Seven area standouts were named to the 41st annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team, while four made the MaxPreps All-Sac-Joaquin Section Team.
Only one was selected to the National Football Foundation Sacramento Chapter All-Section Team, which is voted on by coaches. That honor goes to Manteca senior wide receiver Jacob De Jesus, who also made the Cal-Hi and MaxPreps lists.
The Valley Oak League MVP was placed on the Cal-Hi Sports medium schools second-team as a multi-purpose player and made the MaxPreps All-SJS first-team offense. He helped the Buffaloes (11-3) win a share of the VOL title and their seventh overall SJS championship.
De Jesus set single-season and career receiving records in his three years at Manteca. As a senior, he finished with 1,139 yards and 16 touchdowns on 64 receptions to go with 631 rushing yards (9.3 per carry) and seven scores. He even completed two passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.
CIF State Division 4-AA champion Ripon (14-1) had four players selected to the Cal-Hi Sports small-schools team: first-team offensive lineman Caleb Delgado, first-team defensive back Danny Hernandez, second-team tight end Troy Brogan and second-team multi-purpose Nico Ilardi who starred as the Indians’ quarterback.
Hernandez is also the Trans-Valley League Outstanding Defensive Back and Manteca Bulletin All-Area MVP for his all-around contribution to the SJS Division IV champion Indians. Delgado is the TVL’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
All-Southern League MVP Sean McGovern of Ripon Christian joined the four Indians on the Cal-Hi Sports small-schools team, getting in as a second-team defensive back.
Sierra running back Kimoni Stanley is on the Cal-Hi Sports third-team juniors offense and MaxPreps All-SJS first team offense after setting a single-season program record with 2,112 rushing yards to go with 33 touchdowns.
Hernandez was also picked for the MaxPreps all-section first team for defense, and Manteca quarterback Ryan Ward made the cut for MaxPreps’ all-section second-team offense.
Ripon coach Chris Musseman was one of three named MaxPreps All-SJS Coach of the Year, adding to his previously-announced Cal-Hi Sports Small Schools State Coach of the Year honor. His Indians were awarded the Cal-Hi Sports Small Schools State Team of the Year.