attend American River College.
Serra (San Mateo, CA) 13-2
Serra (San Mateo) lost to Corona del Mar 35-27 in the finals of the California 1-A State Football Championship Bowl Game. They were the Division 1 CIF Central Coast Section Champions by shutting out Valley Christian 17-0. Nusi Malani (6’6 250 DE Virginia) was the Bay Area Defensive Player of the Year and Jackson Lataimua (Washington State) was a 1st Team All-Bay Area defensive back. Daylin McLemore (Arizona State) was 1st Team All-League and Honorable Mention All-Bay Area. Terence Loville (San Jose State) caught 48 passes for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns. Nate Sanchez had over 800 all-purpose yards on offense and earned 1st Team All-League honors as a WR and DB. Nathan Azzopardi (Idaho) was 3rd Team All-Bay Area offensive lineman. DT Marcellus Eison had 62 tackles and was 1st Team All-League. The Padres have a lot of great underclassmen that contributed, including Sioeli Helu (6’3 315 2021 DT), Christian Pedersen (6’5 230 TE/DE 2021), and Hassan Mahasin (2022 WR). All 3 have Division 1 offers.
Pittsburg (CA) 11-2
Pittsburg had a huge 21-14 win over Liberty (Brentwood) in the CIF North Coast Section Division 1 Semifinal game but lost to De La Salle in the finals 49-7. The Pirates won the Bay Athletic League title and averaged 36 points per game and over 400 yards of offense. QB Jerry Johnson (College of San Mateo) was the Bay Area Offensive Player of the Year. He set single-season records with 2,971 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes. Brian Andre Pierce (UC Davis) caught 60 passes for 1,040 yards and 16 touchdowns. He earned 1st Team All-Bay Are honors. Avant Muldrow was the team’s leading rusher with 1,096 yards and he also caught 40 passes for another 559 receiving yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. Johnny Blackmon added 51 catches for 746 yards and 8 touchdowns. Samiuela Fonogaloa (UC Davis) was the anchor on the offensive and defensive lines. Pierce, Muldrow, and Fonogaloa all earned 1st Team All-Bay Area. Ryan Lange (6’7 325), Bryant Weekly (ATH), and Rashid Williams (2023) are all underclassmen with Power 5 offers. Joseph Luna (Santa Rosa JC), Santino Chavez (Santa Rosa JC), and Mark Hutchinson (City College of San Francisco) are 3 more seniors that will play at the next level.
Liberty (NV) 10-5
Liberty beat Bishop Gorman 30-24 in overtime of the Nevada 4A Desert Final. They advanced to the 4A State Final 4 and beat Bishop Monague 42-24. Liberty finished off the season with a 50-7 victory over Centennial in the 4A State Finals. The Patriots had one of the toughest schedules in the country. They started off the season 0-5 after scheduling non-conference games with out-of-state powerhouses; #1 St. John Bosco (CA), #4 Chandler (AZ), #12 Centennial (CA), Mililani (HI), and Liberty (AZ). They got on a roll when they started their in-state schedule and gained a ton of confidence after knocking off Bishop Gorman in overtime in the Desert Final. Lehi Tala Ausage (6’2 190) was the Defensive Player of the Year in Nevada and had 10 interceptions and 14 pass breakups. Zephaniah Maea (6’1 225) recorded 95 tackles and Halatoa Tai (Air Force) had 66 tackles at Linebacker. Donte Bowers (Arizona) was a lockdown corner. Sir Mells (6’4 280) had 33 tackles and Ikalewa Paaoao (2022) had 55 tackles. Both had outstanding sophomore seasons. On offense, Germie Bernard caught 54 passes for 948 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Zyrus Fiaseu (2021) rushed for 1,030 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Daniel Britt (2021) completed 77% of his passes and threw for 2,141 yards. He had a 24-1 touchdown to interception ratio and rushed for 785 yards. Moliki Matavao (6’6 240) caught 46 passes for 718 yards and scored 7 touchdowns. He is one of the top recruits in the 2021 class and was 1st Team All-State. Alofaletauia Maluia and Benjamin Roy led the charge in the trenches and both were 1st Team All-State. The Patriots have a large majority of their top performers coming back in 2020. It should be another great year.
Bishop Gorman (NV) 11-2
Bishop Gorman had a great season finishing 11-2, but fell short of winning a state title. Their only two losses were to #5 St. Louis (Hawaii) and an overtime loss to #24 Trinity in the 4A Desert Final. They had big out of state wins against Orem (Utah 5A State Champions), #15 Servite (CA), and Lone Peak (Utah). Rome Odunze (Washington) showed why he is one of the best receivers in the country. He caught 58 passes for 1,322 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Micah Bowens (Penn State) threw for 2,148 yards, completed 61% of his passes, and had a 23-2 touchdown to interception ratio. He also rushed for 589 yards and scored another 13 touchdowns. The Gaels had 4 talented running backs that all produced when their number was called. Ikaika Ragsdale (756 yards, 13 TD’s), Cam Barfield (763 yards, 11 TD’s), Jayden Ott (459 yards, 7 TD’s), and Sebastian Shannon (322 yards, 10 TD’s). Hayden Engel (6’5 275) was a 1st Team All-State offensive lineman. They had an elite group of linebackers that led the defense. Cyrus Moss (6’5 220), DJ Herman (6’2 225), Bryan Certain (Northern Arizona), and Dahlin Mesake (6’3 230). Connor Fryar earned 1st Team honors on the defensive line. Jaden Hicks (2021), Charlotin Charles (2021), Zion Branch (2022), and Fabian Ross (2022) are stars in the making in the secondary. Lincoln Tuioti-Mariner did well at safety and he is headed to the Air Force Academy.
Central Catholic (OR) 12-2
Central Catholic won the Oregon 6A State Championship after beating Lake Oswego 49-28. This is the Rams 5th State Championship in their program’s history. In the championship game, Cade Knighton was near perfect completing 31-of-36 passes for 396 yards and threw 3 touchdown passes. Silas Starr (Stanford) caught 10 of those passes for 184 yards and a touchdown. Kalvin Souders (UNLV) caught 7 passes for 76 yards. Elijah Elliott (Montana State) ran for 90 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. Knighton was the 6A Player of the Year and Starr was 1st Team All-State. Sounders and Elliott were Honorable Mention All-State. Izaya Shabazz (6’5 290), Jordan Reed (6’3 295), Andrew Gross, (6’1 245), and Ryan Dirksen (6’6 290) were the bigs up front that helped the offense. Miles Jackson (Montana State) was a 2-way star at corner and running back and was also 1st Team All-State. Joe Nizich was one of the defensive leaders. He had 14 tackles in the state finals and was 1st Team All-State. He will attend the University of Texas on a track scholarship. Emar’rion Winston (6’3 220), Jalen Ridgeway (6’1 195), Germaine Flentroy (6’0 190), Solomon McDaniel (5’11 185), and Zach Grisham (6’0 190) are a few promising underclassmen that contributed in 2019.