STATE STAT STARS OF THE WEEK

Among the many we've highlighted for significant statistical wizardry on the gridiron include one of the state's top junior running backs, one of the state's best seniors (at least we think so) and two kickers -- one with a 55-yard field goal and the other with a 54-yarder. Note: we realize that a lot of great players don't always pile up great stats because they're on teams that are so strong (re: Maurice Drew), so that's why the all-state teams aren't based that much on stats.

(Games of Nov. 14-16)

(Note: Does not include players from Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley or athlete of the week who are featured elsewhere on the site)

(Note: More players were added on Wednesday morning, Nov. 20, after initial post on Tuesday)

Nathan Adams (Calaveras, San Andreas): Churned out 211 yds on just 11 carries and scored five TDs as the Redskins tuned up for the Sac-Joaquin Div. IV playoffs with a 44-6 win over Bret Harte of Altaville.

Kyle Barker (Foothill, Pleasanton): Completed 19 of 26 passes for 296 yds and four TDs as Foothill took second place in the tough East Bay Athletic League with a 35-22 triumph over California of San Ramon. Since Barker is a junior, the EBAL will still have at least one sterling QB next season even though Kyle Wright and Sam Keller will be gone.

Aaron Briemaster (Desert, Edwards AFB): In a 46-6 triumph over Rosamond that wrapped up a perfect 10-0 regular season for the Scorpions, Briemaster scored five TDs -- three rushing, one on a kickoff return and one on a blocked punt recovery in the end zone.

Beau Budde (San Clemente): Back after missing five games with a broken foot, Budde completed 21 of 34 passes for 326 yds and a TD as San Clemente romped over Dana Hills of Dana Point 54-16.

Reggie Bush (Helix, La Mesa): Played an entire game for a change against arch-rival Monte Vista of Spring Valley and finished with 243 yds on 15 carries and scored four TDs. Helix won, 52-21, and claimed the top seed in the CIF San Diego Section Div. II playoffs.

Ralph Cataldo (Bishop): Makes the honor roll again with 13 carries for 242 yds and four TDs as Bishop whipped Kern Valley of Lake Isabella, 41-9.

Isaac Clark (Marshall, Pasadena): Just a sophomore, Clark led his team to a 48-34 victory over Campbell Hall of North Hollywood with 309 yds and four TDs rushing on 39 carries.

Jason Dean (Vanden, Travis AFB): Scored six TDs while rushing for 279 yds on 24 carries as Vanden downed Dixon 55-16.

Daniel Dixon (El Modena, Orange): Surpassed 2,000 rushing yds for the regular season with 254 while scoring four TDs as El Modena prevailed over Canyon of Anaheim 38-28.

Scott Doke (Loyola, Los Angeles): In a big 21-12 win over Servite of Anaheim, Doke went 13 of 23 passing for 280 yds and a TD.

Billy Elliott (Greenville): Senior running back went over the 1,000-yd mark and led Greenville to a 34-19 upset over Dunsmuir in the CIF Northern Section playoffs. Elliott carried 22 times for 305 yds and four TDs. Three of Billy's TD runs were all from at least 55 yds out.

Brian Fairbanks (Northwood, Irvine): Was a mad man on defense in team's 33-14 win over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana, focusing in on CC QB Terry Mermer and finishing with a reported 6.5 sacks.

Joel Felix (Modesto): Hauled in four TD passes from QB Jordan Starr, but a valiant upset effort by the Panthers fell short in a 35-28 loss to Central California Conference champion Merced.

Juan Gamboa (Bellarmine, San Jose): Since Jose Cortez is in trouble as the 49ers' kicker, maybe they should take a look at Juan. In Bellarmine's 28-20 win over St. Francis of Mountain View that locked up a CCS playoff berth, Gamboa set a school record with a 55-yd field goal and later in the game nailed one from 48 yds out. Okay, Juan isn't ready for the NFL. He did miss a PAT.

Ryno Gonzalez (Del Oro, Loomis): In a 30-13 win over Woodcreek of Roseville, Gonzalez rushed for 220 yds on 14 carries. Guess Rynos aren't that slow after all.

Neal Hubman (Immanuel, Reedley): Hubman was the hot man in Immanuel's 37-12 win over Riverdale as he went 13 of 17 for 313 yds and five TDs. Hubman hopes he stays hot this week in a key matchup vs. Fresno Christian.

Mike Hughes (Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley): Nailed a 54-yd field goal in the Cougars' 28-17 loss to J.W. North of Riverside. That goes along nicely with a 70-yd punt Hughes had earlier in the season.

Richard Irvin (Muir, Pasadena): Here he is again, this time for completing 18 of 26 passes for 371 yds and five TDs in a surprisingly lopsided 35-6 win over long-time rival Pasadena.

Josiah Jennings (Folsom): Carried 30 times for 280 yds and five TDs as the Bulldogs raced past Sheldon of Sacramento 41-16.

Mike Liti (Foothill, Tustin): Lit it up for 260 yds and two TDs rushing while catching two passes for 91 yds and two TDs as Foothill downed Newport Harbor of Newport Beach 45-21.

Marlow Lucky (North Hollywood): Team was lucky to have Marlow as the soph rushed for 244 yds and two TDs in helping to fend off Verdugo Hills of Tujunga's upset bid, 29-22.

Joey Luoma (Antioch): In a 31-21 loss to arch-rival Pittsburg, Luoma passed for 305 yds.

Gilbert Martinez (Manteca): Gilbert was the toast of the town with 258 yards rushing and three TDs to lead the Buffaloes past crosstown rival East Union, 28-7.

Steve Martinez (Wilson, Los Angeles): In a 21-0 blanking of L.A. Belmont, Martinez completed 15 of 20 passes for 275 yds and two TDs.

Aaron McGuiness (Crescenta Valley, La Crescenta): Passed for 312 yds and a pair of TDs and scored on a 17-yd run as the Falcons downed previously undefeated Arcadia 49-28.

Daniel Morales (La Habra): Repeat stat star was an artist against Troy of Fullerton, passing for 313 yds and two TDs in a 35-6 win.

Jaime Moreno (Marshall, Los Angeles): Passed Marshall past L.A. Lincoln 35-20 with 256 yds and four TDs (16-22).

Tyson Neuroth (Laytonville): Rushed for 401 yds and five TDs on 36 carries in leading his team to a 48-14 win over Deep Valley Christian of Redwood Valley. Somebody call us with Tyson's final regular season stats. Laytonville is in one of those pockets of the state where information is hard to come by.

Sean Norton (Hart, Newhall): In a 39-14 win over Valencia that marked the 58th straight in league play for the Indians, Norton passed for 368 yds and two TDs on 18 completions out of 26 attempts.

Michael Okwo (Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach): In only one half of action, Okwo made the Beverly Hills defenders look awkward with 181 yds rushing and six TDs. The Mustangs went on to a 49-9 victory.

Patrick Perry (Banning, Wilmington): Carried 33 times for 321 yds and a pair of TDs but rival Carson was to much for the Pilots this time as Carson romped 61-22. Patrick is just a junior and he should rate as one of SoCal's top RBs next season.

Brad Phelps (Albany): In a 41-32 victory over Richmond Kennedy, Phelps was the man, rushing for five TDs and 238 yds on 15 carries.

Mike Pratt (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa): Had five tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in a 26-8 win over Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.

Louis Rankin (Lincoln, Stockton): People better start Rankin this kid as one of the top backs in the state. In Lincoln's 62-6 romp past St. Mary's of Stockton, Rankin returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a score and then ran for TDs of 70 and 85 yards on his first two carries. Rankin finished with 346 all-purpose yards and five TDs. All that came in the first half as he sat the entire second half.

Jason Relyea (Poway): Among the state rushing leaders all season, Relyea carried 43 times...wow!...for 229 yards in a 23-16 loss to La Costa Canyon.

Adam Ricciardulli (Mission Bay, San Diego): Showed the same form as last year when he led Mission Bay to the Div. III section title, completing 12 of 20 passes for 337 yards and 4 TDs (all in the first half) in a 27-26 win over Serra of Tierrasanta. The good news for the Bucs is they get a week off with the No. 3 seed...the bad news is they will need it to rest Ricciardulli, who was hit in the knee in the second quarter and looked gimpy, but played the rest of the game.

Chris Riggins (Muir, Pasadena): Caught eight of Richard Irvin's passes for 214 yds and four TDs in a 35-6 win over traditional rival Pasadena. It's a matchup that's annually played in the Rose Bowl.

Matt Saldana (Denair): Piled up 252 yds on 20 carries and scored three TDs in a 54-12 win over Delhi that gave Denair a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. V playoffs despite a 3-7 overall record.

Paul Silva (Middletown): Caught 11 passes for 187 yds and a TD and threw a TD pass as Middletown downed Calistoga 42-0.

Clifton Smith (Edison, Fresno): Give the versatile Clifton one more Edison record as he sped for 281 yards rushing on 31 carries and scored three TDs in the Tigers' 33-14 playoff win over Tulare Western.

Eric Soriano-Hewitt (Murphy, Los Angeles): Carried 19 times for 257 yds and four TDs and caught two passes for 72 yds and two more TDs in a 59-24 pounding of Burbank's Bellarmine-Jefferson.

Tejon Sorrell (Vacaville Christian): Had 233 yds and two TDs rushing against Stone Ridge Christian of Merced in a 45-20 victory. Sorrell finished the regular season with 2,038 yds rushing and 26 TDs.

Ryne Staback (West Hills, Santee): Came up with 16 catches, just one off the San Diego Section single game record, for 136 yds and one TD in a 21-19 loss to Santana. QB Blake Sutton was 30 of 46 for 269 yds and one TD.

Dwight Tardy (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs): Was timely again, rushing for 242 yds and three TDs on 24 carries in a 42-7 victory over St. Francis of La Canada.

Adam Tenney (Carlsbad): Tied a state record with a 99-yd TD catch from QB Sean Canfield and also hauled in TD catches from 92 and 20 yds out as the Lancers rolled past Mt. Carmel, 49-0.

Kenny Trevillion (Tokay, Lodi): Broke a school record by two yards, and became his school's two-year leader as well, with 24 carries for 248 yards and two TDs in a 21-0 win over Lodi.

Marco Vasquez (South Gate): Rambled for 300 yds and two TDs on 26 carries in leading his team over L.A. Garfield 19-15.

Chauncey Washington (South, Torrance): Came back from injury two weeks ago in time to lead the Spartans into the playoffs, last week with 263 yds and three TDs rushing in a 38-10 win over Torrance.

Brent Webber (Sanger): Do they call this guy B-Webb? He certainly deserves a flashy nickname after another strong effort for perhaps the top overall team this year in the Central Section. Webber's latest outing was 31 carries for 253 yds and two TDs as Sanger moved on in the postseason with a 21-9 win vs. North of Bakersfield.

Danny Zajda (Valley Center): Wide receiver pulled in 9 passes for a whopping 258 yards with 2 touchdowns including one of 62 yards in a 35-21 win against Orange Glen of Escondido. Zajda's yardage total is fourth best in San Diego Section history.


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