OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mitch Ravizza, Willow Glen
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: T.J. Braff, Palo Alto
SENIOR OF THE YEAR: Amir Carlisle, The King's Academy
JUNIOR OF THE YEAR: Byron Marshall, Valley Christian
SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR: Kenny Portera, Leland
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Keenan Smith, Fremont
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB MITCH RAVIZZA
Willow Glen | Jr. | 5-11 | 161
The MVP of the Santa Teresa Division, Ravizza led the Rams to the Division II title. He ranked in the top 10 in the state in completions (256), passing yards (3,357) and touchdown passes (37), and he rushed for 527 yards and 17 touchdowns. Ravizza's five interceptions were the fewest of any CCS quarterback with over 200 passes.
QB KYLE BOEHM
Archbishop Mitty | Sr. | 6-3 | 220
The West Catholic Athletic League MVP was a threat with his arm and his legs. Boehm completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,381 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he rushed for 584 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was at his best against rival Bellarmine, scoring the winning touchdown on a sneak as time expired.
RB AMIR CARLISLE
The King's Academy | Sr. | 5-10 | 181
One of 10 California players selected for tonight's Under Armour All-America game, Carlisle finished his high school career with a Santa Clara County-record 5,108 rushing yards and 73 touchdowns. The speedy back had 2,110 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns, helping the Knights earn a postseason berth.
RB BYRON MARSHALL
Valley Christian | Jr. | 5-10 | 190
Marshall built on a state sophomore-of-the-year campaign with 1,632 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He led the Warriors to the Open Division title game, where he rushed for two touchdowns. He has drawn interest from over 50 schools, including Stanford, Alabama and Auburn.
WR STEPHEN ANDERSON
Piedmont Hills | Sr. | 6-3 | 200
The Mount Hamilton Division MVP was sixth in the state with 83 receptions and tied for the CCS lead with 14 receiving touchdowns. He had 1,340 receiving yards, including 205 and a touchdown in the Division I title-game victory. Anderson, also a linebacker, piled up more than 100 tackles for the second straight season.
WR DAVANTE ADAMS
Palo Alto | Sr. | 6-2 | 190
The offensive player of the year in the De Anza Division, Adams finished fifth in the section in receptions (63), receiving yards (1,094) and receiving touchdowns (11). He caught a touchdown pass in nine games, including three postseason contests. Adams caught four passes for 58 yards in the state-title game, including an 11-yard touchdown grab.
UT KRIS OLUGBODE
Bellarmine | Sr. | 5-9 | 185
A two-time Mercury News first-team selection, Olugbode was a standout on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 1,420 yards, scored 23 touchdowns and, as a linebacker, was Bellarmine's second-leading tackler. Kris' brother Kyle was the 2009 Mercury News player of the year.
UT JUQUELLE THOMPSON
Piedmont Hills | Sr. | 6-0 | 170
Thompson broke open the Division I championship game with a 60-yard punt return in the third quarter. For the season, he averaged 31 yards per return with four touchdowns. The track star showed off his speed and vision at receiver (55 receptions, 960 yards, 12 touchdowns) and running back (258 yards, two touchdowns).
OL PARKER SMITH
Archbishop Mitty | Sr. | 6-4 | 278
Smith was the anchor of a strong Monarchs line. "It was like having a coach out on the field," Archbishop Mitty coach Matt Haniger said. "He's one of the best leaders we've ever had in this program." A great athlete with quick feet, Smith was named the offensive lineman of the year in the WCAL.
OL TAIG MCNULTY
Los Gatos | Sr. | 6-4 | 240
The offensive lineman of the year in the De Anza Division, McNulty cleared space for a rushing attack that averaged 238 yards per game. McNulty also played outside linebacker. "He was great all year long, and we ran behind him an awful lot," Los Gatos coach Butch Cattolico said.
OL LEO NAVARRO
Oak Grove | Sr. | 6-4 | 305
Known as "Tiny," the hulking two-way lineman anchored an Oak Grove rushing attack that ranked second in the CCS at nearly 300 yards per game. He added 32 tackles and a sack as a defensive lineman, helping the Eagles clinch a berth in the Open Division playoffs.
OL WYATT WILKERSON
Santa Teresa | Sr. | 6-3 | 260
A three-year starter on offense and defense, Wilkerson was named offensive lineman of the year in the Mount Hamilton Division. He displayed great feet as a right tackle and altered game plans as a defensive end. Said one opposing coach: "He had the ability to completely shut down one side of the field."
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL KEVIN ANDERSON
Palo Alto | Sr. | 6-4 | 245
The defensive end faced double-teams all season but still led the section with 111/2 sacks. Anderson had a season-high three sacks in a win over Archbishop Mitty and had 16 tackles and 31/2 sacks in the Vikings' run through the Open Division. In the state championship, Anderson had 15 tackles, recorded a safety and forced his fourth fumble of the season.
DL FERNANDO VILLANUEVA
Independence | Jr. | 6-8 | 295
Villanueva was among the CCS leaders with nine sacks and had 64 tackles and two fumble recoveries. On offense, he helped pave the way for an Independence running game that averaged 258 yards per game. Villanueva was named the offensive lineman of the year in the Santa Teresa Division.
DL RYAN BLODGETT
Homestead | Sr. | 5-9 | 210
Blodgett was right in the middle of a stunning Division I semifinal comeback, forcing and recovering a fumble that led to the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of a 39-35 win over Independence. Blodgett, the De Anza Division co-defensive lineman of the year, totaled 69 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
DL DANIEL JACKSON
Valley Christian | Jr. | 6-0 | 220
The most valuable defensive lineman in the West Catholic Athletic League, Jackson displayed great quickness and was a playmaker from sideline to sideline. He had 79 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a defensive tackle, anchoring a group that dominated the WCAL.
LB STEPHEN ECONOMY
Leland | Sr. | 6-0 | 226
Economy alternated between linebacker and offensive tackle. In the middle of one of the top defenses in the section, Economy had a CCS-high 102 solo tackles. "He reads and reacts as well as anyone I've ever coached," coach Mike Carrozzo said. Economy also had two interceptions and 11/2 sacks.
LB MAKI MUSIKA
Milpitas | Sr. | 6-1 | 245
An athletic linebacker who made over 100 tackles for the second straight year, Musika is a two-time Mercury News first-team selection. He twice had 15 solo tackles and was in on 38 tackles over a two-game stretch early in the season. "He's a difference-maker," coach Kelly King said. "He really flies to the ball."
LB JONAH MOON
Piedmont Hills | Sr. | 5-8 | 185
Wearing No. 43 and sporting wild, flowing hair, Moon drew comparisons to a certain NFL star. "We're trying to sell him as the next Troy Polamalu," coach Matt Kiesle said. "You won't find a play on film where he's not going 100 percent." Moon had 161 tackles, 51/2 sacks, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. As a running back, he scored 10 touchdowns.
LB JAMAAL ROSE
Valley Christian | Sr. | 6-2 | 210
A two-time All-Mercury News selection, Rose was named most valuable linebacker of the West Catholic Athletic League. Rose was an aggressive, downhill defender and had nine sacks and a team-high 97 tackles, in addition to strong pass coverage. He has verbally committed to Fresno State.
DB CHRIS SANTINI
Leland | Jr. | 6-2 | 206
The Mount Hamilton Division defensive player of the year, Santini was a standout on both sides of the ball. A ferocious hitter, Santini had 102 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. Offensively, he rushed for 900 yards and 11 touchdowns, and scored in Leland's final seven games.
UT T.J. BRAFF
Palo Alto | Sr. | 6-4 | 210
Braff had a CCS-high 170 tackles, but the Mercury News defensive player of the year saved his best game for the state championship, making 16 tackles and recovering two fumbles. Braff, who has signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball at Santa Clara University, had four interceptions this season. As a tight end, he caught 23 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns.
UT JORDAN GIBSON
Wilcox | Sr. | 5-9 | 175
The cornerback tied for the CCS lead with eight interceptions and also broke up 12 passes and made 56 tackles. Also a standout running back, Gibson had 1,150 rushing yards, 343 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while leading Wilcox to the Division II semifinals.
UT CLEVELAND WALLACE
Oak Grove | Jr. | 6-1 | 170
The Mount Hamilton Division junior of the year recorded 532 rushing yards, 512 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns. A threat to score every time he touched the ball, Wallace averaged 18 yards per punt return and 34 yards per kick return. As a cornerback, he had one interception and 28 tackles.
COACH OF THE YEAR
EARL HANSEN, PALO ALTO
The longtime coach won the Open Division title and capped an undefeated season with an upset of nationally ranked Centennial-Corona in the Division I State Bowl game. Hansen was named Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of the Year and earned high praise from another successful Bay Area football coach. "You talk about coaching jobs -- there's the best coach on the Peninsula, the best coach in the Bay Area," said Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who played for Hansen. "This is his finest hour, his finest season."