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2016 BVarsity All-Area Football Team

2016 BVarsity All-Area Football Team

Player of the Year: Johnny Balderas, senior, Liberty

A standout and leader for Liberty in all three phases of the game, Balderas, who’s committed to UNLV, caught 29 passes for 569 yards and five touchdowns as a receiver and made 42 tackles and grabbed five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown against Clovis-Buchanan, as a defensive back. And in the return game, he had a 44.6-yard kickoff return average, taking five kicks and one punt back for touchdowns.

Offensive Player of the Year: Jeremiah Foster, senior, Bakersfield Christian

A 6-foot-5 target with jumping ability (he won the section high jump title in track and field), Foster was too much for many defenses. He caught 88 passes for 1,652 yards and 20 touchdowns, helping lead Bakersfield Christian to the Central Section Division III title and a berth in the CIF State D-4AA title game. He was also a standout on defense with 10 interceptions, including two against Selma in the Southern Cal regional game.

Defensive Player of the Year: Ricky Leung-Wai, senior, Ridgeview

Ask any opposing coach this season, and the focal point in game planning was figuring out a way to stop, or at least slow down, No. 44 from Ridgeview. Leung-Wai filled up the stat sheet and made his presence felt with 16.5 sacks and 32 quarterback hurries. Had 72 tackles — 24 for loss — five forced fumbles and three blocked punts.

First Team


QB: Braden Wingle, junior, Bakersfield Christian

The junior set the Central Section single-season record with 4,392 passing yards as the Eagles advanced to the CIF State D-4AA finals. He threw for 46 touchdown passes with 16 interceptions and had a season-high 484 yards in the D-III playoff opener against Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial.

RB: Robert Cozine, senior, Taft

His total of 2,729 rushing yards set the single-season school record and is seventh in Central Section history. He rushed for more than 400 yards in two games and scored 28 touchdowns for the Wildcats.

RB: Eli’sha Ortiz, senior, Stockdale

The senior captain and first-team SWYL running back rushed for 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 25 passes for 433 yards and another four TDs.

OL: Sean Hatten, senior, Garces

The first-team SWYL lineman, who is committed to Montana State, helped a balanced and explosive Rams offense that averaged 204 yards passing and 207 rushing yards.

OL: Daniel Schoene, senior, Bakersfield

A leading factor in the Drillers’ offensive resurgence, the 6-foot-6 guard was a menacing force in the run game and a key blocker for the BHS pass offense that averaged nearly 200 yards through the air. He is verbally committed to UNLV.

OL: Michael Bray, junior, Liberty

He was the leader of a young offensive line for the Patriots, who advanced to the D-I semifinals while playing two quarterbacks and three starting running backs.

OL: Maino Maino, senior, Taft

The leading blocker as Robert Cozine broke the school single-season rushing record, he paved the way for the Wildcats’ potent offensive attack and was named first-team all-South Sequoia League.

OL: Bryce Underwood, junior, Bakersfield

He played a crucial role for BHS as the Drillers used three quarterbacks this season. The offensive line helped steady the Drillers with each signal-caller as the team rushed for more than 250 yards a game and averaged 195 yards passing.

WR: Tahj Wright, sophomore, Bakersfield

The 10th-grader had enough big plays for his own individual highlight reel, with three one-handed catches and a bevy of big plays. He finished with 29 grabs for 711 yards and six touchdowns.

WR: Cole Beaty, senior, Centennial

Slowed early with an injury suffered during the summer, the senior led Centennial with 31 catches for 448 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also a standout on defense with three interceptions and an explosive playmaker in the return game. He is mulling over several Division I scholarship offers.

Util: Jamar Moya, senior, Ridgeview

The South Yosemite League offensive MVP led Ridgeview to a fourth consecutive Central Section title game. He led the Wolf Pack at quarterback and also lined up up at running back and defensive back. He’ll play college football at Sacramento State.

Util: Shane Jones, junior, Bakersfield

In his first season on varsity, he became a do-it-all playmaker for the Drillers, leading a deep backfield with 835 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Powerful but also speedy, he added 29 catches for 573 yards and another four TDs.

K: Brandon Villalobos, senior, Garces

Steady and calm, the senior was 8 of 9 on field-goal attempts with a long of 41 yards. He also converted 90 percent (49 of 54) of his PAT attempts for the explosive Garces offense.


DL: Gabe Cherry, senior, Centennial

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman, who will play at Cal, was a force for the Golden Hawks. He recorded 50 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks despite being double- and triple-teamed all year.

DL: Jacob Vasquez, senior, Bakersfield

A leader up front for the Drillers on defense, he was a key run-stopper with double-digit tackles for loss and was constantly in opposing backfields disrupting the passing game.

DL: Bryson McCathron, senior, Highland

The Southeast Yosemite League defensive MVP tallied 106 tackles and led the Scots with 15 sacks despite being undersized at 5-foot-9 and barely more than 200 pounds.

DL: Lorenzo Hidalgo, senior, Liberty

Stepped up as the leader on the defensive line for Liberty after Arizona-bound teammate Kurtis Brown was lost for the season with injury. Hidalgo tallied 30 tackles, had four sacks and was a key run-stopper for the Patriots.

LB: Jack Tobias, junior, Garces

The first-team all-SWYL linebacker was all over the field, leading the Rams with 110 tackles. He had double-digit tackles in seven of Garces’ 11 games, with a season-best 14 against Arroyo Grande.

LB: Zach Griffin, senior, Liberty

The Patriots’ emotional leader led the team with 84 tackles as a sideline-to-sideline linebacker. He also had a team-high five sacks and played a role on offense as a running back.

LB: James Thomas, senior, Independence

A two-way standout at offensive line and linebacker, he helped lead the Falcons to a share of the South Yosemite League title with three sacks and crucial play as a run-stopping specialist.

DB: Amir Knox, senior, Ridgeview

The three-year starter for Ridgeview was once again was one of the top defensive backs in the section. He was an all-SYL safety and will play college football at UC Davis. He has a 3.0 GPA.

DB: Navonte Demison, senior, Bakersfield

Playing football for the first time since his freshman year, the 138-pound state wrestling champion quickly became a shutdown corner for BHS. In the postseason, he also became a factor on offense — catching the winning touchdown against Fresno-Central in the Division I section title game — and as a kick returner.

DB: Chris Coleman, senior, Garces

In his only season at Garces, he was a two-way standout for the Rams. Coleman, who’s committed to Fresno State, had four interceptions and also was a key receiver on offense.

Util: Justin McGill, junior, Bakersfield

He was the leading receiver for BHS, but his contributions on the defensive side of the ball were just as spectacular. He had two interceptions and was an all-SWYL defensive back.

P: Carson Olivas, senior, Bakersfield

He averaged 37.4 yards per punt for the Drillers, with a season-best punt of 65 yards. He also dropped 18 of 36 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, a key to giving the BHS defense great field position.

Second team


QB: Aries Harris, senior, South

RB: Isaiah Martin, junior, Garces

RB: Cezar Prieto, senior, Wasco

OL: Lucas Bushnell, senior, Frontier

OL: Bobby Gallegos, senior, Tehachapi

OL: Brett Schuler, senior, Bakersfield Christian

OL: Jack Apodaca, senior, Centennial

OL: Jaime Duarte, senior, Independence

WR: Jaleyn Prevost, senior, Ridgeview

WR: Javier Fernandez, senior, Chavez

Util: Scott Boylan, senior, Garces

Util: Marcus Cornford, senior, Frontier

Util: Josh Maran, senior, Bakersfield


DL: Ryan White, senior, Bakersfield

DL: Gio Ramirez, senior, Stockdale

DL: Taeber Nylander, senior, Bakersfield Christian

LB: Dustin Reed, senior, North

LB: Jackson Caudle, senior, Tehachapi

LB: Elyjah Chester, senior, Bakersfield Christian

DB: Luke Fringer, senior, Liberty

DB: Caden Ochoa, senior, Bakersfield

DB: Cameron Williams, sophomore, Bakersfield

DB: Joe Robinson, senior, East

Util: Steven Figures, senior, Bakersfield Christian

Util: Steven Marks, senior, Bakersfield

Honorable mention

Arvin: Rafael Velasquez

Bakersfield: Ryan Crowley, Trayvone Jackson, Isaiah Jernigan, Adrian Moreno

Bakersfield Christian: Tate Eenigenburg, Jason Gauthier, Brock Holloway, Jordan Smith, Alex Wallace

Centennial: Will Alexander, Cole Anderson, Brady Banuelos, Isaac Brown, Hunter Giulietti, Marcos Varela

Chavez: Humberto Cazares, Javier Esparza, Manuel Gamboa, Adrian Hernandez, Vincent Jacobo, Diego Manavilla, Clemente Montes, Deion Perkins, Juan Sandoval, Javier Silva

Desert: Jacarrie Banks, Scott Bonham, Lontrelle Diggs, Caden Hinton

East: Chris Allen, David Ceja, Richard Lara, Alan Lopez, Raymond Marquez, Ricardo Mendoza, Matt Serna

Foothill: James Ehoff, Gabriel Johnson, Mark Gallegos, Valetine Murillo, Hugo Santana

Frontier: Kobie Budak, Steven Garcia, Greg Smith, Greg Youngblood

Garces: LeBrevon Austin, Conor Bruce, Beck Dobrzanksi, Michael Georgino, Brian Pantoja, Cam Roberson, Joe Tobias

Golden Valley: Roberto Enriquez, Carl Jones, Da’vione Thomasson

Highland: Zeke Arambulo, Jason Carter, Isaac Garcia, Gabriel Johnson, Isidro Reyes, Rodney Rhoden, Joshua Yubeta

Independence: JR Layman, RJ Layman, Taryn Young, Devon Zinn

Kennedy: Eddie Carlson, Daniel Flores, Luis Perez, Devon Lee, Roman Prieto, Omar Sakr

Kern Valley: Zach Bushling, Hunter Ellis, Trevor Hurley, Kyle Kopperman, Conrad Miller

Liberty: Brock Anderson, Kurtis Brown, Isaiah Hill, Cameron Meek, Sam Stewart, Daniel Viveros

McFarland: Ribaldo Hernandez

Mira Monte: Cristian Rodriguez, Hahkeem Taylor, Angel Torres

North: Josef Davidson, Marley Garnett, James Johnson, Daniel Krasky, Bradley Mouser, Connor Whitbey

Ridgeview: Anthony Alcaide, Cayden Cox, Ruben Cruz, Keonte Glinton, Tye Johnson, Shon Stephens

Rosamond: Mario Aparicio

Shafter: Alex Aguilar, Mike Orsorio, Steve Perez, Juan Terraza

South: Ceyonte Bell, Jared Carter, Johnny Garcia, Gabriel Guinto, Antonio McThrow, Dorian

Mitchell, Eric Renteria, Johnny Sanders, Michael Williams

Stockdale: Brian Abbott, Austin Gutierrez, Nick Maiden, Spencer Nieblas, Jacob Ruley, Jalen Smith, Harrison Taylor

Taft: Jordy Cazares, Benjamin Gallegos, Cameron Ginn, Jacob Gonzales, Setefano Maui

Tehachapi: Favian Garcia, Tanner Herman, Troy Noda, Keyron Scott

Wasco: Isaac Bocker, Ricky Contreras, Zach Derington, Luis Solis, Bradley Tijerina

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