Edison-Chavez Player of the Game: Priest Jennings

Chavez High tailback Priest Jennings (left) runs the ball as Edison's Kiante Bell tries to bring him down by his hair Friday at Titans Field. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

As I watched Priest Jennings take an incredible, long touchdown run down the sideline Friday night, I could only think of the words of Mark Jackson, an NBA commentator, the former coach of the Golden State Warriors and an NBA point guard in the ’90s.

“Mama, there goes that man!”

Jennings tore apart Edison in Chavez’s 40-20 win, one which put the Titans (5-2, 2-0 San Joaquin Athletic Association) in the driver’s seat for a league championship run. Its best remaining test is against Stagg on Nov. 7 to close the regular season.

The senior Jennings had 20 carries for 249 yards, with two touchdown runs of 79 and 4 yards, and upped his Sac-Joaquin Section-leading rushing total to 1,377 yards through seven games.

That’s why Jennings is an obvious choice for my Edison-Chavez Player of the Game.

“Was that amazing, or what?” Ward said on Jennings’ long TD run.

Congratulations, Priest. Now, for some other great performances:

HONORABLE MENTION

SEAN BULIGON (Edison QB, Sr.)

Buligon played like a grown man for the Vikings. He took 18 carries for 69 yards, with touchdown runs of 2 and 30 yards. It’s amazing he even gained positive yardage, as he took hit after hit and was sacked five times.

When the Vikings fought back from a 1st and 31 situation late in the first half, Buligon finished it with an improbably30-yard TD run, breaking multiple tackles and tearing down the right sideline.

JULIUS DAVILA (Chavez QB, Sr.)

Davila wasn’t perfect Friday, going 6 for 10 for 98 yards and two touchdown passes, but he often threw the ball like a college quarterback would. Like the beautiful, high-arching 12-yard touchdown fade to Lamar Housely, and the on-point 35-yard deep post to James Reed for another touchdown.

He’s an unselfish leader for this team, Ward said, and it’s showing.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Week 0: Mark Russell (Lincoln WR, Sr.)

Week 1: Marcell Spady (St. Mary’s RB, Sr.)

Week 2: Mark Paule Jr. (Sierra RB, Jr.)

Week 3: Nate Jones (Tracy RB, Sr.)

Week 4: Justin Rice (Central Catholic RB, Jr.) and Hector Soto (Manteca RB, Sr.)

Week 5: Hunter Johnson (Sierra WR, Sr.)

Week 6: Michael Brown (Tracy QB, Sr.)

Week 7: Priest Jennings (Chavez RB, Sr.)

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The Record’s Football Player of the Year List: Week 7

St. Mary's High senior Khalil Hodge (3) leads the state with 110 total tackles. (CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD)

It’s getting to the high school football season homestretch, and recently, I released a Midseason MVP Watch List in my weekly preps column.

Each week now (usually earlier in the week) we’ll do a watch list to see which players are in the running. I’ll separate them into offense and defense. How we will select MVPs, and how many there will be, is still in the works.

Here’s a look at a few names on both sides of the ball who are as good as it gets in the area.

NOTE: There is a select group of schools that I’m choosing from. This includes the entirety of the TCAL (St. Mary’s, Lincoln, Lodi, Tokay, West, Tracy) and SJAA (McNair, Bear Creek, Franklin, Stagg, Edison, Chavez), and some from the VOL (Kimball, Manteca, Sierra, East Union, Lathrop, Weston Ranch), MLL (Calaveras and Linden), TVL (Escalon and Ripon), CCAA (Elliot Christian, Brookside Christian and Millennium) and Ripon Christian from the SL.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCHLIST

OFFENSE

PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez RB, Sr.)

Jennings leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 1,128 rushing yards and is averaging over 10 yards per carry. He’s a machine with long touchdown runs, and a quiet force on that team.

OSAI BROWN (McNair QB, Jr.)

The Eagles have had their ups and downs, but Brown’s numbers have been phenomenal. He’s second in the section behind Folsom’s Jake Browning and first among juniors with 2,164 passing yards, with 21 TDs.

MARK PAULE JR. (Sierra RB, Jr.)

Paule had 112 rushing yards and another touchdown in the Timberwolves’ win at Sierra last week, and he now has 1,112 yards and 24 touchdowns through six games. He’s quite versatile, and isn’t afraid to take a direct snap in a jumbo package.

More Names to Watch: Marcell Spady (St. Mary’s RB, Sr.), Demetrius Ferguson (St. Mary’s WR, Sr.), Lester Williams (Stagg WR, Sr.), Lavante Bushnell (Stagg QB, Jr.), Sean Buligon (Edison QB, Sr.), Hunter Johnson (Sierra WR, Sr.), Dakarai Charles (Manteca QB, Jr.), Chance Trammell (Lodi RB, Sr.), Michael Brown (Tracy QB, Sr.), Nate Jones (Tracy RB, Sr.)

DEFENSE

KHALIL HODGE (St. Mary’s LB, Sr.)

Hodge was the Rams’ top returning tackler, with just over 100 as a junior. Well, he’s already surpassed that, and leads the state of California with 110 total tackles. For the record, that’s 18 per game. That’s over four per quarter. That’s a whole lot.

TREVON MCCRAY (Sierra LB, Sr.)

McCray has 42 tackles and five sacks and his ability to pursue the ball carrier is among the best I’ve seen covering high school football. One of those players where the eye test is so much better than his cumulative statistics.

MYLES CUNNINGHAM (St. Mary’s DE, Sr.)

Cunningham, a 6-foot, 208-pounder, must move wonderfully off the end and leads St. Mary’s with 7.5 sacks. He also had two pivotal fumble recoveries as the Rams rallied to pound West last week.

JAKE ALVARADO (Tracy S, Sr.)

Alvarado is an absolute ball hawk for the Bulldogs, and is tied for the section lead with five interceptions after nabbing two more last week at Tokay.

More Names to Watch: Brandon Russell (Tracy S/LB, Sr.), Cutler Salmon (St. Mary’s DL, Sr.), Javonte Norman (St. Mary’s DB, Sr.), T.J. TiaTia (Lincoln DL, Sr.), Marcel Dancy (West DB, Jr.), Dom Pisano (Manteca DB, Sr.), Ronaldo Tijero (Manteca DB, Jr.).

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Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 7

Chavez High football hosts Edison Friday in The Record's high school Game of the Week. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

This version of The Record’s Game of the Week is one of the toughest I’ve had to predict thus far.

My high school football Friday predictions are back, with links to all of your week’s coverage and our weekly “Quick Hits” preview video. In Week 6, I went 12-3 to improve to 76-24 this season, a winning percentage of .760.

Our Game of the Week is a San Joaquin Athletic Association battle between Edison (2-4, 1-0 SJAA) and Chavez (4-2, 1-0 SJAA), kicking off at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Chavez in Stockton.

Both teams can run the ball very well. If you combined Edison quarterback Sean Buligon and Chavez tailback Priest Jennings last week, they had 452 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Yep, not too shabby.

The question is, which defense can stand up in the SJAA? Its offensive players are putting up numbers like Oregon against Southwest North Dakota State.

Here are my week’s predictions, leading off with that Vikings-Titans matchup.

CHAVEZ 43, Edison 41

The Titans win a thriller, in one of the best games in this league this year.

Jennings will reel off a couple of 30- or 40-plus yard touchdown runs, and Buligon will keep a beating and keep on eating up yardage for the Vikings.

It’s the defensive playmakers who must rise to the occasion, like Chavez’s Darryl Kapule and Sergio Fernandez and Edison’s Ja’ Quan Williams and Kiante Bell. Chavez gets a slight edge because of home field, and because it has a bit more balance on offense behind senior quarterback Julius Davila and a great receiver in senior Lamar Housely.

SIERRA 24, Oakdale 22

The Timberwolves’ defense is up to the task of stopping the Mustangs’ Wing-T trio of Frankie Trent, Brock Whiting and Darus Nelson.

Linebacker Trevon McCray comes up huge. Oakdale will be expecting plenty of Mark Paule Jr., but I expect Sierra wide receiver Hunter Johnson to make some huge catches like he did in the Timberwolves’ win over Central Catholic Oct. 3.

LINCOLN 31, West 17

The Wolf Pack hang with the Trojans, but Lincoln has just too many guys – Mark Russell, Ronald Walker, Chris Cannady, etc. – who can run the ball effectively.

MORE PREDICTIONS

ST. MARY’S over Tokay

TRACY over Lodi

STAGG over McNair

BEAR CREEK over Franklin

ESCALON over Hilmar

RIPON over Riverbank

SONORA over Linden

LATHROP over East Union

MANTECA over Kimball

CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Weston Ranch

GUSTINE over Ripon Christian

ELLIOT CHRISTIAN over Modesto-Big Valley Christian

*****

THIS WEEK’S PREP FOOTBALL BLOG COVERAGE:

Monday: Local Prep Football Scoreboard/Schedule

Tuesday: Tracy-Tokay Player of the Game, Stats and Breakdown: Oakdale downs Manteca at Levi’s Stadium, Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 7, Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 Rankings

Wednesday: Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 6, Players to Watch: Edison at Chavez, Latest NorCal Bowl Rankings, Sierra, St. Mary’s in MaxPreps NorCal Top 25

Thursday: X-Factors: Edison at Chavez, Latest Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars, Three Things to Know – Oakdale-Sierra

Friday: Prep Football Predictions, Week 7

THIS WEEK’S PREP SPORTS COVERAGE IN THE RECORD:

Sunday: Manteca football’s trip to Levi’s Stadium, Oakdale hammers Manteca in second half for VOL win

Tuesday: Lincoln volleyball wins all-time thriller against rival St. Mary’s

Friday: Column on Chavez High football’s academic helmet stickers, Weekly high school football preview and capsules

THIS WEEK’S VIDEOS:

Manteca football’s Levi’s Stadium experience

Oakdale football downs Manteca 42-21 at Levi’s

Lincoln volleyball shocks St. Mary’s, with celebration footage

Tracy football trounces Tokay at the Grape Bowl

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Three Things to Know: Sierra’s showdown with Oakdale

Sierra High football meets as a team during its 44-42 win at Oakdale in 2009, clinching a share of the Valley Oak League title with the Mustangs. (HIME ROMERO/THE MANTECA BULLETIN)

The Valley Oak  League champion, Sac-Joaquin Section Division III top seed and potentially, which team will qualify for a NorCal Div. II bowl game could all be decided tomorrow night at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in Manteca.

Sierra (6-0, 3-0 VOL) hosts Oakdale (6-0, 3-0 VOL) at 7 p.m. in a battle of unbeatens, of teams with great, at times smashmouth and at times unpredictable offenses, and pain-inducing defenses.

Our good friend Black Hat Football will be there, but for now, here are three things to know heading into this matchup.

1. OAKDALE RED HAS MADE SIERRA FEEL BLUE

Sierra opened in 1994, so it’s relatively young, but the Timberwolves have beaten the Mustangs just once: a 44-42 win at Oakdale in 2009. That was the year the Timberwolves and Mustangs split the VOL crown.

That was Oakdale’s only league loss, but Sierra slipped up in a tough road trip to Sonora.

Sierra coach Jeff Harbison was in his fifth year, and now he’s in his 10th, and you know he’d love to get one at home in Manteca. You know, plus the first place in league thing.

2. RANKINGS, RANKINGS, RANKINGS

This isn’t just one of the best games in the area, but in Northern California.

Sierra is ranked 24th, and Oakdale 25th, in the latest MaxPreps NorCal Top 25, composed by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson.

These two are also in the top 10 of both MaxPreps’ and Cal-Hi Sports’ NorCal Div. II bowl rankings, another reason why this game is so pivotal for both teams.

3. WHO’S ON FIRST?

Sierra High football obviously likes to run the football. That’s why junior tailback Mark Paule Jr. has 1,005 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns through five games played. However, how they’re going to do it, and when they’ll incorporate the passing game, will be interesting.

Last week in a 37-7 win over Lathrop, sophomore Marcos Castillo started at quarterback ahead of usual senior Devin Nunez, and acted as a running threat. He scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. Sierra might feed Paule on zone read runs, let Paule take a direct snap out of a shotgun, jumbo package or have Nunez throw it to talented senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson. Or who knows, Mr. Castillo, a passing, running, catching, tackling, field-goal kicking Renaissance man, could be under center.

Oakdale does a bit of everything well on defense, and it will be fascinating to see how they act on offense, too.

Manteca coach Eric Reis said last week that the Mustangs always do “fancy boy” stuff against every other team, but have a “meat and potatoes”, up-the-middle rushing attack against them. So, what do coach Merzon and company have planned for the Timberwolves? More up-the-gut stuff from fullback Frankie Trent? Power runs with Brock Whiting? Playaction passes? Sweeps with Darus Nelson? Who knows.

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Brown, Jennings, Buligon named Cal-Hi Sports stat stars

McNair High quarterback Osai Brown (left) is second in the Sac-Joaquin Section with 2,164 passing yards. (ROGER WOO/THE RECORD)

This year has seen no shortage of local football players on Cal-Hi Sports’ state stat stars list.

The latest edition, released today, has three area players, in Osai Brown, Priest Jennings and Sean Buligon.

Take a look into their weeks:

OSAI BROWN (McNair QB, Jr.)

Brown got back to his dynamic aerial ways in a 42-18 win at Franklin to open San Joaquin Athletic Association play Friday, going 18 for 22 with 419 passing yards and six touchdowns, and rushing for over 70 yards as well.

He’s second in the section and tops among juniors in the SJSCIF with 2,164 passing yards, good for seventh in the state as well. Brown and McNair (1-5, 0-1 SJAA) head to Bear Creek (1-5, 0-1 SJAA) this week.

Chavez High tailback Priest Jennings (right) stiff arms Sierra's Marcos Castillo during their game Sept. 12. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez RB, Sr.)

As you’ll see tomorrow if you read my weekly high school football preview, Jennings has been quietly dominating for Chavez all season. He leads the section with 1,128 rushing yards.

And Friday, he posted 235 yards and three of the Titans’ six touchdowns in a 42-28 win over Bear Creek at home.

Edison High quarterback Sean Buligon (right) runs in his team's win over Stagg Friday night. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

SEAN BULIGON (Edison QB, Sr.)

Buligon carried the Vikings on his shoulders Friday, taking 25 carries for 219 yards and five, count ‘em five, touchdowns in a 48-46 shootout win over Stagg. He and Edison (2-4, 1-0 SJAA) head to Chavez (4-2, 1-0 SJAA) for a Friday game at 7:15 p.m.

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X-Factors: Edison at Chavez

Chavez High quarterback Julius Davila fires a pass against Sierra earlier this season. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

It’s a little bit far-fetched to say Friday’s game between Edison High football (2-4, 1-0) and Chavez (4-2, 1-0) will decide the San Joaquin Athletic Association champion.

Or, maybe not.

The Vikings poured out 540-plus rushing yards in outgunning Stagg 48-46 last Friday to open SJAA play, and Chavez posted 42 points on Bear Creek for its second straight victory.

I’ll be at their game tweeting live Friday from Chavez High starting around 7 p.m., but for now, here are three X-Factors for the matchup: The Record’s high school football Game of the Week.

ARENA FOOTBALL

The SJAA isn’t going to have a shortage of points this year. Just look around.

Chavez running back Priest Jennings leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 1,128 rushing yards. McNair quarterback Osai Brown leads all juniors in the section with 2,164 passing yard. Stagg quarterback Lavante Bushnell and wide receiver Lester Williams are putting up huge numbers. Last week, Edison quarterback Sean Buligon had five touchdown runs, 25 carries and 219 yards.

Yikes.

This is not a league for the fans of 6-3, Bears-Browns games from 1932. This is about modern, high-scoring offenses. Get the ball last, and you might win.

So whichever team can muster just enough defense to make a key stop or two Friday may have the edge.

DAVILA’S DANGEROUS

It’s easy to lose track with Chavez just how good the passing game can be when it gets going.

Julius Davila, the Titans senior quarterback, threw for 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. This year, partially because of Jennings’ prowess, he has 872 passing yards, seven touchdowns and four picks.

If he gets in rhythm, with receivers like Lamar Housely and Danny Lopez-Goodacre, Edison could be in trouble.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

Edison was the first football camp I visited as The Record’s prep sports reporter, and immediately, they told me they wanted to be the school’s first league champion since 1977. Chavez is a pretty darn new school, as it opened in 2005 and does not have a football league title yet.

In fact, the Titans haven’t had a winning season since 2007, when fifth-year coach John Ward wasn’t in charge yet. Two more wins in SJAA play will change that.

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Sierra, St. Mary’s strongly in MaxPreps’ NorCal rankings

Marcell Spady and the St. Mary's High Rams are ranked 14th in the latest MaxPreps NorCal Top 25.

St. Mary’s High football isn’t just a contender in the Tri-City Athletic League. The Rams have their sights set on the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, looming in November.

And St. Mary’s has been honored by MaxPreps and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson yet again, moving up to 14th from 17th in the latest NorCal Top 25 rankings.

The Rams (5-1, 1-0 TCAL) battered the West Wolf Pack 46-14 to open TCAL play, and with their starters in, went on a 46-0 run after falling down by a touchdown early on.

Sierra (6-0, 3-0 VOL) is still in the NorCal Top 25, falling from 22nd to 24th, even though it routed Lathrop 37-7. It’s the first season the Timberwolves have made the section’s Top 25, much less the NorCal 25.

Around the Rankings: Folsom and University of Washington-bound quarterback Jake Browning are second, as the top SJSCIF team, behind nationally-famous De La Salle at No. 1. No. 13 is San Francisco-St. Ignatius, which St. Mary’s played on the road in a Saturday afternoon game, led for most of the way and lost in double overtime. St. Mary’s also beat No. 16 Los Gatos 35-32 at home in Stockton earlier this season.

Oakdale is 25th, meaning Sierra’s game hosting the Mustangs Saturday is one heck of a regional showdown.

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Sierra, Manteca present in NorCal bowl rankings

 

Sierra High football is all over the Cal-Hi Sports and MaxPreps NorCal Division II bowl rankings. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Sierra High football remains in both Cal-Hi Sports’ and MaxPreps’ NorCal Division II bowl rankings, while Manteca makes way for Redding-Shasta after falling 42-21 to Oakdale at Levi’s Stadium.

The Timberwolves remain sixth in Cal-Hi’s rankings, and fall back a spot from seventh to eighth in MaxPreps. The Timberwolves host the Oakdale Mustangs (fourth in Cal-Hi Sports and seventh in MaxPreps, Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in Manteca.

DIVISION II NORTH
1. (1) Clayton Valley (Concord) 6-0
2. (2) Los Gatos 4-1
3. (3) Concord 5-0*
4. (4) Oakdale 6-0
5. (5) Enterprise (Redding) 5-1
6. (6) Sierra 6-0
7. (7) Inderkum (Sacramento) 6-1
8. (9) Windsor 6-0
9. (8) Manteca 4-2
10. (10) Pleasant Valley (Chico) 5-1
*Win by forfeit not included.

Dropped Out: None.

Bubble Teams: Alvarez (Salinas) 5-1, Chico 4-2, Christian Brothers (Sacramento) 5-1, Cordova (Rancho Cordova) 6-0, El Dorado (Placerville) 6-0, Paradise 4-2, Patterson 5-1, Sacramento 5-1, Shasta (Redding) 6-1, Terra Nova (Pacifica) 2-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 4-1.

DIVISION II

1. (1) Clayton Valley Charter (Concord), 6-0, 46.3
2. (2) Enterprise (Redding), 5-1, 43.8
3. (5) Milpitas, 6-0, 42.8
4. (4) Concord, 5-0, 38.4
5. (3) Los Gatos, 4-1, 38.0
5. (8) Pleasant Valley (Chico), 5-1, 38.0
7. (9) Oakdale, 6-0, 37.6
8. (7) Sierra (Manteca), 6-0, 37.0
9. (6) Inderkum (Sacramento), 6-1, 33.1
10. (10) Chico, 4-2, 31.8
10. (NR) Shasta (Redding), 6-1, 31.8

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Players to Watch: Edison at Chavez

Edison High quarterback Sean Buligon (right) runs in his team's win over Stagg Friday night. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

The eventual San Joaquin Athletic Association champion could very well be decided this Friday at Chavez High.

The Titans (4-2, 1-0 SJAA) host the Edison Vikings (2-4, 1-0 SJAA), in a battle of two offenses that seem to be peaking.

Chavez put up 42 points on Bear Creek last week, and has more points against unbeaten Sierra (24) than any team has scored against the Timberwolves this season. Edison, meanwhile, had 542 rushing yards in its 48-46 win over Stagg.

I’ll be at Chavez, it’s our Game of the Week, tweeting live, but for now, here are a couple Players to Watch for both teams:

PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez RB, Sr.)

Chavez leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 1,128 rushing yards, is averaging over 10 yards per carry, and most importantly, seems to have the proclivity for the big play.

Translation: when he gets some daylight, he’s gone.

The SJAA is a wildly offensive league this year, and Jennings is going to put up some monster numbers.

SEAN BULIGON (Edison QB, Sr.)

Speaking of monster numbers, the dual-threat Buligon had that against Stagg.

Buligon took 25 carries for 219 yards, that’s a whole lot of rushes for a quarterback, with five touchdown runs. Four of them were short, but he had a 41-yard TD dash, too.

Chavez needs to try and stifle him if not contain him if it wants to win and get into the SJAA driver’s seat.

DARRYL KAPULE (Chavez SS, Sr.)

Kapule leads the Titans with 47 total tackles and is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

He must disrupt Buligon in the passing game, and limit his rushing at the same time.

JA ‘QUAN WILLIAMS (Edison LB, Sr.)

Williams leads the Vikings with 44 tackles, and as a fellow running back, he’s going to need to sniff out Jennings’ runs before they unfold.

MORE NAMES TO WATCH

Devon King (Edison WR, Sr.)

Julius Davila (Chavez QB, Sr.)

Lamar Housely (Chavez WR, Sr.)

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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 6

Chavez High tailback Priest Jennings (right) stiff arms Sierra's Marcos Castillo during their game Sept. 12. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

Priest Jennings has quietly, surely, and yet, explosively, powered Chavez High football’s offense.

The senior tailback leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 1,128 rushing yards through Week 6, according to MaxPreps, and has 12 touchdowns to just one fumble.

He leads my Week 6 version of my “Helmet Stickers” blog, honoring the best in local prep football from last Friday.

This coming Friday, Week 7, our Game of the Week is Edison at Chavez in a potential battle for the San Joaquin Athletic Association. I’ll be there tweeting live, while Richard Estrada, a.k.a Black Hat Football, is at the Oakdale-Sierra war of unbeatens.

PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez RB, Sr.)

The Titans outlasted Bear Creek 42-28 to open SJAA play, and Jennings went off for 232 yards and three touchdowns – his best performance at home thus far in his career.

Jennings is facing an Edison team that gave up 46 points and plenty of offense against Stagg in a 48-46 win last week.

SEAN BULIGON (Edison QB, Sr.)

As the Vikings won 48-46 and generated 542 rushing yards, Buligon was unstoppable, with 25 carries for 219 yards and five touchdown runs.

OSAI BROWN (McNair QB, Jr.)

Brown, the top junior passer at the section as of now with 2,164 passing yards, went 18 of 22 with 419 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-18 SJAA-opening win at Franklin Friday.

BENJAMIN REECE (Bear Creek RB/FS, Sr.)

Reece exploded for three long TD runs against Chavez, of 52, 52 and 59 yards. It’s his breakout performance this season, and he helped keep the Bruins in the game for quite awhile.

CONNOR HAMILTON (Calaveras RB, Sr.)

Hamilton  hammered Argonaut with 35 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-14 Mother Lode League win Friday.

NATE JONES (Tracy RB, Sr.)

Jones sure looked like a track star Friday, with 198 rushing yards and TD runs of 71 and 84 yards. As Tokay coach Louis Franklin said, after his team’s 34-7 loss to the Bulldogs, once Jones gets a crease, just a hint of daylight, it’s off to the races.

MARCELL SPADY (St. Mary’s RB, Sr.)

Spady, the workhorse for the Rams, had 16 carries for 143 yards (average of 9 yards per carry) with a touchdown run for St. Mary’s.

SHARIF VAN HOOK (McNair WR/DB, Jr.)

Van Hook was a menace to Franklin, hauling in TD receptions of 80 and 34 yards from Brown and nabbing two interceptions on defense.

L.J. REED (Tokay WR, Sr.)

Reed, a 6-foot-4 UCLA commit, made his debut for the Tigers, making a game-high nine catches for 118 yards. He’d probably have a couple touchdowns too if it weren’t for some well-timed pass interference penalties on the Bulldogs secondary that kept him out of the end zone.

DAKARAI CHARLES (Manteca QB, Jr.)

Charles is really coming into his own as the fleet-footed passer and playmaker that the Buffaloes want him to be. He went 7 for 14 with 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Buffaloes’ 42-21 loss to Oakdale at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium Saturday afternoon in Santa Clara.

One of those was on a broken play, where he made all kinds of slippery cuts and found teammate Luis Reyes for a 67-yard TD pass.

MYLES CUNNINGHAM (St. Mary’s DL, Sr.)

Cunningham had two fumble recoveries in the first half of the Rams’ 46-14 win over West, leading to two 14-yards touchdown runs from quarterback Noah Righetti.

ANTHONY CRAVEN (Linden QB/DB, Jr.)

Craven was a versatile tool for the Lions in a 34-14 MLL win over Bret Harte Friday, throwing for 156 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown, and adding TD runs of 50 and 5 yards.

BRYANT BOWEN (Weston Ranch, So.)

Bowen’s 3-yard touchdown run gave the Cougars their first VOL victory, overcoming the Kimball Jaguars 18-14.

MICHAEL BROWN (Tracy QB, Sr.)

Brown did it all for the Bulldogs, passing for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and running for 95 yards with a 46-yard TD dash.

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