Who wins the Star-News Heisman? Who wins the S-N coaching award?

Well, with just six games left in the season, I thought it would be a perfect time to see who you guys think should receive some of the postseason awards, mainly player of the year and coach of the year.
Below are the frontrunners, in no particular order


Tyler Gangi, St. Francis —
The senior has played big part in the Golden Knights enjoying their best season in nearly a decade. He has thrown for nearly 2,500 yards and has accounted for 33 TDs while leading St. Francis to a 9-2 record and spot in Friday’s quarterfinals
Kurt Scoby, Monrovia — Has lived up to the expectations, rushing for 1,796 yards and 29 TDs to top the area in rushing. He has keyed the Wildcats run to 10-1 and has them as favorite in the Mid-Valley Division.
Dejon Williams, Muir — He’s the glue of the Mustangs, accounting for nearly 300 yards a game. He’s helped Muir to a 10-1 season and a third consecutive trip to the quarterfinals. If Muir wins the Southeast Division, which is a possibility, his odds go up considerably
Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep — The senior, who was offensive player of the year last season, has kicked it up a notch lately, rushing for 16 TDs in the past four games. His numbers are 1,231 and 25 scores. If Rio Hondo Prep 3-peats, you know Tayco had a heavy hand in the title.

Jim Bonds, St. Francis —
Annually one of the top coaches in the area, and you know he helped turn around last season’s disappointing 4-7 campaign. The Golden Knights have already doubled their win total from a year ago, and if they make the semifinals, it will be their first in nearly a decade.
John Hardy, Muir — The Mustangs are having another stellar year under Hardy, who has taken the program to another level in just his second year. They haven’t lost a league game since 2011, and are in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year under him. If Muir wins the Southeast, it will be hard to pick against him.
Ryan Maddox, Monrovia — For Maddox, it’s like when Pat Riley or Phil Jackson coached the Lakers, all the success he achieves is expected, so he gets bypassed for such awards. But make no mistake, Monrovia is where it is because the Wildcats are very well-coached. Yes, they have more talent than their opponents, but they get coached up as well. If Monrovia, which is 10-1 and the top seed in the Mid-Valley, runs the table, and wins its fourth in a row, and gets back to a regional bowl, how can you not look in this direction?
Ken Drain, Rio Hondo Prep — Talk about doing the most with a little? It’s Drain, who despite coaching at the smallest school in area, continues to win. This year, he scored another Prep League title and has the Kares riding an 8-game winning streak at 10-1 and a shot at another title.
Jude Oliva, Maranatha — One the factors in a coach of the year is his ability to change the culture somewhere, and make the biggest jump from one year to the next. Oliva fits the mold at Maranatha, which after missing the playoffs a yeat ago, won the Olympic League in his first season. The Minutemen also feature one of the area’s better passing attacks, which is usually the case for Oliva-coached teams.

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  • 355Knight

    Not trying to discount anything the Golden Knights have accomplished this season but St. Francis went to the semi-finals in 2004 and 2005 only too lose to Notre Dame Sherman Oaks both years.

    • Steve Ramirez

      Ok…thanks read something on another site that said the 1990s. Thanks again.

  • Riles

    Dude, check your spelling, please!! It’s “than”, not “then” in the passage about Maddox, “One of the factors…” in the one about Oliva, and in the piece about Coach Bond, it’s “turn around”, not “turnaround”. I’ll stop there.

    • Steve Ramirez

      We are not perfect. He who has not sinned, let him cast the first stone.
      If I make a mistake, there is a proper, professional way to way to tell me. Try it some time. And I’m not dude. My name is Stephen. I ask for that courtesy, and will return it to you.

  • New York

    Those are some great choices for POY and COY. Tough to choose.

    Do we need to wait for the playoffs to pan out?

  • Eastern Ave.

    For COY…
    Ken Drain is coaching and winning with the smallest school playing 11 man football in the entire state, not just locally. That’s coaching excellence.
    However, The coach from Muir has revitalized a storied program…
    Oliva, um no, too small a sample size.
    As for Maddox great coach solid program.

    Ultimately, if I had a vote I ‘d give it to Bonds… Jim Bonds.

    • New York

      Muir made it to the semifinals in 2011 and quarterfinals last year. It is not as if Muir was in ashes.

      • Eastern Ave.

        No Doubt, but he he did just get there last season and this team on the surface does seem better than those in years past.

  • Eastern Ave.

    Player of the year has to be Gangi.

    They have played a tough schedule. However,
    Any of the kids listed are good enough to win it.

  • Maybe hope for Blair too?

    Even though they’re a bit out of your territory, I think Jason Martin at Duarte deserves a mention for COY. What he has done in turning around a program in shambles has been pretty remarkable. When this year’s seniors were freshmen, they were 0-9, got shutout by Blair, and were outscored more nearly 30-1 over the season. Now they’re in the second round of playoffs.

    • Maybe hope for Blair too?

      *”…and were outscored BY nearly 30-1 over the season”

  • Fan

    According to Maxpreps, Tayco has 1,498 yards and 32 touchdowns

  • Toni R.

    Player of the Year – Kurt Scoby
    Coach of the Year – Ryan Maddox
    Of course I’m a little biased, I’m a Wildcats mom!

  • John G.

    POY: Ty gangi
    the kid has made st.francis a contender. He has played his best games under the biggest lights. Serra, Chaminada, Monrovia.
    COY: Jude Oliva
    He almost tripled maranatha’s win total from a year ago. He turned a downhill program around and led his team to a league championship.

    • New York

      Yes about Gangi, but COY has tough competition this year with coaches whose teams advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs. As a league champ, you can’t lose at home in the first round.

  • SM Fan

    Mike Hobbie COY hands down. what he is able to do with the talent he has is remarkable… how is not even in the discussion? doesnt make sense, hes the best coach in the area by far. If he had the same talent as Madox they wouldve won state last year and this year too

    • New York

      Are you suggesting that Monrovia has more talent than San Marino? We need to see some defense out of San Marino, like during the Bill Maloney days. Coach Maloney knew how to frustrate opposing offenses.