FOOTBALL: Local athletes remain among top statistical leaders

 

GILROY – After nine weeks of prep football, plenty of our local
players still rank among the Tri-County Athletic League’s, Monterey
Bay League’s and Coastal Athletic League’s top statistical
leaders.
GILROY – After nine weeks of prep football, plenty of our local players still rank among the Tri-County Athletic League’s, Monterey Bay League’s and Coastal Athletic League’s top statistical leaders.

GHS quarterback Niko Fortino,following his 465 yards against San Benito – 21-yards shy of former GHS quarterback Jamie Jensen’s single-game record of 486 yards in the 2007 Prune Bowl – remained firmly planted at the top of the TCAL’s passing category. The junior has 1,853 yards in completing 50-percent of his passes, including 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Fortino holds a five-touchdown edge over Alisal’s Michael Barron.

The Cougars’ signal caller, junior Brandon Pickens, padded his stats in Christopher’s 30-26 victory over Watsonville with a 20-for-31, 339-yard night. Pickens is tied for third in the MBL with 10 touchdowns and is 161 yards shy of the 1,500-yard plateau this season.

The wide receiver tandem of Gilroy’s Jourdan Soares and Julius Travis, who combined for a staggering 408 yards on 19 catches (21.4 yards per catch) in the loss to the Balers, are one-two in most receiving categories.

Soares’ six touchdowns is best, while Travis’ 31 receptions is tops. Soares, a junior, leads the league in yards with 608 through nine games, doing most of his damage over the last three outings after being hampered by a broken hand in the early potion of the year.

The Cougars’ receiving corps is also equipped with a bevy of reliable resources. Sophomore Patrick Valdez and junior Bryant Cid are tied for fifth in the MBL with 32 catches apiece and have nearly identical total yards with 351 and 330, respectively. Each has grabbed four touchdowns.

Meanwhile, in Coastal Athletic League 8-man action, the Anchorpoint Warriors have a player at the top of each category.

Quarterback Matt Garay’s 426 yards through nine games is 1-yard more than David Beleson of Woodside Priory.

The rushing stats aren’t as close as Anchorpoint’s Kareem Lucas and his 1,295 yards is far and away the most in the league, twice and many as Pinewood’s Dante Fraioli (619). Ruben Alnas holds a slight edge in receiving yards with 259. Stefan Perry leads the league with 24 sacks.

All three teams wrap up the 2010 season on Friday. The Warriors (No. 7 in the state) host the 13th-ranked team, Christian Life Academy at 2 p.m., and the Cougars and Mustangs square off in the Severance Bowl at Garcia-Elder Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m.

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