East County
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WEEK 13 / May 23-28
WEEK 14 / May 31-June 4
KYLE HARRIS, Christian
The 6-foot-3, 165-pound junior, who led the East County in pass receiving, proved his versatility on the baseball diamond. He batted .643 with five of his nine hits going for extra bases. He totaled nine RBI and scored twice. He fell a single short of hitting for the Cycle against Mater Dei as Christian finished the week with three wins in four games. He also pitched five innings and did not allow an earned run while recording a save.
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior catcher, Mosier batted .538 (7-for-13) during a 3-1 playoff run by the Norsemen. Five of his hits went for extra bases, including three home runs. The San Diego State-bound receiver had an on-base-percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of 1.385. He scored seven runs and drove in four.
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior, Reed led the Highlanders to the San Diego CIF Division II championship. He pitched a complete game victory over Steele Canyon in the finals at SDSU’s Tony Gwynn Stadium. It was Reeds 9th win in 10 decisions. He walked one and struck out seven. As a hitter Reed was 2-for-3 in both the semifinals and finals, collecting a double, triple and a home run.
After suffering a heart-breaking loss to top-ranked Bonita Vista in the CIF Division II semifinals on an unearned run despite tossing a
2-hitter, Johnson, a junior right-hander, bounced back to down Point Loma on a 3-hitter in the losers' bracket semifinals, then tossed another 2-hitter against the nationally-ranked Barons to give the 10th-seeded Wolf Pack their second-ever section crown in a 4-0 victory at UC San Diego. For the season, Johnson finished with a record of 13-7, with a 1.26 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 133 innings.

Stalford completed her senior year in style, defeating five North County opponents during her CIF Division I playoff run, including a 4-3 verdict in the championship game over No. 1 seeded Poway to earn the Hillers' first section crown in 22 years. Along with the pitching victory, Stalford's basehit in the 5th inning snapped a 3-3 tie to give her the game-winning RBI as well. In the playoffs, Stalford (22-10) also topped San Pasqual, Torrey Pines, Escondido and Rancho Bernardo, posting a pair of shutouts.

The versatile 6-foot-4, 190-pound Nesovic was 6-for-11 (.545) as he guided the Foothillers to a split with Torrey Pines and into the last game showdown against Rancho Bernardo. He clubbed two doubles and was robbed of extra base hits on two other occasions in the three games. He pitched all eight innings in a 4-3 semifinal victory over Torrey Pines to finish 11-0.

WEEK 10 / May 2-7
WEEK 11 / May 9-14
WEEK 12 / May 16-21

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior shortstop hit safely in all five of the Sultans game, compiling a .667 average in the process. Four of the five contests featured multiple hit efforts and six of his 12 hits went for extra bases. The Santana leadoff man also drove in nine runs and scored six times.

GARRETT GANDOLFO, Steele Canyon — A junior first baseman-designated hitter, Gandolfo batted .700 over three games for the Cougars. Among his seven hits, two were doubles and another was his 4th home run of the season. Gandolfo also drove in five runs and scored three times for Steele Canyon, which is headed toward a second-place GHL finish. DOUG BRANNVALL, Granite Hills — A 6-foot-2, 206-pound pitcher-third baseman, Brannvall helped Granite Hills close the regular season with victories over Valhalla and Steele Canyon . Brannvall was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI as the Eagles completed a three-game sweep of Valhalla 13-3. He hurled a complete game 2-hitter in a 7-0 win over Steele Canyon.
KIMMY TRIOLO, Granite Hills
Triolo, a sophomore, led the struggling Eagles to a 5-2 upset of GHL leading and 9th-ranked Grossmont. Not only did Triolo start the scoring with an RBI double, she handled the Hillers by limiting them to four hits without a walk, while striking out 5 batters.
MOLLY HUTCHISON, Steele Canyon — Hutchison, a catcher, is already recognized as one of East County's top defenders, and she came through with the bat, too. The sophomore's tie-breaking home run allowed the Cougars to defeat Grossmont, 3-2, to grab a share of the GHL lead. Hutchison also drove in two runs, including one on a walkoff basehit, to run-rule Granite Hills. DELANIE GOURLEY, El Capitan
Gourley, a sophomore left-hander, tossed two shutouts in three SDCIF playoff games. Included was a perfect game against Mar Vista , registered 15 of the 18 outs (six innings by run rule) on strikes. She registered 14 K's in six IP at Ramona, then 13 more in a 3-hit shutout of Brawley. The three runs against Ramona were unearned.
WEEK 7 / Apr. 11-16
WEEK 8 / Apr. 18-23
WEEK 9 / Apr. 25-30
The versatile Norseman junior rattled off 5 hits in 11 at-bats for a .455 average, helping Valhalla win four straight games and move to the top of the Grossmont Hills League standings. Hensley blasted two home runs and a pair of doubles while walking three times and driving in nine runs. He also scored five times.
NICK SABO, Monte Vista
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Long Beach State-bound southpaw was a double-threat for the Monarchs, who reached the finals of the Lions Tournament Division 5A finals. As a hitter, the senior center fielder batted .563 with nine hits including two doubles and a homen. On the hill, he posted one win and a save while allowing no runs and only one hit, striking out 8 in 9 innings.
The Foothillers’ ace batted .636 with seven hits in 11 at-bats as Grossmont took command of the Grossmont Hills League. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound San Diego State-bound right-hander collected three extra-base hits including a home run. He also drove in four runs and scored three times. In addition, Musgrove hurled a complete-game victory over Steele Canyon with 9 strikeouts.
RACHEL STALFORD, Grossmont — Stalford, a senior, tossed a pair of shutouts and posted a 0.70 earned-run average in four complete games to lead the Foothillers into a share of the Grossmont Hills League lead. Following a 2-0 loss in 9 innings to Scripps Ranch, she blanked Valhalla and West Hills, then defeated Granite Hills. Stalford also batted 8-for-16 for the week.

Smith, the Highlanders' senior outfielder, ranks among East County's batting leader for both average and power. Included was a 3-for-3 outing against Francis Parker. Smith led off three times, collecting a pair of homers and a double to give the Scotties their longest winning streak in three years.
GRACE HERNANDEZ, Patrick Henry — Hernandez, a junior right-hander, ran the Patriots' win streak to five (and 7-of-8) to grab undisputed possession of first place in the Eastern League. Included was a combined 1-hit shutout of Morse, then a victory over Christian.
WEEK 4 / Mar. 21-26
WEEK 5 / Mar. 28-Apr. 2
WEEK 6 / Apr. 4-9
CLAYTON ROYER, Steele Canyon — Royer, 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior pitcher-shortstop, batted .750 with a pair of doubles, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored. Two of his hits went for extra bases and he also stole a base and pitched one inning in relief. TYRONE WIGGINS, El Capitan
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior shortstop batted .600 in the leadoff spot as El Capitan reached the finals of the Bill Dickens East County Tournament. Wiggins was 6-for-10 with a double, two home runs, six RBI and four steals during four pool play games.
PAUL O’CONNOR, Monte Vista
The versatile sophomore batted
4-for-7 with 5 RBI, a triple and a homeras the Monarchs opened the Grossmont Valley League season with a two-game sweep over Santana. He also scored 3 runs as the Monarchs won for the fourth time in five games.
CHELSEA BALL, El Cajon Valley — Ball, a junior first baseman-outfielder, continued her season-long hitting streak by connecting in all four contests to reach 10 straight games. Included was a 2-for-3 effort vs. La Jolla, with 4 runs and 5 RBI; plus hits against Granite Hills, Olympian and top-ranked Bonita Vista. AMBER SCHISLER, Santana
Schisler, a sophomore, powered a 2-run homer against West Hills, then gained pitching victories over Ramona and Steele Canyon to move the Sultans to 3-1 in the Grossmont Conference Tournament.

Rook paced the Norsemen to a 3-0 record. In a come-from-behind win over San Pasqual, she clouted a 2-run single in the 7th, then set the Golden Eagles down in order for the victory. Rook later tossed a 1-hitter at El Capitan, also placing a sac bunt which led to the game-winning run in the 7th. She also played first base in a 4-for-4, 5 RBI outing against Mount Miguel.
WEEK 1 / Mar. 1-5
WEEK 2 / Mar. 7-12
WEEK 3 / Mar. 14-19
Highlanders’ junior shortstop Carbuccia went 4-for-4 with 7 RBI in a breakout opening game of the Aztec-Foothiller Classic that resulted in Helix’s 9-0 victory over visiting Madison.
JOSH ROSE, Granite Hills
A sophomore outfielder, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Rose took the East County home run lead by swatting round-trippers in each of the Eagles three games. He batted at a .545 clip (.545) with seven RBI and five extra-base hits in victories over Cathedral, St. Augustine and Bonita Vista.
A 6-foot-2 junior, Ginkel needed only 57 pitches to hurl the top-ranked Vaqueros to a 3-1 victory over Granite Hills in the champion-ship game of the Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament. It took him only 65 minutes to finish the job. Ginkel had a perfect game going for the first four innings but his most impressive statistic was that he threw 48 strikes and only 9 balls.

Kasden, the Foothillers' second baseman, belted a pair of doubles, figuring prominently in both rallies by the hosts opened the season with a 3-2 triumph over Fallbrook. She led off the 4th with a double and scored, then registered a key RBI with a 5th-inning double.
Grabowski is making the switch from third base to catcher look rather easy for the Patriots. The USD bound junior collected basehits over 8 consecutive at-bats, going 10-for-11 for the week, including six extra-base hits (four doubles, a triple and a home run), good for 11 RBI.

ALEXANDRA MOOTRY, Patrick Henry — Mootry, the Patriots' senior first baseman, boasted big power numbers to help Henry post three wins in four contests. After knocking in the game-winning run with a double vs. Steele Canyon , Mootry led a doubleheader sweep of Otay Ranch by pounding out a pair of homers, finishing the day with 7 RBI. In Game 1, she also had a triple and scored four times.

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WEEK 13 / Feb. 21-26
WEEK 14 / Feb. 28-Mar. 5
Scott led the Highlanders to one playoff victory, then produced a strong effort in the SDCIF quarterfinals. The senior guard registered a career-high 27 points to pace the Scotties past Kearny , then posted a game-high 18 points in a setback to third-seeded Monte Vista. Scott led all Grossmont Hills League players in scoring this season with a 15.8 average.

Valadez recorded a team-high 21 points, allowing the Scotties to avenge an earlier loss to Hilltop to advance to the SDCIF Division II semifinals. He also grabbed six rebounds. Valadez also produced a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards in a first-round SDCIF triumph over El Centro-Southwest.

MYISHIA WATKINS, Mount Miguel — The Mount Miguel sparkplug scored 15 of her game-best 26 points in the final period of a semifinal SDCIF victory over Mission Bay, and added 24 in the Division III championship win over Cathedral Catholic, giving the Matadors their sixth section crown in 10 seasons.

WEEK 10 / Jan. 31-Feb. 5
WEEK 11 / Feb. 7-12
WEEK 12 / Feb. 14-19
A 6-foot-3½ senior post, Keys directed the Highlanders to wins over West Hills, Steele Canyon and Valhalla. He clicked on 22 of 34 field goal attempts and averaged 17.3 points in the three games. Keys crashed the boards to collect 22 rebounds over the three ballgames.
Hernandez, a center, stepped up for a revamped Norsemen lineup with a pair of solid efforts. After posting a double-double against Grossmont, Hernandez' best effort saw Valhalla upset arch-rival Granite Hills, 53-50, as the junior collected 20 points and 12 boards, plus blocked 7 Eagles shots. For the week Hernandez scored 35 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked 14 shots.
Ingraham, a junior forward, posted career highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds against Grossmont, clinching a second consecutive Grossmont Hills League title for the Wolf Pack. She also registered a game-high 13 points against Valhalla.

The 6-foot sophomore drummed up 30 points and 32 rebounds while helping hoist West Hills into the Grossmont Hills League lead. She also blocked two shots. Her best outing was a 14-point, 13-rebound effort against Valhalla. The Wolf Pack went 3-0 for the week.
SHAY YOUNG, Mount Miguel
Young, a junior post player, couldn't be more consistent, posting consecutive efforts of 20 points and 7 rebounds in triumphs over El Capitan and Santana, the later giving the Matadors an 11th consecutive league crown. Young now ranks third in the conference with a 15.2 scoring average.
TREY BASS, Santana
Bass, a senior, keeps putting up numbers across the board, a big reason why the Sultans captured 6 of their final 7 games to gain a share of the Grossmont Valley League crown. Included was a triple-double in the regular-season finale against El Capitan, as Bass compiled 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
WEEK 7 / Jan. 10-15
WEEK 8 / Jan. 17-22
WEEK 9 / Jan. 24-29
ALEXIS MERLINO, Steele Canyon — Merlino, a senior forward, directed the Cougars to a pair of victories, plus a near-upset. She cashed in for 21 points and 6 rebounds in a win over Grossmont, then added 17 points in a narrow 3-point loss to Monte Vista. Merlino also ranks among the GHL scoring leaders. MARCUS BOOKER, Mount Miguel — The Matadors junior guard is establishing himself as one of the top point guards in East County. Rarely has he come up any bigger than he did in Mount Miguel’s 62-59 conquest of Santana. Booker registered 22 points in the pivotal duel with the Sultans. Five of Booker’s markers came in the final minute to help secure the Grossmont Valley League victory for the defending circuit champion Matadors. TEY BEALER WEST, Grossmont
A 5-foot-10 senior guard, Bealer-West paced the Foothillers with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals in a 49-47 Grossmont Hills League victory over West Hills. She scored what proved to be the winning basket that gave the Foothillers a 42-41 lead with 5:05 remaining.
SCOTT ATKINSON, Granite Hills — The 6-foot-9 junior pivot generated 33 points, 34 rebounds and 15 blocks for the Eagles. His top effort was a triple-double vs. West Hills with 12 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocks. CHAYAN LOWERY, Christian
A 6-foot-2 freshman averaging 14.1 points per game, Lowery scored a combined 52 points on 20 of 34 shooting (58.8 percent) in victories over Clairemont and Crawford. She also grabbed 32 rebounds and made 8 blocks.
DOMINIQUE MILLER, El Cajon Valley — The Braves 6-foot-5 senior guard busted out for a career-high 30 points in a Grossmont Valley League contest against front-running Mount Miguel. He landed one 3-pointer and swished 11 of 15 free throws. Miller is averaging 21.1 points per game for El Cajon Valley.
WEEK 4 / Dec. 20-24
WEEK 5 / Dec. 27-30
WEEK 6 / Jan. 3-8
DANIELLE MILLER, Mount Miguel — The UNLV-bound senior scored 80 points, bagged 27 rebounds, dished 3 assists and recorded 19 steals in the prestigious NIKE Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz. She scored a career-high 40 against Pacific Palisades, which included half of her 3-point buckets during the three game series. RYAN BICKFORD, Santana
The 6-foot-7 junior post generated 77 points, including 30 points against River Valley , in the four-game Mountain View Christian Holiday Tournament in Las Vegas. He also collected 40 rebounds, blocked 4 shots and made 4 steals.
ALEXANDRA ROSS, Monte Vista — The Monarchs’ 5-foot-8 senior guard racked up 32 points, helping Monte Vista post two wins in three starts. The East County ’s leading 3-point shooter, Ross did the majority of her scoring from long distance, tossing in 10 three-pointers. She also gobbled up 16 rebounds and dished off 5 assists.
The 6-foot senior began asserting himself as the leader of the Monarchs. He averaged 16 points per game in helping the Monarchs go 3-1 in the Monte Vista Christmas Tournament, losing only to Eastlake 50-49 in the championship game.
EMILY COLE, West Hills
The 5-foot-9 sophomore scored 63 points for the Wolf Pack in the four games of the TOC Division of the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic, including 6 threes and 13 of 14 free throw shooting to go along with 18 rebounds, 11 assists and 12 steals.
A 6-foot-3 senior, Wilschetz scored 43 points and pulled down 33 rebounds, leading the Norsemen past Monte Vista and El Cajon Valley . He knocked down 16 of 25 shots from the field in the two games, and converted 11 of 16 free throws. He also blocked four shots and recorded four steals.
WEEK 1 / Nov. 29-Dec. 4
WEEK 2 / Dec. 6-11
WEEK 3 / Dec. 13-18

Bembry, a four-year starter for the Monarchs, began the season with a bang by rolling out a rare quadruple-double in a 51-44 pasting of Rancho Buena Vista. Bembry registered 13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

Lozoya powered the undefeated Sultans to three straight victories, gaining a berth in the final of the San Diego D-III Challenge. Included was a career-high 33-point effort over Montgomery, missing just three shots from the field all contest. He also scored a team-high 12 points to top Brawley, then led the Sultans defense with 10 rebounds to drop Kearny in the tourney semifinals.
MICHAEL JORDAN, Steele Canyon A 6-foot post player, the Steele Canyon junior helped the previously winless Cougars win three games last week in the North County Basketball Classic. He was a model of consistency, averaging 10 points and slightly more than 9 rebounds per game in a balanced attack during the five-game tournament.

GARRETT LARCH-MILLER, Granite Hills — Larch-Miller jumped off to the fastest start of any East County player, totaling 73 points in a pair of outings. His season tipped-off with a 33-point effort against Mt. Carmel, then he posted a double-double with 40 points and 10 rebounds against The Bishop's School.

MYISHIA WATKINS, Mount Miguel Watkins, a senior point guard, came through in the clutch to keep the Matadors unbeaten. Following the exit of three other starters due to fouls, Watkins almost single-handedly led the team down the stretch to down Serra, 48-40. Watkins finished with 23 points, along with 8 steals, 3 assists and 3 rebounds, with most of her scoring coming over the final 6:30 to conquer the Qs in the Matador Classic Red Division championship contest.

SKYLAR WILLIAMS, Granite Hills — Williams, a sophomore guard, powered the Eagles to the title of their own Eagle Invitational.. She scored a game-high 12 points in both the semis vs. Grossmont and the title game vs. Sweetwater plus added a season-best 22 points in a pool play contest vs. Ramona. The media tabbed Williams as the MVP of the event.
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WEEK 13 / NOV. 26
WEEK 14 / DEC. 2-3
BRANDON WATSON, Steele Canyon — A 5-foot-10, 207-pound senior, Watson spent the majority of Friday’s (Nov. 26) SDCIF Div. II Quarterfinal 23-0 victory over Scripps Ranch on the defensive side of the ball. He recorded 14 tackles and intercepted a pass that he returned 54 yards, setting up a Cougars score. Watson, who usually doubles at the Steele Canyon blocking back, carried only once for 3 yards. He now shares the East County lead in interceptions.
KYLE HARRIS, Christian
Harris, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior, was a double threat for the Patriots, who toppled Tri-City Christian 78-7 to advance to the San Diego CIF Division V semis for the 7th straight year. On the defensive side, he intercepted two passes, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown. He also recovered a fumble. East County’s leading receiver, Harris also caught 3 passes for 90 yards and one TD.
Despite Helix' ouster from the CIF playoffs in the semifinals, it was a great postseason for Hancock. After rushing for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns (on only 16 carries) against Mt. Carmel in the quarterfinals, the senior posted 140 yards and a score against Oceanside in the Div. II semis. He finished the season with a total of 1,412 rushing yards and 11 TDs.
WEEK 10 / NOV. 5
WEEK 11 / NOV. 10-12
WEEK 12 / NOV. 19
Sauls equaled a SDCIF record by scoring seven TDs in the Patriots' road victory at Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo. Included were six rushing scores, plus a 52-yard TD reception from Shane Dillon in a 48-26 win. The senior finished with 454 all-purpose yards, including 364 on the ground.
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior corner, Keys has played an integral role in Scotties’ lockdown defense. In Helix' Grossmont Hills League championship-clinching victory over Steele Canyon, Keys contributed a pair of pivotal interceptions to go along with five tackles.

CORY LOCKMAN, Granite Hills
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound senior finished his high school football career with a bang as the Eagles made a ferocious rally in the final quarter only to fall short in a 42-33 CIF-SDS Division I playoff loss to Poway. Lockman completed 25 of 40 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown and also scored on a pair of short runs.
Furr, a senior running back, carried 25 times for 176 yards, helping the Vaqueros gain at least a share of the first Grossmont Valley League crown following a 14-14 tie against preseason league favorite Mount Miguel. A week earlier, Furr posted 177 yards and 3 TDs against ECVHS to go over the 1,000-yard plateau for the season.
The 5-foot-11, 146-pound junior wide receiver caught eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the Norsemen’s 33-20 victory over Granite Hills. Hasten, who has 37 receptions for 730 yards and 10 TDs, also returned six kicks for 60 yards against the Eagles.

A 6-foot-5, 175-pound defensive end, Alexio was the centerpiece in two of Grossmont’s most important defensive stands of the season in the final five minutes of a come-from-behind Division I playoff victory over San Diego. During that stretch, he was in on two sacks and made one tackle-for-loss.

WEEK 7 / OCT. 15-16
WEEK 8 / OCT. 22-23
WEEK 9 / OCT. 28-30

SPENCER GEORGE, Foothills Christian — The 5-foot-10, 160-pound George rushed for 363 yards and 4 touchdowns on 34 carries as the Knights came from behind to knock off Borrego Springs, 34-22, at Junior Seau Field. George scored on runs of 1, 15, 25 and 22 yards to lead the Knights (2-2) to their second Southern League wins in as many decisions. His rushing yardage total is the 9th-highest according to the San Diego CIF Record Book. SAM MEREDITH, Helix
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior was the kingpin in Helix’s destruction of undefeated Grossmont in the annual battle for the Musket. A defensive lineman who also doubles as a tight end, Meredith helped the Highlanders to hold Grossmont to a season low 86 yards while recording the shutout. He recorded six tackles on the defensive side and caught four passes for 27 yards and a touchdown as the Scotties’ tight end.
The 5-foot-9, 191-pound senior linebacker put together one of the finest defensive efforts in East County history as the Sultans defeated Monte Vista. Butler scored 14 defensive points and recorded 15 tackles and 5½ sacks. He recovered a punt snap in the endzone for a touchdown, later tackled the punter in the endzone for a safety and then returned a fumble 35 yards for a score,
A 6-foot-4, 258-pound senior, the versatile Craighead probably made his biggest contribution as a lead blocker for the Vaqueros’ running backs who banged off 399 yards on 56 rushes in a 40-28 victory over Santana. He also caught five passes for 76 yards, returned two kickoffs for 18 yards, rushed once for 7 yards, and intercepted a pass.

GILBERT PEREZ, Granite Hills
The versatile 6-foot, 190-pound senior made multiple contributions to the Eagles first Grossmont Hills League victory – a 28-27 nod over West Hills. Perez caught five passes for 109 yards and one touchdown. He also converted all four of his PAT kicks and averaged 48.5 on two punts as Granite Hills improved to 5-2 overall.

DeSEAN WATERS, Grossmont
The 5-foot-9, 171-pound senior southpaw quarterback generated 297 total yards and had a hand in all three Foothillers touchdowns as Grossmont defeated Granite Hills. Waters provided scoring runs of 9 and 59 yards. He later lofted a 9-yard scoring pass to Marcus Phillips. Waters rushed for 202 yards on 24 carries and completed 9 of 12 passes for 95 yards. Not to be overlooked, he also served as the Hillers’ long-snapper.
WEEK 4 / SEPT. 24
WEEK 5 / SEPT. 30-OCT. 1
WEEK 6 / OCT. 8
The 5-foot-7, 174-pound junior quarterback fired two touchdowns and scored a third as the Norsemen capsized El Capitan 38-13. Foster clicked on 14 of 24 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and also garnered 29 yards and a touchdown on seven carries for the Norsemen (2-2).
STEVE ARMSTRONG, West Hills — The 6-foot, 220 pound senior defensive end blocked a punt to set up what proved to be a game-clinching field goal as the Wolf Pack decked Patrick Henry 17-8 to balance its ledger at 2-2. A double threat, Armstrong, who also plays tight end, reeled in six passes for 50 yards from quarterback Trevor Clippinger.
JOEY ACOSTA, Grossmont
A 5-foot-9 senior defensive back for the Foothillers, Acosta had 230 return yards against Monte Vista, including a 71-yard punt return score, a 52-yard punt return that set up a TD and a 39-yard interception return that set up yet another touchdown. He finished with seven punt returns for 191 yards.

A 6-foot-6, 175-pound junior, Dillon doubled his touchdown passes with a pair of scoring strikes to KYLE HARRIS of 18 and 56 yards in the Patriots' 28-10 victory at Brawley. Dillon completed 14 of 23 passes for 177 yards and did not suffer an interception as the Patriots improved to 3-1.

A former varsity basketball player playing in only his second high school football game, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Gaines intercepted two passes and led the Patriots in receiving with four catches for 59 yards, including a 25-yard scoring strike from quarterback Shane Dillon in a 45-20 victory over El Cajon Valley, finishing with 148 all-purpose yards.
A versatile junior, Pruitt caught five passes for 69 yards in the Highlanders] 37-7 romp over Mount Miguel. He also averaged more than 4 yards per carry rushing, intercepted his East County-leading 4th pass and took a few snaps at quarterback.
WEEK 1 / SEPT. 3
WEEK 2 / SEPT. 10-11
WEEK 3 / SEPT. 17-18
JAKE WRAGG, Steele Canyon
The 6-foot-1, 182-pound senior running back scored an East Count best four touchdowns and amassed 213 all-purpose yards, helping the Cougars crush then-top ranked Cathedral Catholic, 35-12. Wragg rushed for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 carries. He also caught 3 passes for 52 yards, including two scores.
The 5-foot-10 Lewis overcame an early interception to complete 10 of 17 passes for 247 yards and 4 touchdowns against Santa Fe Christian, leading the Highlanders to their second straight victory. The scrappy junior quarterback also averaged just shy of 21 yards per carry on three break-out runs.
DERRICK DUNN, Mount Miguel
A 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior running back, Dunn rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries as the 10th-ranked Matadors toppled host West Hills, 38-21. Dunn scored on runs of 5, 1 and 3 yards. He also caught two passes as Mount Miguel improved to 3-0.

JON GREEN, Grossmont
As a rule, defensive backs focus on potential pass receivers. The 5-9, 175 pound junior was so aggressive that he made it hard for the Coronado quarterback to even launch a pass as he recorded 4 sacks, which ties him for eighth in Grossmont Conference history.

SHERVIN IRANIHA, Monte Vista — In terms of being a multiple task performer, Iraniha ranks with the best in school history. Although receiver is his regular position – where he caught 9 passes for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 21-7 win over Del Norte – he’s also a blue ribbon defensive back, as he proved by picking off a pass in the same game. East County’s leading receiver with 17, Iraniha also ranks third in all-purpose yards.

FRANTZ LARAQUE, Granite Hills — The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Laraque churned out 141 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on six touches leading the Eagles to a 34-0 swamping of Sweetwater. Laraque did the majority of his work on five rushes for 112 yards and one score. He also caught a 29-yard TD pass.

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