Bear Creek High senior Craig Perkins (right) had four touchdown runs in the Bruins' 44-37 Friday win over the Stagg Delta Kings. (ROGER WOO/THE RECORD)
My weekly prep football “Helmet Stickers” blog isn’t just here to celebrate statistical wonders. It’s here to celebrate heroics and clutch moments too.
CULLEN CORNAGA (Tokay K, Jr.)
Tokay junior Cullen Cornaga had lost his starting kicker job. And with Tokay down 21-19 at Lincoln Friday, teammate Modesto Cruz missed a potential game-winning field goal, but the Trojans were hit with a roughing the kicker penalty. Cruz, subsequently, was banged up on the play, giving Cornaga a chance.
And Cornaga, the native New Zealander, booted in the game-winning 31-yard field goal for a shocking 22-21 Tokay victory on Lincoln’s senior night.
NOAH RIGHETTI (St. Mary’s QB, Sr.)
Righetti looked on-point in the Rams’ 49-29 win over Tracy, going 12 for 16 for 240 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He’s now got 14 touchdowns to four picks this year, a good mark.
OSAI BROWN (McNair QB, Jr.)
Brown was absolutely on fire for the Eagles Friday, firing seven touchdown passes via 350 passing yards, and running in another touchdown in McNair’s 60-22 win over Edison.
LAVANTE BUSHNELL (Stagg QB, Jr.)
Bushnell leaves no doubt that he’s now a quarterback, not just a converted wide receiver. He went 17 of 30 for 397 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 44-37 loss at Bear Creek, and ran for another TD.
L.J. REED (Tokay WR/QB, Sr.)
Reed, a UCLA-bound wide receiver, stepped in as the Tigers’ fifth, yes, fifth, string quarterback Friday, going 10 of 21 for over 150 yards. And Tokay stunned Lincoln. Those numbers aren’t staggering, but considering the bizarre situation, it’s impressive.
MARK PAULE JR. (Sierra RB, Jr.)
Paule Jr. ran for 188 yards and four touchdowns, and threw a touchdown to Hunter Johnson. He now has 32 rushing touchdowns and a Sac-Joaquin Section-best 1,517 rushing yards this season. Sierra topped East Union 35-21.
DOMINIC SPADAFORE (Elliot Christian RB, Sr.)
Dominic Spadafore was the workhorse for the Eagles (7-1, 4-0 CCAA), gaining 135 yards on 23 carries with a 1-yard touchdown run and two conversion runs.
CRAIG PERKINS (Bear Creek RB/LB, Sr.)
Perkins, who played quarterback while fellow senior Brice Weber recovered from injury, had four touchdown runs from inside the 10-yard line as the Bruins outslugged the Delta Kings on their senior night.
CONNOR HAMILTON (Calaveras RB, Sr.)
Hamilton never stops running for the Redskins, taking 30 carries for 220 yards and five touchdowns in Calaveras’ 50-44 home win over Summerville in San Andreas. The Redskins are now 4-4 and 3-1 in the Mother Lode League after a tough start.
ANTHONY JORY (Lodi RB, Sr.)
The Flames’ senior led the way with 14 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Lodi’s close 29-20 TCAL win over West at the Grape Bowl.
DEWEY COTTON (St. Mary’s WR, So.)
Cotton, much like Darren Sproles for the Rams, is a 5-foot-4, lightning-quick menace, with six catches for a game-high 124 yards and a 9-yard touchdown run against the Bulldogs.
BRANDON GROGAN (Escalon Sr.)
The Cougars’ senior shined in a 55-12 Trans-Valley League win at Riverbank, with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 55-yard touchdown reception. Escalon is cruising at 3-0 in the TVL and 6-2 overall, but has Modesto Christian and Ripon left on its schedule.
HECTOR SOTO (Manteca RB/LB, Sr.)
The Buffaloes’ bruising back took 15 carries for 181 yards and touchdown runs of 22 and 62 yards in Manteca’s 49-7 thrashing of Weston Ranch Friday.
JULIUS DAVILA (Chavez QB, Sr.)
Davila was on-point in a 22-8 win at Franklin, going 13 for 17 for 177 yards and a touchdown. Chavez has a pivotal game against McNair Friday, trying to stay alone atop the SJAA.
BRANDON RUSSELL (Tracy WR/LB, Sr.)
Russell was the Bulldogs’ heart and soul Friday night, taking a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 62-yard touchdown reception and a 35-yard TD run. Unstoppable in every phase.
MARCELL SPADY (St. Mary’s RB, Sr.)
Spady, coming back to his Tracy hometown, was tough to bring down, with 23 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
MARCEL DANCY (West RB/DB, Jr.)
Dancy has been a huge part of the Wolf Pack’s resurgence after a brutal 2013, and he had seven catches for 106 yards in Friday night’s loss at Lodi.
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