This Week 0 of prep football season had anything you could ask for. Huge matchups, upsets, offensive firepower, whirlwind coaching debuts and more.
I was at Stagg-Lincoln, which the Delta Kings made real interesting in the third quarter. Lester Williams’ two TDs brought it to 14-all before Lincoln took control and won 34-14.
Today, I begin my weekly “Helmet Stickers” blog – the ultimate kudos for area football players who shined on Friday night. Without further ado, here they are:
LESTER WILLIAMS, Stagg, Sr.
Yep, Williams was a grown man on Friday.
His first strike was an 87-yard (according to Black Hat Football and friends) punt return. It was just nasty, as he juked away from two tacklers and tore down the left sideline all the way to pay dirt.
Next, he leaped up and hauled in an up-for-grabs, 4th and goal from the 17 pass from quarterback Lavante Bushnell for what would be the game-tying touchdown.
MARK RUSSELL, Lincoln, Sr.
Russell was the driving force behind the Trojans’ 425-plus yard rushing attack, taking 13 carries for 134 yards and a TD, and hauling in one catch for 27 yards via quarterback Colby Dickson.
Because of his great offensive line, Russell turned any space he could into an average of over 10 yards per carry.
MARK PAULE JR., Sierra, Jr.
As our correspondent Dave Campbell wrote, Mark Paule Jr. had a wonderful introduction to varsity football.
The Timberwolves’ workhorse took 2o carries for 193 yards and SIX count ‘em, six touchdowns, in just a half of play as Sierra torched Ripon 54-7. Paule had 202 yards and SEVEN touchdowns overall. He’s one to watch as Sierra enters into the deadly VOL.
OSAI BROWN, McNair, Jr.
What an introduction to varsity quarterbacking, and to the head coaching career of the Eagles’ Curtis Perkins.
Brown went 15 for 26 for 402 yards, five touchdowns and one interception as McNair outslugged Calaveras 55-48.
CONNOR HAMILTON, Calaveras, Sr.
Hamilton’s performance should not be buried just because McNair prevailed. It was legendary.
The senior took 26 carries for 281 yards and a stunning six touchdowns on the road in Stockton.
SEAN HAMILTON, McNair, Jr.
Hamilton was Brown’s go-to guy, with eight catches for a whopping 259 yards and three touchdowns. I’ll check with both McNair and the section to see if Hamilton broke or approached some kind of single-game receiving yards record.
JULIUS DAVILA, Chavez, Sr.
Davila certainly played like a confident passer, perhaps the best in the SJAA or in Stockton. He went 18 for 26 with 205 yards and three touchdowns as Chavez outslugged Modesto-Gregori 40-36 at home. He threw for over 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, and is well on his way back.
LAMAR HOUSELY, Chavez, Sr.
Housely and Davila hooked up well, as Housely had four catches for 89 yards and three touchdowns. He actually had a fourth touchdown on a kick return as well.
JONATHAN WRIGHT, Lodi, Jr.
Wright racked up 162 yards and two touchdowns as Lodi downed Amador 35-21 on the road in Sutter Creek, according to the Lodi News Sentinel.
WESLEY DICK, Escalon, Sr.
In a 47-34 loss for the Cougars, the senior fullback Dick was phenomenal,with a beastly 32 carries for 206 yards and two TDs.
JOVAN WOOD, Franklin, Jr.
Just like Perkins at McNair, the Gregg Marsh era got off to a good start at Franklin, with a 37-18 W at Sacramento-Johnson on Saturday afternoon.
And Woods was fantastic for Franklin, with 100 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards.
HECTOR SOTO, Manteca, Sr.
Soto isn’t the biggest tailback around, but he played like a monster for a Manteca team that needed him Friday. The senior had 24 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns, as the Buffaloes got some revenge on the Chargers for a 28-27 overtime loss in Manteca in 2013.
MORE BIG-TIME PERFORMERS
Ronald Walker, Lincoln, Sr.
Austin Sith, McNair, So.
Sean Buligon, Edison, Sr.
NOTE: Coaches, please enter stats on MaxPreps as soon as you can, it makes blogs and publicity like this so much easier. If you think I missed anyone who deserves some “Helmet Stickers” love, please contact me.
Finally, this “Helmet Stickers” idea is from my former colleague T.J. Holmes, who graciously let me use the same moniker for my weekly high school football awards blog.
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