Chase Garbers: QB, Corona del Mar Sea Kings (Newport Beach, CA)
Corona del Mar’s streak of 12 consecutive victories came to an end in heart-breaking fashion as they lost the section championship in 36-35 in double-overtime to Sierra Canyon.
Garbers gave it a great effort as he rushed 19 times for 78 yards and three touchdowns. Through the air he completed 20 of 32 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown.
The Sea Kings fell behind by 14 points early in the second quarter, but Garbers capped an impressive late-quarter drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown to halve the deficit with just 13 seconds left in the first half. Down 21-14 entering the fourth quarter, Garbers scored the quarter’s lone touchdown to send the game to overtime.
Sierra Canyon got the ball first in overtime and scored a touchdown, putting the pressure on Garbers. The star quarterback responded with a 12-yard touchdown pass to keep Corona del Mar’s season alive. In the second overtime, Garbers ran into the endzone from two yards out. Corona del Mar kicked an extra point, but Sierra Canyon responded with a touchdown and two-point conversion to win the game.
Je’Quari Godfrey: CB, Bishop O’Dowd Dragons (Oakland, CA)
The Dragons improved to 13-1 this season by defeating Marin Catholic 27-7 to claim the section championship. Next up for the Dragons is a regional championship game against Capital Christian.
Home visit with Cal thanks to my big bro KP for coming through #CalGang17 #GoBears pic.twitter.com/kOMzz1iO5A— Jay Godfrey (@Jay_Godfrey22) December 3, 2016
Biaggio Ali-Walsh: RB, Bishop Gorman Gaels (Las Vegas, NV)
In what probably should have been Bishop Gorman’s toughest in-state matchup of the season — albeit with the bar set fairly low on that front — the Gaels manhandled Liberty 84-8 to claim an eighth straight state championship.
Ali-Walsh rushed 11 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan Genmark-Heath: ATH, Cathedral Catholic Dons (San Diego, CA)
Cathedral Catholic maintained its undefeated record by winning the section championship 35-27 against Helix.
Genmark-Heath was flying around the field in this highlight film and recovered a fumble.
Congrats to the 2016 Open Division Champions @Donsfootball stays unbeaten. #sdfnl16 #sdcifship pic.twitter.com/T5e3ouRaS5— SDFNL Magazine (@SDFNLMagazine) December 4, 2016
Cathedral Catholic’s next opponent is Narbonne in a regional final.
Michael Saffell: OL, Edison Chargers (Huntington Beach, CA)
Saffell and the Chargers beat La Mirada 44-24 to win the section championship. Next up is the regional final against San Clemente.
Jack Carmichael runs 72 yards, then six yards for TD. Center Michael Saffell, headed to Cal, is opening huge holes. Edison 21, La Mirada 10.— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) December 3, 2016
State Top 25 FB Scoreboard done after Friday games. Even more big ones on Saturday. https://t.co/VDrgKM6UlA pic.twitter.com/gWW1LekcPs— Cal-Hi Sports (@CalHiSports) December 3, 2016
Paul Scott: LB, McClymonds Warriors (Oakland, CA)
McClymonds did not play this past week, so they had extra time to prepare for East Nicolaus in the regional playoffs.
Alex Funches & Da’Quan Patton: DE & LB, Trinity Valley C.C. (Athens, TX)
Trinity Valley won the Heart of Texas Bowl 34-24 over Northwest Mississippi Community College. Patton contributed seven tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss, while Funches notched just one tackle and a quarterback hurry.