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.
Warren 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.
Tyler 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.