It’s mid-season in high school football, which means it’s time to reveal which players have met or exceeded expectations.
Since linemen rarely get attention unless their numbers are mentioned for a holding penalty, let’s start by singling out the Huntington Beach Edison duo of Makai Sagiao and Nathan Gates for their blocking contributions in helping lead. the Chargers to a 5-0 record.
Gates, who is 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, received numerous pre-season accolades. Sagiao, a 6-foot-2, 297-pound junior transfer from Newport Harbor, was so anonymous he wasn’t even on Edison’s MaxPreps list this week.
He started his first two years at Newport Harbor and played every line position at Edison, although offensive guard was his primary position.
“He raised the level of our game on every level,” line coach Kody Afusia said of Sagiao.
His agility made him an effective shooter. Going full steam ahead, he handles the defensive ends on running plays and loves his job.
“The best part is hitting people,” Sagiao said.
Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Elijah Brown is 22-0 as a starter over the past three seasons and is completing 70% of his passes with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions in five games.
Anaheim Canyon’s Christian Lundsberg has 23 touchdowns with just one interception.
Newbury Park freshman Brady Smigiel led his team to a 5-0 record in passing for 1,356 yards and 19 touchdowns with two interceptions while completing 69% of his passes.
Richard Munoz of Covina Charter Oak passed for 1,086 yards and 15 touchdowns. Redondo Union’s Christian Hunt has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Ventura St. Bonaventure’s Delon Thompson has been in tears since Game 1. In five games, he rushed for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 9.0 yards per carry.
Baldwin Park Sierra Vista’s Eric Terrazes is averaging 11.9 yards, rushing for 1,129 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Mater Dei’s Jordon Davison and Nathaniel Frazier offered the Monarchs an impressive alternative to Brown’s passing.
Bellflower’s Trey Pinkney benefited from the double wing, helping lead the team to a 5-0 record with 756 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Gardena Serra’s Cincere Rhaney continues to crush defenders. He had 203 rushing yards against Westlake Village Oaks Christian.
Dana Hills’ Christian Guarascio has four consecutive games rushing for 200+ yards for 924 yards.
Makai Lemon of Los Alamitos is a one-man wrecking crew. His speed and elusiveness force opponents to dedicate extra resources to cover him. He is still producing.
Mater Dei’s Marcus Brown didn’t catch a single pass last season. He has 17 receptions this season and six touchdowns.
Reseda Cleveland’s Kory Hall was one of the best players in the City Division with seven touchdowns. He averages better than 30 yards per catch.
LA Cathedral’s Xavier Jordan had 27 catches for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns against quality competition.
Murrieta Valley’s Tiger Bachmeier is 39 receptions for 671 yards and six touchdowns.
Bellflower St. John Bosco’s Matayo Uiagalelei does a good Aaron Donald impersonation. You need help blocking it on passing plays and running plays.
San Pedro’s Nick Fernandez is the best two-way player in the City section at tight end and defensive end. It thrives in the trenches.
TJ Ford, a 300-pound junior at West Hills Chaminade, becomes a steadfast big man in the middle.
Gardena Serra’s Frederick Williams contributed three sacks against top opponents.
Los Alamitos’ Sinn Brennan has been an effective defensive end, putting pressure on quarterbacks.
Chase Martin of Thousand Oaks has been a tackle machine for the 4-0 Lancers.
The St. John Bosco’s trio of Deven Bryant, Jordan Lockhart and Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa were unstoppable.
The Mater Dei duo of Nasir Wyatt and Leviticus Su’a will play one day on Saturdays and Sundays. Oxnard Pacifica’s Jordan Whitney recorded 35 solo tackles. Long Beach Poly’s Dylan Williams makes tackle after tackle. Samarai Anderson leads the Corona Centennial in tackles, averaging nine per game.
Gardena Serra’s Rodrick Pleasant used his speed and instinct to be the best of the best at cornerback.
Long Beach Poly’s Daylen Austin is a badass who can cover anyone.
St. John Bosco’s Ty Lee and Chaminade’s Marquis Gallegos are safeties making a weekly impact with their tackles.
Mission Viejo’s Travis Anderson contributed five interceptions.
Orange Lutheran’s Dieter Kelly had all of his 14 conversion kicks and five of seven field goal attempts while averaging nearly 40 punt yards.
Chaminade’s Ryon Sayeri blasted kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks, had a field goal winner, was three-for-four on field goal attempts and averaged over 50 punt yards.
Kristian Johnson of Redlands Citrus Valley is five for five on field goals.