STATE STAT STARS OF THE WEEK

Eddie Miller (Venice), Richard Irvin (Muir), Brett Ratliff (Chico) and Shane Steichen (Oak Ridge) top the charts for passing yards....Plus, read more about a player who had 460 rushing yards in one game but who did not surpass his own personal best.

(Games of Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

Jesse Ainsworth (Thousand Oaks): Launched FGs of 41, 55 and 56 yds as the Lancers speared Royal of Simi Valley 30-7.

Brody Angley (Enterprise, Redding): Standout junior had five touchdowns and ran for 133 yards in a 55-45 win over Shasta. With the total, Angley became the all-time leading scorer at Enterprise with 319 career points. He still has his senior year to go.

Tai Asoau (Rancho Alamitos, Garden Grove): Tai wasn't tied up much in his team's 50-16 win over Ocean View of Huntington Beach. He rushed for 333 yards and scored five TDs. Asoau has really benefitted in recent weeks after Rancho Alamitos coaches changed the offense.

Andy Avila (Edison, Huntington Beach): Turned in a strong overall performance in the Chargers' 41-0 win over Marina. Avila scored four TDs, carried the ball 16 times for 174 yds and had three catches for 38 yds. He also had six tackles as a linebacker on defense.

Drew Branch (Exeter): Broke two school records -- one for completions with 22 and another for passing yards with 343 -- although it didn't do much for the Monarchs' defense as Exeter still lost big, 62-34, to Lindsay. Bryan Iriye shined for Lindsay with 229 yds rushing and four TDs.

Aaron Brown (Oxnard): Carried 33 times for 254 yds and three TDs in leading the Yellowjackets over Hueneme of Oxnard 28-12.

Keith Brown (May Star, San Pedro): Rolled up 415 all-purpose yds while scoring four TDs on a 25-yd run, a 79-yd pass reception, an 86-yd punt return and an 87-yd kickoff return in leading the Stars over La Salle of Pasadena, 42-27.

Cliff Cardwell (Moorpark): Rushed for a school record 292 yds on 24 carries while scoring two TDs as the Musketeers moved to 8-0 on the season with a 35-7 victory over Agoura of Agoura Hills, making fans forget all about Moorpark's two decades old state record for longest on-the-field losing streak of 46 games.

Fred Colbert (Alhambra): After rushing for 308 yds and seven TDs two weeks ago, Colbert came back for 356 yds and five TDs on 21 carries as Alhanbra rolled over Schurr of Montebello 46-7.

Jeff Costa (Granada, Livermore): Rushed for 229 yds and had two sacks as Granada downed Redwood of Larkspur 34-18 in a nonleague game.

Raymond Da Rosa & Raymont Smith (Valhalla, El Cajon): Neither one of these guys is a running back or quarterback, but both did equally amazing things in Valhalla's 38-13 win over Steele Canyon. DaRosa came through as a pass rusher and racked up five sacks. Smith came through on special teams, finishing with two blocked punts as well as a blocked PAT kick.

Narcisco Diaz (Franklin, Los Angeles): Another top passing performance for Diaz, this for 319 yds and six TDs (19-22) as Marshall of Los Angeles fell 47-19.

Daniel Dixon (El Modena, Orange): As El Modena topped El Dorado of Placentia, 54-21, Dixon rushed for 282 yds and scored five TDs.

Troy Doolittle (Western Christian, Covina): Did a lot for the Fighting Lancers with three TD passes, a rushing TD and two interceptions, all needed in a 30-24 win over Arrowhead Christian of Redlands.

Greg Duncan (Redwood, Visalia): Greg showed his range with five TDs scored for Redwood in a 47-14 win over Hanford. One of his TDs was on a 57-yd pass play.

Alex Garfio (Buena, Ventura): Led Bulldogs over city rival Ventura, 30-21, with 259 yds rushing on 31carries, including three TDs.

Travelle George (Franklin, Stockton): Travelle traversed into the end zone five times -- and for the second week in a row -- as the Yellowjackets defeated Stagg of Stockton 32-0 in a San Joaquin Athletic Association game. George also rushed for more than 200 yards for the second straight week, finishing with 211 yards on 17 carries.

Antone Giddens (Venice): The L.A. Times had him with 14 receptions for 308 yds and three TDs in a 42-37 loss to Damien of La Verne. The totals were lower according to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Daviyoun Golden (Foothill, Bakersfield): In a 23-18 loss to Ridgeview of Bakersfield, Daviyoun did his best to keep his team close with 39 carries for 270 yds and two TDs.

Taka Gordon (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista): Had 27 carries for 217 yards and three touchdowns as the Barons swept past Sweetwater of National City, 35-7.

Ryan Graves (Muir, Pasadena): The four TD passes Muir QB Richard Irvin tossed were all caught by Graves. The junior had nine receptions for 184 yds.

Jason Gunheim (Analy, Sebastopol): The junior rushed for 272 yds and two TDs on 27 carries as Analy lost a wild game to Healdsburg, 44-42.

James Harris (Oakmont, Roseville): Was on receiving end of four TD passes of 62, 40, 30 and 20 yds as Oakmont blasted West Campus of Sacramento 55-0.

Tom Haug (Monte Vista, Danville): As California of San Ramon keyed on star QB Kyle Wright, the junior rushed for 260 yds and two TDs on 31 carries in leading his team to a 20-10 victory.

David Heller (Pacifica, Garden Grove): Normally when someone rushes for 277 yards and scores four TDs, as Heller did in Pacifica's 44-6 triumph over Bolsa Grande, it generates the big headline. But not this time as Heller's efforts helped coach Bill Craven record a milestone win. Craven, who started coaching at the school in 1976, now has 200 all-time varsity wins.

Fred Hives (St. Mary's, Berkeley): Did his best to prevent a loss with 229 yds and three TDs rushing on 30 carries but St. Patrick of Vallejo prevailed 40-35. How come Hives doesn't go to Berkeley High (nickname Yellowjackets)?

Richard Irvin (Muir, Pasadena): Led team over Glendale 32-7 with yet another high total passing performance, this time for 455 yds and four TDs on 32 completions in 47 attempts. He also scored on a 2-yd run.

Donnell Johnson (Savanna, Anaheim): Was a workhorse, carrying 43 times for 285 yds and three TDs as he ball-controlled Savanna to a 33-21 victory over Magnolia of Anaheim.

Ian Johnson (Damien, La Verne): Had 262 yds and four TDs rushing on 21 carries in a 42-35 victory over Venice.

Justin Johnson (Willow Glen, San Jose): Connected on 12 of 20 passes for 291 yds and four TDs, mostly in the early going of the Rams' 48-0 romp past San Jose.

Jeremy Jones (Piedmont Hills, San Jose): One of the top all-around players in the CCS, Jones led the Pirates to their eighth win of the season (53-7 over Gunderson) with 18 carries for 186 yards and two TDs, a 40-yd punt return TD and an 8-yd TD pass.

Paul Jordan (San Luis Obispo): In a 35-28 win by the Tigers over Atascadero in a game that resembled a track meet, Jordan sped to 351 yds on 25 carries and scored four TDs. The big effort moved Jordan past 1,000 yds for the season and put him nearly at 1,300.

Toke Kefu (San Mateo): Put on a superman performance, rushing for a school record 312 yds on 23 carries for four TDs, tossing two TD passes totalling 67 yds, catching a pass for 32 yd. and recovering a fumble by stripping the ball. As a sidelight, San Mateo won the game, 49-34, over Sequoia of Redwood City.

Sam Keller (San Ramon Valley, Danville): Tossed for 323 yds and three TDs with no interceptions on 18 of 26 attempts in a 54-34 defeat of Amador Valley of Pleasanton.

Dennis Keyes (Birmingham, Van Nuys): Caught nine passes for 202 yds and three TDs while also scoring on a 71-yd interception return as Birmingham crushed Chatsworth 55-7.

Tyler Lavea (Oceanside): The Pirates had 471 total yards in their 56-0 win over Orange Glen and were led by Lavea, who rushed for a career high five TDs and 125 yards on 12 carries...all coming in the first half.

Shaun Lewis (Centennial, Corona): In a 49-21 win over Norco, Lewis completed 14 of 22 passes for 330 yds and three TDs.

Shane Lopes (Dos Pueblos, Goleta): Passed for 305 yds and three TDs on 14 completions in a 50-35 loss to too strong St. Bonaventure of Ventura.

Cliff Mason (Valley, Santa Ana): Rambled for 235 yds and five TDs to lead Valley over Anaheim 49-34.

Aaron McGuiness (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta): Passed for 334 yds and a TD on 22 of 38 attempts but Pasadena prevailed, 26-21.

Terry Mermer (Calvary Chapel, Santa Ana): Orange County's leading passer cranked out 301 passing yds but his team astonishingly lost to Corona del Mar 50-8.

Eddie Miller (Venice): According to the L.A. Times, Miller completed 33 of 45 passes for a whopping 542 yds and three TDs but even that wasn't enough as Damien of La Verne edged the Gondoliers 42-37. Note: San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported it much lower at 32 of 42 for 436 yds. Official total to follow.

Jared Nelson (Paraclete, Lancaster): Led team to a big win over Montclair Prep of Van Nuys 28-16 with 223 rushing yds on 17 carries plus two TDs.

Patrick O'Donnell (St. Patrick, Vallejo): Scored winning TD against St. Mary's of Berkeley with 37 seconds left on a 44-yd run, bringing his rushing total to 316 yds and four TDs on 24 carries. Final score was 40-35.

Brandon Powers (Franklin, Los Angeles): As Franklin downed L.A. Marshall 47-19, Powers caught 11 passes for 224 yds and five TDs.

Brett Ratliff (Chico): Senior quarterback amassed huge passing numbers of 33 for 56 for 480 yards and six TDs in his team's 58-52 loss to Foothill of Palo Cedro (see Athlete of the Week). The completions and attempts are new Northern Section marks, according to section record keeper Kevin Askeland. Ratliff's 335 attempts this year is also a section record. In the same game, Casey Smyth of Chico caught 13 passes for 222 yards and four TDs.

Desmond Reed (Temple City): Blasted for 248 yds. and four TDs on 20 carries in a 42-7 romp past San Marino.

Brent Romani (Del Campo, Fair Oaks): Passed for five TDs on 18 completions out of 32 attempts for 251 yds in a 36-0 blanking of Burbank of Sacramento.

Bryan Ruiz (Clovis East, Clovis): The amazing season for the Timberwolves continued with a 36-12 victory vs. Fresno Hoover as Ruiz rushed for 211 yds on 18 carries and scored two TDs. One TD came on a 95-yd run. The other was on a 31-yd reception.

Marius Silas (Washington, San Francisco): Marius only threw 12 passes in the Eagles' easy win over Lincoln, but completed eight and had six that went for TDs. He also finished with 260 passing yds.

Courtney Smith (East Union, Manteca): Winless Buhach Colony was no match for Smith and the Lancers. He rushed for 244 yards on 19 carries and scored five TDs.

Willie Smith (Banning): Carried 25 times for 288 yds and three TDs, including winning TD in last minute, in a 28-25 triumph over Big Bear of Big Bear Lake.

Tejon Sorrell (Vacaville Christian): Had another monster rushing game with six TDs and 460 yds in a 64-6 win over North Hills Christian of Vallejo. Even that total, though, was 20-yds short of the school record set earlier in the season.

Shane Steichen (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills): Completed 23 of 32 passes for 400 yds and two TDs in leading the top 20 ranked Trojans over Union Mine of El Dorado 35-0.

Dwight Tardy (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs): Was on time again, rushing for 229 yds on 18 carries as the Swordsmen downed Chaminade of West Hills 28-3.

Jared Trawick (Palm Desert): The single wing tailback rushed for 129 yds on 29 carries with just 19 of those yds resulting in six TDs of 1, 1, 1, 3, 6, and 7 yds as the Aztecs downed Coachella Valley of Thermal 65-35.

Sebastian Valencia (Riverdale): It wasn't close to his whopping 414-yard total from earlier in the season, but Valencia still got it done with 25 carries for 238 yds and two TDs in a 34-0 victory over Farmersville.

Tavis Ve'e (Alameda): Junior RB had 228 yds and four TDs in a 49-18 rout of Richmond.

Chris Vega (Serrano, Phelan): Ran through Sultana of Hesperia for 315 yds and four TDs on 23 carries in a 42-17 victory.

Crosby Wehr (Oakmont, Roseville): Passed for six TDs as the Vikings sailed past West Campus of Sacramento 55-0.

Jose Zaragoza (San Pasqual, Winterhaven): Scored all of his team's points in leading Warriors to a season ending first-win upset of Antelope, Arizona 20-12. Zaragoza rushed for 231 yds on 20 carries, scoring on runs of 95, 65 and two yds. "It made it all worth it," he commented.

EIGHT-MAN SPECIAL

David Burch (Liberty Christian, Huntington Beach): Just a freshman, Burch rushed for a school record 351 yds and three TDs on 39 carries in a wild 72-70** overtime loss to Liberty Christian of Huntington Beach.

Matt Ellis (Eastside Christian, Fullerton): QB had eight total offense TDs and 380 all-purpose yards in 72-70** overtime loss to Liberty Christian of Huntington Beach.

Tyler Mendel (Hillcrest Christian, Thousand Oaks): Had a reported unbelievable 11 sacks* and an interception even though opponent Pilgrim of Los Angeles scored 60 points in a 60-38 win.

T.J. Fakehinde (Eastside Christian, Fullerton): Scored five TDs including three on pass receptions as team lost to Liberty Christian of Huntington Beach in overtime 72-70.**

*Probably 11 tackles.

**Overall state record for most points by a losing team is 76 for Big Pine in a 82-76 eight-man regulation length loss to Smith Valley of Smith, Nevada in 1989; for most points by two California teams in a game, it's 144 in a 1994 11-man regulation length game when Bloomington defeated Artesia of Lakewood 82-62.


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