Placer, Colfax, Del Oro players all among All-Section TeamsBy: Nick Pecoraro
The Sacramento Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation made its All-Sac-Joaquin Section football picks for the 2018 season with local talent littered throughout the lists.
Placer’s bookend tackles Joey Capra and Blake Baughman were named as First-Team offensive linemen. According to Maxpreps, Capra and Baughman led a Placer offensive line that allowed just three quarterback sacks all season.
Baughman is headed to play at the University of Nevada, Reno. Capra, who originally chose Arizona State University, reconsidered to attend the University of Oregon, where his brother Jacob played. Capra recently decommitted from Oregon.
Foothill Valley League Most Valuable Player Cameron Skattebo was also named the Section’s Offensive MVP. He was one of just nine players in the country to rush for over 3,000 yards this season. Only a junior, Skattebo led Rio Linda to the schools first ever state championship game.
Adding to the FVL pedigree was Lincoln’s Harry Rounds (First-Team wide receiver), Nevada Union’s Dawson Fay (honorable mention all-purpose) and Rio Linda’s Nicolas Salaices (honorable mention offensive line) and Abraham Banks (honorable mention all-purpose).
Folsom’s Kaiden Bennett was named the Section’s Player of the Year. In his two years as the Bulldogs’ quarterback, Bennett has led Folsom to a 30-1 record heading into this weekend’s state championship game in Norwalk.
Bennett, who committed to Boise State earlier this season, had 62 touchdown passes and eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark Friday when the Bulldogs secured their second straight state title and fourth this decade against Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.
The Bulldogs had many other representatives, including First-Team lineman Kaden Richardson, receiver Joe Ngata, running back Daniyel Ngata, defensive lineman Tyler Hardeman and linebacker Dylan Jorge.
Offensive lineman David Ruiz and receiver Elijhah Badger were named to honorable mention for the Bulldogs.
Del Oro defensive lineman Tatuo Martinson was a First-Team selection while Dawson Hurst and Dante Pericin were honorable mention defensive backs for the state runner-up Golden Eagles.
Colfax, who host its first ever state championship Saturday night against San Diego High, landed wide receiver Jake Green on the first team offense and quarterback Alex Weir and linebacker Tucker Klopotek on honorable mention.
Green set the school’s single-game record for receiving yards (284) Sept. 7 against Colusa, catching six passes from Weir, who as of Friday, was tied for third on Colfax’s single-season touchdown passes list with 38. Klopotek was named the Pioneer Valley League’s Defensive MVP.
The overall Defensive MVP for the Section was Laiatu Latu of Jesuit.
2018 NFF All-Sac-Joaquin Section Football Team
Player School Position Class
Kaiden Bennett* Folsom QB Sr
Brandon Knott Inderkum OL Sr
Kaden Richardson Folsom OL Sr
Zac Welch Oak Ridge OL Sr
Joey Capra Placer OL Sr
Blake Baughman Placer OL Sr
Carter Sullivan Antelope TE Sr
Harry Rounds Lincoln - L WR Sr
Joe Ngata Folsom WR Sr
Jake Green Colfax WR Sr
Traivion Drummer Foothill WR Sr
Daniyel Ngata Folsom RB Jr
Cameron Skattebo** Rio Linda RB Jr
D’Marcus Ross Capital Christian RB Sr
Wyatt Elmore Argonaut P Sr
Player School Position Class
Tyler Hardeman Folsom DL Sr
Isaiah Ward Inderkum DL Sr
Tatuo Martinson Del Oro DL Sr
Chris Mendoza Central Catholic DL Sr
Laiatu Latu*** Jesuit LB Sr
Marcus Jones Monterey Trail LB Jr
Dylan Jorge Folsom LB Sr
Levelle Bailey Burbank DB Sr
Jahiel Budget Monterey Trail DB Sr
Dhameer Warren Merced DB Sr
Isaiah Rutherford Jesuit DB Sr
Dawaiian McNeely Central Catholic AP Sr
Zach Larrier Monterey Trail AP Sr
David Gallegos Central Catholic K Jr
Honorable Mention Offense
OL David Ruiz Folsom Sr QB Cade Wyant Rocklin Sr
Nick Garcia Shelton Sr Alex Weir Colfax Sr
Hunter Jones St. Mary’s Sr Jonah Kosakiewicz Turlock Sr
Kent Powell Lodi Sr Xavier Rodriguez Grace Davis Sr
Nicolas Salaices Rio Linda Sr
Logan Arnold Yuba City Sr TE Connor Mcintee Jesuit Sr
Michael Jeffus Turlock Sr
P Brandon Rundgren Franklin-EG Jr
WR Trevor Pope Tracy Jr RB Raymond Brown Inderkum Sr
Elijhah Badger Folsom Sr Tyrell Smith Sheldon Sr
Michael Graves Sheldon Sr Levi Markey Del Campo Sr
Jorge Cedano Manteca Sr Tyler Boston Dixon Sr
Anderson Grover Downey Sr Ryan Hurley Rio Vista Sr
Raleek Brown Edison Fr
Honorable Mention Defense
DL Cade Brownholtz Jesuit Sr LB Evan Beardon Sonora Sr
Angelo Ortega Tracy Sr D’Angelo Bellamy Central Cath. Sr
Tamirr Bullock Turlock Sr Justin Rentfro Hilmar Sr
William Buck Cap. Christ. Sr Tucker Klopotek Colfax Sr
Gage King Oak Ridge Sr Devon Carmona Casa Roble Sr
Drew Van Vliet Ripon Chr. Sr Jahidi West Lincoln- S Sr
DB Elijah King Cos. Oaks Sr All Purpose
Dawson Hurst Del Oro Sr Abraham Banks Rio Linda Jr
Dante Pericin Del Oro Sr Carter Krupp Woodcreek Sr
Carlos Pierre Encina Sr
K Brandon Talton Vacaville Sr Trey Longstreth Gregori Sr
*- Player of the Year Dawson Fay Nev. Union Sr
**- Offensive MVP Darian Pollard Lincoln- S Sr
***- Defensive MVP Travion Shadrick-Harris Tracy Sr