Football: The 2008 Pasadena Star-News All Area Team

Player of the Year: Tra Sumler
School: Rosemead High
Year: Senior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 205
Notable: The senior was the premiere running back in the San Gabriel Valley. His speed and strength made him hard to bring down and also made him one of the best linebackers in the area. He rushed for 2,451 yards and 33 touchdowns, averaging nearly 190 yards per game. He led the Panthers to a Mission Valley League championship and to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game.

Coach of the Year: Ken Drain
School: Rio Hondo Prep
Years: 20th
Notable: Led the Kares to their 12th CIF championship with a win over Riverside Christian in the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division championship game. Rio Hondo Prep also clinched the Prep League title with the help of two 1,000 yards+ rushers in Tim Esguerra and Antonio Alanis.

QB: Isaac Valdez, San Gabriel, Jr.
RB: Marquise Willliams, Monrovia, Sr.
RB: Jordan Canada, Duarte, Jr.
AP: Reuben Thomas, Muir, Sr.
WR: Marcos Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr.
WR: Mitchell Crockom, Alhambra, Jr.
WR: Myles Campbell, Muir, Sr.
OL: Chris Flores, Rosemead, Sr.
OL: Matt Calver, Monrovia, Sr.
OL: Josh Ouellette, Temple City, Sr.
OL: Tim Starr, Duarte, Sr.
OL: Joseph De Leon, Muir, Sr.
K: Brian Gonzalez, Alhambra, Sr.

DL: Rian Younker, St. Francis, Sr.
DL: Fernando Aguilar, Muir, Sr.
DL: Edward Vasquez, Rosemead, Jr.
LB: Todd Golper, Arcadia, Sr.
LB: Nick Conora, Temple City, Sr.
LB: Gilbert De La Rosa, Rosemead, Sr.
LB: Joe Vazquez, Monrovia, Sr.
DB: Dietrich Riley, St. Francis, Jr.
DB: Steven Yortsos, San Marino, Jr.
DB: Mitchell Garner, Muir, Sr.
SS: Marcus Graves, Muir, Sr.
P: Bobby Maldonado, Rosemead, Sr.

Matt Schilz, Maranatha, Sr.
RB: Max Ruckle, Temple City, Jr.
RB: Scott Dooley, San Marino, Sr.
AP: Jarron Williams, Muir, Jr.
WR: Terell Cornell, Maranatha, Jr.
WR: Steven Colliau, South Pasadena, Sr.
WR: Gianni Bruno-Lopez, Temple City, Sr.
OL: Nick La Croix, Arcadia, Sr.
OL: Luis Diaz, Rosemead, Jr.
OL: Joe McMahon, San Marino, Sr.
OL: Alejandre Bobadilla, San Gabriel, Sr.
OL: Robert Felton, Muir, Sr.
K: Eric Chalifour, Pasadena Poly, Sr.

DL: Ryan Watkins, Temple City, Jr.
DL: Paul Devine, Muir, Sr.
DL: Eddie Garcia, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.
LB: Michael Weston, La Caada, Sr.
LB: Joey Diaz, Rosemead, Jr.
LB: Frankie Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr.
LB: Josh Lowden, Monrovia, Jr.
DB: Kendal Boggs, Monrovia, Sr.
DB: Joey Stewart, Temple City, Sr.
DB: Bobby Michael, Monrovia, Sr.
SS: Cesar Chavez, Rosemead, Sr.
P: Daniel Cisic, San Marino, Sr.


Position: Quarterback
Year: Junior
Height: 5-7
Weight: 170
Notable: Valdez makes a return to first team again after leading San Gabriel to a second-place finish in the Almont League and throwing for 2,754 yards and 16 touchdowns. Valdez, voted most valuable offensive player in the Almont League, also ran for 615 yards and six touchdowns, making him the most complete quarterback in the West San Gabriel Valley with his speed, football smarts and mobility.
Position: Wide receiver
Year: Senior
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Notable: The senior made 69 catches for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged nearly 102 yards per game and 17 yards per catch. Despite a dislocated shoulder during Almont League play, Villalobos withstood the pain and returned for the Matadors’ next game and led them to a CIF-SS Southeast Division playoffs appearance. Villalobos earned first team All-Almont League honors.
Position: Running back
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 220
Notable: Williams rushed for 2,051 yards and scored 25 touchdowns, leading the Wildcats to a Rio Hondo League championship and a run to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs. He averaged nearly 158 yards per game and nine yards per carry. Arizona State is on top of his list of schools to continue playing football. He was anything but shy and low-key when on the football field with strong shoulders to stiff-arm defenders and speed to break-away down the middle.
Position: Offensive line
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 235
Notable: The three-year letterman and captain was an integral part of the Wildcats’ success this season. Calver led a stout offensive line that helped open holes for running back Marquise Williams and led the Wildcats to an outright Rio Hondo League championship and a semifinals appearance in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 195
Notable: Vazquez was the leading tackler for the Wildcats, whose defense was a key part in their success this season. He recorded 65 solo tackles this season and had 103 total, which was a team-high. Vazquez caught nine passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown, averaging nearly 18 yards per catch.
Position: Running back
Year: Junior
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Notable: Despite battling injuries early in the season, Canada proved to be one of the more elusive running backs in the San Gabriel Valley, rushing for 1,956 yards and 19 touchdowns. After a slow start in preseason, Canada led Duarte to a second-place finish in the Montview League and an appearence to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs, averaging nearly 200 yards per game.
Position: All-purpose
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 158
Notable: Thomas was one of the more complete players in the San Gabriel Valley with an ability to play just about every position. He led the Mustangs to a Pacific League title by rushing for 956 yards, scoring 14 touchdowns, lining up at receiver and returning punts and recording five interceptions.
Position: Wide receiver
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Notable: The senior caught 38 passes for 749 yards and four touchdowns against some stiff competition. Campbell was an offensive threat even when he wasn’t the intended target. His speed and size made him a valuable receiver but his prowess was a compliment to the Mustangs’ running game as well. His presence on the line of scrimmage alone was part of the Mustangs’ many deceptions on offense.
Position: Offensive line
Year: Senior
Height: 5-9
Weight: 264
Notable: The offensive line was instrumental and De Leon anchored them in the trenches. His poise, soft demeanor and football sense made him one of the best centers in the area. He not only blocked well for his quarterback and receivers, but also played well on the defensive line as well.
Position: Defensive end
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Notable: The senior was solid at the end of the line, recording a team-high 82 tackles and 6.5 sacks. The Mustangs’ defense quickly earned a reputation for a stifling defense and held opponents’ scores well below their average, and Aguilar was in the middle of it all. Aguilar led a Mustangs defensive unit that did not allow more than a touchdown in a stretch of five games, en route to a Pacific League championship.
Position: Defensive back
Year: Senior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Notable: The senior had 35 tackles and recorded two sacks to lead the Mustangs’ impressive defensive unit. Garner also played tight end but it was his collective effort on defense that turned Muir into a defensive prowess team. Garner led the unit defensively and his keen eye and ability to anticipate plays made him hard to contain.
Position: Strong safety
Year: Senior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 173
Notable: Graves was the second-leading tackler for the Mustangs with 64 tackles. He averaged nearly seven tackles a game. The senior led the Mustangs in allowing the least fewest points scored per game among Pacific League teams with only 110 points. Graves held his ground when playing against powerhouse Oaks Christian.
Position: Wide receiver
Year: Junior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 170
Notable: The junior was part of the talented group of receivers who immediately caught the eye of opposing defenses. He caught 36 passes for 791 yards and six touchdowns and he also provided a strong presence on defense while playing defensive back. Crockom caught most of his yards while being double-teamed and at times triple-teamed, putting his athletic abilities on display in just about every down whether the ball was thrown to him or not.
Position: Kicker
Year: Senior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Notable: Gonzalez caught 37 passes for 580 yards and scored six touchdowns. He averaged nearly 16 yards per catch, but it was his strong leg that gave the Moors a strong kicking game. Gonzalez, who has caught the eye of Oregon, sailed 28 of his 53 kickoffs into the end zone. One Almont League coach said that against Alhambra their team would not practice kickoff returns because of Gonzalez’s strong leg.
Position: Offensive line
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 275
Notable: Flores blocked for a teammate who amassed 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns. The Panthers were well known for not just having size in the trenches but for playing physical, and Flores led that group. His presence was felt on both the offensive line as well as on the defensive side, recording eight sacks. He was voted “Lineman of the Year” in the Mission Valley League.
Position: Defensive tackle
Year: Senior
Height: 5-8
Weight: 210
Notable: Despite his size, Vasquez played a big role in strengthening the Panthers’ defensive line. He recorded 23 tackles and five sacks, bolstering Rosemead’s stout defensive unit that paved the way for a Mission League championship and to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game.
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 228
Notable: The UCLA-bound was limited to only seven games but he made an impact and impressed opposing defenses. Playing with a broken toe for three games and missing three, Golper managed to still record an impressive 88 tackles. His speed, size and high IQ football knowledge did not go unnoticed as the highly-touted linebacker was considered one of the best in the nation.
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Notable: He didn’t just have an intimidating stature, but he used his frame to become an intimidating linebacker in all of the San Gabriel Valley. De La Rosa recorded a team-high 115 tackles, 80 of them solo, and seven sacks to lead the Panthers to a Mission Valley League championship and roaring their way to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game.
Position: Punter
Year: Senior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
Notable: The senior earned first team All-Mission Valley League honors since his freshman season. Rosemead coach Matt Koffler emphasized the significance of the kicking game and Maldonado did not disappoint. Of his 34 punts, 14 of them were inside the 20-yard line and of his 85 kickoffs, 47 of them were touchbacks. Maldonado made the transition from soccer to football and fit nicely in Koffler’s lineup as one of the premiere punters in the area.
Position: Offensive line
Year: Senior
Height: 6-5
Weight: 250
Notable: The offensive line was one of the Rams’ strength this season and Ouellette was the anchor of the offensive line. He was the lone senior who helped Temple City rush for nearly 3,000 yards on the ground as a team and led the Rams to a second-place finish in the Rio Hondo League and a semifinals appearance in the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Position: Linebacker
Year: Senior
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Notable: Conora was the anchor on defense and in his senior season was the signal-caller. The Rams depended on his seniority and he did not let them down, recording a team-high 142 tackles, which also was most by a linebacker in the Rio Hondo League. Conora, despite his stature, was a bruising linebacker and played a key part in the Rams’ success this season.
Position: Offensive line
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 300
Notable: Starr had 25 tackles on defense but the Falcons depended on his leadership anchoring the offensive line, who helped teammate Jordan Canada rush for nearly 2,000 yards. His presence on the line immediately bolstered the look of the Falcons, leading them to a second-place finish in the Montview League and a quarterfinals appearance in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Position: Defensive line
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 245
Notable: Younker was the second-leading tackler for the Golden Knights with 87 tackles. Younker’s strong pass-rushing abilities resulted in a team-high eight sacks, despite being double-teamed at times. Younker was also voted most valuable defender in the Mission League and led St. Francis to a CIF-Southern Section Western Division playoff appearance.
Position: Defensive back
Year: Junior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175
Notable: The junior, who quickly has caught the eye of USC, Alabama, Texas and Texas Tech among others, was a strong presence on both ends of the ball. He earned most valuable offensive honors in the Mission League after rushing for 1,034 yards and six touchdowns He was anticipated the plays well at defensive back and his speed was unmatched.
Position: Linebacker
Year: Junior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 150
Notable: The junior helped the Titans open the season with eight straight victories and an appearance in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs. He caught 34 passes for 604 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging nearly 18 yards per catch. Yortsos was just as involved defensively, recording 35 tackles and seven interceptions.

Alhambra: Darrian Cazarin, Vailele Peko, Daniel Imaa, Ryan Beatty, Christian Ramirez, Chris Chacon, Brandon Wilson
Blair: Thaddeus Brown, Trayvon Wysinger, Terrell Jones
Duarte: Maurilio Lopez, Wardell Crutchfield III
Flintridge Prep: Joel Bryant, Adam Ross
La Caada: Sean Denney, Ted Kavich, Allen Chu, Mario Gonzalez
La Salle: Chase Rettig, Kishon Sanders
Gabrielino: Eddie Moreno, Mark Lemus, Rolando Cabral, Ernie Figueroa, Anthony Zuniga, Erik Robles, Johnny Carter, Josh Acosta, Eddie Moreno
Pasadena: J’Quan Hamilton, Isaac Brown, Trevon Carpenter
Rio Hondo Prep: Tim Esguerra, Antonio Alanis, Justin Sterris, Cody Cowell
Rosemead: Angel Alejandre, Raul Lira, Bobby Navarro, Javier Sanchez, Alex Chang
San Gabriel: Arthur Brown, Fabian Amaro, Miguel Fernandez, Matt Mendez, Luis Villegas
San Marino: Will Myers, Michael Rollins, Bryan Streit, Trant Converse
South Pasadena: Conor Bednarski, Howard Serrian,
St. Francis: Justin Sciarra, Chris Cabrera, Malik Speed, Luther Walker, Patrick Carroll, Kris Durham, Craig Romero, David Sternau, Evan King, Matt Weber, Jeff Johnson.
Temple City: Morgan Hatch, Kenny Warner, Matt O’Malley

1. ROSEMEAD (11-3)
Panthers made improbable run to CIF finals
2. MUIR (9-2)
Mustangs have weapons at every position
3. MONROVIA (10-3)
Wildcats rebounded nicely with semifinals run
4. ST. FRANCIS (6-5)
Golden Knights return good core of players
5. TEMPLE CITY (7-5-1)
Max Ruckle will have stout line to run behind next year
6. DUARTE (6-6)
Falcons will be fun with Jordan Canada returning
7. SAN MARINO (8-3)
Nice run in first eight weeks of the season
8. SAN GABRIEL (5-6)
Isaac Valdez is explosive, will lead Matadors
9. RIO HONDO PREP (10-3)
Memorable season capped with a CIF championship
10. MARANATHA (11-2)
Kept fans on edge of their seats the whole season

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