The Stagg High student section, the Royal Rumblers, cheer during their Friday home game against Lincoln. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD
Everything you needed to know about the McNair football team’s season-opener Friday at Calaveras in San Andreas could be summed up by the opening kickoff.
Derrion Grim, an Eagles senior wide receiver bound for Boise State, brought back the kick 89 yards to the house. And he wasn’t done.
Grim is one of 16 players who have received my Prep Football “Helmet Stickers” — celebrating the best every week in Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode.
DERRION GRIM (McNair WR, Sr.)
In addition to his fantastic opening return, Grim torched the Calaveras secondary with six touchdown receptions for nearly 200 yards, according to Record correspondent Kevin Niendorf.
Grim, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound machine, is one of only a couple potential NFL prospects, in my opinion (along with St. Mary’s junior lineman Popo Aumavae and potentially Lincoln defensive lineman Rodney Jones) in Stockton high school football.
OSAI BROWN (McNair QB, Sr.)
Brown, not to be outdone by his friend and fellow senior Grim, unleashed eight touchdown passes against the Redskins in the 74-26 rout. As a junior, Brown unfurled 33 touchdown passes, and after Week 0 he’s nearly a quarter of the way there.
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RONALD WALKER (Lincoln RB, Sr.)
In the strange, hysteria-shortened 29-0 Lincoln win, which lasted one half, the senior “June” Walker was sensational. He posted nine carries for 124 yards (an average of 14 yards per rush) with a touchdown. That TD came from 35 yards, and was cinematic, as Walker was nearly tackled onto his knee and burst loose.
JOSH ALVARADO (Tracy QB, So.)
Running around the field in the Bulldogs’ No. 3 uniform, Tracy sophomore quarterback Josh Alvarado looks a heck of a lot like his older brother Jake Alvarado, last year’s team MVP and a first-team All-Area defensive back who graduated last spring.
Josh, though, will quickly shake that shadow and make a name for himself if he keeps up performances like Friday, where he posted three rushing touchdowns and a passing TD to Jordan Baker in the 46-27 loss at Oakley-Freedom.
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MARK PAULE JR. (Sierra RB, Sr.)
On a rough night for the Timberwolves, losing a 34-20 game at home against Ripon in a matchup they won 54-7 on the road last year, Paule was undeniably solid. The leading returning scorer in California and No. 3 in the nation, and the No. 1 player on my Top 50 Football Players Countdown, had 30 carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
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JACOB DUXBURY (Ripon RB, Sr.)
Duxbury, one of the Indians’ key returners, gave the T’wolves’ defense fits, with 13 carries for 131 yards and a 60-yard touchdown run, as well as an 18-yard TD reception from third-year starting quarterback Nick Price, Ripon may be a contender in the Trans Valley League, and perhaps I did not give them enough credit in preseason.
DARRION KITSON (Manteca FB/LB, Sr.)
Kitson, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound, muscle-bound force, punished Buhach’s defense in a 34-6 Manteca win, posting 10 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
MARCEL DANCY (West RB/DB, Sr.)
Dancy, the No. 2 player on my top returner rankings, delivered an unbelievable 32-yard touchdown run in the Wolf Pack’s 12-7 opening win at Lathrop. The senior delivered 32 carries for 173 yards total. He also had 14 total tackles and a forced fumble.
JOVON WOODS (Franklin RB/WR, Sr.)
Woods, back to his usual spot of tailback and wide receiver with junior quarterback Stevie Thompson healthy, hammered visiting Johnson in a 57-18 win, with 11 carries for 255 yards and five touchdowns. Not bad to be a quarter of the way to 1,000-yard season after 48 minutes of football.
JARED ZERMENO (Tokay QB, Jr.)
Zermeno, in his varsity debut, delivered three touchdown passes in Tokay’s 34-23 opening win against Churchill County of Fallon, Nev., at South Tahoe High — where former Tokay coach Louis Franklin is now coach. It was the debut of Tigers coach Michael Holst.
KYLE FLEMING (Tokay RB, Sr.)
Fleming was explosive, with a 65-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard TD reception from Zermeno in the first half to boost Tokay.
KEITH DOSIER (Chavez QB, Sr.)
Dosier, in his varsity debut as a starting quarterback, helped lead a comeback effort in the Titans’ 27-18 loss at Modesto-Gregori, after trailing 27-0. He had 17 completions for 278 yards, including a 48-yard TD pass to Deon White, and had a 3-yard QB sneak for a TD.
JACK WEAVER (East Union QB, Jr.)
Weaver, the Lancers’ second-year starter, hammered Modesto-Grace Davis for 251 passing yards and three touchdowns, with an interception, as well as 74 rushing yards with a TD in East Union’s 41-12 opening win at home.
AUSTIN MILLER (East Union WR, Sr.)
Miller, who has a great rapport with Weaver, had three catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the rout.
HUNTER CALTON (Escalon RB, Sr.)
Calton, nearly a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago despite starting the season as a reserve, had 27 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Cougars’ 53-34 loss at Patterson.
MAX NICOL (Linden RB, Sr.)
Nicol, in a 57-37 home loss to Newman-Orestimba, had 21 carries for 164 yards and a touchdown, including a 28-yard TD run.
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