2014 TRIBUNE FOOTBALL ALL-AREA
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Zernickow, San Dimas
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nathan Coto, Arroyo
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eric Prevost, Charter Oak
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Trevon Sydney, Bishop Amat
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Kory Brown, Charter Oak
RB: Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos
RB: Jake Payton, Bonita
WR: Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar
WR: Nico Lozano, Arroyo
WR: Zion Echols, Charter Oak
AP: Adam Goss, South Hills
OL: Jared Trujillo, San Dimas
OL: Ben Northup, Glendora
OL: David Tolmachoff, Los Altos
OL: Chris Fernandez, West Covina
OL: Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch
PK: Stephen Cansino, Rosemead
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Christian Prieto, Bishop Amat
DL: Matt Daley, Damien
DL: Robert Sanchez, Arroyo
LB: Anthony Camargo, Bishop Amat
LB: Dillon Fink, Glendora
LB: Thomas Loy, Bonita
LB: Josiah Erickson, San Dimas
DB: Donavin Washington, Charter Oak
DB: Sidney Jones, West Covina
DB: Cameron Blackburn, Azusa
DB: William Bryan, Diamond Ranch
PU: Tristan Viscaino, Damien
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Koa Haynes, Sr., Bishop Amat
RB — Alec Zavala, Sr., Rosemead
RB — Justin Torres, Jr., Sierra Vista
WR — Jose Ochoa, Sr., La Puente
WR — Briton Noskoff, Sr., Glendora
WR — Raymen Barraza, So., Baldwin Park
ALL — Michael Moran, Sr., Baldwin Park
OL — Marc Rangel, Sr., Arroyo
OL — Mike Zapata, Sr., San Dimas
OL — Johnny Leanos, Jr., Rosemead
OL — Alec Haston, Sr., Charter Oak
OL — Andrew Lopez, Jr., Bishop Amat
K — Mario Giran, Sr., Diamond Ranch
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL — Tavita Sina, Los Altos, Jr.
DL — Christian McQueen, Bonita, Sr.
DL — Jaron Reed, Northview, Jr.
LB — Joe Provenzano, Sr., Damien
LB — Jesus Calvillo, Sr., Arroyo
LB — Zach Lewallen, Jr., Glendora
LB — Christian Wiley, Jr., Bishop Amat
DB — Sam Edwards, Sr., Duarte
DB — Candy Nava, Sr., Charter Oak
DB — Adrian Ortega, Sr., Bishop Amat
DB — Bryan Salinas, Sr., Northview
P — Matthew Zahn, Jr., Bishop Amat
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JOSEPHA MAYORGA, San Dimas, Sr.
As storybook endings go, it doesn’t get much better than the senior season San Dimas High School running back Joseph Mayorga had this fall.
Mayorga transferred to San Dimas in late spring, was stuck behind an entrenched star and was merely trying to find where he fit in. By the time it was all said and done, he was the headline act scoring the game-winning touchdown in a CIF championship game.
For his efforts, Mayorga is the 2013 Tribune Player of the Year and the first player in Saints history to win the award.
“Of course, it’s an honor,” Mayorga said. “And I appreciate it. But I have to give thanks to my offensive line and the whole team. Without them, I wouldn’t be anything. I consider it a great honor to be the Player of the Year. It’s all hard work.”
At 5-foot-6 and just under 170 pounds, Mayorga was far from a bruiser. Instead, he used instincts and quickness to become one of the most dynamic runners in the area. Mayorga finished with 1,869 yards rushing. None of his 18 touchdowns were bigger than the very last one of his career.
Mayorga scored on a 32-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left to break a 14-14 tie with Paraclete in the Mid-Valley Division championship game and send the Saints to a 20-14 win and the school’s second CIF title in five years.
It was the culmination of nearly a lifetime’s worth of hard work for Mayorga and being in the right place at the right time.
Mayorga transferred to San Dimas from San Gabriel toward the end of his junior season. With standout Jake Payton still on the roster at the time, the Saints already had a featured back to go with other experienced ball carriers in Fausto Martinez and Manny Elizade.
There was really no fit for Mayorga, who originally tried his hand at fullback in San Dimas’ Wing-T offense. When Payton decided to transfer, the logjam of ball carriers cleared up a little bit. But still, Mayorga had a lot to learn going from San Gabriel’s spread offense to San Dimas’ wing.
“They left me at fullback for the first game and after that first game, the mindset of the coaches completely changed because they knew we needed a change,” Mayorga said. “That’s when they kind of switched us around. They figured out that Manny was a better blocker and that I was more of a natural runner.
“They were playing with a puzzle and trying to find the right pieces to go together.”
San Dimas started 0-4, but the Saints were gradually gathering steam despite what the scoreboard said. Once they began Valle Vista League play against Northview, Mayorga gave the team the spark it needed to rattle of 10 consecutive wins.
Against Northview, Mayorga ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He had other big games, but was saving his best for the playoffs when he’d put on a performance for the ages.
In four postseason games, Mayorga rushed for 765 yards and seven touchdowns. Some players are lucky to do that in an entire season. His biggest performance came in the semifinals against Arroyo when he helped San Dimas advance with a 337-yard and four touchdown effort.
The championship game against Paraclete was yet another huge moment in which Mayorga delivered. The game-winning touchdown was part of a 157-yard and two-score performance. It was also the perfect closing scene to what had been a storybook season.
At this time last year, nobody could have imagined that Mayorga would carve himself a special place in Valley history. But that’s exactly what happened and Mayorga has a real simple way to describe it.
“It was a dream come true,” he said. “It couldn’t have worked out any better.”
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: NATHAN COTO, Arroyo, QB, Sr.
Perhaps no quarterback in the history of the Valley has ever made such a monumental leap from his junior to senior season than Arroyo High School’s Nathan Coto.
Coto’s junior season numbers were less than impressive. Six touchdown passes and 11 interceptions to go with 1,361 yard passing.
To go from that kind of paltry production to 3,327 yards passing and 36 touchdowns with nine interceptions is simply unheard of.
After making a meteoric rise that helped his team to a league championship and deep postseason run, Coto is the Tribune’s 2013 Offensive Player of the Year.
“He did a helluva job, but that was kind of the case with the entire team,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said of Coto. “He worked hard in the offseason and it paid dividends for him, his teammates and Arroyo High School.”
Arroyo had one of the best seasons in school history. The Knights finished 11-2, swept the Mission Valley League and reached the semifinals of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs before falling to eventual champion San Dimas.
Coto was at the heart of it all. Just two years after the graduation of standout quarterback Steven Rivera, the 2011 Tribune Player of the Year, Coto donned jersey No. 10 on a mission to live up to the past Arroyo greats who have worn the number.
Coto had his breakout game in Week 2 when he lit up La Puente to the tune of 412 yards and five touchdown passes. He followed it up a week later by torching Rowland for 296 yards and three scoring strikes.
After losing its first game of the season versus Los Altos, Arroyo rattled off 11 consecutive wins. The biggest of which came against Rosemead in Week 10 for the Mission Valley League championship. Coto delivered again, throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
Coto was named Mission Valley League MVP and was also the highest vote-getting quarterback in the all-CIF polling for the Mid-Valley Division. Not bad for a kid who started his prep career as
a defensive end on the freshman team.
“He was just a tough kid, but he wasn’t a great athlete,” Singiser said. “As a sophomore, he was the junior varsity quarterback and he stunk and got his butt kicked every week at practice. He was the guy we put in at practice so our defensive line could tee off on somebody.
“His junior year was really his first year getting first-team reps and it showed. He wasn’t the only reason we struggled offensively in 2012. He worked hard this offseason. He was out there on the field three days a week with our offensive coordinator working on drills.”
Coto tipped his hand in the summer by leading Arroyo to the SGV Shootout passing tournament championship. He was a changed player and it wasn’t long before the big numbers and wins followed.
Now, he’s got a special place in Valley history and certainly can stake his claim to being one of Arroyo’s best-ever quarterbacks. And that’s something he’s intent on being remembered as.
“A week after the San Dimas game, he was in my office and I told him ‘I’ll give you one minute to ask me any question you wante’,” Singiser said. “He asked me where he ranked among our best quarterbacks in Arroyo history.
“If I was a competitive kid, I’d want to know that, too. And this is what I told him. His numbers alone put him in that argument of who are the top-five quarterbacks of all time at Arroyo High School. Is he No. 1 or No. 5? I don’t know, but he’s got to be in that discussion.”
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ERIC PREVOST, Charter Oak, DE, Sr.
Lou Farrar doesn’t throw around heavy praise like it’s cheap.
Not after a coaching career that’s spanned nearly 50 years. So when the veteran Charter Oak High School football coach calls Eric Prevost the best defensive player he’s ever coached, people should take notice.
Prevost, a defensive end, produced one of the best-ever seasons in Valley history by a defensive player this past fall.
The numbers were simply staggering: 128 tackles, 22 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. All that while playing defensive end on a Sierra League championship team.
With stats like that, it’s easy to see why Prevost is the Tribune’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.
“He may not only be the best defensive player I’ve coached in 46 years, he may be the best all-around football player, athletically speaking,” Farrar said. “Every team we played against it, every single coach, for all 12 weeks, said he was one of the best kids they played against or watched on film.”
Prevost made the Tribune All-Area last season after a dynamite junior year. As the headliner this year on Charter Oak’s defense, he improved on all of his already gaudy stats.
Prevost with double-digit tackles in nine of Charter Oak’s 12 games this season. He had three or more sacks in five games, including a four-sack performance against Ayala.
Despite a slow start, Charter Oak still finished with a very solid bottom line. The Chargers swept the Sierra League and made it to the second round of the Inland Division playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Naturally, the accolades rolled in for Prevost, who most notably was named all-CIF in the Inland Division for the third straight year. He was also one of three players in the Sierra League to earn Athlete of the Year honors.
“It was not only a dominant season for us, but one of the most dominating I’ve seen in the surrounding area,” Farrar said. “You have to understand, everybody knew where he was. The quarterbacks would come out and point to No. 47.
“So it was difficult for us to get him into position to play one-on-one with a tackle. Everyone ran away from us. He went through every gap and alignment that he could find for himself.”
COACH OF THE YEAR: BILL ZERNICKOW, San Dimas
Zernickow picked up his second CIF championship by leading the Saints to the Mid-Valley Division title. It’s the school’s second championship in five years. It didn’t come easy as San Dimas had to deal with the transfer of its top returning player, a school investigation of the coaching staff regarding allegations of providing players with banned substances, which resulted in no wrong-doing and an 0-4 start. Despite all that, Zernickow’s Saints reeled off 10 consecutive wins and also won the Valle Vista League.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: TREVON SIDNEY, So, Bishop Amat
As a key member of Amat’s heralded sophomore class, Sidney showed what all the hype is about in his first varsity season. Sidney picked off eight passes, including three against Charter Oak, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also saw time on offense where he scored four touchdowns as a receiver. Sidney is already one of the top defensive back recruits in his class, with an early offer from UCLA to prove it.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Senior, QB, Charter Oak
Brown guided a Charter Oak offense that averaged 30 points per game this season. He was among the area’s passing leaders all season and finished with 3,420 yards and 28 touchdowns. Brown had two games in which he threw for five touchdowns and two games in which he threw for over 400 yards. He was named to the Sierra League after helping the Chargers sweep the league for the second consecutive season.
Senior, RB, Los Altos
A big reason why Los Altos continued its ascent back up the area ladder was Marcos, its pint-sized force in the backfield. The senior ran for 1,328 yards and 24 total touchdowns. He had five games in which he scored three or more touchdowns. Marcos’ biggest games came at the most important, like his 191-yard and three touchdown performance vs. West Covina to help the Conquerors capture second place in the Hacienda League and clinch a playoff spot. Marcos was named Hacienda League Offensive Player of the Year.
Senior, RB, Bonita
Payton makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive season, this time in a Bonita a uniform. The senior rushed for 1,291 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best performances came in the biggest games, as evidenced by his 221 yards and six total touchdowns vs. Los Altos. Payton also rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns against South Hills, Glendora, West Covina and Diamond Ranch. Payton was named all-Hacienda League for his efforts.
Junior, WR, Diamond Bar
Broadus lived up to the hype by helping Diamond Bar be one of the most explosive offenses in the area. At 6-foot-5, Broadus gave opposing defenses fits. He finished with 685 yards and eight touchdowns. Broadus’ best game came against San Dimas as he pulled down 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 10-reception performance against Los Altos. Broadus is already one of the top recruits in the country at his position and figures to cement that next season.
Senior, WR, Arroyo
Lozano came out of nowhere to post one of the best seasons in Arroyo history. He finished with 1,349 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Lozano had six games with 100 yards or more receiving, highlighted by his 10 reception, 217-yard performance against La Puente. Lozano scored touchdowns in 10 of Arroyo’s 13 games this season as the Knights averaged 38 points per game. He was named first-team all-Mission Valley League at receiver.
Sophomore, WR, Charter Oak
Echols’ debut season was a smash hit. The talented sophomore showed just how bright the future is by hauling in 73 passes for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns. But that’s not all! Echols was also a force carrying the ball as evidenced by his 788 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. Echols was named Offensive MVP of the Sierra League and loks like an early favorite for Tribune Player of the Year next season.
Senior, QB/RB/WR, South Hills
Goss did it all for the Huskies, literally. He transitioned from being the starting quarterback last season to playing QB, running back and receiver this season. Goss shined most at running back where he ran for 1,540 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 407 yards passing and 349 yards receiving. Goss also played defense where he recorded 58 tackles and an interception. Goss was named one of three Sierra League Athletes of the Year.
Senior, OL, San Dimas
Looking for a major reason why San Dimas ran over the competition all the way to the Mid-Valley Division title? Look no further than Trujillo, who makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive season. Trujillo helped pave the way for San Dimas’ devastating ground attack, which averaged 363 yards per game rushing. Trujillo was named the Valle Vista League’s Lineman of the Year.
Junior, OL, Glendora
At 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Northup is the most imposing area lineman. He showed why this season by helping the pave the way for a Glendora offense that had several big moments as the Tartans went 7-3 against a very difficult schedule. For his efforts, Northup was named first team all-Baseline League and figures to get plenty of recruiting attention next season.
Junior, OL, Los Altos
Tolmachoff was a two-way standout for the Conquerors. On offense, he helped pave the way for one of the area’s best ground attacks by being arguably the top guard in the area. Los Altos ran for 217 yards per game and saw running back Estuardo Marcos earn All-Area honors. On defense, Tolmachoff recorded 65 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and caused three fumbles. He was named all-Hacienda League on both offense and defense.
Senior, OL, West Covina
There’s a good reason why West Covina had 10 different rushers score a touchdown this season and it starts with Fernandez, who anchored the offensive line from his tackle position. West Covina averaged nearly 300 yards per game rushing and Fernandez was a big reason why the Bulldogs had another dominant ground game. Fernandez earned all-Hacienda League honors at tackle.
Senior, OL, Diamond Ranch
Delp was arguably the most complete lineman in the area. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, he paved the way for Diamond Ranch’s ground game. On defense, he had 70 tackles, 16 for loss, seven sacks and five pass deflections. Delp was named MVP of the Hacienda League after leading the Panthers to a perfect record. Delp figures to be one of the area’s hottest recruits later this winter.
Junior, K, Rosemead
Cansino had the most clutch field goal of the season when he nailed a 49-yarder at the buzzer against Gabrielino to lift Rosemead to a 22-21 that clinched second place in the Mission Valley League. Cansino also made field goals from 46 and 48 yards this season and also averaged 44.2 yards per punt. He was named all-Mission Valley League at kicker.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Senior, DL, Bishop Amat
Prieto was Amat’s biggest force up front on defense. He tallied 60 tackles and four sacks playing in the Southland’s toughest division. Prieto’s two biggest performances were 12-tackle games against Santa Margarita and Chino Hills. Prieto was named first-team all-Serra League at defensive lineman.
Senior, DL, Damien
Daley earned all-Sierra League honors at defensive line after a strong senior season that saw him record 66 tackles, 45 of them solo and seven sacks. Daley also deflected four passes and had 21 quarterback hurries. Daley recorded 10-tackle performances against Orange Lutheran and South Hills.
Junior, DL, Arroyo
Sanchez was a major reason why the Knights allowed just 18.8 points per game this season and won the Mission Valley League. He recorded 102 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss. Sanchez also tallied nine sacks and five quarterback hurries. Sanchez had four games in which he had double-digit tackles and was all-Mission Valley League selection at defensive line.
Junior, LB, Bishop Amat
Camargo showed why he’s one of the top all-around players in the area by leading Amat’s defense with 72 tackles and at the same time being the team’s leading rusher with 459 yards and eight touchdowns. Camargo had three games in which he recorded double figures in tackles, notably 13 against Chino Hills and 14 against Loyola. Camargo was an all-Serra League selection.
Senior, LB, Glendora
Fink was a major reason why the Tartans allowed just 22 points per game against one of the toughest schedules in the area. Fink recorded 77 tackles and had three sacks and caused three fumbles. Fink recorded 11 tackles in Glendora’s biggest win of the season against Upland. Fink earned all-Baseline League honors for the second consecutive season.
Senior, LB, Bonita
Loy was a tackling machine for the Bearcats and led the area in tackles with 160. Loy also recorded 7 1/2 sacks and had 13 quarterback hurries. Loy recorded double-digit tackles in nine of the Bearcats’ 10 games this season. He was named co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Hacienda League.
Sophomore, LB, San Dimas
It wasn’t all offense that led San Dimas to a CIF championship. The Saints could also put the clamps on opponents and there was no bigger proof of that than Erickson, who piled up 140 tackles and four sacks. Erickson had games with double-digit tackles. He finished with 14 tackles for loss and was named all-Valle Vista League.
Senior, DB, Charter Oak
Washington showed himself to be one of the most complete in the area. On offense, he caught 93 passes for 1,570 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, Wasshington was a shutdown defensive back and recorded five interceptions. For his efforts, Washington was named one of the Sierra League’s Athletes of the Year.
Senior, DB, West Covina
Jones was a force on both offense and defense for the Bulldogs. He managed 579 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in West Covina’s run-heavy offense. On defense, Jones wreaked havoc on opposing receivers and finished with 37 tackles and three interceptions. Jones was named co-Hacienda League Defensive Player of the Year and will play next season at Utah.
Senior, DB, Azusa
Blackburn proved himself to be one of the area’s best all-around talents by starring for the Montview League champion Aztecs on both offense and defense. He rushed for 1,243 yards and 11 touchdowns while on offense. On defense, Blackburn intercepted three passes and had 28 tackles. Blackburn was named Montview League MVP after leading Azusa to a perfect league record.
Senior, DB, Diamond Ranch
Bryan led the Panthers in rushing and was the team’s top offensive weapon. On defense, Bryan tallied 49 tackles and an interception. On offense, he rushed for 752 yards and six touchdowns. Bryan’s biggest game was a 231-yard, four-touchdown performance against West Covina. For his efforts, Bryan was named first-team all-Hacienda League on both offense and defense.
Senior, Punter, Damien
There wasn’t anything in the kicking game that Vizcaino couldn’t do. On kickoffs, 17 of his kicks went for touch backs. As a punter, Vizcaino landed seven kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He averaged a sparking 39.23 yards per punt. On field goals, Vizcaino hit 9 out of 12 tries with a long of 40 yards. His best game was a 3-for-3 performance against St. Francis. Vizcaino will play at Washington St. next season.
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Tribune players of the Year (1969-present)
1969 Fred McNeil, Baldwin Park RB
1970 Pat Haden, Bishop Amat QB and John McKay Jr., Bishop Amat WR
1971 Mike Vicino, Royal Oak RB
1972 Rob Hertel, Los Altos QB and Ron Himes, Walnut QB
1973 Dennis Sproul, Los Altos QB
1974 Brian Bethke, South Hills QB
1975 Richard Nyden, Azusa QB
and John Van Vuren, South Hills RB
1976 Bob Epps, West Covina DL
1977 Don Roberts, Temple City RB
1978 Ron Stivers, West Covina RB
1979 Ray McNeill, El Monte WR
and Danny Trejo, Baldwin Park WR
1980 Bill Stone, Royal Oak RB
1981 Blake Smith, Los AltosQB
and Steve Lauter, Los Altos WR
1982 Mike Smith, Los Altos QB
1983 Randy Tanner, Bishop Amat; Paul Hewitt, Monrovia
1984 Michael Johnson, Baldwin Park QB
1985 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop AmatRB
1986 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop Amat RB
1987 Bill Gallis, Northview QB
1988 Jason Martin, Los Altos TE/DB
1989 Marshawn Thompson, Bassett RB
1990 Jason Patterson, Bishop Amat FB/DE
1991 Marc Ruiz, Baldwin ParkQB
1992 Lawrence Phillips, Baldwin Park RB-DB
1993 Miguel Meriwether, West Covina QB/DB
1994 Daylon McCutcheon, Bishop Amat RB/FS
1995 Oscar Interiano, Sierra Vista RB
1996 Oscar Arzu, Sierra Vista RB
1997 Nick Covarrubias, Covina QB/DB
1998 Steve Stevenson, Charter Oak WR/RB/DB
1999 Jason Wright, Diamond Bar, RB/DB
2000 – Felipe Aguilar, Los Altos, QB
2001 – Donnie McCleskey, Bishop Amat RB
2002 – Daniel Drayton, Randall Brown, Los Altos RBs/DBs
2003 – Brigham Harwell, Los Altos DE
2004 – William Wagner, Bishop Amat RB
2005 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2006 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2007 – Dorian Wells, South Hills, RB
2008 – Chris Allen, Charter Oak, RB
2009 – Adam Muema, Charter Oak, RB
2010 – Chris Solomon, West Covina, RB
2011 – Steven Rivera, Arroyo, QB
2012 — Brandon Martinez, El Monte, QB
2013 — Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas, RB
TOP 20 RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (6-4)
2. Charter Oak (7-5)
3. San Dimas (10-4)
4. Diamond Ranch (9-2)
5. Los Altos (9-3)
6. Glendora (7-3)
7. Arroyo (11-2)
8. Diamond Bar (7-5)
9. South Hills (5-6)
10. Damien (5-5)
11. Bonita (6-4)
12. West Covina (5-6)
13. Pomona (10-2)
14. Rosemead (8-3)
15. Azusa (8-3)
16. Northview (8-3)
17. Duarte (7-5)
18. La Puente (7-4)
19. Baldwin Park (7-4)
20. Covina (4-6)
BASELINE: Upland, Rancho Cucamonga
HACIENDA: Diamond Ranch
MISSION VALLEY: Arroyo
SERRA: Alemany, Notre Damie
SIERRA: Charter Oak
VALLE VISTA: San Dimas