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MANTECA BULLETIN ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM

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POSTED January 1, 2013 7:31 p.m.

Offensive Player of the Year

Kyle Wengel, Ripon, senior: Engineered the Indians’ multi-formation attack and earned All-TVL Outstanding Offensive Player honors. Wengel completed 115 of 203 passes (56.7 %) for 1,925 yards, 27 TDs and nine interceptions.

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Tyler Swortfiguer, Ripon, senior: The heart and soul of Ripon’s hard-hitting defense recorded an area-high 118 tackles and three passes. The TVL’s Outstanding Defensive Player recorded 27 tackles in the Indians’ epic 34-28 win at Escalon.

 

Utility Player of the Year

Danny Vos, Ripon Christian, senior: Battled through a midseason knee injury to lead RC to its best season that includes a surprise three-way share of the SL championship. Threw for 2,087 yards, 26 TDs and 11 picks for the balanced attack and added 25 PATs and two field goals to his point total. Racked up seven tackles and ran an interception back 83 yards for a TD in a first-round playoff win over Elliot Christian.

 

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Jake Pruitt, Sierra junior: With two of his top three receivers returning, he is set up for a big 2013 season after completing 62.5 percent of passes for 1,626 yards, eight TDs and five interceptions.

 

Running backs

Andrew Brown, Ripon Christian junior: The SL’s Most Valuable Player amassed 1,410 yards and 21 TDs rushing, and 773 yards and 11 TDs receiving. He even completed 5 of 7 passes for 141 yards and two scores.

 

Josh McCreath, Ripon, senior: Physical runner plowed his way to 1,214 yards (6.3 per carry) and 17 touchdowns after knee injury kept him from participating in summer workouts.

 

Wide receivers

Bradley Clark, Ripon, junior: The area’s breakout player of the season recorded 40 receptions, 693 yards and an area-high 15 TDs.

 

TJ Galdos, Manteca senior: Not flashy but highly productive, Galdos accounted for over a third of his team’s receptions with 49 to go with 616 yards and seven scores.

 

Tight end

Matt Kuhnlenz, Manteca senior: Two-time All-VOL first-team selection was the Buffaloes’ second-leading receiver with 18 catches, 227 yards and a TD.

 

Offensive line

Andrew Carlson, Ripon, senior: Ripon had little trouble moving the ball on the ground and through the air with the 6-5, 225-pound Carlson anchoring the line.

 

Chuck Good, Sierra junior: Though undersized, Good and the rest of the Sierra line were largely responsible for the spread offense’s success.

 

Isaac McClain, Manteca junior: This 6-3, 290-pound right tackle was one of two VOL players to be named to the all-league first-team offense and first-team defense.

 

Billy Sharmoug, Manteca junior: The Buffaloes averaged 234 rushing yards behind their formidable right-side tandem of McClain and Sharmoug.

 

Aaron Thiel, Sierra junior: The 6-0, 195-pounder joined Good on the All-VOL first team and helped Anthony Cota break several program rushing records,

 

DEFENSE

Defensive line

Clayton Blankers, Ripon Christian senior: A rangy defensive end at 6-3, Blankers racked up a team-high 94 tackles to go with 5.0 sacks.

 

Josh Byrd, East Union senior: The 6-0, 255 pounder had 47 tackles and 4.5 sacks and earned All-VOL second-team honors for offense and defense.

 

Daniel Clemons, Manteca senior: Manteca’s Most Valuable Lineman award winner recorded 42 tackles and 3.0 sacks

 

Linebackers

Candelario Elizondo, Weston Ranch senior: All-VOL second-team ILB recorded 66 tackles, five for losses, 2.0 sacks, two fumbles and two recoveries.

 

Reid Maestas, Sierra junior: Sierra’s most productive defensive player led the team with 75 tackles, 5.0 sacks and two interceptions.

 

Sal Pena, Manteca senior: The Buffaloes’ second-leading tackler with 68 paced the team with 4.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries.

 

Michael Ysit, Ripon, junior: Ripon’s second-leading tackler with 91 stops also had 7.0 sacks. Was also a key contributor on offense as a reserve RB.

 

Defensive backs

Anthony Baciocco, Ripon, senior: A playmaker on both sides of scrimmage, he was named the TVL’s Outstanding DB after picking off five passes and returning two for TDs.

 

Brandon Dabney, Manteca junior: Athletic corner intercepted three passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two. His 16 passes defended were an area high.

 

DB Cole Herrin, Ripon, senior: Earned a spot on the All-TVL First Team defense for a third straight year despite being slowed by a high-ankle sprain early in the season.

 

Roger Rhodes, Manteca senior: The only DB in the VOL not from Oakdale to make the all-league first team had 57 tackles, one pick and five passes defensed.

 

Utility

Eddie Smith, Manteca senior: The RB/ILB had a heavy workload, leading the Buffaloes in both rushing (1,261 yards, 16 TDs) and tackling (101).

 

Guillermo Nunez, Sierra senior: Split his time at five different positions (QB, RB, WR, FS, P) and was named one of the VOL’s top utility players.

 

— Jonamar Jacinto

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