Football: The race for Player of the Year is in full effect

With less than a month before the playoffs, I’m going to list ten players in the running for player of the year. If you’re not on this list, that doesn’t mean you won’t win it. So much can change once the playoffs begin, but if it ended today, these are the top ten in consideration, in no particular order of course.

DIETRICH RILEY

Dietrich Riley, St. Francis, RB/DB — Riley, one of the most coveted recruits in the nation, does just about everything for the Golden Knights. Offensively, he’s rushed for 518 yards and nine touchdowns and has caught 21 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he has three interceptions and averages six tackles per game. The scary part is Riley’s played in only two complete games this season and played only the first half in the first six games of the regular season. Riley is perhaps the most versatile player in Southern California this season.

ISAAC VALDEZ

Isaac Valdez, San Gabriel, QB — Valdez leads the San Gabriel Valley in passing with 2,033 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s the primary reason why the Matadors are in hunt for an Almont League championship. In addition, he’s also rushed for 444 yards and seven touchdowns.

JUSTIN POSTHUMA

Justin Posthuma, St. Francis, QB — Looking at MaxPreps and it doesn’t list Posthuma having thrown an interception. I’m not sure about that, but I could be wrong. Nevertheless, Posthuma’s proven to be one of the Valley’s elite quarterbacks. Dietrich Riley is the heart and soul of the team, but without Posthuma anchoring the offense it’s uncertain how good the Golden Knights would be this season. He’s thrown for 1,398 yards and 12 touchdowns, and if MaxPreps is correct, no interceptions. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also rushed for 441 yards and eight touchdowns.

MAX RUCKLE

Max Ruckle, Temple City, RB — Ruckle’s been impressive with 1,043 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns. He’s lightning quick and tough to bring down.

JUSTIN SMITH

Justin Smith, Temple City, QB — Whether the Temple City fans will admit it or not, the Rams have on their hands a legitimate quarterback in Smith. He’s thrown for 1,405 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping Temple City’s offense with good deception. Smith is mobile and not afraid to take a hit. He doesn’t go down without a fight.

NICK BUENO

Nick Bueno, Monrovia, QB — Bueno is CIF’s sixth-leading rusher at the QB position with 795 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. He’s thrown for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season.

DARRIAN CAZARIN

Darrian Cazarin, Alhambra, QB — He’s thrown for 1,628 yards to lead the Moors offensively. He has 15 touchdowns and rushed for two more.

JOSH LOWDEN

Josh Lowden, Monrovia, LB — Mr. 55 averages 11 tackles per game and has one sack this season. Monrovia heavily prides itself for its tenacious defense, and anchoring the D is Lowden.

DE’SHAWN RAMIREZ

De’Shawn Ramirez, Monrovia, RB — The sophomore sensation has rushed for 732 yards and nine touchdowns. He averages nearly 12 yards per carry and has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.

STEVIE YORTSOS

Stevie Yortsos, San Marino, WR/DB — Yortsos has 27 receptions for 484 yards and six touchdowns. More impressively, Yortsos five interceptions to lead the West San Gabriel Valley.

ROCKY MOORE

Rocky Moore, La Canada, QB — Moore is leading the Spartans to an unbelievable years. I wasn’t expecting first-year coach Dan Yoder to have La Canada competing, but that’s exactly what he’s done. Moore is at the forefront and his numbers don’t lie. He’s thrown for 1,641 yards and 17 touchdowns with only two interceptions. Two!! If the Spartans make the playoffs you can bet Moore will be a serious candidate come season’s end.

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  • goteamgo

    Regarding “Player of the Year.” – Just curious of the criteria that will be used.

    Regular season only, or playoffs included?
    Impact of Individual on Team? (similar to MVP criteria)
    Team’s with winning records only?

  • 1Ciruja

    Won’t ya boi D.Riley be the POY after you ball washed him all preseason/season? Nobody else stands a chance.

  • random

    Going to be pretty obvious who wins this one…

  • random

    Going to be pretty obvious who wins this one…

  • New York

    That’s not fair to say. If Dietrich Riley is awared POY it is because he is a great player in his own right.

  • jus so you know

    justin posthuma has indeed not thrown an interception all season. he’s not only one of the best, but hes also one of, if not the smartest player around

  • Apache Joe

    Justin Posthuma and Dietrich Riley. Co-players of the year. If SF makes it to semifinals of playoffs this year, that award goes to Posthuma. If Monrovia wins CIF and Bueno goes off in the playoffs with SF losing in 1st round, I’d go with Bueno possibly.

    Riley is the best player around, but the most vital player right now for that team is Posthuma playing quarterback.

  • poy

    dietrich riley….hands down.

  • wait what?

    im jus curious why the linebacker from monrovia is in for player of the year averaging 11 tackles a game. chris cabrera from st. francis is averaging 12 tackles per game with 96 on the season.. just like riley, playing halves in most of the games. he’s also in on alot of offense, with 3 rushing touchdowns and on the majority of special teams

  • LSHS

    I think Mike Alexander from La Salle has to be in the top ten…Ask anyone from Monrovia, Temple City, San Marino, Blair, Maranatha…I am confident they will say the same. Alexander has great numbers. I know La Salle’s record isnt very good, but that doesnt mean Alexander should not be in the running. He returns punts, returns kickoffs, plays running back, plays cornerback, strong safety, free safety, he has even played quarterback for two games, when Novell was injured. Including all of those positions, I feel he is the best Wide Receiver in the area!!! At least in comparison to any team La Salle has played. You can look his numbers up at Max preps, they dont lie.

    Miguel please look into this, Mike Alexander really is a very special player.

  • RHL Fan

    And remember that Moore and Yortsos both missed a game where they would have really boosted their stats against two week teams. Moore missed Alhambra because of the fire, Alhambra gave up 300+ passing yards last week, and Yortsos missed Gabrielino because of his ejection from last years ‘clete game

  • SM Fan

    Hung has gotta be up there also cause he missed a game with an injury and is only a hundred yards behind ruckle. haha Rocky looks like he’s 30

  • Football Fan

    Justin Posthuma is a scholar athlete. He is one of the smartest players on and off the field. Posthuma and Riley Co-Players of the Year!!!!!!!

  • wait what? said

    Thats because the Tribune gets Fred J and we get a UCLA fan reporting on high school sports, go figure….

  • SFHS72

    Why are u guys hating on DRiley. He is the best in the area and everyone knows it. He has great vision, versatility, and lets nothing get in his way of winning. If anyone besides him wins, it would be a joke of an award.

  • SFHS72

    Why are u guys hating on DRiley. He is the best in the area and everyone knows it. He has great vision, versatility, and lets nothing get in his way of winning. If anyone besides him wins, it would be a joke of an award.

  • goteamgo

    LSHS -

    If you look at the first posting, I asked “what is the crieria” for selection. If you use “Impact of Individual on Team” as the criteria, Mike Alexander is clearly on the list. His receiving stats (while still great) would be even better if he did not have to play QB for 2 1/2 games (too bad he could not throw himself the ball!). What is not reflected in the stats is his ability to take a 10 yard pass completion and turn it into a 30 yard gain.

    It is a shame Miguel will not be able to see Mr. Alexander play this year -

  • KDSF97

    Riley and Posthuma Co-Players of the Year!

    Dietrich is one of the best players to ever come out of St. Francis and he is having a great senior campaign. It has been a privilege watching him play 4 years on the Varsity level.

    Posthuma has not thrown an interception this year and has accounted for 20 total touchdowns (12 passing / 8 rushing). He is the Leader of the St. Francis football team and is backing it up on the field.

    This SF Team should be 8-0 (lost to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 28-24) and has a big win vs. Loyola.

    Should be fun watching this Team make a run in the CIF playoffs and hopefully they can bring home a CIF Championship (SF’s 1st since winning back to back CIF titles in 1963/1964).

  • KDSF97

    Riley and Posthuma Co-Players of the Year!

    Dietrich is one of the best players to ever come out of St. Francis and he is having a great senior campaign. It has been a privilege watching him play 4 years on the Varsity level.

    Posthuma has not thrown an interception this year and has accounted for 20 total touchdowns (12 passing / 8 rushing). He is the Leader of the St. Francis football team and is backing it up on the field.

    This SF Team should be 8-0 (lost to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 28-24) and has a big win vs. Loyola.

    Should be fun watching this Team make a run in the CIF playoffs and hopefully they can bring home a CIF Championship (SF’s 1st since winning back to back CIF titles in 1963/1964).

  • The Lance

    Miguel, Get your mind out of the rio hondo,

    Riley is by far the best player in the area. no doubt. But how can Mikey Alexander not even be mentioned and Yorsotos is. Mikey is that La Salle team, I cant say the same for Stevie. Just look at the numbers miguel. they speak for themselves. Mikey for all area

  • MOORS!!!

    EVEN AS A MOOR FAN. I THINK THAT THERE ARE SOME CANDIDATES ON THIS LIST THAT SHOULDNT BE MENTIONED. LIKE A CERTAIN QB. I DONT THINK HE HAS PROVEN ANYTHING FOR THE MOORS. HE IS NO WHERE IN THE RACE FOR POY. MY VOTE GOES TO RILEY AND BUENO. GO MOORS!!

  • I can’t believe it!

    Listen i agree with moore fan! the QB is terrible and dont deserve 2 be on this list @ all! the only real reason he has that much yards is becuase of Becerra….he has had more than half of his yards and thats the only reason Carazin is on this list! lets be forreal…….Becerra is the only one who has kept this team a float. where is the D1 player that that every1 is talkin about(mitch crock)? if anyone on Alhamra deserves to be on this list, its Becerra #2! ths kid has proven 2 be the real only player on this team who wants 2 win!! he probably would half even like 2oo more yards if the sorry QB would of remembered he was on the team in the shurr, so. pas and SG game! also he leads the almont league in recieving yards with 2 games only 2 cathces! he should be the MVP of the moores by far!! the only real athlete on this list is Riley!! by far!!!

    And miguel of course u have 2 TC canidates as usual!! remeber Alhambra beat ur most favorite team in the whole world!! LOL!im not gonnA lie the running back is good but not good enough!

  • Got To Take Notice

    Miguel – There are a couple of really special players that we all recognize as competing for the single player of the year honors. But given your list went past the two or three that truly are player of the year caliber you shouldn’t overlook two from San Marino. Joe Forgatch may be the best all around QB in the Rio Hondo league. I love how he leads his team, makes something of every play and often is throwing on the run and still dead accurate, strong and fast footed. And Benny Hung has only played in seven of SM’s nine games. Put him in those two games against San Gabriel and a half of a Blair game and he would be way out in front on rushing yards alone. Like I said – not suggesting player of the year for either, but I would take Forgatch over Moore or Smith and Hung has out rushed the others. Great group of football players in the RHL.

  • EastLos

    Mike Alexander: the best player with the worst supporting cast. I’ve never seen a player put his team on his back like he did against Cantwell.

  • random

    posthuma is clearly meets the criteria of POY. ive seen his work ethic and his talent. he is the smartest football player on and off the field.

  • random

    posthuma is clearly meets the criteria of POY. ive seen his work ethic and his talent. he is the smartest football player on and off the field.

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