Congratulations to Yucaipa running back Emmanuel Barajas for being voted SBLive’s Southern California High School Athlete of the Week for Sep. 13-19!
Barajas carried early and often on Friday night, finishing with 51 carries for 327 yards and five touchdowns in Yucaipa’s 37-28 win against University City.
Barajas received 38.96% of the vote, beating out Rancho Bernardo RB Frankie Franchina who finished second with 32.16%. Poway RB Connor Rath finished third with 12.1% and Ayala QB Bryan Wilson finished fourth with 9.79%. There were over 74,000 votes tallied this week!
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Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Sep. 13-19:
Keonahi’ilani Solaita, Oak Hills volleyball: Solaita had 27 Kills, 2 aces and 20 digs in a 3-1 win over Apple Valley on Sept. 15.
Stacy Kim, Sunny Hills volleyball: Kim had 32 assists, 7 digs and 3 kills in a 2-0 win over Gahr.
Anika Huelskamp, Oxnard volleyball: Huelskamp had 17 digs, 15 kills and 2 aces in a 3-2 win over Ventura.
Connor Rath, Poway RB: Rath was dominant in Friday’s win against Vista. He carried 17 times for 358 yards and four touchdowns and also had one catch for 28 yards and another touchdown.
Ty Pierson, Arcadia RB: Pierson had a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown, and a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown to help the Apaches beat La Salle 30-28.
Kadin Semonza, Mission Viejo QB: Semonza passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns to help the Diablos get a big 30-7 win against Alemany.
Josh Gonzales, Baldwin Park RB: Gonzales had 148 rushing yards and four touchdowns to help the Braves beat Rosemead 35-20.
Nathan Acevedo, Lincoln WR: Acevdeo continued his big season for the Hornets, catching eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown against Steele Canyon on Friday.
Jose Ramos, Rancho Buena Vista LB: Ramos had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and an interception to help the Longhorns beat Escondido.
Angelino Anthony Trapasso, Rancho Buena Vista RB:Trapasso ran for over 100 yards for the fifth consecutive game and finished with 235 yards and three touchdowns against Escondido.
Braden Pegan, San Juan Hills WR: Pegan caught 13 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns for the Stallions on Friday night.
JC Gustin, Christian WR: Gustin caught eight passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns against Central.
Jackson Volk, Thousand Oaks DL: Volk had nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in a one-point loss to Segerstrom.
Frankie Franchina, Rancho Bernardo RB: Franchina rushed for 266 yards and a touchdown, averaging over seven yards per carry to help the Broncos beat Del Norte 30-21.
Zachary Siskowic, Orange QB: Siskowic passed for 477 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 67-47 win over Capistrano Valley. He also ran for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Dane Benedix, Capistrano Valley WR: Benedix caught 12 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s shootout against Orange.
Bo Kelly, Dana Hills QB: Kelly passed for 339 yards and five touchdowns against Woodbridge on Friday.
Jacob Bower, Santa Margarita LB: Bower had nine tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Los Alamitos.
Darius Knight, Temecula Valley DL: Knight had six tackles, four sacks, and a blocked field goal to help the Golden Bears beat Redlands East Valley 35-28.
Darius Cowens, Pacifica QB: Cowens passed for five touchdowns and added two rushing touchdowns in Thursday’s win over Buena Park.
Bryan Wilson, Ayala QB: Wilson had 289 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the Bulldog’s win over Tustin on Thursday.
Braden Lynch, Alta Loma DB: Lynch returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown in Thursday’s win over Claremont.
Tayven Lamprey, Murrieta Valley WR: Lamprey caught 12 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s one-point loss to Norco.
Ilyas Abdullah, Westchester RB: Abdullah had 301 rushing yards and five touchdowns while averaging nearly 17 yards per carry in a 42-6 win over Jefferson.
Kaden Taylor, Pasadena QB: Taylor passed for 368 yards and four touchdowns and showed off his rushing skills with 142 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Elijah Yoshinaga, Elsinore RB: Yoshinaga rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-6 win over Lakeside.
Omarjaye Black, Dana Hills WR: Black had 154 total yards receiving and 3 TDs on 5 catches in Dana Hills’ game against Woodbridge High School.