Top stars, best performances in the sixth week of Northern California high school football (Sept. 23-25)

With many of the top teams in Northern California starting league play, we’re recapping the best performances in the sixth week of NorCal high school football.

As the weekend of Aug. 19-21 was “Week Zero”, the weekend of Sep. 23-25 was officially Week Five in California high school football. Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and individual performances from Week Five throughout NorCal.


Cayden Muir, Hanford QB: Muir led the Bullpups to an eye-opening 41-7 blowout of Tulare Western with 409 yards and three touchdowns passing, plus a rushing TD. Jayden Sudds was his top receiver.

Nicholas Coronado, Kimball QB: Coronado once again broke records in a Kimball victory. He lifted the Jaguars to a 63-56 win against Oakdale by completing 33 of 46 passes for school records of seven touchdown passes (tying his own record) and 508 yards. Coronado also ran for 53 yards and touchdown.

Travis Mariero, Kimball WR/LB: Marieiro had a career night on both sides of the ball with 191 yards and three touchdowns receiving to go with 13 tackles.

Elijah Marin, Marysville DB/RB: Marin led the Indians over Gridley 22-19 with two interceptions, a kickoff return touchdown, and 70 yards and a TD rushing.

Anthony Tornatore, Bradshaw Christian RB/CB: Tornatore dominated in a 63-8 blowout of Ygnacio Valley, running for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and a two-point conversion on just eight carries, and also grabbing an interception.

Jurrion Dickey, Valley Christian WR: Dickey caught for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including this wild game-winner, to beat Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep 27-21.

Davis Smith, Foothill (Palo Cedro) QB: In a 42-0 trouncing of Fortuna, Smith completed 14 of 17 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for a TD.

Dylan Humes, Sutter LB: Humes anchored Sutter’s defense in a 44-7 rout of West Valley with 10 tackles, a team-high three tackles for loss, and an interception. Riley Hays also had two picks for the Panthers.

Caleb Friebel, University Prep (Redding) LB: Friebel had two interceptions including a pick-six in a 28-16 win against Eureka.

Ryan Osborne, Fall River QB: Osborne led the Bulldogs to a 37-0 rout of Quincy by rushing for four touchdowns and 87 yards, and also completing 12 of 17 passes for 174 yards and a TD.

Memo Valadez, Winters WR/DB: Valadez caught for the Warriors’ lone touchdown in a 7-6 win against Durham, and also grabbed a pick.

Justice Madsen, Winters LB/RB: Madsen recorded two interceptions and nearly 100 total yards of offense.

Ty Chambers, Lemoore QB: Chambers completed 14 of 17 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran nine times for 81 yards and a touchdown in a 39-0 rout of Porterville.

Trace Gonzalez, Hanford LB/RB: Gonzalez racked up 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, and two sacks, plus a touchdown run.

Tanner Wilson, Sunnyside QB: Wilson completed 20 of 30 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 93 yards and a TD to lift the Wildcats over Mt. Whitney 31-28.

Emilio Alaniz, Corcoran QB/DB: Alaniz threw for 165 yards and three touchdowns, ran for a tub, and snagged two interceptions in a 45-14 win against Farmserville.

Jackson Hagopian, Jesuit CB: Hagopian grabbed two picks in a 45-0 blowout of Inderkum.

Ethan Archuletta, Elk Grove QB: Archuletta completed five of six passes for 91 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 75 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries in a 42-14 win against Davis.

Derek Houston, Rocklin LB: Houston recorded 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, and three sacks in a 38-3 win against Del Oro.

Curron Borders, Antelope RB: Borders ran wild for 302 yards and five touchdowns in a 35-14 win over Roseville.

Anthony Garcia, Capital Christian QB: Garcia led the Cougars to a 53-42 win over Christian Bothers with 267 yards and five touchdowns passing and 100 yards and three TDs rushing. Kanye Clark was his top receiver.

Naaman Branyan, Sacramento QB: Branyan completed 11 of 17 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown, in a 54-22 victory against Del Campo.

Aiden Santos, Vista del Lago DB: In a 56-20 win against El Camino, Santos had an 82-yard pick-six, nine tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He also had a 36-yard kick return. Taine Jones was another Eagle who came up big on defense.

Matt Long, Vista del Lago WR: Long caught for three touchdowns and 129 yards. QB Jakob Hollingshaus and RB Tyler Petersen also had big nights on offense.

Joaquin Porcayo, Yuba City RB/LB: In a 58-18 victory against River Valley, Porcayo ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns, caught for 124 yards and a TD, and added five tackles and a sack.

Brandon Sanders, Yuba City RB/CB: Sanders ran for 175 yards and three tubs on just 10 carries, and grabbed an interception.

Dwayne Thomas Jr., Tracy RB/WR: Thomas ran for 119 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 win versus Laguna Creek.

Jacob Guevarra, Patterson QB: Patterson threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 17-24 completion in a 48-39 win against Merced.

Dylan Lee, East Union WR: Lee caught for 224 yards and four touchdowns in a 62-7 thrashing of Sierra. His QB, Luke Weaver, also had a strong game.

Cole Owens, Casa Roble WR: Owens lifted the Rams to a one-point win against Ponderosa with 168 yards and two touchdowns receiving and one rushing touchdown.

Viliami Teu, Saint Francis (Mountain View) RB: Teu ran for 238 yards and three touchdowns – including over 200 first-half yards alone – in a 33-0 rout of St. Ignatius.

Spencer Gorgulho, Christopher QB: Gorgulho completed 15 of 21 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-0 rout of Monte Vista Christian.

Jay Lee, Christopher CB/WR: Lee had a touchdown catch and a pick-six.

Xavier Catano, Live Oak QB: Catano only attempted seven passes in a 34-0 blowout of Oak Grove, but he completed five of them for 84 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 83 yards and a TD.

Brayden Hom, Leland LB: Hom had two interception-return touchdowns in a 34-7 win against Silver Creek.

Sam Betz, Leigh RB/K: Betz erupted for 152 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in a 48-21 win over Westmont. He also went 6-7 on PATs and grabbed an interception.

Rahsaan Woodland II, Clayton Valley Charter RB: Woodland ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 win against Monterey Trail.

Casey Forrester, Clayton Valley Charter WR/CB: Forrester had two touchdown catches and an interception.

Anthony Armendariz, Dublin QB: Armendariz threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 67 yards and a TD in a 37-14 win against Liberty (Brentwood).

Damien Escarcega, Windsor RB: Escarcega had three rushing touchdowns and 104 yards of total offense in a 41-6 rout of Eureka.

Za’Darion Nardi, San Ramon Valley RB: Nardi ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-24 win against Las Lomas.

Ryder Jacobson, Casa Grande RB: Jacobson had two touchdown runs and a receiving touchdown in a 46-44 victory against Vintage.

Lucas Foye, Montgomery QB: Foye threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three TDs in a 38-20 win against West County.

Mason Hallin, Montgomery DB: Hallin was haulin’ in West County passes, grabbing three interceptions on the night.

Matt White, Bishop O’Dowd RB: White ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and had a touchdown catch in a 41-12 victory over Castlemont.

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians, media members and high school football fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some stats to

Thank you for joining the discussion on SBLive!

%d bloggers like this: