Who is Tribune Football’s Mid-Season Most Valuable Player?

With more than half the SGV on a bye week and with most leagues starting next week, who is the leader in the clubhouse for the Tribune football player of the year? I’ll list 10 choices in no particular order and you can debate.

Steven Comstock, Northview, QB — The junior has thrown for 1,108 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 221 yards a game. He’s also rushed for 283 yards and that includes a 156 yard rushing performance against Don Lugo, a game in which Comstock led the Vikings on a last-minute game-winning drive in a 35-28 victory.

Sal Tovar, South El Monte, RB — The bruising back not only leads the San Gabriel Valley in rushing but he’s second in the state averaging a whopping 245 yards a game. He’s rushed for 1,227 yards and is on pace for a 2,500 yard season. He also has 18 touchdowns for the undefeated Eagles, off to their best start in years.


Brian Casteel, Charter Oak, WR/DB — The University of Arizona commit is the undefeated Chargers’ big-game playmaker. His numbers aren’t staggering, but his influence is for the Division 4s top-ranked team. He’s averaging 67 yards with four touchdown receptions, but also has ran for five touchdowns. On defense he has an interception and usually locks down the opposing teams’ best player.

bryanWarren Bryan, Damien, QB — Has led the Spartans’ resurgence to a 4-1 record while averaging 258 yards passing with 11 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 1,292 yards and has an impressive 62 percent completion clip.

Jacob Camargo, Damien, LB — The Spartans playmaker on defense is averaging 11 tackles per game with an area best 32 solo tackles while averaging a whopping three sacks per game. Those are impressive numbers for one of the best defenses in the SGV.


Jarell Sykes, San Dimas, RB — Can do no wrong for the undefeated Saints, averaging 162 yards a game with 650 yards for the 4-0 Saints. He’s scored at least two touchdowns in every game and his stats would be much better but he rarely plays much in the second half because the Saints are winning by an average margin of 40 points.

nevinsTyler Nevens, Los Altos, RB — Posting great numbers for the undefeated Conquerors against quality competition. He’s rushed for 1,027 yards, averaging 214 yards a game with a Valley best 19 touchdowns. In last week’s game he turned up the volume even more, rushing for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns to earn SoCal Prep Legends athlete of the week.

Marcus Ruiz, Bassett, QB — Bet you didn’t know the Olympians quarterback leads the San Gabriel Valley in passing with 1,492 yards, averaging 290 yards per game with 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Great numbers, only problem is the Olympians have no defense and they’re 0-5.


Antwaun Ayers, Northview, WR — The Vikings receiver is electric, having caught the game-winning ball in the final seconds to beat Don Lugo. He leads the SVG in receiving yardage with 633 and touchdowns caught with 9. He’s averaging 126 receiving yards to boot, also best in the Valley.

Andrew Carrazco, Nogales, WR/DB — The Nobles are undefeated for the first time in more than 20 years and two-way standout Carrazco is a big reason, leading the SGV with four interceptions. On offense he’s averaging 7.6 yards a carry, but is more of a WR threat with three receptions and a touchdown.

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  • SanGabrielValleyFB2015

    It has to be Brian “Man of Steel” Casteel. He’s doing it all for CO running the ball, receiving, returning the punts, making tackles, and cooking breakfast on Saturdays. The kid can flat out play. He is the best athlete in the valley and nobody comes close to him. If it isn’t Brian then it has to go to Tyler Nevens. I have not seen anyone run the ball like that in a long time.

    • FredJ

      You may have sold me with the cooking breakfast part. Certainly Tovar, Nevens, Comstock and some of the others make great arguments as well.

      • disqus_niBQu8OlYJ

        Marcus Ruiz stats are wrong he didn’t play against South El Monte come on Chris Long give the sophomore who started that game credit

  • TruTH

    I would have to go with Tyler Nevens. He’s been putting up great numbers all season. Leads the state in rushing touchdowns and top ten in total rushing yards. His team is undefeated and looks like a tough team to beat heading into league play. Maybe the Chater Oak vs Los Altos game will decide.

  • Leyva Support


    Are you feeling okay? There aren’t any Bishop Amat players on your list. This isn’t normal of you.

    • FredJ

      Maybe someone emerges at this point, but for now, this is my 10.

      • Go Big Blue

        Jarren Ford is having a great season for Amat too.

  • tanksolot

    If only we could have seen what Casteel and Clemetsen would have done together. It would have been a beautiful thing.

    • FredJ

      Agree with that, Clemetson would be on this list and in contention if he were still playing.

  • Valley Athletics

    Between Casteel and Nevens .

    • FredJ

      Player of the year and all area always comes down to weighing the two seasons — the regular season and playoff season. There are a lot of players in the mix depending on who makes deep playoff runs. You look at Tovar at South El Monte for example, if they continue to go undefeated and go to the semifinals or finals and maybe win it in D-13, he’s in the mix as much as anyone. He’d probably have 3,000 yards in 14 games at his pace.

      • Valley Athletics

        Agree . If they go on a deep run and a player is the reason why . That player should be chosen .Casteel would be my choice now because he is a receiver making big plays and also lines up at running back . Plus he plays defense .

  • AMAT73

    Blake the Snake Archuleta from AMAT could be on this list , Big factor in the LANCERS being 3-2 and at this point , and did enough to be 4-1 .

    • FredJ

      If there was a player from Amat I would put on this list, it would be Archuleta. He’s a reason for Amat fans to feel good about the next two years.

  • flatiron

    Apparently Damien has something they’ve lacked for the past dozen years or so. A defense…Must have hired a new defensive coach.

    • FredJ

      Or they finally drank their bottle of get tough.

      • AMAT73

        Evidently the bottle was empty when they faced CO .

  • Anonymous

    Sebastian Reyes from El Monte Could be a candidate for MVP
    53 tackles leading league
    32 solo
    2 caused fumbles
    2 sack

  • Spam Burger

    So the 4 kids that transferred from Upland to Centennial that were deemed ineligible, then transferred to Rancho Cucamonga and given an eligible date of Oct 7th, which would have been against Upland, now are not eligible until the following week because CIF overlooked RC having a bye this week? Whatever.

  • Willie Morris

    Watch out for Morris from Chino High , this guy is a exciting player ,he can do it all , leading league in INT’s…..fiat out played #20

  • BPHS

    What about Louie Flores from Baldwin Park ?