MC vs Parker: Players to Watch

There will be plenty of big-play stars on the field today:


QB/LB ISAIAH BURSE: Candidate for state Small School Player of the Year passed for 1,676 yards and 24 TDs and ran for 1,691 yards and 25 TDs. Averages 24 yards a completion, hitting 59 percent of his throws, and averages 9.7 yards a run. Has the strength and speed to take over a game. Had 407 yards offense in win over Central Catholic. He's being recruited hard by Fresno State and Nevada.

RB KEVIN ROYA: After missing first two games with a broken hand, he's been a gamebreaker in the playoffs with 48 touches for 657 yards and 11 TDs. He had 23 TDs, in just 108 touches — so he scores every fifth time he gets the ball. Trying to generate interest with Sacramento State and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

TE/DE RAYMOND NELSON: His brother Reeves is a freshman hoops player at UCLA, but Raymond is making his own news as a 6-foot-4 terror downfield. He has 28 catches for 465 yards and 10 TDs, including 11-206-1 in four playoff games. Has eight sacks as a stand-up lineman.

RB/DB DAVID SJELIN: After averaging 80 yards a game and 10 yards a run through eight games, he has been slowed in the playoffs by an ankle injury. Caught 48-yard TD pass to open a 61-40 win over Placer last week, but got just two carries before tweaking the ankle again.

RB/DB KEATON ENGEL: He's picked up the slack in Sjelin's absence with five TDs in the playoffs: Had 10 carries for 60 yards vs. Placer. Has six sacks and two interceptions on defense.

RB/DB AARON BROWN: Given MC's weapons, he's more crucial on defense with nine tackles a game. He's intercepted six passes and recovered three fumbles.


QB/DB DEON RANDALL: The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder is talking a lot to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Air Force, Navy, UC Davis and San Diego State. Like Burse, he projects as a slot receiver in college. Has 1,371 yards and 14 TDs in the air, 1,707 yards and 23 TDs on the ground. Ten to 12 passes a game, and has 10 100-yard rushing games. Averages 11 yards a run.

RB/DB KENNY BROOKINS: Keeps defenses from focusing all their efforts on Randall. He's averaging 12 carries for 115 yards and two TDs in playoffs, but has one catch all season. He's got 18 TDs, averages 7.6 yards a run and makes eight tackles a game.

WR/DB ROLAND JACKSON: Parker's big-time return man averages 39 yards on kickoffs, sharing the role with Rochon Taylor (29 yards) and 12 yards on punts. He's averaging 22 yards on his 23 catches, with nine TD receptions and two more on kickoff returns. Also has three interceptions.

WR/LB DALANTE DUNKLIN: The 5-10, 180-pound sophomore is averaging eight tackles a game, has caused seven fumbles and recovered eight fumbles.

RB/DB ROCHON TAYLOR: Aside from returning kickoffs, he has run for 361 yards and four TDs and caught 15 passes for 88 yards. Typically the safety valve when Randall is in trouble in the pocket.