Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Northern California High School Athlete of the Week for Nov. 29-Dec. 5 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, Dec. 13. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.
THIS WEEK’S NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES:
Aiden “Ponyboy” Taylor, Central Catholic RB/LB: Taylor led the Raiders to a 44-41 win over Bullard with 24 carries for 281 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for 105 yards, and was second on the defense with five tackles and a sack.
Kemauri Glenn, Wilcox RB/DB: Glenn lifted the Chargers to a 35-21 victory against Manteca 18 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns, three catches for 103 yards and another tub, a 36-yard punt return, a 20-yard kick return, and five tackles.
Blake Nichelson, Manteca RB: Despite the loss, Nichelson dominated running the ball with 31 carries for 344 yards and three touchdowns.
Ryan Osborne, Fall River QB/LB: In a 42-21 win over LeGrand, Osborne completed 11 of 17 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, ran 16 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and made seven tackles.
Jalen Hankins, Liberty (Bakersfield) RB: While we normally have Kern County teams listed in the SoCal post, Liberty is in the NorCal post this week since it played Pittsburg in a CIF Northern Region Bowl Game. In the Patriots’ 35-7 win, Hankins ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, and had five catches for 58 yards.
Jason Oliver, Liberty (Bakersfield) WR/DB: Oliver caught for 57 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, registered four tackles and two pass break-ups on defense, and recorded 83 punt return yards.
Grant Buckey, Liberty (Bakersfield) DE: Buckey finished with nine tackles and team-highs of three tackles for loss, two sacks, and two QB-hurries, plus a forced fumble.
Jakobe Harmon, Pittsburg LB: Despite the loss, Harmon led the game with 12 solo tackles and 16 total tackles, plus one TFL and one sack.
Tre Dimes, Vanden QB: Dimes led the Vikings to a 56-28 win over Windsor with 252 yards and five touchdowns passing on 12-20 completion.
Jamai East, Vanden WR/DB: East caught for a 64-yard touchdown and also had a 45-yard pick-six.
Damian Escarcega, Windsor RB/LB: Escarcega was still able to have a standout game with 89 yards and three touchdowns rushing, 31 receiving yards, six tackles, an interception, and 183 all-purpose yards.
Jaivian Thomas, McClymonds RB: Thomas dominated in a 40-21 win against Campolindo running for three touchdowns and 239 yards on only 11 carries.
Charles Williams, Marin Catholic RB: Williams ran for all three of MC’s touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Escalon.
Owen Nash, Escalon WR/DB: Nash led the Cougars with 122 receiving yards and an interception.
Andrew Latu, Sacred Heart Prep RB: In a 20-0 win against University Prep, Latu caught for 80 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 26 yards and another tub.
Mat Bucher, Sacred Heart Prep LB/TE: Bucher exploded for 17 tackles and three TFLs on defense, and had a 19-yard reception.
Justin Guin, San Marin RB: Guin ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs cruised past Sutter 35-7.
Ray-John Spears, Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep QB: Spears led SHCP to a 31-7 win against Chico with three touchdown passes.
Beau Davis, Argonaut QB/LB: Davis led the Mustangs past St. Vincent de Paul 42-12 with a team-high 11 tackles (nine solo), 61 passing yards on 2-4 completion, and nine carries for 78 yards and three touchdowns.
Mateo Flores, Argonaut RB/DB: Flores ran for 147 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and made six tackles.
Nicholas Fontanilla, Salesian College Prep QB: Fontanilla led The Pride to a 36-28 win over Aragon by completing 16 of 23 passes for 145 yards and four touchdowns, and running for 98 yards.
Devin Quinn, Salesian College Prep RB/DB: Quinn ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded a key interception.
Roland Russo, Bullard QB: Russo completed 23 of 38 passes for 406 yards and 5 TDs in Bullard’s 41-44 loss to Central Catholic.