East County
EAST COUNTY ATHLETES OF THE WEEK — 2011-12
 
 
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WEEK 10 / May 7-12 WEEK 11 / May 14-19 WEEK 12 / May 21-26
MARISSA CUEVAS, El Capitan
Cuevas, a sophomore designated player, drove in the game-tying run with a sacrifice fly, then saw the walk-off, game-winning run score on her line drive that was dropped, giving the Vaqueros their first win over Santana in 10 years, gaining a share of the GVL title – the first for the school since 1995.
DELANIE GOURLEY, El Capitan (No.13, right in photo) — Gourley, a junior, left-handed pitcher, advanced the Vaqueros into the CIF semifinals for the first time since 2002. She tossed a shutout and knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 7th to nip Del Norte, 1-0, then downed second-seeded West Hills, 3-2. C.J. MERRILL, El Capitan (No. 1, left in photo) — Merrill, a senior shortstop, accounted for all of the offense to lead the Vaqueros to the CIF Division III crown. She ripped a go-ahead, 2-run triple, then also scored the team's other two runs in a 4-1 decision over GVL rival Santana in the finale at UC San Diego.
JUWUN McCRAY, Mount Miguel
The 6-foot-2, 150-pound senior right-hander fired his second shutout over Grossmont Valley League rival Monte Vista, stopping the Monarchs 4-0 on a two-hitter in the battle for second place. McCray walked 3 and struck out 7. In two games, he collected two hits (one of them a triple), scored three and logged two RBI.
BRIAN ASHWILL, Santana
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound double-threat senior right-hander closed the regular season in a rush. As a pitcher, Ashwill pitched eight innings, including one complete game. He was 1-0 and allowed just one run and one hit. As a batter, he hit .600 with a home run, a double, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored.
CONNOR HOPKINS , Valhalla
The versatile 5-foot-10, 150-pound junior batted .500 with 7 hits in 14 at-bats for the Norsemen who advanced to round four of the SDCIF Division II playoffs. Hopkins whacked 3 doubles and batted in 6 runs. Arguably his biggest moment was pitching 4 1/3 innings in a 5-3 elimination game nod over defending Division II defending champion Helix.
WEEK 7 / Apr. 16-21 WEEK 8 / Apr. 23-28 WEEK 9 / Apr. 30-May 5
TANNER PERRY, Steele Canyon
The Cougars’ leadoff man batted at a .583 clip with 7 hits in 12 at-bats for the Grossmont Hills League-leading Cougars. The 5-foot-7, 160-pound sophomore shortstop drove in 7 runs and scored 5. The transfer from Christian has become a premier hitter for Steele Canyon.
RAMSEY ROMANO, Valhalla
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound junior pitcher-shortstop was 5-for-9 with a triple, a stolen base and five runs scored as the Norsemen split with Granite Hills and defeated West Hills. On Saturday, Romano, primarily a reliever, pitched a complete game six-hitter as outdueled Granite Hills ace Daniel Starwalt.
DANIEL STARWALT, Granite Hills — The 6-foot-3, 211-pound hard-throwing senior right-hander was a double threat as he has been throughout his career. As a batter, Starwalt compiled a .364 average as the Eagles posted a 3-0 sweep that carried them to the top of the Grossmont Hills League standings. Starwalt also spun a 2-1 victory over Steele Canyon.

KALI SCHWARTZ, Steele Canyon — In three ballgames, Schwartz batted 6-for-8, including a 2-for-3 effort to knock West Hills out of the top spot in the CIFSDS rankings, featuring an RBI single when the Cougars scored twice in the bottom of the 6th inning. The win vaulted Steele Canyon into a share of the Grossmont Hills League lead.

DESIRAE BORDINE (18), Helix
Bordine, a sophomore catcher who is also seeking action at first base this season, slugged a 2-run homer to allow the Highlanders to top 4th-ranked West Hills, 3-1. Bordine also posted a 2-for-4 outing against defending CIF Division I champion Grossmont, and helped the Scotties gain a fourth-place finish at the Warhawk-Friar Classic. For the week, she batted .385 (5-for-13).
KIKI BROWN, Valhalla
Brown, a senior first baseman, provided the finishing touch on one of the biggest comebacks in school history, helping the Norsemen rally from a 10-2 deficit in the 5th inning with a walk-off, grand slam to take down University City, 12-11. Brown plans to major in kinesiology in college this fall.
WEEK 4 / Mar. 26-31 WEEK 5 / Apr. 2-7 WEEK 6 / Apr. 9-14
KYLIE STEAGALL, Steele Canyon — Steagall, a junior, helped led the Cougars to a second-place finish at the Hilltop Tournament, During Saturday's final-round, triple-header, she batted 8-for-12 (.667) on the day, including a pair of homers, a triple and a double. Steagall joined teammates Tori Yanitor and Jessica Thompson on the all-tournament team. CORTNEY HORNE, West Hills
Horne, a sophomore catcher, was named the most valuable player of the Falcon Fiesta, when the Wolf Pack nipped tournament host Torrey Pines, 1-0, in the final. She ranks among the team leaders in hitting for average and power. Horne, who is batting .540 this season, is verbally committed to Ohio State.
SARAH NICKS, Grossmont
Nicks, the Foothillers' junior catcher, who is always a threat with the bat, delivered a 3-run homer in the 7th inning, snapping a 3-3 tie and lifting Grosmsont to a 6-3 decision over Steele Canyon in the ballclubs' Grossmont Hills League opener.
ERIC LOZANO, El Capitan
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior hammered out six hits in 11 at-bats as the top-ranked Vaqueros marched to the second annual Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference championship. He was 4-for-7 with a pair of doubles, a run and three RBI in the championship contest won by El Capitan 11-6 in 11 innings.
AUSTIN HENSLEY, Valhalla
The versatile senior slugger first baseman batted at a .421 clip with six doubles in an 8-for-19 batting spree that helped the Norsemen capture the 62nd Annual Lions Tournament Premier Division championship. All eight of Hensley’s hits went for doubles as he scored six times and drove in five runs.
TREVOR TINNEY, Foothills Christian — The talented 5-foot-8, 145-pound junior pitcher-shortstop batted .571 as the Knights clipped Ocean View Christian and Calvin Christian. Tinney stole seven bases – a record six in one game – and pitched three innings in relief to secure a save against Calvin Christian. He also clubbed two doubles and scored 5 runs.
WEEK 1 / Mar. 5-10 WEEK 2 / Mar. 12-17 WEEK 3 / Mar. 19-24
ROBERT BOSTEDT, Granite Hills — The sophomore outfielder collected 10 hits in 13 at-bats as the Granite Hills leadoff hitter. That computes to a .769 average for the 5-foot-10, 155-pound Bostedt. He also drove in three runs and scored three runs for the Eagles, who finished the week 2-1 in the Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament. TROY CONYERS, El Capitan
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior southpaw pitched the first of three El Capitan shutouts, blanking Hilltop 2-0 while striking out a career-best 16. Ticketed to the University of San Diego on a scholarship, Conyers rarely sees a good pitch to hit. In his latest three games he was 2-for-5 with two RBI and five walks.
GEORGE GARCIA, Helix
In his preseason analysis, Helix coach Cole Holland tabbed Garcia as one of the top sophomore hitters in the section. So far he is right on the money. Garcia is batting .417 with two homers and 17 RBI. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound first baseman drove in 10 runs with a home run and pair of doubles in his last three games.
NOELLE JOHNSON, West Hills
Johnson, East County's pitcher of the year as a sophomore in 2010, opened her senior season in style, posting three shutout victories, including a 45-pitch (40 for strikes) effort to down Patrick Henry, 8-0, leading the Wolf Pack into the championship round of the Cougar Classic.
AMBER SCHISLER, Santana
Schisler, a junior, tossed a pair of 2-hitters last week, posting victories over crosstown rival West Hills and Valhalla. She also slugged a 3-run homer against Scripps Ranch in the Silver Bracket semifinals of the Cougar Classic to gain the pitching victory.
DELANIE GOURLEY, El Capitan
Gourley, a left-handed junior, tossed two shutouts last week including her second no-hitter of the season for the Vaqueros. Gourley first blanked Valhalla, 4-0, on a 3-hitter with 14 strikeouts, then recorded 18 Ks in her no-hit win over Hilltop, giving her 128 Ks in 56.2 innings.
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WEEK 13 / Feb. 27-Mar. 3
 
 
JILLIAN BROWN, West Hills
The 6-foot-1 senior center helped the Wolf Pack reach the San Diego CIF Division II finals for the fourth straight year, ringing up 14 points, 25 rebounds and 8 blocks in two games. She rolled a double-double of 10 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks in the semifinals win over Mt. Carmel.
NICK LOUDON, Foothills Chr.
Long ranger Loudon, a 5-foot-11 junior, landed 15 three-pointers as the Knights swept past San Diego Jewish Academy, 49-40, in the DCIF ivision V semifinals, and The Rock Academy, 44-36, in the San Diego Section championship game. He also picked off 6 rebounds and made three steals.
 
WEEK 10 / Feb. 6-11 WEEK 11 / Feb. 13-18 WEEK 12 / Feb. 20-25
JONNY PRESTON, West Hills
The 5-foot-8 junior guard is the director of the West Hills offense. Many of the contributions he has made are not measured in the statistical columns. For the record, Preston scored 26 points, logged five steals, snagged 6 rebounds and denied some of the top offensive guards with his sticky-fingered defense.
BRIAN VALADEZ, Helix
The 6-foot-2 senior forward knocked down 27 points as the Highlanders swept past Valhalla and Grossmont to earn Helix’s 15th league championship in the last 31 years. He also gobbled up 24 rebounds, dished 9 assists, notched 5 steals and blocked four shots.
CALEB HOFFMAN, Foothills Christian — A 6-foot sophomore guard, who has taken over for the injured East County scoring leader Dalton Mosser, Hoffman tallied 61 points in three straight Knights’ victories. He drained 23 of 46 shots from the field, including six 3-balls. He also dished 12 assists, made 11 steals and grabbed 13 rebounds.
MONIQUE VAN, Steele Canyon
A 5-foot-5 junior point guard, Van cranked out a triple-double of 18 points, 10 assists and 10 steals to go along with 7 rebounds in a Cougars victory over Valhalla . For the week, Van finished with 21 points, 20 assists, 13 steals, and 14 rebounds.
HALEY BURTON, Santana
A 6-foot-1 senior post, Burton blasted in 40 points in Santana’s final two games of the regular season that helped the Sultans reach the playoffs. She also collected 18 rebounds and blocked 8 shots in the two games. On top of that Burton landed a trio of triples and dealt 4 assists.
EMILY COLE, West Hills
The main cog in West Hills surge for its second San Diego CIF Division II championship in three seasons is Cole, a 5-foot-11 junior. This a balanced attack, which does not allow for high-octane individual input. None the less Cole netted 28 points, including 4 three-pointers.
WEEK 7 / Jan. 16-21 WEEK 8 / Jan. 23-28 WEEK 9 / Jan. 30-Feb. 4
KYLIE CRISTINI, West Hills
The West Hills floor leader directed a balanced attack as the Wolf Pack tacked on two more victories to its impressive 14-4 mark. The 5-foot-4 spark plug picked up 11 points and did not commit a turnover in a win over El Cajon Valley. She added 10 points, including a pair of 3-point goals against Helix.
SARAH MEREDITH, Helix
Playing with an aggravated case of shin splints, the 5-foot-9 junior hammered out a sparkling double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds as the Highlanders pulled out a 36-32 victory over Grossmont. Meredith, who also had 3 steals, clinched the victory when she sank a free throw with 12.9 seconds remaining.
SKYLAR WILLIAMS, Granite Hills — The junior guard erupted for 64 points as the high-flying Eagles blew past Helix, Grossmont and Steele Canyon in Grossmont Hills League action. Williams matched her season best of 27 points against Helix and netted 18 of 21 free throws. She also collected 21 rebounds, made 13 steals and dished 9 assists.
IZZY WAGNER, Mount Miguel
A sharp-shooting junior, Wagner knocked down 69 points in three games for the Matadors. The East County ’s No. 1 free throw shooter was also 17 for 20 from the line, and nailed six 3-pointers. The 5-foot-11 guard dished 6 assists, made 7 steals and hauled down 13 rebounds against Morse, Steele Canyon and El Capitan.
DALTON MOSSER, Foothills Christian — The 6-foot, 190-pound senior guard once again established himself as the leader of the Knights. In victories over San Diego Academy and Calvary Christian Academy, Mosser tallied 78 points, hitting 27 of 54 (50 percent) shots from the field. Included in his totals were 11 triples and 17 rebounds.
TITUS YOUNG, Helix
A three-year veteran point guard, the 5-foot-10 junior rang up 47 points as the Highlanders executed a three-game Grossmont Hills League sweep. Young registered a personal high 21 points against Valhalla . In the three games, the Helix floor leader added 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks.
WEEK 4 / Dec. 26-31 WEEK 5 / Jan. 2-7 WEEK 6 / Jan. 9-14
THOMAS BUTLER, Mount Miguel — The burly 6-foot-3 senior forward helped lead the Matadors to the Montgomery Holiday Classic championship at Montgomery . Butler scored 67 points in the Matadors’ four-game sweep. He also landed eight 3-pointers and grabbed 14 rebounds. In addition he had 4 assists and 4 steals. JASON GAINES, Christian
The all-league football 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior proved his versatility by pouring in 79 points in three games. He also hauled down 26 rebounds, blocked 5 shots and dished 3 assists. He also nabbed three assists.

ROBBY NESOVIC, Grossmont
The 6-foot-5 senior forward, arguably the best player in East County , scored 78 points as the Foothillers executed a three-game sweep. The highlight of his effort was an East County best 39 points in a 59-45 Grossmont Hills League win over Granite Hills. For the week, Nesovic tallied 43 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.
DIONNA MERCER, Monte Vista
The 5-foot-7 senior point guard was the complete player as she helped the Monarchs capture the Lady Monarchs Classic championship. Mercer scored 52 points, dished 23 assists, grabbed 20 rebounds and recorded 12 steals as Monte Vista improved to 12-5.
DANIELLE DAHLE, Grossmont
The 6-foot senior post scored 31 points and collected 23 rebounds for the Foothillers. She also blocked 9 shots and recorded 4 steals.

ANNA VIETTRY, Granite Hills
The junior guard doesn’t light it up on the scoreboard, but she knows how to deliver the ball to players who can. She contributed 39 points, 23 assists, 14 rebounds and 7 steals during a three-game sweep for Granite Hills 18-3.

WEEK 1 / Dec. 5-10 WEEK 2 / Dec. 12-17 WEEK 3 / Dec. 19-24
FELICIA PORTER, Monte Vista
The junior forward coined a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) vs. Eastlake in the championship of the Lady Monarchs Invitational. Porter also had 11 points and 7 boards against Rancho Buena Vista to complete a sweep of pool play.
SHAY YOUNG, Mount Miguel
The 6-foot senior scored 91 points in leading Mount Miguel to four consecutive victories. She scored 33 points against Oxnard Hueneme and 32 against Valhalla on the same day. Young also collected 32 rebounds, dished 21 assists, 14 steals and six blocked shots.

JESSICA HARRIS, Granite Hills
The senior standout scored 77 points in her last three games for the 11-1 Granite Hills Eagles, who lost to San Diego in the finals of their own tournament. Twice Harris netted 33 points, nailing a total of 10 treys while collecting 24 rebounds. She also produced seven steals and six assists.
JAMES JACKSON, Monte Vista
Jackson, a 6-foot-8 center, collected 100 points and 36 rebound over five Hilltop Tournament games, gaining an all-tournament berth for the Monarchs. Jackson capped the event with a 26-point effort over the host Lancers, including 14-for-18 at the foul line.

SHANE DILLON, Christian
The 6-foot-6 All-East County quarterback is picking up where left after guiding the Patriots to the SDCIF Division V football championship. In his first four games on the hardwood, Dillon scored 81 points, nailing 13 three-pointers. He netted 20 of 27 free throws and yanked down 39 rebounds. He also blocked six shots.
TYSON KYGAR, El Capitan
The Vaqueros little big man is off to a brilliant start for the 8-2 Vaqueros. In his last three games the 5-foot-9 145-pound senior is averaging 24 points per game. During that span Kygar nailed 15 three-pointers, collected 19 rebounds, made 11 steals and dished a dozen assists. He shot 26 of 49 from the floor.
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WEEK 16 / Dec, 17 CIF State Championships
KENDAL KEYS, Helix
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior was all over the field in the Highlanders’ Division II state championship 35-24 victory over Loomis-Del Oro at the Home Depot Center in Carson . He was efficient, turning his only two catches into touchdowns of 32 yards and 7 yards. Keys also shined on defense as Helix free safety.

ERNEST SHIPLEY (57), Helix
Although not the biggest member of the Highlanders’ rock solid defense, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior was clearly an impact player for the Division II state champions. In the 35-24 championship victory over Loomis-Del Oro in Carson, Shipley charted a team high nine tackles, including one for a loss.

WEEK 13 / Nov. 25
CIFSDS Quarterfinals
WEEK 14 / Dec. 1-2
CIFSDS Semifinals
WEEK 15 / Dec. 5-9
CIFSDS Championships
GARY THOMPSON, Helix
Playing with a sore shoulder, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound track sprinter and two-way football starter for the top-ranked Highlanders, continues to make major contributions. As the Scotties scotched Torrey Pines 44-7 in the SDCIF Division II quarterfinals, Thompson turned a screen pass into a 43-yard TD. He also recorded two sacks and six tackles.
DARRION HANCOCK, Helix
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior running back posted his seventh three-digit rushing effort in 12 games, slashing for 132 yards and two TDs on a season-high 23 carries in the Highlanders 21-0 romp over Mission Hills in the San Diego CIF Division II semifinals. Hancock also caught three passes for 30 yards.

AMU MILO (54), Helix
Few linemen in the San Diego CIF are more dominant than this 5-foot-9, 260-pound junior. Milo is an award winner on both sides of the trenches. Asked which side of the ball that best suits his talents one only needs to query the man across from him. Milo and the Highlanders play for the state DII title later this week. Milo, pictured with QB Brandon Lewis (4).
LANDON LOZOYA, Santana
It seems that every time this 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior touches the football positive things happen. The versatile Lozoya produced 111 all-purpose yards and completed his only pass for 11 yards. This guy is as much a decoy as he is a big numbers dude.
JASON GAINES, Christian
A 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior receiver-linebacker, Gaines scored two touchdowns as the Patriots punched out Parker, 63-42 in the San Diego CIF semifinals. Gaines caught four passes for 44 yards and one score. He also scored his first rushing touchdown, while totaling 19 yards on two carries.

MASON POWELL, Christian
Not a bad year for the 5-foot-11, 160-pound sophomore, who climaxed a gala season by giving the Patriots the San Diego CIF Division V championship victory over Santa Fe Christian with a career-best 37-yard field goal in the final seconds. It was only the second field goal in three tries for Powell, who totaled 53 points.
WEEK 10 / Nov. 4-5 WEEK 11 / Nov. 10-11 WEEK 12 / Nov. 18
MICHAEL ADKINS, Helix
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior running back touched the ball only six times yet produced three touchdowns and 183 all-purpose yards in the Highlanders 63-7 Grossmont Hills League rout of Granite Hills. Adkins rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and also scored on 79-yard TD pass.
RAYVON OWENS, Christian
The versatile 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior running back-linebacker has been a pleasant surprise for the Patriots. Coach Matt Oliver called him “our MVP.” Owens rushed for 134 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries in a 56-36 romp over Bishop’s. He also caught 2 passes for 24 yards and made a dozen tackles.
AUSTIN WATSON, El Capitan
He’s not the biggest running back in East County, but the Vaqueros junior enjoyed a banner outing in El Capitan’s 35-13 San Diego CIF playoff upset victory over Mt. Carmel . The 5-foot-6, 160-pound Watson galloped for a career-best 126 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, including a 50-yard TD romp in the first half.
GARRETT HATH, Santana
A senior slotback, Hath powered his way for a career-best 128 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries as the Sultans smothered Monte Vista 46-0 in a Grossmont Valley League game. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Hath is averaging 10 yards per carry for the 9-1 Sultans this season.
ANTHONY BUZZELL, Valhalla
A 5-foot-11, 216-pound senior linebacker, the Norsemen’s leading tackler during the regular season, Buzzell made nine stops and recovered a fumble in Valhalla’s 47-14 Grossmont Hills League conquest of Granite Hills. For the season, he has 77 tackles, 52 of them of the solo variety.
ANTHONY LAWRENCE, Grossmont — Lawrence directed one of the greatest San Diego CIF football playoff comebacks in history as he brought the Foothillers back from a 25-0 halftime deficit. The 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore quarterback clicked on 18 of 27 passes for 334 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help create a 33-25 victory.
WEEK 7 / Oct. 14-15 WEEK 8 / Oct. 21-22 WEEK 9 / Oct. 28-29
SHANE DILLON, Christian
The 6-foot-6, 185-pound senior quarterback completed 15 of 22 passes (.682 percent) for 224 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots opened their final season in the Coastal League with a 42-23 win over Francis Parker. He also rushed for 27 yards on two carries and did not throw interception for the second game in a row.
BEN GOSSMEYER, Steele Canyon — The 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior defensive lineman kept the pressure on the Valhalla Norsemen all night in the Cougars’ 17-14 Grossmont Hills League victory. Gossmeyer notched three sacks and five tackles and repeatedly broke through Valhalla ’s wall of protection.

CORY LITTLETON, Mount Miguel — The Grossmont Valley League Defensive Player of the Year last season, Littleton recorded nine tackles, including two for losses in the Matadors'
37-23 triumph over Santana. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior also notched three sacks, forced a fumble and made two pass breakups.

De’SHAWN TONE, Valhalla
A 6-foot, 230-pound junior defensive lineman, Tone notched nine tackles, including three for losses. He also recorded two quarterback sacks and deflected a Grossmont field goal attempt early in the third quarter of the Norsemen’s 41-7 Grossmont Hills League opening victory over the Foothillers.
RYAN WILLIAMS, West Hills
After being sidelined with an early season injury the Wolf Pack’s 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior running back enjoyed one of his best outings in helping his team defeat Granite Hills 45-23. Williams rushed for 193 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries – an average of 10.7 yards per run.
JOSH MURPHY, El Capitan
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior was all over the field in a 42-12 victory over Monte Vista. Making a rare start at quarterback, Murphy completed 10 of 14 passes for 138 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 49 yards and a score on eight carries. To boot he averaged 37.5 yards on six punts.

WEEK 4 / Sept. 23-24 WEEK 5 / Sept. 30-Oct. 1 WEEK 6 / Oct. 7-8
VIRNEL MOON, El Cajon Valley
A versatile junior, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound Moon made the most of nine carries as he rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown against Patrick Henry. He also took snaps as the Braves’ quarterback, completing two of eight passes for 69 yards and one score.
DERRICK DUNN, Mount Miguel
The multi-talented senior accounted for 312 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as the Matadors mauled Sweetwater 56-20. The highlight of Dunn’s outing was a 96-yard kickoff that tied the school record set by FREDDY CAESAR in 1977. Dunn (5-9, 177) also rushed for 138 yards and one TD on 13 carries.
RYAN GREEN, Grossmont
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior wide receiver caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown as the Foothillers toppled Monte Vista 36-7 in a non-league game. Green, also a defensive back, rushed one time for 21 yards and a touchdown. He leads East County receivers with 33 catches for 475 yards and six scores.
LONNIE TUFF, Steele Canyon
The 6-foot, 170-pound junior running back galloped for a career-high 138 yards on 16 carries in the Cougars loss to No. 1-ranked Eastlake. He scored Steele Canyon ’s only touchdown on a 56-yard run, and also returned a kickoff 25 yards.
RASHAAN MILLER, West Hills
A 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior quarterback, Miller was an economical passer in the Wolf Pack’s 45-21 romp over Henry. Three of his four completions (out of six attempts) went for TDs. He totaled 156 yards through the air. Miller also scrambled for 27 yards and a TD on six carries. He averaged 32.8 on four punts,
MICHAEL MILLIEN, Granite Hills
Ranked third among Grossmont Conference rushers, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior rushed for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in Granite Hills’ 33-17 win over El Cajon Valley. Millien also chalked up seven tackles and five assists in that game. He is averaging 97.8 yards rushing per game.

WEEK 1 / Sept. 2-3 WEEK 2 / Sept. 9-10 WEEK 3 / Sept. 16-17
FRANK FOSTER, Valhalla
A senior double threat, Foster passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Norsemen rolled over Mission Bay. The 6-foot, 188-pound quarterback netted 224 yards on 25 plays in Valhalla’s season opener vs. the Buccaneers.

BRANDON LEWIS, Helix
The senior quarterback completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 percent) for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Highlanders vanquished Vista in North County. The 6-foot, 180-pound signal-called spread his completions among 7 receivers. Three of his completions were longer than 32 yards.

JAKE ALVERNAZ, El Capitan
The 6-foot, 170-pound junior quarterback was a one-man gang for the Vaqueros in their hard-fought loss to Serra. He competed 21 of 31 passes for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also rushed for 47 yards on 10 carries, finishing with 373 total yards. For good measure, he scored a 2-point conversion run.

JAMES SYKES, Monte Vista
The versatile 5-foot-11, 177-pound senior workhorse rushed for an East County-best 171 yards and scored two touchdowns on 17 carries as Monte Vista edged Serra in its season opener. He also caught four passes for 60 yards and racked up 240 all-purpose yards.
JASON PATTERSON, Santana
A 6-foot-1, 252-pound two-way starter, Patterson logged a game-high 12 tackles, including 4 ½ sacks as the Sultans clipped Kearny for the 4th straight time. He was asked to carry the ball only once but streaked 47 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown.

TYLER LESLIE, Christian
The 6-foot, 230-pound junior two-way lineman never leaves the field. He was instrumental in a key goal-line stand in the Patriots 34-12 victory at Verbum Dei. Christian head coach MATT OLIVER said Leslie has probably been the Patriots' MVP in their last two games.

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