Placer, Colfax, Del Oro players all among All-Section Teams

By: Nick Pecoraro
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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