All-SCV first-team defenseJimmy Stirwalt, Saugus, Senior, LB Stirwalt is 5 feet 7 inches of unbridled energy. His motor just didn’t stop. He finished his second season on varsity with 78 total tackles, 52 of the solo variety, in 13 games. Reilly Royce, Valencia, Senior, LB A gritty, quick linebacker, Royce tallied 18 tackles and three sacks for the Vikings. He also caused two fumbles and recovered another. Trevor Laibl, Hart, Senior, LB Laibl put a cap on his final varsity season with 98 total tackles, with two for a loss, and one sack. Laibl also competed in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in December. Ryan Camacho, West Ranch, Junior, DB Camacho is an all-around athlete who can get the job done at almost anywhere on the field, but this season, he really shined in the Wildcats’ secondary. He had 30 tackles and five interceptions for 60 yards. De’Maurea Pride-Ruiz, Saugus, Senior, DB Pride-Ruiz always seemed to be in the thick of things for the Centurions. He had 31 total tackles and two interceptions in 11 games. He also contributed on offense, collecting one rushing touchdown and one touchdown catch. Henry Vera, Canyon, Junior, DB The Cowboys can expect big things from Vera next season. He totaled five interceptions this season and is as smart as he is physical. CJ Ravenell, Golden Valley, Senior, DE Ravenell blossomed this year as a d-end, improving on last season’s campaign by tallying 79 total tackles and 13 sacks for a loss of 86 yards. He recovered three fumbles, caused three fumbles and blocked two field goals. CJ McMullen, Hart, Senior, DE McMullen had 25 sacks this season. He had a sack in every single game this year, with a season-high seven against Sierra Canyon on Nov. 10. He also chipped in 82 total tackles. Josh Washington, Valencia, Senior, DL Washington was a sturdy, strong focal point for the Vikings’ defensive line. In his senior campaign, he had 13 tackles and three sacks while forcing three fumbles. Josh DeNeal, Valencia, Senior, DE DeNeal took the field alongside Josh Washington and Ben Seymour. The result was a defensive trifecta. DeNeal contributed 25 tackles – including 19 for a loss – as well as 9.5 sacks for a loss of 50 yards. He also recovered two fumbles. Aaron Rodriguez, Hart, Junior, P Rodriguez hardly ever gave an opponent good field positioning, as he punted for 1,943 yards on 51 attempts. He also made 45 of 47 PAT attempts for 57 points.
MORE ALL-SCV: Girls cross country / Girls golf / Girls tennis doubles / Girls tennis singles/ Boys cross country/ Football (offense)All-SCV first-team all-purpose DeGabriel Floyd, Golden Valley, Junior, DB/LB/WR/RB/QB/PR Floyd, who’s decommitted from USC since the end of the season, was everything a team could hope for in an all-purpose talent. Floyd contributed at quarterback, running back and wide receiver on offense, linebacker and safety on defense and was lethal returning punts. Floyd led Golden Valley with 14 total touchdowns and collected 73 tackles — five for a loss — and had two interceptions. Ahvie Harris, Golden Valley, Senior, DB/WR Harris anchored the Grizzlies’ defense at cornerback but also matched Lewis for a team-high six receiving touchdowns. He hauled in 17 passes for 372 yards receiving in total this year. He had 69 tackles — six for a loss — and seven passes defended as well. Jayvaun Wilson, Valencia, Senior, DB/RB Wilson was hampered by an injury in the postseason but still finished the year with 724 yards rushing to go with 19 touchdowns. He also worked at safety to aid a Valencia secondary that already includes Mykael Wright and Zion Dunson. Wilson had two receiving touchdowns, to go with 186 yards.
All-SCV second-team defenseTyler Hampsten, Saugus, Senior, LB Hampsten and All-SCV first-teamer Jimmy Stirwalt were tackling machines for Saugus this season. Both players logged 78 tackles, with nine of Hampsten’s coming for a loss. He also had two sacks and was an All-Foothill League first-teamer. Julian Salazar, Hart, Senior, LB Salazar led the Indians with 111 tackles on the season. He also had two interceptions, a sack and forced a fumble. Twelve of his tackles came during the team’s win over Sierra Canyon in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 3 tournament. Jake Killingsworth, West Ranch, Senior, LB Besides owning one of the better last names for a linebacker, Killingsworth seemed to be at the center of everything for West Ranch, totaling 87 tackles. He also recorded three sacks and recovered a fumble. Zion Dunson, Valencia, Senior, DB Dunson coupled with Jayvaun Wilson and Mykael Wright to form the Foothill League’s most formidable secondary by a long shot. Dunson picked off two passes this year and dealt with a high volume of targets due to teams staying away from Wright’s side of the field. Devin Thompson, Saugus, Junior, DB Thompson led Saugus with four interceptions this season and racked up 41 tackles. He was named to the All-Foothill League second-team offense, too, racking up 346 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Josh Clark, Hart, Senior, DB Clark was a stabilizing force in the Hart secondary, picking off two passes and tying for a team-high with seven pass defenses. Clark, who also had 23 tackles, and Da’Von Jones provided quite the duo at cornerback. Ben Seymour, Valencia, Junior, DE Seymour was second on the Vikings with 7 ½ sacks and was one of several imposing forces on their defensive line, along with Foothill League Defensive Player of the Year, Joshua DeNeal. Seymour also collected 21 tackles for a loss. Derrese Morganfield, Golden Valley, Junior, DE Morganfield had a team-high 107 tackles for the Grizzlies. Paired opposite of CJ Ravenell, he also had 14 tackles for a loss and 5 ½ sacks. Morganfield and Seymour should both be contenders for next season’s Foothill League Defensive Player of the Year. Jonathan Kaelin, Golden Valley, Sophomore, DE This may be Kaelin’s only season on the All-SCV defensive team because his contributions at wide receiver will likely outweigh any kind of defensive stats. He had five tackles in the Grizzlies’ loss to Bishop Diego in the CIF-SS Division 6 final and recovered a fumble. Thomas Bambrick, Hart, Senior, DT Bambrick was an imposing force within the trenches this year, recording 58 tackles and 6 ½ sacks. He provided the Indians with some muscle inside while C.J. McMullen piled up the sacks at defensive end. Matthew Heinrich, Valencia, Senior, P Valencia didn’t punt very often this season but when it did, it was in good hands. Heinrich averaged 38.6 yards through 36 punts, pinning opponents inside their own 20-yard line on 12 occasions.
All-SCV second-team all-purposeDJ Turner, Golden Valley, Senior, RB/LB Turner was unstoppable at both running back and linebacker. He excelled as a running back, collecting 755 yards and six touchdowns on 141 carries. At linebacker, he had 60 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles. Shawn Gallagher, Canyon, Junior, QB/LB/P Gallagher did a little bit of everything for the Cowboys. He was an impulsive dual-threat quarterback who passed for 1,341 yards and ran for another 732. He provided support on defense at the middle linebacker spot. Luring Paialii, Valencia, Junior, RB/LB Paialii played in eight games due to CIF transfer rules, but he contributed almost immediately in games. He was a freight train as a goal line running back, scoring 12 touchdowns and tallying 151 yards on 29 rushes. He added nine tackles for a loss, two sacks and a pass deflection as a linebacker.
Honorable mentionCanyon – Anthony Gutierrez Golden Valley – Aidan Baptiste Hart – Michael Colangelo Saugus – Nathan Eldridge Valencia – Kyle Quintal West Ranch – Kuan Glasgow SCCS – Blaike Orth Trinity – Tyler Lee