East County Sports

Marechiaro’s East County Athletes of the Week

 

PRESENTS

East County Athlete of the Week

WEEK TWELVE

OFFENSE

NATHAN TEMPLE, Santana

After being sidelined for a majority of the season due to a broken collarbone early in non-league play against Serra High, the gunslinger threw 7 touchdown passes, 532 yards, destroying prior school records, and assisted in defeating LJCD,76-55.

DEFENSE

JORGE GONZALEZ, Mountain Empire

Gonzalez got the nod for a crucial strip sack and recovery in a playoff victory over Army-Navy.


WEEK ELEVEN

OFFENSE

CHANCE JOHNSON, Steele Canyon

Down 21-16 with 2:42 left in the game versus Helix, on a bad knee, takes a 28-yard punt return to the Helix 24 to set up the winning touchdown, scored by Wes Neely III to defeat Helix 22-21 as the two point conversion attempt failed. This earned a three way Grossmont Hills League Title between Granite Hills, Helix, and Steele Canyon.

DEFENSE

DALLAS PRINCE – Mountain Empire

A two-way threat; picked off 3 of 6 Vincent Memorial passes to help defeat the Scots and claim the Manzanita League Championship. On the evening, the most memorable a 50-yard pick six and a 75-yard catch and touchdown thrown by Gabe Hydorn.


WEEK TEN

OFFENSE

KEGAN BAKER, Valhalla

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Baker, a junior, rushed for a school-record 363 yards, along with three touchdowns in a loss at El Capitan.

DEFENSE

NATHAN MATTAZARO, Christian

Mattazaro, a senior, had seven total tackles, including three solo stops, as the Patriots shutout visiting La Jolla to clinch at least a share of the Eastern League title.


WEEK NINE

OFFENSE

JADD MALLARD, Mount Miguel

Mallard, a senior, caught two passes, including a 35-yard touchdown, and also returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown as the Matadors defeated El Cajon Valley, 41-0, in a Grossmont Valley League game.

DEFENSE

HUNTER GAUTHIER, West Hills

Gauthier had a pair of sacks, and also had a 5-yard touchdown reception as the Wolf Pack defeated Escondido, 27-7, on Homecoming.


WEEK EIGHT

OFFENSE

WESLEY NEELY III, Steele Canyon

Neely, a sophomore, rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns as the Cougars defeated El Capitan, 55-21. Neely also had two tackles, including one for loss, and a 22-yard kickoff return.

DEFENSE

XAVIER HAMLETT, Helix

Hamlett had a 70-yard interception return for the Highlanders in a 55-6 win over Valhalla. It was the second-straight week Hamlett turned in a pick-six for the Highlanders.


WEEK SEVEN

OFFENSE

J.D. LAVERDIERE, Mount Miguel

Laverdiere, a sophomore, passed for 414 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-14 win at Santana. He went 24-for-35 from the air and also rushed seven times for 40 yards, including a 31-yard scramble.

DEFENSE

ETHEN BISHOP, Granite Hills

Bishop, a junior defensive back, had 21 tackles, including 11 solo stops, in the 30-27 Grossmont Hills League win at Steele Canyon. He also forced two fumbles, recovering one them, and broke up a pass.

 


WEEK SIX

OFFENSE

WICK HAUSER, El Capitan

Hauser, a junior, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Vaqueros’ 31-21 upset of West Hills, as El Capitan earned the Tony Burner Trophy for the first time. On the night, he was 14-for-21 passing for 149 yards.

DEFENSE

GARRETT ROSENTHAL, Christian

Rosenthal, a senior, had 12 tackles, a fumble recovery and knocked down two passes as the Patriots dominated against section-rival Santa Fe Christian, 33-10, on the road.


WEEK FIVE

OFFENSE

BROOKS MOUTAW, Santana

Moutaw, a junior, rushed for a 30-yard touchdown and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass as the Sultans defeated Vincent Memorial, 31-16.

 

DEFENSE

BILLY TELLOUS, Steele Canyon

Tellous, a senior, forced two fumbles and registered a sack and another tackle-for-loss, as the Cougars defeated Otay Ranch, 25-7.

 


WEEK FOUR

OFFENSE

ALEXANDER GONZALEZ, Christian

Gonzalez, a senior, caught five passes for 75 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, including one in the second overtime, as the undefeated Patriots defeated previously unbeaten Monte Vista, 22-21, at Valley Stadium.

DEFENSE

JAKE MAHEU, West Hills

Maheu, a junior, had a pair of sacks and the Wolf Pack defense produced five sacks total in a 13-0 shutout victory over Chula Vista.


WEEK THREE

OFFENSE

JORDIN YOUNG, West Hills

Young, a senior, accounted for 210 yards and five touchdowns in a 37-14 inter-sectional win over Sante Fe, of Sante Fe Springs. Young rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns and threw for two other scores.

 

DEFENSE

LOGAN SCHMIDT, Monte Vista

The junior had 10 tackles and three sacks in a 42-9 non-league win over Patrick Henry.


WEEK TWO

OFFENSE

DELSHAWN TRAYLOR, Helix

Traylor, a junior quarterback/running back, rushed for four touchdowns in the fourth-ranked Highlanders’ 34-3 win over visiting Arroyo Grande. Traylor carried 12 times for 70 yards.

 

DEFENSE

CAMERON WILL, Mountain Empire

Will, a senior, had 15 tackles, five assists and a sack for the RedHawks in a 35-0 win over visiting San Ysidro.


WEEK ONE

OFFENSE

RANDY SMITH, Santana

Smith, a junior, had three touchdown receptions for the Sultans in a season-opening 42-7 win over Mountain Empire at Santee Community Stadium. He reeled in scoring catches of 3, 6 and 11 yards from quarterback Nathan Temple.

DEFENSE

DYLAN RUTTER, Granite Hills

Rutter, a senior, had a game-sealing interception in the end zone in the final moments as the Eagles defeated Poway, 17-13, in the season opener. Rutter also had a 5-yard touchdown reception which gave Granite a 17-7 lead.

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