Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for March 22-28 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.
THIS WEEK’S NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Thomas Taufui, Menlo-Atherton RB: Taufui ran for all three touchdowns scored in M-A’s 21-0 win over Burlingame.
Jayden Mandal, Buchanan QB: Mandal led Buchanan to a 31-28 win over Central with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.
Jonah Coleman, Lincoln (Stockton) RB: The Arizona commit ran for three touchdowns and caught for another in a 71-6 domination of Tokay.
Teddy Purcell, Sacred Heart Prep QB: Purcell completed 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns to lift the Gators over King’s Academy 38-31.
Xavier Willis, Pittsburg LB: Willis led the Pirates’ defense with three sacks and three more QB-hurries in a 35-16 win over Heritage.
Eli Brickhandler, Pittsburg QB: Brickhandler threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 12 of 15 completion.
Will Cuddie, Valley Christian LB/K: Cuddie made seven tackles on defense and went two for two kicking field goals (43 yards and 34 yards) in a 19-10 win over Archbishop Mitty.
Dominic Oliver, Valley Christian DE: Oliver Led the Warriors’ defense with nine tackles, four tackles for loss, and a sack.
Lyon Colon, Manteca RB: Colon ran for 167 yards, three touchdowns, and two two-point conversions in a 47-28 win over Ripon.
Khalid Robinson, Manteca RB: Robinson rushed for two touchdowns, three two-point conversions, and 112 yards for the Buffaloes while adding 83 receiving yards.
James Sherman Jr., Linden RB: Sherman exploded for 298 yards and four touchdowns rushing in a 34-6 win over Big Valley Christian.
Jorge Gonzalez, Tulare Union QB: Gonzalez led the Tribe to a 53-7 rout Wasco with five touchdowns passing and one more on the ground.
Adam Garwood, Los Gatos RB: Garwood ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-7 blowout of Santa Clara.
Andre Jackson, Prospect DB: Jackson recorded two interceptions in a 39-6 win over James Lick.
Ambrose Conteh, Prospect DL: Conteh finished with three sacks.
James Thomas, Atwater RB: Thomas ran for three touchdowns and 118 yards in a 40-7 win over Golden Valley.
DJ Crowther Jr., Christian Brothers RB: The Falcons came up short 34-28 against Jesuit, but Crowther ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Aydan Edwards, Vista Del Lago (Folsom) QB: Edwards threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth in a 40-31 upset win over Folsom.
Ethan Menezes, Vista Del Lago (Folsom) RB: Menezes continued his strong season with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown for the Eagles.
Dylan Smith, Vintage RB/LB: Smith ran for three touchdowns and recorded a sack in a 55-0 blowout of American Canyon. QB Jacob Aaron and RB Bill Chaidez also had standout performances.