Players to Watch: Prep Football Week 4

Sierra linebacker Seu Alofaituli, 9, is pictured on the night his team beat Chowchilla 20-15 for the CIF State Division IV-A championship. RECORD FILE 2015

Dylan Byrd was a 2-point conversion pass away from shocking the Mother Lode League.

Byrd, then the Calaveras quarterback, was not able to convert that pass, and Sonora beat Calaveras with no time on the clock last September in Sonora.

Now, Dylan’s younger brother is in command. And he’s one of six Players to Watch in The Record’s coverage area for Prep Football Week 4.

KYLE BYRD (Calaveras QB, junior)

The younger Byrd may be peaking, and he had a superb game in a 42-7 victory on Friday at El Dorado-Union Mine. Byrd was 8 of 16 passing for 203 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He has to help Calaveras’ dynamic rushing attack of Noah Preuss and Anthony Giangregorio, against a Sonora offense that’s proven more dynamic than years past. Sonora is the No. 1-ranked small-school team by The Modesto Bee, and Calaveras is The Record’s No. 1 small-school team as of Week 4. The Record does not circulate to Sonora.


Alofaituli is a middle linebacker with the talents of a safety, and is an incredibly important piece of the Timberwolves’ defense as a third-year varsity starter. Sierra (3-0) entertains Oakdale (2-1) in their Valley Oak League opener at 7 p.m. Friday. And Alofaituli has been all over the field, with a team-high 35 tackles, and two sacks and one interception. He  must be a battering ram up the middle to try and subdue Oakdale’s Wing-T attack.

JAKE DUNNIWAY (St. Mary’s QB, senior)

Dunniway, as he guides the No. 7-ranked team in the state and seeks recruiting attention from college programs, goes up against the defense of the No. 10-ranked team in the nation (USA TODAY) in Bellflower-St. John Bosco. Bosco hosts St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. Friday at Whittier College. Dunniway has been the pinnacle of accuracy in his prep career, with 39 touchdowns to five interceptions. This season, that ratio is 13:1.

POPO AUMAVAE (St. Mary’s OL/DL, senior)

Aumavae gets the ultimate test, as the 6-foot-4, 315-pound prospect with 21 NCAA Division I offers and counting. Nowhere else this season will Aumavae battle with as many D-I guys as facing Bosco.

LEO GAYLES (Chavez WR, senior)

Gayles has been a revelation for the Titans’ offense, with 22 catches for 397 yards and seven touchdowns. He trails only Johnnie Lockridge (24) in receptions. Lincoln (1-3), which entertains Chavez (0-4) at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Spanos Stadium in Stockton, is by far the best test for Gayles thus far. It would be a blast to see Trojans senior cornerback Isaiah Downes on Gayles — a great test for Gayles. Certainly, he’s learning from the right person, as Chavez coach La Te’f Grim was a star receiver for Franklin High, Delta College and the University of Pittsburgh.

KEONNEE LINNELL (Lathrop QB, junior)

Linnell had a breakout performance as the Spartans (1-2) 38-32 to Elk Grove-Franklin in a nearly-stunning upset last Friday. Linnell went 22 of 39 passing for 256 yards, four TDs and two picks.


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Prep Football Section, Regional State Rankings: Week 4

St. Mary's running back Dusty Frampton, center, runs with the football against Cardinal Newman on Sept. 2 at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

The St. Mary’s football team is up to No. 7 in the state, via Cal-Hi Sports new Top 25 rankings.

St. Mary’s (4-0) moved up after beating Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks 42-20, and after Sacramento High upset former No. 8 Folsom 32-27 on the Bulldogs’ blue turf. Folsom, consequently, was dropped all the way out of the rankings.

Here are some more notes from the state rankings, plus NorCal and Sac-Joaquin Section hierarchies:


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Prep Football Predictions: Week 4

The Lathrop football team, in black, hammered East Union, in white, last September at Bennie Gatto Field in Lathrop. East Union hosts Lathrop at 7 p.m. Friday at Dino Cunial Field in Manteca. RECORD FILE 2015

High school football gets serious this week in Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode.

That’s because Valley Oak League and Mother Lode League competition begins, with marquee matchups like Oakdale-Sierra and Sonora-Calaveras. Plus, the SJAA and TCAL have two battles as Lodi hosts Edison and Tokay treks to McNair. Oh, and St. Mary’s, the top-ranked team in the Sac-Joaquin Section, takes on the No. 10 team in the nation in St. John Bosco, at Whittier College.

Here are my picks for Week 4, focusing on four vital games.

In Week 3, I went 15-2, only missing Linden’s win over Le Grand and Escalon losing to Galt-Liberty Ranch. I’m now 65-16 this season, a winning percentage of .802.


St. Mary’s can earn a win by a loss just by hanging around with Bosco, the alma mater of UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. The Rams are top-ranked in the section, and depending on how they perform against Bosco, could prove they’re the team to beat in Northern California. Of course, currently, that’s Concord-De La Salle: which struggled with Anaheim-Servite (win) and lost to East of Salt Lake City, Utah’s No. 2-ranked team.

Bosco is one of those programs that has the bodies and depth more of a college team, so St. Mary’s needs to preserve its health as much as anything. The Rams are plenty big and strong, but the section and state playoffs are more important than this game.


The Spartans routed the Lancers 35-0 last year, and while East Union’s line play will be better, Lathrop’s near upset of Elk Grove-Franklin (38-32 loss) is far more impressive than any of East Union’s lopsided wins over struggling teams in Ceres, Modesto-Johansen and West. Spartans junior Keonnee Linnell threw for four TDs against Franklin.


The Timberwolves are 3-0, on a nine-game winning streak dating to October 2015 and will be all kinds of fired up for a rivalry game and their Valley Oak League opener. But Oakdale proved last week in topping Moraga-Campolindo that the Wing-T machine is still working, just with new parts. Sierra needs maybe the best game of his career from senior quarterback Mark Vicente for an upset bid.


The senior tandem of Noah Preuss and Anthony Giangregorio will help keep unbeaten Calaveras afloat, but Sonora’s double-digit wins over Oakdale, Ripon and Hilmar are telling. Word has it, the Wildcats might have one of their best teams in decades. Calaveras, though, will have its home crowd in San Andreas and the memories of last year’s near road upset: ended by a missed two-point conversion with no time remaining. That incomplete pass came from the hand of Dylan Byrd. His younger brother Kyle Byrd is Calaveras’ starting QB.


CENTRAL CATHOLIC over Weston Ranch

LINCOLN over Chavez

ARGONAUT over Bret Harte

AMADOR over Linden

EDISON over Lodi

ORESTIMBA over Ripon Christian


PATTERSON over Escalon

SUTTER over Ripon

McNAIR over Tokay

LIBERTY over Tracy

MANTECA over Kimball

HERCULES over Mountain House


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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 3

Tracy junior Kristien Reyes flips the football to an official after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run during his team's 36-7 victory over Kimball on Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium. MICHAEL McCOLLUM/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

My Prep Football “Helmet Stickers” honors are back. And this week, we start with a player who switched positions, for at least a night, and still managed to put up impressive numbers.

HASSANI ZACKERY (Edison QB/WR, junior)

Before the season, new Vikings coach Booker Guyton had hinted that junior wide receiver Hassani Zackery could actually be in the mix to play some quarterback. It wasn’t until Week 3 that Zackery got his shot.

In a 35-18 loss to Brentwood-Heritage at Magnasco Stadium in Stockton, Zackery went 12 of 28 passing for 190 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, with 11 carries for 92 yards and another TD.

AARON THOMAS (Lincoln QB, senior)

Thomas threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more, as Lincoln (1-3) broke into the win column by beating Modesto-Downey 54-38 at Spanos Stadium in Stockton.

CORY GLASGOW (Tokay RB, junior)

Glasgow plugged away with 17 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown in a 39-15 win over Chavez at the Grape Bowl in Lodi.

JUSTIN WILLIAMS (Brookside Christian WR, sophomore)

Williams had six catches for 160 yards, including three TD receptions of 45, 5 and 74 yards all in the first quarter via Knights sophomore quarterback Quincy Glasper as Brookside Christian defeated Hiram Johnson 26-6 on Saturday afternoon in Sacramento.

EMILIO SEGOVIA (Tokay DL, senior)

Segovia helped frustrate the Titans’ prolific passing game, with two sacks and seven total tackles.

TRE JENKINS (St. Mary’s SS/KR, junior)

Jenkins has quietly been one of the Rams’ best performers, in the secondary and on special teams. He dazzled with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 42-20 win over Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton.

ANDREW HEM (McNair WR, sophomore)

Hem delivered his best game on varsity, with six catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in McNair’s 35-14 loss at Modesto-Gregori.

DUSTY FRAMPTON (St. Mary’s RB, junior)

Frampton bulldozed his way to 13 carries for 146 yards, including touchdown runs of 4 and 55 yards,  by halftime. Frampton now has over 680 rushing yards, with 11 rushing TDs, through 40 percent of the regular season.

LEO GAYLES (Chavez WR, senior)

Gayles, one of the area’s most productive receivers, had six catches for 112 yards and a TD against Tokay.

JACK WEAVER (East Union QB/K, senior)

“Friday’s game was full of highlights, however, for Weaver as he threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. He was 8 of 13 for 94 yards and no interceptions. He also ran for 68 yards on 13 carries, but his 22-yard touchdown scramble was the best of the bunch.” — Record correspondent Scott Niendorf, on Weaver during the Lancers’ 49-14 win over West.

MASON SARSFIELD (Tracy RB, sophomore)

Sarsfield delivered the best varsity game of his young career, amassing 16 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs battered Kimball 36-7 at Wayne Schneider Stadium.


Giangregorio was a 1,000-plus-yard rusher as a junior, but tried his hand receiving the ball on Friday. Giangregorio had four catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-7 drubbing of El Dorado-Union Mine on the road.

KEONNEE LINNELL (Lathrop QB, junior)

Linnell had a gutsy performance for the Spartans, who had multiple first-half leads and pushed Elk Grove-Franklin to the limit in a 38-32 loss at Bennie Gatto in Lathrop. Franklin was ranked No. 18 in the section at the time by Cal-Hi Sports. Linnell went 22 of 39 passing for 256 yards four touchdowns and two interceptions.


Haywood has been right at home facing Lodi in his varsity career, and had four catches for 118 yards and two TDs in the Delta Kings’ 23-8 win over the Flames at Stagg’s Coaches’ Stadium in Stockton.

R.J. TISDELL (Lathrop WR/DB, senior)

Tisdell was the Spartans’ top receiver on a night where Linnell spread the ball around well, earning six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

NOAH PREUSS (Calaveras RB/DB, senior)

Preuss was Calaveras’ top rusher yet again, with 18 carries for 126 yards and a TD.

HUNTER WHITE (Linden RB/DB, senior)

White went off in Linden’s first win of 2016, a 39-7 thumping of Le Grand at home. White had 140 rushing yards, with a 66-yard TD run, and two TD receptions from quarterback Clinton Sizuela. As if that wasn’t enough, White had an interception on defense, too.

ROWDY REED (Linden RB, junior)

Reed got in on the fun for Linden, too, with 138 rushing yards and a 40-yard TD run for the Lions’ opening TD.

KRISTIEN REYES (Tracy LB/RB, junior)

Reyes did it all for Tracy, with two sacks, three tackles for a loss and a 5-yard TD run.

RYAN RIVERA (Kimball RB, senior)

Rivera turned in another superb performance for the Jaguars, with 14 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. Rivera now has 515 rushing yards through three games.

STEVIE THOMPSON (Franklin WR/RB/DB, senior)

Thompson had a shockingly good night on defense, in a 42-6 win over Sacramento-Florin at Verner Field in Stockton. The Yellowjackets’ speedy senior had a whopping four interceptions, plus six catches for 77 yards.

TANNER JOSES (Calaveras RB, junior)

Joses stepped up in a big way to complement Preuss, with 11 carries for 106 yards and a TD.

T.J. DAYAK (Mountain House K/OL/DL, senior)

Dayak was a major reason why Mountain House won its first-ever varsity football game, breaking a 13-game losing streak. He hit three field goals of 25, 42 and 34 yards in a 37-19 victory over Livingston. A high school kid drilling any field goal from 40 yards or beyond is always amazing.


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Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 4


The Tracy football team raises its helmets during the national anthem before beating rival Kimball 36-7 on Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium. MICHAEL McCOLLUM/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

Forget The Record’s Prep Football Power Rankings.

After Sacramento upset Folsom 32-27 on Friday night on the Bulldogs’ vaunted blue turf, St. Mary’s has ascended to No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section hierarchy. Both Cal-Hi Sports and Prep2Prep Sports moved the Rams to their top SJSCIF team on Monday.

With that, here’s my latest power rankings for large and small schools in The Record’s coverage area.

Author’s note: The Record covers all teams of the SJAA and TCAL, but not Oakdale or Central Catholic in the VOL nor Summerville or Sonora in the MLL. Plus, The Record only considers San Joaquin County-based teams in the CCAA, SL and TVL.

Here we go:


1. St. Mary’s (1) 4-0

The Rams led Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks 35-0 on Friday before letting off the gas at Sanguinetti Field. St. Mary’s is well on its way to a 9-1 regular season, and faces Bellflower-St. John Bosco on Friday at Whittier College. Bosco is the No. 10-ranked team in the nation, via USA TODAY.

2. Manteca (2) 3-0

The Buffaloes had a week of rest before entering the Valley Oak League gauntlet. Manteca has manhandled Atwater-Buhach Colony, Sacramento-Christian Brothers and Modesto-Enochs, and opens its VOL slate at Kimball (1-2): which lost 36-7 at Tracy in Week 3.

3. Lincoln (3) 1-3

The Trojans broke into the win column with a 54-38 victory over Modesto-Downey on Friday at Spanos Stadium in Stockton, and should be 2-3 overall after hosting winless Chavez on Friday. Trojans senior Aaron Thomas fired six touchdown passes, in his top game of the year, against the Knights.

4. Tracy (4) 1-3

Tracy had its frustrating losing streak end, too, in downing intra-city rival Kimball. For the Bulldogs, sophomore Mason Sarsfield scored on a 35-yard touchdown run. Tracy, though, has its work cut out for it to enter TCAL 2-3. The Bulldogs host Brentwood-Liberty at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Wayne Schneider Stadium.

5. Weston Ranch (5) 3-0

Lathrop made a heck of a case for the No. 5 spot after taking Elk Grove-Franklin to the limit, taking multiple first-half leads before falling 38-32 on Friday. Franklin was then ranked No. 18 in the section by Cal-Hi Sports, and has since fallen to No. 23. Weston Ranch has dismantled Ceres, Edison and Bear Creek, but has yet to face a real heavy hitter. How about four-time defending state champion Modesto-Central Catholic? The Cougars entertain the Raiders at 7 p.m. Friday. Don’t forget Sierra, which is on a nine-game winning streak dating to October 2015, with a chance for a statement victory against Oakdale (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium in Manteca.

On the Bubble: Lathrop (1-2), Sierra (3-0)


1. Calaveras (1) 4-0

2. Ripon (2) 2-2

3. Amador (4) 3-0

4. Argonaut (5) 3-0

5. Escalon (3) 2-2

On the Bubble: Millennium (2-1), Bret Harte (3-0)


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Player of the Game: Stevie Thompson

Franklin senior Stevie Thompson, right, stretches before the Yellowjackets' season-opening game on Aug. 26 at Linden High. Thompson is Thomas Lawrence's Player of the Game for Week 3 after delivering four interceptions and six catches for 77 yards in a 42-6 win over Florin. CRAIG SANDERS/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

Stevie Thompson is utilizing his experience to his advantage.

Thompson, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound senior on the Franklin football team, came up as a starting quarterback on varsity as a sophomore, and split time as a junior with Julian Serrano.

Now Thompson is fully settled in at wide receiver and cornerback, and he’s using his knowledge of the field, and quarterbacks’ mindsets, to help the Yellowjackets (2-2).

Thompson grabbed four interceptions as Franklin routed Sacramento-Florin 42-6 on Friday night at Verner Field in Stockton.

He almost nabbed a fifth, joining a group of only 20 players in state high school football history who’ve had five or more interceptions in one game, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

That’s why Thompson is my Player of the Game for Week 3, joining his teammate Serrano from Week 0, Weston Ranch’s Andrew Farley from Week 1 and St. Mary’s Keller Salmon and Jake Dunniway from Week 2. Thompson also had six catches for 77 yards.


GUSTAVO MENDEZ (Franklin DE, junior)

Mendez, before leaving with an apparent knee injury (thankfully he got up and didn’t have to be carted off or something drastic), was dominating on the defensive line. Mendez had a co-sack with Mark Jimenez and recovered a fumble on the same possession.


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High School Football Scoreboard: Week 3

The Tracy High football student section lights up the night, watching their Bulldogs beat the Kimball Jaguars 36-7 on Friday night at Wayne Schneider Stadium. MICHAEL McCOLLUM/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD

Here is is, The Record’s high school football scoreboard for Week 3. The Record covers every team in the SJAA and TCAL, everybody except Oakdale and Central Catholic in the VOL, everybody except Summerville and Sonora in the MLL and the San Joaquin County teams in the CCAA, SL and TVL.


Tokay 39, Chavez 15

St. Mary’s 42, Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks 20

Lincoln 54, Modesto-Downey 38

Franklin 42, Sacramento-Florin 6

East Union 49, West 14

Tracy 36, Kimball 7

Brentwood-Heritage 35, Edison 18

Stagg 23, Lodi 8

Bear Creek 35, Vallejo 16

Modesto-Gregor1 35, McNair 14

Oakland 54, Millennium 18

Mountain House 37, Livingston 19

Elk Grove-Franklin 38, Lathrop 32

Bret Harte 55, North Highland-Highlands 24

Linden 39, Le Grand 7

Calaveras 42, El Dorado-Union Mine 7

Galt-Liberty Ranch 26, Escalon 21


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The Record’s Prep Football Stats Leaders: Week 3

The Record’s Prep Football Statistical Leaders

Her are the top five statistical leaders in most major categories, for teams in The Record’s coverage area entering Week 3′s games. To be specific, The Record considers every team in the SJAA and TCAL, every team in the VOL besides Oakdale and Central Catholic, every team in the MLL besides Sonora and Summerville, and the San Joaquin County-based teams in the CCAA, SL and TVL.


Passing yards

1. Jake Dunniway (St. Mary’s, senior): 899 yards

2. John Michael Supangan (Chavez, senior): 838 yards

3. Stephon Favela (Stagg, senior): 796 yards

4. Quincy Glasper (Brookside Christian, sophomore): 694 yards

5. Mark Vicente (Sierra, senior): 484 yards

Passing touchdowns

1. Jake Dunniway (St. Mary’s, senior): 12 TDs

2. John Michael Supangan (Chavez, senior): 10 TDs

3. Stephon Favela (Stagg, senior): 7 TDs

4. Mark Vicente (Sierra, senior): 6 TDs

T5. Quincy Glasper (Brookside Christian, sophomore): 5 TDs

T5. Ryan Dagget (Ripon, sophomore): 5 TDs

Rushing yards

1. Dusty Frampton (St. Mary’s, junior): 535 yards

2. Noah Preuss (Calaveras, senior): 480 yards

3. Ryan Rivera (Kimball, senior): 407 yards

4. Hunter White (Linden, senior): 394 yards

5. Cori Floyd (Weston Ranch, junior): 366 yards

Rushing touchdowns

1. Dusty Frampton (St. Mary’s, junior): 9 TDs

2. Noah Preuss (Calaveras, senior): 6 TDs

T3. Joe Parker (Millennium, senior): 5 TDs

T3. Ryan Rivera (Kimball, senior): 5 TDs

T5. Cory Floyd (Weston Ranch, junior): 4 TDs

T5. C.J. Gumbs (Escalon, senior): 4 TDs

T5. William Jones III (Lincoln, junior): 4 TDs

T5. Josh Alvarado (Tracy, junior): 4 TDs

Receiving yards

1. Cutrell Haywood (Stagg, senior): 412 yards

2. Damion Pursley (Franklin, senior): 371 yards

3. Dewey Cotton (St. Mary’s, senior): 327 yards

4. Austin Sith (McNair, senior): 311 yards

5. Keaton Hampton (St. Mary’s, senior): 293 yards

Receiving touchdowns

1. Leo Gayles (Chavez, senior): 6 TDs

T2. Keaton Hampton (St. Mary’s, senior): 5 TDs

T2. Damion Pursley (Franklin, senior): 5 TDs

T4. Cutrell Haywood (Stagg, senior): 4 TDs

T4. Dewey Cotton (St. Mary’s, senior): 4 TDs


Total tackles

1. Jalen Williams (Brookside Christian, sophomore): 63

2. Jalend Dinwiddie (Stagg, senior): 59

3. Stedman Quartermaine (Brookside Christian, junior): 40

4. Nick Englesby (Lincoln, senior): 39

5. Ronell Gabriel (Brookside Christian, junior): 37


1. Albert White (Weston Ranch, senior): 7

2. Rayshon Dozier (Manteca, junior): 3.5

T3. William Hoekstra (Ripon Christian,junior): 3

T3. Nick Patterson (Weston Ranch, senior): 3

T3. Kyle Somerville (Millennium, senior): 3


1. James Walker (Weston Ranch, senior): 3

T2. Josiah Johnson (Millennium, junior): 2

T2. Jeremiah Holman (Weston Ranch, senior): 2

T2. Malik Vega-Tatum (Weston Ranch, senior): 2

T2. Nick Englesby (Lincoln, senior): 2

T2. Ralph Martinez (Tokay, junior): 2

T2. Tre Jenkins (St. Mary’s, junior): 2


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Players to Watch: Prep Football Week 3

McNair football tailback Austin Sith, right, runs against Galt-Liberty Ranch in September 2014. Sith, with health, good luck and enough chances, could break the 2,000 career rushing-yard mark before leaving the Eagles. RECORD FILE 2014

Austin Sith has waited his turn for the McNair football team.

Sith, a 5-foot-6, 157-pound senior for the Eagles, ran hard when he had his opportunities, when McNair was an overwhelmingly pass-happy team in 2014 and 2015. Still, Sith compiled 1,195 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns during those seasons.

Now, second year coach Terry Hampton is looking to instill a more powerful, running-centric team, meaning Sith is getting more action. Sith has 45 carries for 239 yards and two TDs, and has unselfishly played wide receiver as well as the Eagles battle injuries.

Sith has 15 catches for 311 yards and three more TDs.

He’s the first of five of my Players to Watch for Week 3, as McNair (1-2) heads south to face Modesto-Gregori at 7:15 p.m. today.

CORY GLASGOW (Tokay RB, junior)

Glasgow, a transfer from Lincoln, has quietly been building toward a 1,000-plus-yard rushing season for the Tigers (1-2).

The tailback has 39 carries for 274 yards and two touchdowns, averaging seven yards per carry. Glasgow hasn’t had a huge game yet, but is in line to against a Chavez (0-3) team that’s struggled defensively: yielding 55 points to Gregori, 34 points to Cordova and 50 points to Los Banos-Pacheco.

KRISTIEN REYES (Tracy RB/LB, junior)

Reyes has a team-high 21 tackles for the Bulldogs (0-3), who need somebody to put a lid on Kimball senior tailback Ryan Rivera (407 rushing yards through two games). You could see Reyes make an impact on offense, too, as a rusher and receiver. Tracy is still seeking its first touchdown pass this season.


Haywood played like a man possessed in a 41-28 win over Lodi last year, with 10 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Expect the same from Haywood, via senior quarterback Stephon Favela, against a Flames defense that has good size and power up front, but that probably lacks the speed to contain Haywood.

RYAN ALBIANI (Argonaut QB, senior)

Albiani isn’t putting up unearthly numbers, but has been clutch for the Mustangs (3-0) with his feet. He ran in a game-winning, 4-yard touchdown with 8 seconds remaining in a 26-22 victory over Brookside Christian on Sept. 3 at Lincoln High’s Spanos Stadium. And Albiani tallied two TD runs in a 35-30 win over Colfax last Friday in Jackson, according to the Amador Ledger-Dispatch. Denair beat Brookside Christian 26-6, a better margin than Argonaut, so Albiani’s decision making and running could make the difference tonight.


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State, NorCal, Section Football Rankings: Week 3

Manteca wide receiver Jose Garcia, right, competes against Weston Ranch in a Valley Oak League football game last season at Weston Ranch High in Stockton. RECORD FILE 2015

The St. Mary’s football team was already Top 10 in the state, then it hammered No. 25 Modesto-Central Catholic 49-0 in the “Holy Bowl.”

Nothing else shifted in Cal-Hi Sports’ state hierarchy, at least in terms of the Top 10, so St. Mary’s remains at No. 9 on Cal-Hi’s list for Week 3.

Here’s a look at the other area teams and how they’re judged by other media outlets. A reminder, our Top 5 (1-5 in order here) for large schools is: St. Mary’s, Manteca, Lincoln, Tracy and Weston Ranch. Small schools: Calaveras, Ripon, Escalon, Amador, Argonaut.

  • St. Mary’s is No. 4 in NorCalPreps’ latest Northern California rankings, trailing No. 1 Concord-De La Salle, No. 2 Folsom and No. 3 Loomis-Del Oro. Manteca has surged into MaxPreps’ NorCal Top 25, composed by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, at No. 24. St. Mary’s is fourth behind De La Salle, Folsom and Del Oro.
  • St. Mary’s is ranked second in the section, behind Folsom, by Harold Abend and the Prep2Prep Sports Sac-Joaquin Section rankings. Manteca is No. 12, and the top-ranked team from Division III by Abend and company, making them a potential contender there as Central Catholic moves up to Division II. A Twitter follower also informed me that Sacramento-Inderkum, which routed Manteca in last year’s Division III quarterfinals, now has close to 1,900 students and thus would be a Division II team. Lincoln is No. 17, being given the benefit of the doubt after losing to Bay Area power Antioch, Sacramento-area power Elk Grove and The Modesto Bee’s No. 1 large-school team, Turlock-Pitman. Sierra is No. 22, and will host now-No. 19 Oakdale at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23. Oakdale’s ranking will change this week as it plays a talented Moraga-Campolindo team.


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