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    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP QUARTERBACKS (Listed in alphabetical order) Nate Bell, Liberty, 5-10, 175, senior Jaden Rashada isn’t the only Bay Valley Athletic League quarterback who should put up huge statistical totals this season. Bell was the definition of a dual-threat last year, throwing for 1,304 yards and 13 touchdowns, and running for 445 yards and three scores, too. Now entering his senior season, Bell will need to take another leap if Liberty wants to dethrone Pittsburg at the top of the BVAL. Jake Boyd, Los Gatos, 6-0, 170, senior Boyd was very efficient in 2021, throwing for 22 touchdowns with only six interceptions, and adding five touchdowns with his legs. The Wildcats’ 10-1 record last season was due, in large part, to Boyd’s ability to avoid mistakes. Coach Mark Krail said his quarterback “has that ‘it’ factor and it shows on Friday nights.” Matthew Dougherty, St. Francis, 6-6, 200, senior The last time the Bay Area saw Dougherty in action, he was throwing the streak-busting touchdown pass to defeat De La Salle. The tall righthander missed the rest...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP RUNNING BACKS (Listed in alphabetical order) Monte Beam, Concord, 5-9, 170, junior Beam was a consistent presence on a Concord team in desperate need of it, running for 797 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He reportedly has improved both his strength and speed this offseason. Charles Brown Jr., Antioch, 5-7, 155, senior The Pittsburg transfer was a terror next to Jaden Rashada last season, running for 14 touchdowns and 992 yards. Brown Jr. will now be counted on to provide similar production at Pittsburg’s rival, Antioch, which is aiming for the league crown. Salvador Espinoza, Lincoln-San Jose, 5-7, 155, senior The baseball standout for Lincoln is also one of the best runners in the South Bay. Espinoza ran for 827 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. Was named the BVAL Mt. Hamilton’s most valuable running back. Jordan Fuentes, Live Oak, 5-11, 160, senior Even though he battled injuries last season, Fuentes was still prolific on the ground for Live Oak. In eight games played, he ran for 623 yards and four touchdowns. Charles...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP DEFENSIVE BACKS (Listed in alphabetical order) Joseph Bey, Serra, 5-11, 170, junior All-Bay Area News Group honorable mention last season. Three-star prospect with offers from Arizona State, Pittsburg and San Jose State, according to 247Sports. Robin Boyd, Pittsburg, 5-11, 170, senior The three-star player might not find stronger competition than he sees in practice, defending a foursome of wide receiver prospects on the Pittsburg roster. Anthony Delguidice, James Logan, 5-10, 155, senior Received honorable mention recognition from the Bay Area News Group in 2021. Should be a defensive leader this fall as Logan aims for another league championship. Daniel Escorza, Wilcox, 5-4, 140, senior A three-year starter at free safety, he led the Chargers in tackles last season as the Santa Clara school nearly captured a state championship.  Jacob Gastrock, Mt. Eden, 5-6, 150, senior Shutdown cornerback received high praise from his coach, Paul Perenon, who said, “Literally no one attempts to throw on him. For good reason. He is a superb ‘cover’ corner and had one of the top 5 plays in the...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP KICKERS/PUNTERS (Listed in alphabetical order) Riley Balch, Amador Valley, 5-11, 150, senior A top returning kicker in the East Bay Athletic League, he received second-team all-league honors last season in the Mountain Division. He made 16 of 20 PAT attempts and has a 4.5-star rating as a kicker and a punter by Kohl’s kicking. Nick Barrett, Las Lomas, 6-3, 175, senior Barrett, a four-year starter for Las Lomas, is rated a five-star kicker by Chris Sailer kicking and the No. 36 kicker in the class of 2023. Conner  Cook, Carlmont, 6-0, 175, senior Went 22 for 25 in PATs and was awarded first-team Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division as a punter and kicker. He is ranked No. 83 in the kickers class of 2023 by Chris Sailer kicking. Tashi Dorje, Liberty, 6-2, 185, senior The No. 32 ranked punter in the class of 2023 by Chris Sailer kicking earned his way to the all-Bay Area News Group first-team and was a unanimous first-team all-Bay Valley Athletic League selection last season. Six of his 29...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP LINEBACKERS (Listed in alphabetical order) Zachary Acton, Homestead, 5-9, 175, senior If a play goes to Acton’s side of the field, he’s probably going to make it. He put up 166 tackles and 13 tackles for loss, and had 20 hurries as a pass rusher. He predictably was named to the all-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division team at the end of his junior season and was named to last season’s all-Bay Area News Group team. Marley Alapati, De La Salle, 5-11, 200, junior Alapati was named to the all-East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division first team and put up 46 tackles and two sacks. Should be one of many standouts for perennial power De La Salle. Keith Brown, College Park, 5-10, 210, senior There aren’t many, if any, more prolific pass rushers than Brown in the Bay Area. In eight games played, Brown took down the quarterback 10 different times and tackled other ball carriers behind the line on 12 occasions. Brown also made the most of his time in the...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP WIDE RECEIVERS (Listed in alphabetical order) Editor’s note: It remains unclear where former Valley Christian star Jurrion Dickey, a five-star receiver committed to Oregon, will play this fall. Here is our most recent story. Andrew Adkison, St. Francis, 5-11, 190, senior Three-star receiver finished last season with 18 catches for 416 yards and four TDs to help St. Francis capture the WCAL title. Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports. Zachary Card, Pittsburg, 5-10, 175, senior Sixth in the 100 meters at the CIF state track and field finals in May. Three-star football prospect committed to Oregon State. One of the targets who will be on the receiving end of Jaden Rashada’s passes this fall. Kingston Gardere, Kennedy-Fremont, 5-9, 150, senior Honorable mention all-Bay Area News Group selection last season. Averaged 12.9 yards per reception. Caught five TD passes. Keynan Higgins, Pittsburg, 6-5, 185, senior Three-star prospect has six offers, including Arizona State, BYU and Pittsburgh. Averaged 28.3 yards per catch in limited targets last fall. Zachary Jones, Archbishop Riordan, 5-10, 175, senior Finished with 627...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP OFFENSIVE LINE (Listed in alphabetical order) Justin Asuelo, Hercules, 5-10, 225, senior Plugs the middle of the trenches as a two-way player at center and nose guard. One the team captains, he was a first-team all-TCAL Stone selection as a junior for a team that went undefeated in league play. Soane Faasolo, Menlo-Atherton, 6-9, 280, senior University of Washington commit is a two-way lineman whom M-A coach Chris Saunders said could be the area’s best and most dominant lineman. He played every snap on offense and a large number of snaps on defense last season. Michael Forney, Archbishop Mitty, 6-4, 275, senior A first-team all-WCAL selection last year, he’s drawn the attention of San Jose State and UC Davis on the recruiting trail. Showed off his strength during spring as one of three Monarchs to hit a home run on the baseball team. Richard McKay, Clayton Valley, 6-7, 280, senior An imposing figure in the trenches, the three-star recruit has offers from Arizona, Fresno State and San Jose State. He anchored an o-line that rushed...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP DEFENSIVE LINE (Listed in alphabetical order) Rickari Campbell, El Cerrito, 6-4, 180, senior First-team honors in the Tri-County Athletic League’s Rock Division and an all-Bay Area News Group honorable mention pick in 2021. Helped El Cerrito win the Rock title last fall with an undefeated record. Isaiah Chala, Archbishop Riordan, 6-5, 260, senior Three-star recruit with offers from Cal, Northern Arizona and Idaho. Honorable mention recognition by the Bay Area News Group last season. Should be a nice presence for first-year Riordan coach Adhir Ravipati. Zachary Enderle, Live Oak, 5-10, 230, senior Three-year varsity starter will be a strong presence for the Acorns on the defensive and offensive lines. Was a first-team all-Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division pick last season. Nalesoni Fakava, San Mateo, 5-10, 250, junior Defensive lineman of the year in the Peninsula Athletic League’s Lake Division as a sophomore last fall. Will be playing running back this season, too. Coach Jeff Scheller said Fakava will use his “rugby experience to be the center of the triple option offense.” Santino...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP RUNNING BACKS/ATHLETES (Listed in alphabetical order) Camilo Arquette, St. Francis, 6-0, 210, senior The engine that makes St. Francis’ offense accelerate. Can do it all on both sides of the ball. Second-team all-Bay Area News Group recognition as an all-purpose back in the spring. Josh Butler, Palo Alto, 5-11, 195, senior Rushed for 601 yards (150.3 per game) and eight touchdowns last spring, among the best in the CCS.  Mark Eby, Leland, 6-2, 180, senior Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton’s junior of the year in the spring. Ran for 677 yards and seven touchdowns. MORE PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW COVERAGE De La Salle: Five things we learned at first practice Preseason all-BANG: Offensive line Preseason all-BANG: Defensive line Preseason all-BANG: Receivers/tight ends Preseason all-BANG: Linebackers  Preseason all-BANG: Kickers/punters Bay Valley Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish MVAL/WACC: Top players, predicted order of finish Diablo Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Tri-County Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Peninsula Athletic...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP DEFENSIVE BACK (Listed in alphabetical order) Zeke Berry, De La Salle, CB, 6-1, 200, senior There’s a reason coach Justin Alumbaugh describes him as a “potential All-American.” A return specialist, a receiver and a lockdown cornerback, he could end up on either side of the ball at the University of Arizona, where he committed over the summer. Jeremiah Earby, Menlo-Atherton, CB, 6-2, 170, senior As a two-way starter at WR and CB, “dominant on both sides,” coach Chris Saunders said. Picked off two passes last spring and also returns as M-A’s second-leading receiver. Jayden Ennis, Heritage, SS, 6-1, 200, senior Played through turf toe all spring and still earned a second-team all-league selection with 24 tackles and an interception. Fully healthy, Ennis should also make an impact at wide receiver. MORE PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW COVERAGE De La Salle: Five things we learned at first practice Preseason all-BANG: Offensive line Preseason all-BANG: Defensive line Preseason all-BANG: Receivers/tight ends Preseason all-BANG: Linebackers MVAL/WACC: Top players, predicted order...
    Dino Beslagic, Santa Clara, 6-4, 185, senior Kicked and punted for the Bruins last spring. Averaged 42.2 yards per punt. Joaquim Bonnet, Gunn, 6-0, 162, senior Led Central Coast Section kickers in scoring among teams that reported stats to MaxPreps, finishing with 33 points (30 PATs, one field goal). Sam Betz, Leigh, 6-1, 210, senior Kicked 24 PATs and a field goal in the spring, finishing third among kickers in scoring in the CCS for teams that submitted stats. MORE PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW COVERAGE De La Salle: Five things we learned at first practice Preseason all-BANG: Offensive line Preseason all-BANG: Defensive line Preseason all-BANG: Receivers/tight ends Preseason all-BANG: Linebackers  MVAL/WACC: Top players, predicted order of finish Diablo Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Tri-County Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Peninsula Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Oakland Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Blossom Valley Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Trent Carrizosa, Del Mar, 6-3, senior Received all-Bay...
    PRESEASON ALL BAY-AREA NEWS GROUP LINEBACKER (Listed in alphabetical order) Colin Borrelli, Liberty, 6-0, 210, senior Back from an injury that kept him out most of the spring, Borrelli is an “athletic, playmaking linebacker,” coach Matt Hoefs said. Made 41 tackles starting as a sophomore in 2019, and also drops into coverage. Andrew Buck, Menlo-Atherton, 6-0, 200, senior Coach Chris Saunders’ pick for PAL Bay Division’s defensive MVP this season. As a junior, made 33 tackles in five games, the most on a defense that limited opponents to 11.0 ppg. Jakobe Harmon, Pittsburg, 6-0, 205, senior Led Pittsburg with 36 tackles, including 8.0 for loss, in the spring and earned a second-team All-Bay Valley selection. MORE FOOTBALL PREVIEW COVERAGE Preseason all-BANG: Offensive line Preseason all-BANG: Defensive line Preseason all-BANG: Receivers/tight ends Peninsula Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Oakland Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Blossom Valley Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Justin Ibarra, De Anza, 6-3, 210, senior Returning starter,...
    PRESEASON ALL-BAY AREA NEWS GROUP DEFENSIVE LINE (Listed in alphabetical order) Miles Bailey, Benicia, 6-4, 260, senior Fresno State commit IS rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports. Second-team All-Bay Area News Group in the spring. Tied for the team lead last spring with four sacks. Also had 18 hurries and 31 tackles. Alijah Brown, Bishop O’Dowd, 6-4, 220, senior O’Dowd coach David Perry says Brown “will be the most disruptive defensive end in our league. A physical freak.” Tigana Cisse, McClymonds, 6-4, 285, senior Should be a force in the trenches for the Oakland powerhouse. He also gets it done in the classroom (4.00 GPA). MORE FOOTBALL PREVIEW COVERAGE Preseason all-BANG: Offensive line Oakland Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish Blossom Valley Athletic League: Top players, predicted order of finish De La Salle: Five things we learned at first practice Zachary Denis, The King’s Academy, 6-4, 220, senior Honorable mention all-Bay Area News Group selection last spring. Has a 4.3 weighted GPA. James Gordon III,...
    SAN MATEO — When David Bakhtiari, the Green Bay Packers’ all-Pro offensive tackle, visits his favorite hometown breakfast spot, he’s usually the biggest guy in the joint. That is, with the exception of nearby Serra High School’s current crop of offensive linemen, including their two towering tackles, 6-foot-6 Drew Azzopardi and 6-foot-5 Nathan Elu, on a particular day this past June. The greasy spoon: Christie’s in Burlingame. The Padre linemen spotted Bakhtiari through the window and asked for a photo. And it was Azzopardi and Elu who put their arms over the shoulders of the 6-foot-4, two-time first-team All-Pro, a 2009 Serra graduate himself. “We saw a dude in a green shirt and a ponytail, so we knew right away it was him,” Azzopardi said. “We took a picture with him because, like, as O-linemen, he’s the best left tackle in the league.” “I felt like kind of an alpha move was, when we took the photo, they put their arms over my shoulder,” Bakhtiari recalled in a radio appearance later that week. Serra oline...
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