Former West, McNair stars meet in Oakland

Former West football star Marcel Dancy is ninth in the state in the CCCAA with 440 rushign yards for Laney College of Oakland. Laney hosts Delta, and fellow Class of 2015 star in McNair graduate Derrion Grim, at 7 p.m. Friday. RECORD FILE 2015

In my mind, the top two candidates for The Record’s All-Area Football Player of the Year in 2015 were McNair’s Derrion Grim and West’s Marcel Dancy. Grim, a wide receiver, won, while Dancy, a three-phases star, was named first-team All-Area for the second consecutive season.

Grim has had a long journey of college choices. He originally verbally committed to Boise State before changing to Nebraska, and leaving just weeks before the season began. He re-located at Delta, which plays at Laney (Dancy’s team) at 7 p.m. today in Oakland. Grim has 18 catches for 311 yards and two TDs.

Dancy, meanwhile, has 440 rushing yards (ninth in the state) and three TDs.

Grim recently gave a verbal commitment to coach Mike Leach and Washington State.


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Player of the Game, Week 6: Tre Wortham

Bear Creek senior Tre Wortham, left, catches a touchdown in his team's 54-48 San Joaquin Athletic Association win over Edison on Friday at Magnasco Stadium in Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

Tre Wortham is becoming associated with winning, when it comes to the Bear Creek football team.

On Sept. 30, Wortham had an interception return for a touchdown, a key play in Bear Creek’s 22-20 nonleague win over Lodi at home at Podesto Field.

On Friday, Wortham posted five total touchdowns, four rushing and one passing, in the Bruins’ 54-48 San Joaquin Athletic Association win over the Edison Vikings at Magnasco Stadium.

Wortham can score in the midst of a big pile, or using his speed out in space. He’s a big reason why Bear Creek has a puncher’s chance at clinching the program’s first ever playoff berth.

In fact, I predict when McNair faces Bear Creek on Nov. 4, both will have five wins and be vying for a playoff berth that night. 


TERRY HOLMES (Bear Creek FB, sophomore)

Holmes had one heck of a party in south Stockton, with a massive 234-yard night, punctuated by a 60-yard touchdown burst up the middle. He’s going to be a force for years to come at Podesto Field and throughout the area.


Zackery had such an excellent night, that he was named The Record’s Male Athlete of the Week. Wortham gets the edge since his team won the game. Read up on Zackery by clicking here.


Coleman gave Edison fits throughout the night, with 145 rushing yards as a dual-threat quarterback. One-hundred and fifteen of those came in the first half. He’s also proficient in a quick-hitting passing game.


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St. Mary’s, Manteca move up in NorCal rankings

The St. Mary's football team warms up before a nonleague game against Cardinal Newman on Sept. 2 at Sanguinetti Field in Stockton. CLIFFORD OTO/RECORD FILE 2016

The St. Mary’s and Manteca football teams are a combined 11-1, the top two teams in The Record’s coverage area and Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal championship contenders.

And both have moved up in Northern California rankings. St. Mary’s is the new No. 2 (up from No. 3) and Manteca is the new No. 19 (up from No. 24) in MaxPreps latest NorCal Top 25, via The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson.

PLUS, St. Mary’s is back into the Cal-Hi Sports’ state rankings at No. 18

St. Mary’s (5-1, 1-0 Tri-City Athletic League) just tattooed Tokay 65-8 and Manteca (6-0, 3-0 Valley Oak League) manhandled rival Sierra 48-13. The Rams should roll again this week, heading to winless West, but the Buffaloes have their toughest test of the regular season.

The four-time defending champion Central Catholic Raiders entertain Manteca on Friday. I’ll be there, updating live on Twitter.

Here’s a look at how area teams fared in the latest NorCal and Sac-Joaquin Section rankings:


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Prep Football Predictions: Week 7

The Central Catholic, in white, and Manteca football teams do battle last season at Guss Schmiedt Field. Central Catholic hosts Manteca at 7 p.m. Friday at Patton Field in Modesto. RECORD FILE 2015

The eyes of high school football fans, not just in the Valley Oak League, but throughout the 209 area code and the Sac-Joaquin Section, will be on Modesto this Friday night.

Central Catholic (4-2, 3-0 VOL), a four-time defending state champion, entertains Manteca (6-0, 3-0) in The Record’s Game of the Week at 7 p.m. at Patton Field.

The Raiders have faced a tougher schedule, as their two losses are to top-ranked teams in their respective sections in San Diego-Cathedral Catholic (San Diego Section) and St. Mary’s (Sac-Joaquin Section). But Manteca has excellent size, speed and depth throughout the roster.

Plus, the Buffaloes have the motivation of being three years removed from their last section title, and they’ve never won a NorCal or state title. Manteca had an early two-touchdown lead before a heartbreaking loss to Redding-Enterprise in a 2013 NorCal bowl game.

That’s one of my four focused picks for the week, with every area game predicted below.

Last week, in Week 6, I was a perfect 16-0! (Full disclosure: I changed one of those predictions for print, taking Ripon Christian over Denair after I learned Denair only had 13-14 players. I was wrong. In print, I’ll say I was 15-1. But hey, on here, I was 16-0).

My record for the season is now 107-21: a winning percentage of .836.

Manteca 22, Central Catholic 21

Two years ago, in their first meeting as fellow VOL meetings in a long time, Central Catholic got a touchdown run and winning two-point conversion from Justin Rice in overtime.

It’s Manteca with a dramatic TD and two-point try this time around. Who gets the ball on the balanced Buffaloes? Take your best guess.

Manteca has the better overall roster and motivation this season. This is the Buffs’ year to take the VOL and make a section Division III title run.

Weston Ranch 28, Lathrop 18

The Cougars shake off three consecutive frustrating losses to Central Catholic, Manteca and East Union by keeping their playoff hopes alive with a defensive-minded win over the reeling Spartans. Lathrop has lost five consecutive games.

Look for Weston Ranch rushers Bryant Bowen Jr., Cori Floyd and Andrew Farley to dominate the tempo of the game.

Chavez 42, Franklin 35

Titans coach La Te’f Grim returns to his alma mater, and gets his first victory guiding Chavez. In a battle of offenses with talented skill-position dudes, the Titans and quarterback John Michael Supangan and receivers Johnnie Lockridge and Leo Gayles prevail — barely.

Stagg 42, Bear Creek 26

The Bruins are running the football with promise now, headlined by senior Tre Wortham and sophomore Terry Holmes, along with dual threat quarterback Eric Coleman. But Stagg is the defending champion, has the most depth and the most dynamic player in Cutrell Haywood.


ARGONAUT over Summerville

AMADOR over Bret Harte

OAKDALE over East Union

MILLENNIUM over Turlock Christian

SIERRA over Kimball


SONORA over Linden

McNAIR over Edison

LINCOLN over Lodi

ST. MARY’S over West

TRACY over Tokay

ESCALON over Mountain House

RIPON over Modesto Christian

GUSTINE over Ripon Christian



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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 6

Manteca quarterback Gino Campiotti, center, had four total touchdowns as his team beat rival Sierra 48-13 on Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

Welcome back to “Helmet Stickers” — celebrating the best in high school football from The Record’s coverage area. Week 6 was the beginning of league play for the SJAA and the TCAL. Here are the latest “Helmet Stickers” honors:
JOSHUA ALVARADO (Tracy QB, junior)
Alvarado, who turned 16 in September, had 11 carries for 118 yards and four touchdowns in Tracy’s 49-0 Tri-City Athletic League-opening win over Lodi at the Grape Bowl.
GINO CAMPIOTTI (Manteca QB, junior)
Campiotti went 15 of 21 passing for 145 yards and two touchdowns, with 11 carries for 85 yards and two TDs for the Buffaloes — who beat rival Sierra 48-13 in a Valley Oak League game at Guss Schmiedt Field in Manteca.
ANDREW DURRER (Ripon TE, senior)
Durrer dominated in Ripon’s 48-0, Trans-Valley League opening win over Mountain House, with 18 total tackles and a sack.
JOHNNY WHITE (Argonaut RB, senior)
White had 17 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown, in a 24-21 Mother Lode League loss to the rival Thundering Herd.
CLAYTON BORGES (Tracy DL, senior)
Borges was a menace on defense for the Bulldogs, with two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt against the Flames.
KAMERON BEAMON (Manteca RB, senior)
Beamon took 19 carries for 122 yards against the Timberwolves, and has 671 yards through six games this season.
IZAIAH CELESTINE (Lincoln WR, senior)
Celestine posted four catches for 120 yards and a touchdown in Lincoln’s 48-8 TCAL win at West.
DEWEY COTTON (St. Mary’s WR/KR, senior)
Cotton did a bit of everything, with five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown, and two carries for 32 yards and another TD in St. Mary’s 65-8 TCAL win over Tokay at Sanguinetti Field.
Lockridge, known more for being a receiver, had 14 carries for a team-high 177 yards and a touchdown in a 55-26 SJAA loss to McNair at home.
Haywood had seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-0 SJAA win over Franklin at Coaches’ Stadium. Haywood now has over 860 receiving yards this season.
PATRICK SHOLUND (East Union senior)
Sholund was excellent every time he touched the football. Those were: a 47-yard rushing touchdown and a 74-yard kickoff return TD.
REUBEN LEE (Brookside Christian WR/KR, junior)
Lee, a transfer from Lincoln, had a scorching debut with Brookside Christian in a 58-0 win over Riverbank. Lee had 13 carries for 226 yards and three touchdowns, five catches for 69 yards and one TD, a 78-yard punt return for a score and an interception.
JUSTIN WILLIAMS (Brookside Christian WR, senior)
Williams, not to be out done, had eight catches for 78 yards and two TDs via quarterback Quincy Glasper.
ISAIAH SHOLUND (East Union junior)
Sholund led the Lancers with 19 carries for 109 yards in a 31-16 VOL win over Weston Ranch at Dino Cunial Field.
ERIQ KURYS (Sierra WR/K, senior)
Kurys, a soccer player who only converted to football this year, so he can keep playing soccer in winter, dazzled with two made 45-yard field goals against Manteca.
HASSANI ZACKERY (Edison QB/KR, junior)
Zackery was a one-man spectacular for the Vikings, in a 54-48 loss to Bear Creek at Magnasco Stadium. Zackery had three passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return TD.
TERRY HOLMES (Bear Creek RB, sophomore)
Holmes showed off his potential and his power, with a game-high 234 rushing yards at E-House, including a 60-yard TD burst up the middle.
TRE WORTHAM (Bear Creek RB, senior)
Wortham was clutch for the Bruins, with five total touchdowns: four rushing plus a 28-yard TD reception. His  last rushing score was a 31-yard run on a pitch.
Author’s note: If you know of a deserving player who’s not on this list, there’s a good chance that program has not posted statistics on MaxPreps or does not call us with Friday night results. Feel free to let different coaches and programs know to do so. Our email is and my direct office line is (209) 546-8272.


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Prep Football Power Rankings: Small schools Week 7

The Bret Harte, in white, and Calaveras football teams shake hands pregame in September 2015, in support of the victims of the Butte Fire, at Calaveras High in San Andreas. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/RECORD FILE 2015

Here it is, the breakdown of your small-school power rankings for high school football in The Record’s coverage area.

If you came here because of the teaser you read in The Record, thanks for being here. Head over to later on Monday night, or grab The Record on Tuesday for a breakdown of the large-school rankings of teams from the SJAA, TCAL and VOL.

Author’s note: The small-school rankings are from the CCAA, MLL, SL and TVL. The Record does not cover Sonora and Summerville in the MLL. The Record only covers San Joaquin County teams in the CCAA, SL and TVL.


Small schools

1. Calaveras (1) 6-1, 2-1 MLL

Calaveras was tested even more than it thought it would, in its 17th consecutive win for the “bell” over rival Bret Harte. Calaveras prevailed 27-26, but actually trailed 19-14 at half. Calaveras finally has a bye after seven consecutive games to start the season.

Friday: Bye

2. Ripon (1) 3-3, 1-0 TVL

Ripon hammered Mountain House (1-5, 0-1 TVL) 48-0 in its Trans-Valley League opener. Hilmar is the favorite in the TVL but look out for Ripon. The Indians’ three losses? Against defending Sac-Joaquin Section champions, and very good teams this year, in Sierra, Sonora and Sutter.

Friday: at Modesto Christian (3-3, 1-0 TVL)

3. Amador (4) 5-1, 2-1 MLL

Amador held off arch rival Argonaut in their battle for the “Rotary Bell” — 24-21. The Thundering Herd is a victory away from a return to the section playoffs. In this area, only Calaveras and Manteca have clinched playoff bids already.

Friday: vs. Bret Harte (4-2, 0-2 MLL), 7 p.m.

4. Argonaut (3) 4-2, 1-2 MLL

The Mustangs fell to the Thundering Herd despite Johnny White’s big night. White had 17 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown against Amador.

Friday: at Summerville (4-2, 1-1 MLL), 7 p.m.

5. Bret Harte (NR) 4-2, 0-2 MLL

Bret Harte leap-frogged Calaveras for many reasons. One of those is that Escalon is on a three-game losing streak. Bret Harte, meanwhile, is a win away from clinching a .500 record or better for just the second time since 2001. And, more importantly, Bret Harte nearly upset Calaveras. Calaveras hammered Escalon.

On the Bubble: Escalon (2-4, 0-1 TVL)


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High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

Manteca quarterback Gino Campiotti, left, looks for an open receiver during the Buffaloes' 48-13 Valley Oak League win over rival Sierra on Friday at Guss Schmiedt Field. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD

Welcome back to my weekly high school football scoreboard for The Record’s coverage area. Here is your scoreboard plus league standings (SJAA, TCAL, MLL and VOL) as the Tri-City Athletic League and San Joaquin Athletic Association opened tonight.



McNair 55, Chavez 26

Bear Creek 54, Edison 48

Stagg 26, Franklin 0


Lincoln 48, West 8

St. Mary’s 65, Tokay 8

Tracy 49, Lodi 0


Manteca 48, Sierra 13

Oakdale 42, Lathrop 0

East Union 31, Weston Ranch 16

Central Catholic 49, Kimball 7


Calaveras 27, Bret Harte 26

Amador 24, Argonaut 21


Denair 28, Ripon Christian 0


Hilmar 24, Escalon 10

Ripon 48, Mountain House 0


Brookside Christian 58, Riverbank 0



T1. Bear Creek 1-0, 3-3

T1. McNair 1-0, 3-3

T1. Stagg 1-0, 3-3

T4. Franklin 0-1, 2-4

T4. Chavez 0-1, 0-6

T4. Edison 0-1, 0-6


T1. St. Mary’s 1-0, 5-1

T1. Lincoln 1-0, 3-3

T1. Tracy 1-0, 2-4

T4. Tokay 0-1, 2-4

T4. Lodi 0-1, 1-5

T4. West 0-1, 0-6


T1. Manteca 3-0, 6-0

T1. Oakdale 3-0, 5-1

T1. Central Catholic 3-0, 4-2

4. East Union 2-1, 5-1

5. Sierra 1-2, 4-2

T6. Weston Ranch 0-3, 3-3

T6. Kimball 0-3, 1-5

T6. Lathrop 0-3, 1-5


1. Sonora 3-0, 7-0

T2. Calaveras 2-1, 6-1

T2. Amador 2-1, 5-1

4. Summerville 1-1, 4-2

5. Argonaut 1-2, 4-2

T6. Bret Harte 0-2, 4-2

T6. Linden 0-2, 1-5


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The Record’s Prep Football Offensive Leaders: Week 6

Stagg wide receiver Cutrell Haywood, left, leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 742 receiving yards and is tied for tops with 10 receiving touchdowns. RECORD FILE 2015

Welcome to high school football Week 6. Here we’ve compiled the top five for these statistical categories in our coverage area: passing yards, passing touchdowns, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.


1. Steph0n Favela, Stagg senior (1,542 yards)

2. Quincy Glasper, Brookside Christian sophomore (1,279 yards)

3. Jake Dunniway, St. Mary’s senior (1,251 yards)

4. Aaron Thomas, Lincoln senior (1,093 yards)

5. John Michael Supangan, Chavez senior (1,060 yards)


1. Dunniway (15)

2. Favela (13)

T3. Glasper (12)

T3. Thomas (12)

T5. Supangan (11)

T5. Mark Vicente, Sierra senior (11)


1. Ryan Rivera, Kimball senior (720 yards)

2. Dusty Frampton, St. Mary’s junior (716 yards)

3. Noah Preuss, Calaveras senior (661 yards)

4. Cole Carouba, Lodi senior (643 yards)

5. Hunter White, Linden senior (625 yards)


1. Frampton (12)

T2. Joe Parker, Millenium senior (9)

T2. Kameron Beamon, Manteca senior (9)

4. Preuss (8)

T5. Andrew Keeter, Amador senior (7)

T5. Rivera (7)


1. Cutrell Haywood, Stagg senior (742 yards)

2. Justin Williams, Brookside Christian senior (496 yards)

3. Dewey Cotton, St. Mary’s senior (489 yards)

4. Aaron Paschini, Ripon senior (472 yards)

5. Damion Pursley, Franklin senior (461 yards)


1. Haywood (10)

T2. Leo Gayles, Chavez senior (7)

T2. Williams (7)

T2. Paschini (7)

T2. Pursley (7)


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NorCal, Sac-Joaquin Section Football Rankings: Week 6

St. Mary's Tre Jenkins, 22, runs with the football against Central Catholic on Sept. 9 at Patton Field in Modesto. CALIXTRO ROMIAS/RECORD FILE 2016

The St. Mary’s football team begins what is likely a five-week punishment of its Tri-City Athletic League opposition today. The Rams host the Tokay Tigers at 7:15 p.m. at Sanguinetti Field.

St. Mary’s stood strong, and in one case, moved up in the latest Sac-Joaquin Section and Northern California prep football rankings.

- St. Mary’s moved up to No. 2 from No. 3 in Cal-Hi Sports’ section Top 25, after former No. 2 Sacramento-Grant was hammered by Elk Grove. Loomis-Del Oro is now No. 1. Manteca dropped from No. 10 to No. 11 and previously unranked Lincoln (No. 24) and Sierra (No. 25) are back.

- St. Mary’s remained at No. 2 in Harold Abend’s section Top 25, via Prep2Prep Sports. Manteca moved up to No. 14 from No. 15, Lincoln remained at No. 22 and Sierra remained at No. 25.

- St. Mary’s remained No. 3 in NorCalPreps’ Northern California Top 20.

- St. Mary’s remained No. 3 and Manteca stayed at No. 24 in Joe Davidson’s latest NorCal Top 25, via MaxPreps.


St. Mary’s 49, Central Catholic 0

Manteca 49, Weston Ranch 0


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Prep Football Predictions: Week 6

The Lodi, left, and Bear Creek football team captains watch the coin toss before the Bruins' 22-20 win on Friday at Podesto Field in Stockton. Edison hosts Bear Creek at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Magnasco Stadium in Stockton on the opening night of San Joaquin Athletic Association play. CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD

It’s officially league time for every high school football team in The Record’s coverage area.

The San Joaquin Athletic Association and Tri-City Athletic League open this week, with the defending champions (Stagg in the SJAA, St. Mary’s in the TCAL) favorites to repeat.

At least, in my mind.

Here are my Week 6 predictions, after I went 12-2 in Week 5. (Bear Creek, you beat Lodi, and Christian Brothers, you beat Stagg, to prove me wrong).


The Bruins pull a repeat of their 22-20 victory over the Flames, utilizing an upstart defense to win a grinding, tough game. Bear Creek has a legitimate chance at its first playoff berth in program history with a wide-open SJAA. Its best competition, at this point, for that No. 2 spot is McNair.

But do not count out Edison, which is led by dual-threat quarterback Hassani Zackery, formerly a wide receiver, whose selfless move has worked out offensively.

Look out for Bear Creek’s Tre Wortham, who had a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown last week.


The Cougars have superior size and speed, but the Lancers are more experienced and more together. They’re nearly 5-0, if not for a miraculous Sierra comeback last week. Sierra quarterback Jack Weaver is a matchup problem for the Weston Ranch defense. The Cougars need to use their size advantage of the line to set their tempo and feed the ball to Bryant Bowen Jr., Cori Floyd and Andrew Farley.

Weston Ranch has been outscored 94-7 in the past two weeks, but of course, that was against the VOL’s two best teams: Modesto-Central Catholic and Manteca. Weston Ranch beat East Union in a one-score game last year in Stockton.


Thomas Lawrence’s picks

Last week: 12-2

Year to date: 91-21 (Winning percentage of .813)


Stagg over Franklin

Bear Creek over Edison

McNair over Chavez


St. Mary’s over Tokay

Lincoln over West

Tracy over Lodi


Manteca over Sierra

East Union over Weston Ranch

Oakdale over Lathrop

Central Catholic over Kimball


Amador over Argonaut

Calaveras over Bret Harte


Hilmar over Escalon

Ripon over Mountain House


Denair over Ripon Christian


Brookside Christian over Riverbank


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