STATE STAT STARS OF THE WEEK

Among those highlighted are yet another top-notch QB from Miramonte of Orinda plus a wicked threesome from the Central Section -- one who intercepted five passes in one game, one who caught five TD passes in one game and one who rushed for 414 yards.

(Games of Oct. 17-19)

Note: Calvary Chapel QB Terry Mermer and WR Joey Jones will be featured in a separate story on Wednesday.

Keola Asuega (Costa Mesa): Rushed for 218 yds and three TDs as Costa Mesa dropped Orange 27-21.

Kyle Ballard (Terra Nova, Pacifica): Came up with a pick in the game's final two minutes, which also was his third of the night, as the Tigers stayed unbeaten with a 42-25 win over South San Francisco.

Mike Beach (Fremont, Los Angeles): Tossed five TD passes, playing just the first half, as Fremont romped past L.A. Manual Arts 51-7. With WR Mark Bradford and others, the Pathfinders are one of the state's most intriguing teams this season.

DeShon Benton (Downey, Modesto): DeShon was the main reason why Downey no longer has a 17-game losing streak. In a 27-17 triumph over Johansen of Modesto, Benton boogied for 200 yds on 34 carries, scored two TDs and snagged three interceptions on defense.

Lamon Branner (Pasadena): Carried 40 times for 229 yds and three TDs in leading his team over Glendale Hoover 20-6.

Eric Brazil (Amador, Sutter Creek): Brazil's fancy footwork helped him amass 221 yds on 22 carries and score twice in Amador's 44-7 whipping of Summerville. The win also helped Amador earn a spot in this week's Div. IV state rankings.

Rudy Carpenter (Newbury Park): Had second consecutive 400-yd passing game, and second consecutive loss. This time he passed for 433 yds and two TDs (26 of 43), but was sacked seven times, as Westlake of Westlake Village won 42-16.

Oscar Cervantes (Gardena): Kicked field goals of 40, 33 and 30 yds, the difference in a 29-20 win over San Pedro.

Alan Darlin (Laguna Creek, Elk Grove): Darlin was snarlin' with 17 tackles as Laguna Creek held off Elk Grove 9-7 in what could signal the beginning of the end of Elk Grove's long Delta League dynasty.

Jason Dean (Vanden, Travis AFB): Scored five TDs while rushing for 245 yds on 11 carries as Vanden blanked Highlands of North Highlands 42-0. He now has 1,006 season rushing yards.

Narciso Diaz (Franklin, Los Angeles): Playing just the first half, Diaz passed for 322 yards and six TDs on 13 completions in 16 attempts in a 48-8 pasting of L.A. Lincoln.

Ronald Downing (Mojave): Carried 35 times for 225 yds and scored three TDs in Mojave's 30-14 win over Rosamond.

Daniel Drayton (Los Altos, Hacienda Heights): Returned a punt 85 yds for a TD, had two rushing TDs and recovered a fumble as 6-0 Los Altos downed South Hills of West Covina 30-7.

Brian Eriye (Lindsay): Set a new school record with 250 yds rushing as the Cardinals downed Dinuba, 21-7.

Joe Felix (Fontana): In just his second varsity start, the "catty" junior passed for 274 yds and three TDs in a 20-17 win over Rialto.

Andrew Frisbie (Lowell, San Francisco): In a 41-13 win over Lincoln that pushed Lowell's record to 6-1 overall, Frisbie snapped out 221 yds on 18 carries and scored four TDs. He now has 980 yds and 16 TDs even though he missed one of Lowell's games.

Ben Galbraith (Colfax): Completed all but two of his 15 passes for 266 yds and three TDs in a 39-15 victory over Oakmont of Roseville.

Joe Garcia (Morro Bay): The 5-11, 205-pounder broke a week-old school record with 41 carries for 279 yds at home against Santa Maria. Morro Bay won, 28-13.

Alex Ghebrasalassie (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista): He's a wideout but oh so much more. The 6-3 senior, who has committed to UCLA, caught his ninth and 10th TD passes of the season (5, 51) and added an interception as the Barons knocked off previously unbeaten Castle Park, 25-21.

Dwight Gupton (East Bakersfield): From the same school as rushing leader De'Andre Matthews, Gupton proved in East Bakersfield's 35-12 win over Foothill that there is some passing by the Blades to worry about. Gupton finished with five catches for 209 yds and three TDs.

Kevin Harron (St. Francis, La Canada): As Golden Knights downed Alemany of Mission Hills 45-7, Harron rushed for 240 yds and three TDs on 28 carries.

Patrick Harrigan (Huntington Beach): State's leading rusher piled on 315 more yds (on 28 carries for two TDs), but the Oilers fell to powerhouse Los Alamitos 42-21.

Oliver Higgins (Brentwood, Los Angeles): Higgins was piggish with the ball in the air as he snared four TD receptions in a 46-7 win over Calvary Chapel of Downey that kept Brentwood unbeaten.

Taylor Humphrey (Miramonte, Orinda): Led the Matadors to their 30th consecutive win -- 50-21 over longtime rival Campolindo of Moraga -- by completing 27 of 36 passes for 321 yds and five TDs.

Fred Island (Wasco): No man stood in front of this Island as Wasco used its durable back 26 times for 233 yds and three TDs in 39-6 victory vs. Arvin.

Dal Johnson (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys): Rolled for 288 yds and two TDs on 31 carries as Mounties shut out La Salle of Pasadena 38-0.

Whitney Lewis (St. Bonaventure, Ventura): Caught three TD passes on just four receptions (159 yds) and scored on a punt return in a 38-0 win over Ventura. It was St. Bonaventure's first Channel League game.

Ollie Linter (Beverly Hills): His 15 pass completions in 26 attempts resulted in 331 yds and four TDs in a 37-33 edging of West Torrance. Maikolo Liti (Foothill, Tustin): Carried 29 times for 277 yds and four TDs, the last with 46 seconds left, as Foothill came back to defeat Laguna Hills 39-33.

Marquis Malcom (Tustin): Rushed for 225 yds and three TDs as El Modena of Orange went down to defeat 35-22.

Jacob McGravey (Palmdale): Led Palmdale over Littlerock 46-7 by completing 18 of 28 passes for 299 yds and five TDs.

Jesse Miguel (Escalon): Motored for five TDs and rushed for 200 yds on 15 carries as Escalon opened its Trans Valley League schedule with an impressive 46-12 victory vs. Patterson.

Chris Miller (Firebaugh): Came up with one of the top defensive efforts of the season with five interceptions, including two that he ran back for touchdowns, as Firebaugh avalanched Avenal, 34-0. Amazingly, the five picks only tied the school record of five first done by John Jenkins in 1995. The two TD returns tied a Central Section record.

Eddie Miller (Venice): In yet another monster game, Miller passed for 384 yds and five TDs in completing 14 of 19 passes as L.A. Hamilton went down 48-0.

Durrell Moss (Orange): Outrushed Costa Mesa's Keola Asuega, 227 yds to 218, and scored two TDs, but Orange fell 27-21. Moss has committed to Washington.

Jason Napoleon (Desert, Edwards AFB): Scored five TDs on 20 carries for 212 yds as Scorpions stung Bishop 38-17.

Sean Norton (Hart, Newhall): Passed for 330 yds and five TDs on 20 of 29 attempts in little more than a half as Hart won its 54th straight league game, 56-14, over Burbank.

T.C. Ostrander (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton): Passed the Bears past Mills of Millbrae, 36-23, with five TDs in just seven of 13 attempts for 257 yds.

Patrick Perry (Banning, Wilmington): Rushed for five TDs as Pilots downed L.A. Washington 41-0.

Brandon Powers (Franklin, Los Angeles): Caught six passes for a whopping 204 yds and three TDs of 56, 49 and 27 yds as Franklin cruised by L.A. Lincoln 48-8.

Alex Pucinelli (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks): Defense is the name of the game at Notre Dame and Pucinelli, who is being offered scholarships by Pac 10 schools, is the biggest name to watch for the Golden Knights this season. The defensive lineman came up with two sacks in last week's 33-10 win over St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs and now has 12 sacks for the season.

J.T. Rogan (Coronado): After gaining over 225 yards last week in only one half's work, Rogan played the whole game this week and led the Islanders to a convincing 21-7 win over University City. Rogan finished with 227 yards on 21 carries.

Reggie Ross (Mira Mesa, San Diego) -- The Marauders' star senior running back returned to last season's form with a whopping 233 yards on 26 carries and one TD. He also returned a punt 68 yards for a score as Mira Mesa handled Scripps Ranch 31-16.

Fady Salah (Capuchino, San Bruno): Carried 21 times for 250 yds and five TDs of 58, 7, 44, 2 and 5 yds in leading Cap over Daly City Jefferson 44-22.

Charlie Schuh (S.J. Memorial, Fresno): Chowchilla didn't celebrate its win over Dos Palos for long. That's because in its next game last week it was San Joaquin Memorial posting a 50-21 win. Schuh was SJM's individual standout with seven catches for 211 yds and three TDs. Two of Schuh's scores came on plays of 60 and 70 yds.

Mario Sonora (Woodland): Had 313 total offense yds, including 216 passing, in a 30-7 triumph by the Wolves over Yuba City.

John Taylor (Mt. Whitney, Visalia): JT became the first reported player in the state this season to get five TD catches in one game. He did it -- distances were 29, 49, 62, 6 and 21 yds -- in the Pioneers' 39-0 romp past Hanford. QB DeJuan Jones finished 12 of 22 for 228 yds and six TDs.

Jagger Thom (Valencia, Placentia): The junior rushed for five TDs in just his third game at runningback (due to injuries) in a 35-0 blanking of Loara of Anaheim.

Nelson Toftner (Burroughs, Burbank): Passed for six TDs, all needed, as the Burros got by Silverado of Victorville 40-35. The senior completed 17 of 27passes for 270 yds.

Chase Twedell (Valley Christian, Cerritos): Carried 13 times for 264 yds and six TDs of 36, 6, 12, 53, 69 and 53 yds in a 68-6 demolishing of La Habra Whittier Christian. It was his second consecutive six-TD game.

Sebastian Valencia (Riverdale): Playing Coast Union has helped several players make this list, and unfortunately, last week was another chance. Valencia took advantage and in the process set a Central Section single game record with 414 yards rushing on 26 carries and five TDs as Riverdale rolled, 47-15. Valencia's 414 yds broke the old section mark of 410 first set in 1992 by Donnell Johnson of Tulare Western and tied in 1999 by Pete Hingano of Sanger.

Josh Vargas (St. Monica, Santa Monica): In a 51-16 rout of Burbank Bellarmine-Jefferson, Vargas rushed for 302 yds and four TDs on 17 carries. This is the same team that has featured big passing numbers from QB Tyler Reitz earlier in the season.

Eric Vasquez (Selma): Latched on to eight catches and had 248 receiving yds and three TDs but it wasn't enough in 24-21 loss to Yosemite of Oakhurst. Vasquez's yardage total is a school record and is No. 10 on the all-time Central Section list. His TDs were from 82, 17 and 44 yds out.

Mike Vega (Katella, Anaheim): The 6-0, 180 senior helped Katella remain undefeated by rushing for 273 yds and five TDs on 42 carries as his team got by Kennedy of La Palma 38-28.

C.J. Wallace (Grant, Sacramento): Carried just seven times but for 260 yds and five TDs as the Pacers routed Kennedy of Sacramento 69-0.

Denny Warden (Brethren Christian, Cypress): Tossed for six TDs, all in the first half (12-17/180), in a 63-0 romp past Ribet Academy of Los Angeles.

EIGHT-MAN FOOTBALL

Tyler Caldwell (Thacher, Ojai): In school's first season of football, Caldwell led Toads (that's right, Toads) over Villanova, also of Ojai, 56-17. All he did was score seven TDs in a variety of ways; three rushing, two pass receiving, one kickoff returning and one intercepting. His all-purpose yardage totaled 351.

Jason Daley (Rolling Hills Prep, R.H. Estates): Piled up 411 yds total offense including 266 passing for two TDs and scored on a 55-yd interception return. It wasn't enough for victory, though, as Excelsior Education Center of Victorville won out 42-28. Both schools are in first season of football.

T.J. Fakehinde (Eastside Christian, Fullerton): Did it all for the Eagles, catching three TD passes, scoring on a 45-yd punt return and a 65-yd kickoff return, passed for winning two-point conversion and led team in tackles. The result was a 38-36 squeaker over South Bay Lutheran of Inglewood. Note to recruiters: T.J. is a newcomer to the sport. He high jumped last spring and was one of the best in the state with a top clearance of 7-0.

Mike Harrington (Hillcrest Christian, Thousand Oaks): Rolled up 427 all-purpose yds, including kickoff TD returns of 75, 76 and 77 yds. He also rushed for three TDs as his team prevailed over Calvary Baptist of La Verne 52-36. How come this kid doesn't go to Hart?

Dominic Uebelhardt (Antelope Valley Christian, Lancaster): Scored five TDs and threw for another in a 48-16 triumph over city rival Bethel Christian.


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