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Player of the Game, Lincoln-Stagg: Ronald Walker

Ronald Walker showed flashes of being a primetime running back in 2014. Apparently, he’s poured his offseason workouts and focus into following through on that. Walker, Lincoln’s 5-foot-8 featured rusher, dazzled Friday night, tallying 124 yards on nine carries with a 35-yard touchdown run in a 29-0 Trojans win, that took one half due to [...]

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Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 0

WE ARE BAAAAAACK! Seriously, we are back into football season. Today marks the slate of Week 0 games, and by Week 0, it really means Week 1, because calling it Week 0 is ridiculous. My Friday Prep Football Predictions return for 2015. After a slow start last year, and I mean, give me a break, I [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 1, Mark Paule Jr.

One named was burned into the psyche of the San Joaquin County-area high school football fan as soon as Week 0 hit last season. And, wouldn’t you know it, he’s No. 1 on my returner rankings. Stay tuned, below, to read about the top spot. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners [...]

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Predicting Prep Football’s League Champions

St. Mary’s football’s student section, the Green Machine, makes noise during last year’s win over Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman. RECORD FILE PHOTO Last year’s area league champions didn’t really surprise me. In the TCAL, everybody knew St. Mary’s was loaded with senior-heavy, collegiate-caliber talent. In the SJAA, it was a wide-open field, and Chavez had a [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 2, Marcel Dancy

Football coaches hate singling out one player to embody a team’s success. And it makes sense. NFL rosters are 53 while MLB is less than half that and NBA is a quarter of that. It’s the ultimate selfless sport. Yet, sometime, players can be electric, and vital to a team in all phases of the [...]

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X-Factors: Lincoln at Stagg

The real X-Factor in last year’s Stagg at Lincoln game, though it was a 34-14 Trojans victory? Well, that Delta King is now graduated. It was definitely Lester Williams, a 5-foot-6 force to be reckoned with who had an electric punt return for a touchdown, and a leaping TD catch from quarterback Lavante Bushnell to [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 3, Osai Brown

It’s a solid day for the McNair football team. First, former defensive coordinator Terry Hampton was announced as the team’s new head coach. Now, the fifth and final Eagle has made the Top 50. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 4, Popo Aumavae

Popo Aumavae, a St. Mary’s junior two-way lineman, slowly walked from the parking lot of the Pacific soccer field toward me before our prep football tabloid cover photo shoot. Seeing how this kid, still an underclassman, has the musculature of a 25-year old lineman and a bevy of recruiting attention, his future seems limitless. My [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 5, Rodney Jones

As a grown man between 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-3 in height, rarely does one of the athletes I cover tower over me when I interview them. Such is the case of No. 5 on my Top 50 Football Players Countdown. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San [...]

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Top 50 Football Players Countdown: No. 6, Lavante Bushnell

His returner rankings number matches his jersey number, and it’s only appropriate. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its inaugural edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former [...]

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