Each week we look at some of the top prep football performers in Northern California.
One of the themes of this week's report is go big in big games. At this point in the season each game has significance. These are league games against rivals and if not against rivals, teams are working for the playoffs. So here is a look at some of northern California's top performers from this past weekend.
Two backs who almost make this report weekly are James Montgomery of Cordova and Louis Arnold of Bishop O' Dowd. Both backs have rushed in the 1,700 yard range and average around 200 yards a game. Arnold once again went big this weekend going for 268 yards in his teams win. Not to be outdone, Montgomery exploded this week for an astronomical 452 yards and five TDs. Montgomery has been held in check the past two weeks and the Lancers suffered their first loss last week so the Washington bound RB took it out on Oak Ridge to the tune of twelve yards a carry and five TDs. Montgomery is well within range to top 2,000 yards by the end of the regular season. Another of northern California's top backs has been Tracy Slocum of Clovis East. Recently, Slocum has been nursing an injury and unable to play. This must have been a worry as Clovis East prepared for rival Clovis West. Come game time, Slocum was unable to go, but no problem, teammate Andrew Pancotti stepped in and never missed a beat. Pancotti had 269 yards total offense in the win over Clovis West 34-7. Pancotti averaged twenty-one yards a carry and sixty yards a reception.
In another important game Bullard took care of previously unbeaten Sanger 31-14. Much of the damage was done by the dynamic duo of QB Alex Huerta and WR Anthony McCoy. On the way to 15 of 19 throwing for 240 yards Huerta hooked up with McCoy seven times and for three TDs. At 6'4 and 235 pounds McCoy creates a tremendous coverage dilemma for any team he plays.
Players To Watch:
Sophomore Solomon Miller of Franklin in Stockton went for 379 rush yards and 5 TDs in a 44-0 win over Tracy. For good measure he caught a TD pass and scored a two point conversion.
Junior Logan Todd of Merced continues to light it up. In the past three games he has thrown for 869 yards and six TDs.
6'2 260 junior Christian Tupou of Grant has had at least one sack in each game this season.
QB Ted LeMasters of Napa, a junior, has been consistent all season. He has completed over 70% of his passes and thus far only thrown two picks.
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