Note: This is the third release of several highlighting the 33rd annual edition of the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. Still to come are All-State First Team, All-State Second Team and All-State Third Team. The medium schools team is comprised of players from Division III and some Division II schools that are eligible for our traditional state rankings.
Led by Medium Schools State Player of the Year Ellis McCarthy, the strength of this year’s annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools Football Team is along the defensive line.
McCarthy has received numerous All-American accolades and was a major reason why his team from Monrovia won the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division rankings. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman just last week changed his college commitment from Cal to UCLA.
Joining McCarthy on the Medium Schools All-State defensive line are three others headed for the Pac-12 – Kyle Kelley from Woodbridge of Irvine (Arizona); Cory Littleton frome Mt. Miguel of Spring Valley (Washington); and Pio Vatuvei of Patterson (USC).
Two schools landed three players on either the first or second teams.
Lompoc has two on the first team with junior running back LaVon Coleman and junior kicker Jose Morales and one on the second with senior defensive back Colton Concellos.
Campolindo of Moraga has one on the first team with junior quarterback/running back Brett Stephens and two on the second team with senior defensive back Carl Thornton and senior receiver/defensive back Griffin Piatt. Both Thornton and Piatt cemented their status as all-state picks by each intercepting 12 passes for the 13-1 Cougars.
Here is the complete roster of the 2011 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Medium Schools Football Teams:
First Team Offense
WR Brayden Sanchez (Hanford) 6-0, 180, Sr.
WR Logan Smith (Vista del Lago, Folsom) 6-2, 195, Sr.
OL Casey Dakin (Templeton) 6-4, 265, Sr.
OL Thomas Kapelian (Casa Grande, Petaluma) 6-3, 280, Sr.
OL Fine Latu (Monterey) 6-4, 275, Sr.
OL Kwayde Miller (Ramona) 6-8, 300, Sr.
OL Nico Siragusa (Mater Dei, Chula Vista) 6-5, 300, Sr.
QB Jake Rodrigues (Whitney, Rocklin) 6-3, 205, Sr.
RB Chris Brown (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 5-11, 200, Sr.
RB LaVon Coleman (Lompoc) 5-11, 185, Jr.
RB Garrett Zeiter (Los Gatos) 6-0, 200, Sr.
PK Jose Morales (Lompoc) 6-0, 195, Jr.
First Team Defense
DL Kyle Kelley (Woodbridge, Irvine) 6-3, 230, Sr.
DL Cory Littleton (Mt. Miguel, Spring Valley) 6-4, 215, Sr.
DL Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia) 6-5, 295, Sr.
DL Pio Vatuvei (Patterson) 6-2, 275, Sr.
LB Austin Lobsinger (West Valley, Cottonwood) 6-2, 230, Sr.
LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-1, 220, Sr.
LB Shane Smith (Los Gatos) 6-2, 230, Sr.
DB Bo Banks (Encinal, Alameda) 6-1, 170, Sr.
DB David Bucannon (Vanden, Travis AFB) 6-2, 180, Sr.
DB Shannon Edwards (Ridgeview, Bakersfield) 5-10, 175, Sr.
DB Marcus Rios (Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove) 6-1, 180, Sr.
P Osborn Umeh (Mayfair, Lakewood) 6-0, 200, Sr.
First Team Multi-Purpose
QB/RB Chris Forbes (Terra Nova, Pacifica) 6-4, 220, Sr.
RB/DB Marcus Hernandez (Oakdale) 6-1, 185, Sr.
WR/DB Dalen Jones (Woodland) 5-10, 175, Sr.
QB/Db Steven Rivera (Arroyo, El Monte) 5-10, 180, Sr.
QB/RB Brett Stephens (Campolindo, Moraga) 6-1, 185, Jr.
RB/LB Steven Tomasin (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa) 5-11, 195, Sr.
Second Team Offense
WR Alex Villalobos (San Gabriel) 5-9, 180, Sr.
TE Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Whitney, Rocklin) 6-5, 245, Sr.
OL Bryce Howard (Los Banos) 6-5, 265, Sr.
OL David Keller (San Joaquin Memorial, Fresno) 6-5, 295, Sr.
OL Nick Kristofors (San Marin, Novato) 6-3, 240, Sr.
OL Ryan Steele (Kingsburg) 6-2, 280, Jr.
OL Sean Sullivan (Mar Vista, Imperial Beach) 6-5, 300, Sr.
QB Chase Knox (Madison, San Diego) 6-1, 190, Sr.
RB Robert Murtha (Estancia, Costa Mesa) 5-10, 180, Jr.
RB Zach Perigo (Delano) 5-10, 175, Sr.
RB Sir-Darius Yarbrough (Pomona) 5-10, 175, Sr.
PK Brad Cornish (Santana, Santee) 6-2, 180, Sr.
Second Team Defense
DL T.J. Daniel (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) 6-7, 230, Sr.
DL J.J. Demski (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) 6-2, 230, Sr.
DL Tavita Faaiu (South San Francisco) 6-3, 230, Sr.
DL Eddie Vanderdoes (Placer, Auburn) 6-3, 285, Jr.
LB Dustin Martin (Porterville) 6-1, 190, Sr.
LB Aaron White (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach) 6-1, 190, Sr.
LB Phil Wright (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa) 6-1, 215, Jr.
DB Steven Bentley (Casa Grande, Petaluma) 6-0, 175, Sr.
DB Colton Concellos (Lompoc) 6-3, 200, Sr.
DB Dan French (Cabrillo, Lompoc) 5-10, 165, Sr.
DB Karl Thornton (Campolindo, Moraga) 5-11, 185, Sr.
P Jose Esparza (Rosemead) 6-0, 180, Sr.
Second Team Multi-Purpose
QB/RB Andy Guerrero (San Gabriel) 5-9, 170, Sr.
DB/PK Justin Martin (Oakdale) 5-10, 170, Sr.
WR/DB Griffin Piatt (Campolindo, Moraga) 6-3, 180, Sr.
QB/DB Riggs Powell (Aptos) 6-2, 200, Sr.
QB/RB Mitch Ravizza (Willow Glen, San Jose) 5-11, 185, Sr.
RB/LB Tyrone Taylor (Torrance) 6-0, 185, Sr.
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