Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Southern California High School Athlete of the Week for Aug. 23-29 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, Sept. 6. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.
THIS WEEK’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Sophia Reavis, Laguna Beach volleyball: Reavis totaled 50 kills and 24 blocks in a win over Dana Hills and a loss to Foothill.
Jordyn Schilling, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) volleyball: Schilling totaled 28 digs and 24 kills to lead Mater Dei to wins over Brandeis and Highland Park.
Danica Rach, Sierra Canyon volleyball: Rach totaled 35 kills, 22 digs and 8 aces in wins over Marlborough and Notre Dame Academy.
LaDainian Lawrence, University City RB: Lawrence carried 16 times for 145 yards and had four rushing touchdowns to help the Centurions beat Del Norte on Friday.
Max Garrison, St. Francis RB: Garrison was unstoppable on Friday, rushing for 371 yards and six touchdowns.
Jackson Stratton, La Jolla QB: The Washington commit passed for 470 yards and seven touchdowns in a one-point loss to Scripps Ranch on Friday.
Paulo Burak, Carlsbad RB: Burak showcased his skills on the ground and through the air on Friday. He finished with 284 total yards and three touchdowns.
Christian Washington, Helix RB: Washington continued his hot start to the season with 231 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Savigon Yokley, El Capitan QB: Yokley passed for 109 yards and a touchdown while utilizing his speed to rush for 147 yards and three touchdowns.
Kayden Collins, Canoga Park ATH: Collins carried 20 times for 261 yards and also returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown. He finished the night with three total touchdowns.
Tanner Chaffee, Serrano WR/DB: Chaffee had five catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns on offense and also collected two interceptions on defense.
Johnny Thang, Alhambra WR: Thang caught four passes for 78 yards and four touchdowns while also adding an 81-yard kickoff return for five total touchdowns on the night.
Paul Holyfield, Chaminade ATH: Holyfield rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns on Friday on only nine carries. He also caught three passes for 33 yards.
Jason Thompson, Harvard-Westlake WR: Thompson caught 12 passed for 160 yards and three touchdowns to help beat Venice on Friday.
Camdan McWright, St. Genevieve RB: McWright had 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns on Friday while only carrying the ball 11 times.
Sione Manu, Kennedy ATH: Manu showcased his ability on both sides of ball, rushing for 165 yards and three touchdowns and also returning a fumble for a touchdown.
Emmanuel Barajas, Yucaipa RB/LB: Barajas posted his second straight game of over 250 yards rushing. He ran for 279 yards and had four touchdowns to lead the Thunderbirds over Silverado.
Kyle Crum, Norco QB: Crum kept the Cougars offense rolling, passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns against Santa Margarita. He also rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Adan Rodriguez, Maywood CES QB: Rodriguez did his damage on the ground, rushing for 303 yards and three touchdowns against Los Angeles.
Hunter Benton, Kennedy (La Palma) WR: Benton caught ten passes for 180 yards and five touchdowns to help the Fighting Irish come back to beat La Salle on Friday.
Hunter Herrera, Citrus Valley QB: Herrera passed for 235 yards and five touchdowns in Friday’s win over Rancho Verde.
Samuel Gbatu Jr., Temecula Valley WR/DB: Gbatu contributed all over the field on Friday night. He caught six passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, had two interceptions, and returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.
Bo Kelly, Dana Hills QB: Kelly had 284 passing yards and tossed four touchdowns to help the Dolphins take down Laguna Beach, 35-7.
Maalik Murphy, Serra QB: Murphy had 341 passing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 34 rushing yards and another touchdown to help the Cavaliers beat Long Beach Poly by one point.
Tiger Bachmeier, Murrieta Valley WR: Bachmeier caught five passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns to help the Nighthawks beat Paloma Valley 63-21.
Dylan Hampsten, Saugus LB: Hampsten had seven tackles, 3.5 sacks, and forced a safety in the Centurions shutout win over Moorpark.