Northern California high school football: Top stars, best performances in first week of 2021 season

High school football returned to California this weekend, and there were several big-time performances across Northern California.

A few NorCal teams ranked in the SBLive Preseason Top 25 were in action, including No. 3 De La Salle, who beat St. Mary’s (Stockton) 35-27. The biggest NorCal game of Week One featured No. 11 Oak Ridge vs. No. 25 Folsom, with Folsom pulling out a 23-18 win in the final minute.

Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and memorable performances from the first week.

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(The list is in alphabetical order)

Tanner Colvin, Inderkum S: Colvin, a junior, returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown in Inderkum’s 20-15 loss to Clayton Valley Charter.

Gavin Cribb, Monte Vista RB: Cribb carried the ball 33 times for 235 yards and three total touchdowns in Monte Vista’s 33-27 loss to Acalanes. Watch highlights:

Josh Gerlach, California: Gerlach returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in California’s 63-33 win over Dublin.

Shavon Gramps-Green, Biggs RB: Gramps-Green rushed for four touchdowns – including scoring runs of 58, 36 and 26 yards – to lead Biggs to a 50-8 win over Hamilton.

Martin Haswell, Placer QB: Haswell threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns in Placer’s 54-41 loss to Lincoln.

Tristan Hofmann, Half Moon Bay RB/LB: Hoffman had 108 yards of total offense and a rushing touchdown in Half Moon Bay’s 19-10 win over Burlingame. Watch highlights here:

Brady Huchingson, Acalanes: Huchingson threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns in Acalanes’ 33-27 win over Monte Vista.

Jermaine Land, Los Lomas RB: Land racked up 153 yards of offense – including an 88-yard kickoff return for a TD – and scored three touchdowns in Los Lomas’ 35-28 loss to San Ramon Valley. Watch highlights here:

Dante Montgomery, Acalanes WR: Montgomery tallied 123 yards of offense and two touchdowns in Acalanes’ 33-27 win over Monte Vista.

Za’Darion Nardi, San Ramon Valley RB: Nardi rushed 13 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns in San Ramon Valley’s 35-28 win over Los Lomas.

Isaac Nishimoto, Capuchino RB: Nishimoto carried the ball 18 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Capuchino’s 35-14 win over San Mateo. Watch highlights here:

Mekhi Norfleet, De La Salle RB: Norfleet carried the ball 18 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns in De La Salle’s 35-27 win over St. Mary’s (Stockton).

Teddy Purcell, Sacred Heart Prep QB: Purcell was 12-of-15 for 193 yards and two touchdowns in Sacred Heart Prep’s 49-12 win over Aragon. Watch highlights here:

Jack Quigley, San Ramon Valley QB: Quigley rushed for a touchdown and passed for two more, including a 25-yard TD pass to Caden Ridley with 52 seconds left that gave San Ramon Valley a 35-28 win over Los Lomas. Quigley finished with 319 yards of total offense.

Devon Rivers, Heritage (Brentwood) RB: Rivers rushed 20 times for 267 yards and four touchdowns in Heritage’s 46-6 win over Granada.

Dylan Seeley, Clayton Valley Charter LB: Seeley, a senior, had two interceptions in the Ugly Eagles’ 20-15 win over Inderkum.

Omari Taylor, Clayton Valley Charter RB: Taylor had two rushing TDs, including the game-winning score late in the fourth quarter to lift the Ugly Eagles to a 20-15 win over Inderkum.

Nico Torrez, De La Salle RB: Torrez carried the ball nine times for 144 yards and two touchdowns in De La Salle’s 35-27 win over St. Mary’s (Stockton).

Tyler Tremain, Folsom QB: Tremain threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning 16-yard TD pass to Rico Flores Jr. with less than a minute to play to lift No. 25 Folsom to a 23-18 win over No. 11 Oak Ridge.

JT Willis, Lincoln QB: Willis passed for 242 yards and five touchdowns to lead Lincoln to a 54-41 win over Placer.

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