There were plenty of debatable names left on and off the All-CIF football teams released this week. Here are three players who didn’t make the cut in the Central Division who left the debate behind about four months ago.
- Don Lugo defensive lineman George Uko, who scout.com rates the No. 2 player at his position in the country somehow didn’t make the All-CIF team in his own division. The best defensive lineman in Southern California, who played for a playoff team, wasn’t deemed a top 8 defensive lineman in the Central Division. USC’s probably going to take the 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior, who was the most highly recruited player in the Inland Valley, anyway.
- Chaffey running back Ronald Douglas had the third-most rushing yards in California when his season ended on Nov. 27 but somehow missed the cut for All-CIF in the Central Division. Douglas rolled up 2,671 yards and 24 TDs on 343 carries, averaging nearly 8 yards per carry. His Chaffey team nearly defeated eventual Central Division runner-up Los Osos in a 28-26 quarterfinal playoff game. Chaffey coach Chris Brown wasn’t pleased with the snub of the player that would have set Chaffey’s all-time rushing record had he not been on the bench for a few second halves. “I know I’m venting a little bit but what they did is just flat out wrong,” Brown said. “If you look at this team it just doesn’t make sense.”
- Garey’s 6-foot-3 junior receiver Dominique Williams had 45 receptions for 1,213 yards and 10 TDs for a Garey team that passed for just 1,800 yards 17 TDs – and Williams threw one of those TDs! – but was a less attractive option than a receiver in his own league with 600 less yards, five less catches and four less TDs? As for the argument that Williams’ Garey team wasn’t relevant, the Vikings were one win away from the school’s first playoff appearance since 2000.