Among the best from around the state in football games played on Sept. 19-21 are a duo from Durham, an ace from Anaheim, a rope thrower from Rocklin and, of course, someone hot from Tomales.



(Games of Sept. 19-21)

Joel Allen (Christian, El Cajon) -- Threw for six touchdowns and also finished 13 of 25 for 335 yards in team's 44-14 win over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana.

James Altschulter (Hoover, Fresno) -- Sophomore to watch hit on 12 of 15 passes for 329 yards and four TDs as the Patriots whipped McLane of Fresno, 43-20.

Kenny Berry (Cloverdale) -- Berry went over the 200-yard rushing mark for the second straight week with 23 for 211 plus two TDs. Eagles downed St. Vincent of Petaluma, 33-7, and are now the No. 1 small school team in the Redwood Empire.

Chris Buck (Jesuit, Carmichael) -- There was a lot of Buck involved in the Marauders' 28-10 win over Christian Brothers of Sacramento last week in the annual Holy Bowl. Buck intercepted two passes on defense, had kick returns of 57 and 43 yards and scored twice on short runs.

Beau Budde (San Clemente) -- Talented QB who is the son of former NFL lineman Brad Budde completed 21 of 37 passes for 278 yards and three TDs in 31-0 triumph vs. Fountain Valley.

Brett Burns (Rocklin) -- During a week in which Rocklin residents watched a wildfire burn dangerously near many homes, a quarterback named Burns went off for 287 yards passing (25 of 34) and had four TD passes in a 32-9 victory over Davis.

Rudy Carpenter (Newbury Park) -- Rudy had an up and down game in a 63-28 loss to Valencia, but finished 22 of 43 for 378 yards. He had four TD passes, but three interceptions.

Chad Collins (Kingsburg) -- Broke a school record with 314 yards rushing on 21 carries and scored three TDs in 35-19 triumph over Dinuba. The previous school mark was 311by Todd Steele.

Kevin Crane (Valencia) -- Lifted the Vikings to their 63-28 win over Newbury Park by returning two kickoffs 91 yards each for touchdowns, grabbing a 31-yard TD catch and bringing back a pick 20 yards for yet another score.

Daniel Crescitelli (Christian, El Cajon) -- Favorite target of Joel Allen vs. Calvary Chapel. Piled up 260 receiving yards on eight catches, with four of those catches going for scores.

John Crump (Durham) -- Crump busted his hump with 11 tackles on defense to go with 13 of 26 passing for 382 yards and five TDs in Durham's 39-27 win over Tahoe Truckee.

Narciso Diaz (Franklin, Los Angeles) -- It's another year and another pass-happy QB for Franklin. In a 42-14 victory last week over Fairfax, Narciso completed 19 of 29 passes for 411 yards and five TDs. He already has 763 for the season after just two outings.

Tony Diaz (Wilson, Los Angeles) -- Sparked Wilson to a 34-21 win over Poly of Sun Valley by coming up with 11 catches for 220 yards and three scores. Images of state record holder Steve Martinez (1978) quickly come to mind.

Matt Engle (El Segundo) -- At 5-10, Matt's probably the state's best mighty mite QB of the year. He racked up strong numbers again last week, going 17 of 23 for 327 yards and four TDs, as the Eagles clipped St. Monica, 45-27.

Adam Groppi (Weed) -- Adam had ‘em groping for air as he rushed for 252 yards on 20 carries and scored three TDs in a 37-0 blanking of Etna. Lamar Herron (Natomas, Sacramento) -- Caught 10 passes for 144 yards as the Nighthawks rebounded from first game loss to Oakland McClymonds with a 55-14 romp past Yuba City.

Adam Hill (Esperanza, Anaheim) -- In a wild 35-34 victory over Fallbrook, Hill set a school record with 12 catches that went for 203 yards. Hill played quarterback for most of last season due to an injury to the first-string starter. It looks like he's back where he belongs.

Alex Hogue (Menlo-Atherton) -- Latched on to 10 catches from QB T.C. Ostrander for 127 yards and one TD, but the Bears couldn't stop Mitty of San Jose enough on defense and wound up on the short end of a 38-26 score.

Scott Houser (Durham) -- This wideout took it to the house four times on catches in a 39-27 win over Tahoe Truckee and finished with seven catches for 285 yards. It's one of the top single game receiving yardage totals in CIF Northern Section history. Houser also scored on a 51-yard interception return.

Manuel Hurtado (Roosevelt, Los Angeles) -- Took some of the spotlight away from talented teammate Jody Adewale by coming up with four interceptions as the Roughriders clubbed L.A. Lincoln, 44-7.

Richard Irvin (Muir, Pasadena) -- Connected on 28 of 44 passes for 462 yards, his second straight 400-yard game in a loss, as the Mustangs fell to Bishop Amat of La Puente, 49-31. Irvin had four TD passes, all to Ryan Graves, who totaled 275 yards in receptions.

Terrell Jackson (Centennial, Corona) -- Terrific junior tallied six TDs and wound up with 18 carries for 239 yards in 70-0 romp vs. Manual Arts of Los Angeles.

Stephen La Carra (California, Whittier) -- Finished with 11 catches for 140 yards in 25-20 win over Bonita of La Verne. La Carra's biggest grab came on a 12-yard pass from Steven Maldonado with 1:02 left that gave the Condors their winning touchdown.

Micrin Lias (Jordan, Los Angeles) -- Made it to paydirt six times -- four rushing, two on catches -- and rushed for 196 yards on 15 attempts as Jordan beat Hamilton, 44-13.

Ryan Lombardo (Birmingham, Van Nuys) -- Transfer from Newbury Park zipped it in there on 11 of 14 throws and had 334 yards passing and three TDs in 38-14 triumph vs. San Pedro. Lombardo also kicked a 23-yard field goal. WR Chad Green, also a transfer, had six catches for 189 yards and all three TDs.

Marshawn Lynch (Technical, Oakland) -- Maybe Tech can join Skyline and McClymonds in the race for the Oakland Athletic League crown this year. In a 65-26 win last week over DeAnza of Richmond, Lyncy, a junior RB, scored six TDs, one on a 71-yard fake punt, and rushed for 223 yards on 20 carries.

Sam Keller (San Ramon Valley, Danville) -- Oh boy, is this East Bay Athletic League race going to be fun. Keller's bunch impressed in their second game with a 42-21 win over Freedom of Oakley. The Michigan-bound QB was 20 of 28 for 314 yards and three TDs.

Brandon McGill (Templeton) -- Scored five TDs (three on runs, one on a catch, plus a 74-yd kickoff return) as the Eagles downed Frazier Mountain, 49-7.

Matt Phelps (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood) -- Campbell Hall bounced back nicely after first-game loss to Pasadena Poly and Phelps was the main reason why as he passed for five TDs in a 38-21 victory over Webb.

Ralph Pineda (Cathedral, Los Angeles) -- This all-state small school star was certainly at the center of all the action in the Phantoms' 52-6 victory over Belmont. On offense, Pineda completed 6 of 12 passes for 146 yards and two TDs. On defense, he was credited with 18 tackles.

Kevin Renke (East Union, Manteca) -- Kevin is a junior toiling in a program that hasn't had much success lately, but he's another QB who works out with Roger Theder in the Bay Area and last week he had a coming out party with 15 completions in 29 throws for 352 yards and three TDs in a 19-15 triumph over Galt.

Josh Osuna (Montgomery, San Diego) -- Josh kept his team close to Castle Park of Chula Vista in a 43-34 loss by completing 18 of 34 passes for 298 yards and three TDs and by rushing for 50 yards and two TDs.

Brian Paysinger (Wilson, Long Beach) -- In the Bruins' 32-6 win over Paramount, Paysinger recorded 10 catches for 217 yards and two TDs.

DeMarco Sampson (Castle Park, Chula Vista) -- Junior speedster piled up 333 total yards, including a 97-yd punt return TD and an 80-yd kickoff return TD, as the Trojans outlasted Montgomery of San Diego, 43-34.

Matthew Satter (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills) -- Racked up 350 yards rushing on 18 carries and scored on bursts of 50, 45, 79 and 52 yards in 31-26 win vs. Reseda.

Desmond Thomas (Vallejo) -- In a 47-13 romp by the Apaches over Sacramento, Desmond was in the right place at the right time on defense as he came up with three interceptions.

Nick Underseth (Fallbrook) -- Threw for five touchdown passes of 27,35, 26, 9 and 13 yards as the Warriors lost a close battle with Anaheim Esperanza, 35-34.

Tavis Ve'e (Alameda) -- Tavis now has nine TDs for the year after scoring five in a 35-28 win by the Hornets over Benicia. He also rushed for 206 yards.

Jon Venezia (Tomales) -- The Braves improved to 2-0 with a win over Marshall of San Francisco and Venezia led the way with 210 yards rushing and five TDs scored.

Alan Webster (Overfelt, San Jose) -- Alan was the San Jose Mercury-News Athlete of the Week after games of Sept 13-14 as he rushed for 292 yards on 13 carries and scored five times in 46-40 loss to Capuchino of San Bruno.

Jonathan Wegis (West, Bakersfield) -- Only threw eight passes in West's 71-0 romp past Arvin, but completed all eight for 222 yards and three TDs.

Brian White (Trabuco Hills, Mission Viejo) -- In a 41-19 victory over Laguna Hills, White threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-5, 225-pound senior hit on 17 of 22 passes, including a 7 of 7 for 143-yard start.

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