First-Team OffenseBrendan Adam, Valencia, Senior, WR Adam led the Vikings in receptions (42) and was second in yards (645). His best game of the year came in Valencia’s season opener against Palmdale. Adam caught seven passes for 157 yards in a 52-7 win. He caught a touchdown against Bakersfield, Saugus and Canyon. Gabriel Coronado, Golden Valley, Senior, K Also named All-Foothill League first-team offense, Coronado kicked for 66 points this season. He went 45-for-47 on PATs and seven-for-10 on field goals, with a season-long kick of 37 yards. Coronado gave the Grizzlies the extra boost it needed to make the most of their first playoff run, which ended in the CIF-SS Division 7 semifinals. Tristan Georgio, West Ranch, Senior, OL Georgio returned as one of the most experienced players on the team and played on both the offensive and defensive line. As a guard, he was named first-team all-league and overall gave the Wildcats’ O-line a little bit more confidence as West Ranch continued rebuilding. Georgio was the type of player to bowl opponents over, then keep on moving.
First-Team DefenseDarius Anthony, Golden Valley, Senior, LB After the graduation of Bryan Barerra and Trevor McKnight, Golden Valley’s defense needed a new leader. That player was Anthony. He was a true student of the game, he watched film every day and developed the ability to quickly pick up on defensive schemes and line up the Grizzlies defense. Anthony finished the season with 150 total tackles, which included 91 solo tackles. On top of that, he had nine sacks. Tai Brown, Golden Valley, Senior, LB Brown made some moves as a running back when he filled in for an injured KJ Maduike, but where he really shined was at the linebacker position. He had a team-high 11 sacks. In 13 games, he tallied 56 total tackles, with 38 of the solo variety. Ryan Camacho, West Ranch, Sophomore, DB Camacho brought a fresh, new spark to a West Ranch team that was looking for a new image. He tied the single-season program record for interceptions with six picks. As a sophomore on his first varsity team, that’s a pretty good look. Camacho is a scrappy guy who is capable of the unexpected, which makes him very fun to watch.
First-Team All-PurposeCamden Apsay, Canyon, Senior, WR/DB Apsay’s best game came against Oxnard on Sept. 9. He caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He also intercepted two passes in a 28-21 win. On the season, he had 50 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns. He intercepted four passes and made 23 tackles. Jayvaun Wilson, Valencia, Sophomore, RB/DB Wilson was a game breaker on offense and defense. As a running back, he averaged 9.7 yards per carry. He rushed for 378 yards and eight touchdowns in all. He intercepted one pass and recovered a fumble on defense. But his presence was greatly missed in Valencia’s secondary after he suffered an injury and missed the final three games of the season. The Vikings gave up five passing TDs to San Clemente’s Jack Sears in a CIF-SS semifinal loss. Mykael Wright, Valencia, Sophomore, WR/DB Wright missed the first two games of the season after transferring from Antelope Valley High. He then became one of the Vikings’ most impactful players, providing big plays in the passing game and lockdown defense in the secondary. Wright caught 31 passes for team highs of 669 yards and eight touchdowns. He intercepted seven passes on defense.
Second-Team OffenseColton Costanza, Canyon, Senior, OL Costanza started both ways for the Cowboys in his senior campaign. He played tackle on offense and nose guard on defense, where he displayed what coach Rich Gutierrez calls “catlike reflexes.” Zion Dunson, Valencia, Junior, WR Dunson proved clutch in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. He caught three passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns in the first round and five passes for 93 yards and two more touchdowns in the quarterfinals. He caught 38 passes for 596 yards and seven TDs on the year. Cole Edwards, Valencia, Junior, OL The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder played guard and tackle for a Valencia team that showed balance offensively throughout the year. Edwards impressed his coaches with his consistency and will be one of four returners on the Valencia offensive line next year. Nathan Eldridge, Saugus, Junior, QB Eldridge had to fill the shoes of graduated quarterback Louis Eusebi, a tall task that he proved he was ready for. In 12 games with the Cents, Eldridge completed 143-of-280 passes for 2,010 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The junior finished his season in the CIF-SS D6 playoffs with a loss to Wilson, throwing for 204 yards in the effort. Michael Hawley, Golden Valley, Senior, OL Hawley played both sides of the ball but was named All-Foothill League for offense. Now he’s earned his first All-SCV honor. Playing at tackle, his 6-foot, 195-pound frame was both sturdy and quick, which helped guys like KJ Maduike rack up yardage. Matt Larkins, Hart, Senior, OL The Indians’ left tackle helped the offense average 30 points per game. Quarterback Nick Moore passed for 2,154 yards and 21 touchdowns with Larkins protecting his blind side. Daniel Madison, Hart, Senior, WR The Indians’ receiving corps was a big question mark entering the season, and Madison was a big part of answering the bell. He led the Indians with 44 receptions. His catches went for a total of 472 yards and three touchdowns. Jared Pane, Saugus, Senior, WR In his final season with the Centurions, Pane totaled 504 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 34 catches. One of those touchdowns came in the CIF-SS Division 6 playoff game against Crescenta Valley, which helped Saugus to a win. Nate Racina, West Ranch, Senior, OL Racina lined up next to All-SCV first-teamer Tristan Georgio to create a sturdy offensive line. The center was one of 30 seniors on a squad eager to make a change for the better. His blocking was essential in opening holes and allowing running back Jake Rice to have a breakout season. Jake Rice, West Ranch, Senior, RB In the first week of league, it was apparent that big things were going to come from this first-year running back. Rice broke the Wildcats’ record for single-game rushing yards and number of touchdowns in a game in the Wildcats’ league opener against Canyon with 314 yards and four touchdowns. By the end of the season, West Ranch’s go-to offensive weapon had 966 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Anton Xerez-Burgos, Valencia, Senior, K When Valencia scored touchdowns this season, it almost undoubtedly got the extra point. And in high school football, that can’t be undervalued. Xerez-Burgos made 49 of 50 PAT attempts this year and was 3-of-5 on field goals. His long came from 43 yards.
Second-Team DefenseRay Ibrahim, Golden Valley, Senior, LB Ibrahim’s most memorable moment may have been his 75-yard touchdown reception in the first round of the D7 playoffs, but that’s not why he’s on this list. Ibrahim had 62 total tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and two deflected passes — and a blocked punt against San Gorgonio in the semis. Tahjeem Johnson-Rahmaan, Saugus, Senior, LB Johnson-Rahmaan was part of a calculated defense that had great execution overall. He had 37 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. His most recent pick was against Crescenta Valley in the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs. DJ McIntyre, Golden Valley, Senior, DB While defense didn’t win the Grizzlies a championship, as the adage goes, it got them pretty far in the playoffs. McIntyre, who finished the season with five interceptions and 69 tackles, went above and beyond in the defensive backfield with his ability to navigate and fly to ball-carriers. CJ McMullen, Hart, Junior, DE McMullen provided pressure off the edge for an Indians team that finished second in the Foothill League after taking down Saugus in the regular-season finale. McMullen recorded nine sacks on the year. Clay Pokorny, Valencia, Senior, LB Pokorny made 11 tackles for loss. He recorded three sacks, three interceptions and forced two fumbles. In a 45-19 win over Golden Valley on Oct. 14, Pokorny intercepted two passes. He rushed for a touchdown in Valencia’s regular-season finale against Canyon. Aaron Rodriguez, Hart, Sophomore, P Rodriguez posted a 37.6 yards per punt average for the season, helping the Indians win the field-position battle. He made 38-of-43 extra point attempts and 4-of-6 field goals. Reilly Royce, Valencia, Junior, LB Royce ended the year with the most tackles for loss of anyone on Valencia’s hyper-aggressive defense. That says something. He recorded eight sacks, 2.5 of which came in the Vikings’ CIF-Southern Section Division 2 semifinal loss to San Clemente. A Valencia coach said afterward Royce had been the best defender in the game. Nick Soto, Hart, Senior, LB Soto was a big part of a deep linebacking unit at Hart. He was the team’s third-leading tackler with 64 total tackles, 20 of those stops being of the solo variety. Tariq Speights, Valencia, Senior, LB After suffering a season-ending knee injury midway through the 2015 season, Speights re-earned a starting position in the Vikings’ linebacking corps this year and made the most of it. He made 13 tackles for loss and recorded 5.5 sacks. He returned an interception for a touchdown against Hart. CJ Stokes, Hart, Senior, DB Stokes recorded five interceptions, broke up nine passes and made 45 total tackles this season to cap a strong varsity career for the Indians. He made the All-SCV first team as a junior. Blake Walkowiak, Saugus, Senior, DE Walkowiak started the season late due to concussion protocol. But once Foothill League play came around, he hit the ground running and with no hesitation. In six games, Walkowiak tallied four sacks and 29 tackles. He was an expert at getting to opposing quarterbacks as fast and as directly as possible.
Second-Team All-PurposeGary Bojorquez, Saugus, Senior, SB/DB Bojorquez was an equal contributor in rushing, receiving and defense. He notched 53 carries for 251 yards and five touchdowns as well as 25 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, he had 34 tackles and one sack. Whenever the Cents seemed out of options, there was always Bojorquez. Jacob Moss, Senior, SCCS, WR/RB/CB It was expected that Moss would have a standout senior season as a receiver, and maybe even defensively, but his rushing statistics were a surprise. When the injury bug hit the Cardinals, Moss filled in at running back, a position he hadn’t played since middle school. He ended up with 429 rushing yards with six touchdowns. He also earned 1,601 receiving yards, 48 tackles and six interceptions. Tim Wiggins, Valencia, Senior, WR/DB Wiggins was a consistent contributor on both sides of the ball. He caught 21 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns for the Foothill League’s best passing attack. He intercepted three passes on defense, returning the first one for a touchdown in Valencia’s season opener.
Honorable MentionCanyon: Henry Arellano, Senior, RB Golden Valley: Josh Valano, Senior, QB Hart: Steven Hansen, Senior, LB Saugus: Quinn Sheaffer, Junior, RB Valencia: Jordan Trujillo, Senior, LB West Ranch: Jovan Camacho, Sophomore, WR SCCS: Tyler Kalinske, Senior, WR/DB Trinity: Tyler Lee, Junior, QB/TE