SBLive’s preseason 2021 All-LA City Section high school football team: San Pedro leads the way with five selections

Many Los Angeles City Section high football teams kick off their fall 2021 seasons this week, which means it is time to take a closer look at the best players in the section.

We spoke with coaches and evaluated players in every part of the Section to compile our preseason All-LA City Section Team — 11 on offense, 11 on defense and one on special teams. SBLive’s preseason All-LA City Section Team was compiled by reporter Connor Morrissette.

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SBLIVE’S PRESEASON 2021 ALL-LA CITY SECTION TEAM

OFFENSE

QB: Ryan Avalos – Kennedy – Senior

In four games, Avalos threw for 730 yards and six TDs for a Kennedy team that went 3-1 in the spring.

RB: Dijon Stanley – Granada Hills – Junior

Stanley had a huge spring rushing for 1,009 yards and 14 TDs.

RB: Jakob Galloway – Banning – Senior

Galloway was injured in the spring, but he’s primed for a big senior year. He’s committed to San Jose State.

WR: Arlis Boardingham – Birmingham – Senior

Boardingham is the top college prospect in the City Section heading into the fall season. In the spring, he caught 24 passes for 450 yards and six TDs. He also made 21 tackles on defense with eight coming for loss.

WR: Rob Sarmiento – San Pedro – Senior

Sarmiento is a playmaker. In San Pedro’s win against Banning last season, he caught a TD, rushed for a TD and returned a punt for a TD.

TE:  Nick Fernandez – San Pedro – Junior

Fernandez is a two way standout for San Pedro who also plays defensive end.

OL: Carlos Rivera – Birmingham – Senior

Rivera is the top lineman in the City Section. He plays both on the offensive and defensive lines.

OL: Philip Hamburg – Granada Hills – Junior

Hamburg will help pave the way for Stanley and the Highlanders’ high powered rushing attack.

OL: Brandon Gamble – Hamilton – Senior

Gamble was a first team All-Western League selection in the spring.

OL: Robert Vega – Garfield – Senior

Vega is Garfield’s top offensive lineman.

OL: Jonathan Pizante – Palisades – Senior

Pizante was a first team All-Western League selection in the spring.

DEFENSE

DL: Thomas Kensinger – Venice – Senior

Kensinger made 24 tackles in the spring with 4.5 coming for a loss. He also forced a fumble.

DL: Daniel Longoria – Hawkins – Senior

Longoria made 42 tackles in the spring and had two sacks.

DL: Myles White – Granada Hills – Senior

White made 16 tackles in three games for the Highlanders in the spring. He also recovered a fumble.

DL: Sergio Carillo – Banning – Senior

Carillo made 15 tackles in two games in the spring.

LB: Delamonte Barnes – Birmingham – Senior

Barnes is a do-it-all linebacker for the Patriots. He made 40 tackles in the spring, with five coming for loss. He also rushed for three TDs on offense.

LB: Saleem Marshall – Reseda – Senior

Marshall has earned his reputation as one of the City’s top linebackers. “When he hits you, you go down,” one opposing coach told SBLive.

LB: Makani Konopka – San Pedro – Junior

Konopka made 15 tackles in the spring and also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

DB: Kayden Collins – Canoga Park – Senior

Collins, who also plays running back for Canoga Park, had one interception, eight pass breakups, 28 tackles, and one sack in the spring.

DB: Chris Nixon – San Pedro – Senior

Nixon proved he’s one of the top DB’s in the City Section in the spring after intercepting a pass and making and making eight tackles in two games.

DB: Kejuan Bullard – San Pedro – Senior

Bullard has scholarship offers from Eastern Washington and Idaho. He’s another top defensive back for the Pirates.

DB: Patrick Robinson – Birmingham – Senior

Robinson has had a great summer and Patriots head coach Jim Rose expects the senior to have a breakout season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P/K R: Rashawn Jackson – Venice – Junior

Jackson is one of the most explosive players in the City Section. He’ll return punts for the Gondoliers this season.

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