Picking the area’s top running back presents a problem because nearly every team has at least one and three schools have at least two quality ball carriers.
The following are running backs who would be potential starters for any area team:
Matt Navarro (California, big/physical), Matt Sirko (Cantwell, solid/quick), Steve Ochoa (La Habra, strong/Mr. Inside) and Jason Davis (La Habra, elusive/Mr. Outside), Jon Potts (La Serna, durable/physical), Roland Reyes (Pioneer, quick/great genes), Tony Hernandez (Pioneer, FB/LB mentality), Keith Gains (Santa Fe, waterbug quick), Steve Cano (Schurr, solid/league MVP), Ncolas Grigsby (St. Paul, total package), Isaac Garcia (Whittier, quick/athletic), Esteban Camarillo (Whittier Christian, zoom!!!), Dere Gersch (Whittier Christian, other half of Heralds’ pony backfield).
At the top of the list, probably Grigsby and Camarillo, with the Swordsman getting slight edge because of size advantage. Otherwise, it’s a pretty close group.
Anyone left out? Pick a Top 5.