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The Bee's All-decade High School Football Team

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB Nathan Costa, Hilmar (2005)

The Bee's Player of the Year and a two-time all-district quarterback, Costa finished with 9,624 yards and 85 TDs. He completed 434 of 780 passes for 6,43 yards, with 50 TDs and 23 interceptions, and ran 425 times for 3,192 yards and 35 scores before going to Oregon. He threw for 2,252 yards and ran for 1,709, and had a hand in 33 TDs his senior year.

RB Wendell Mathis, Merced (2000)

One of the greatest backs from a school that is the best in the district at producing them -- Merced has three of the six backs on the all-decade team. Before heading off to UCLA, Mathis ran for 1,981 yards and 21 TDs his senior season -- finishing with a school-record 3,442 yards rushing. He also set school records for most yards in a game and season.

RB Anthony Harding, Pitman (2005)

A two-time all-district pick, Harding rushed for 3,356 yards and scored 45 TDs in his final two seasons. He also caught 23 balls as a junior, helping to earn him a scholarship to Fresno State. The top runner in the Pride's Wing-T offense, he teamed with QB Colin Kaepernick to form a potent combination.

RB Stephon Mathis, Merced (2008)

One of the top speed backs, Mathis finished his two-year career with 3,101 yards rushing and 41 TDs -- and led the Bears to the section semifinals as a senior. He had 195 carries for 1,947 yards, a remarkable 10 yards a carry at the Division 1 level, and scored 28 TDs his final season. He had three 200-yard games as a senior and eight TDs of at least 50 yards.

WR Brad Bispo, Downey (2004)

One of the city's top receivers of all time and was The Bee's Player of the Year after catching 72 passes for 1,106 yards and 13 TDs as a senior -- school records broken this fall by Javon Kelly. The two-time all-district pick had career totals of 124 catches for 1,822 yards and 24 TDs. He also had 60 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions as a senior.

WR Carter Todd, Merced (2006)

A two-time all-district pick, Todd is one of four offensive stars from the Bears' 2006 team to earn all-decade recognition. He caught 66 passes for 967 yards and 16 TDs, and caught three TDs in a loss to Vacaville in the thrilling section final. He grabbed 71 balls for 1,068 yards and six TDs as a junior, including an 11-catch, 226-yard performance against Pitman.

TE Jarrett Sparks, Merced (2007)

After playing a supporting role in the '06 team that reached the section final -- he was the fourth option behind Todd, Carlos Acosta and Garrett Turner -- Sparks was the district's best as a senior. He had 42 catches for 934 yards, 22.2 yards a catch, and 14 TDs to earn a scholarship to Cal. He had five catches for 168 yards and four TDs against Turlock.

OL Chris Hines, Beyer (2000)

A dominant two-way linemen before heading off to Nevada on scholarship. He was known for tremendous power coming off the ball and was the CCC Offensive Linemen of the Year when it was the district's dominant conference. The 6-2, 285-pounder led the Patriots in tackles as a senior and was pursued by Arizona and USC, among others.

OL Adam Lee, Golden Valley (2003)

Might have been the top tackle of the decade, as the 6-3, 350-pounder still is talked about when folks discuss the region's top linemen. Dennis Stubbs coached the Cougars at the time, and says Lee was extremely quick and knew how to use his weight when battling defenders. "If you got in his way, you were in trouble," Stubbs said.

OL Dominic Galas, Central Catholic (2007)

Considered one of the best in the district to ever play center, Galas had a nasty streak that made life miserable for defensive linemen. He was all-district on offense (2006) and defense (2007), following in the footsteps of father Tim (1977) and preceding brother Matt (2009). Galas' dominant play was crucial to Central reaching the state Division 3 Bowl.

OL Damon Bragner, Los Banos (2008)

Possibly the district's top offensive linemen during his final two seasons, the two-time all-district performer was dominant whether blocking for running backs downfield or protecting his quarterback in the pocket. The 6-3, 285-pounder was one of the cornerstones in coach Dennis Stubbs' effort to resurrect the school's once-successful program.

OL Rodney Smith, Johansen (2008)

Primary blocker during tailback Deven Cannon's 2,000-yard season and MMC coaches recognized his role in the Vikings' success by naming him the conference's Offensive Player of the Year. With Smith dominating defensive linemen, the once-moribund program sprung to life and reached the section quarterfinals before a narrow loss to Merced.

K Emmanuel Benjamin, Beyer (2003)

Two-time all-district kicker and the only kicker to earn the honor twice during the decade, Benjamin converted all 22 of his PAT kicks as a senior and booted nine field goals. He was 24 of 26 on PATs as a junior and also kicked nine field goals. His kickoffs routinely landed in the end zone.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL Robbie Valenzuela, Davis (2000)

The Bee's Player of the Year before heading off to Oregon -- only the third linemen to earn the honor -- the 6-3, 287-pounder led Davis to back-to-back CCC titles. Despite fighting off double- and triple-teams, Valenzuela had 102 tackles, 18 hurries and even returned a pick for a touchdown. He ran 4.9 in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Combine.

DL Steve Dunnigan, Manteca (2002)

A two-time all-district selection, he was on the offensive line as a junior -- when he was the VOL MVP -- and the defensive side in 2002. He helped the Buffs to a section title in 2001, and took them back to the final again in 2002. His aggressiveness made him a key player on one of the district's most dominant and hard-hitting defenses of the decade.

DL Mark Roberts, Modesto (2005)

Two-time all-district selection on the defensive line, Roberts was the MMC Defensive Linemen of the Year his junior and senior seasons. He had 67 tackles and six sacks a senior, and was the key player on what is regarded as one of the city's best-ever defensive fronts. Roberts had 64 tackles and five sacks as a junior, and led Modesto to two playoff berths.

DL Rudi Burtschi, Oakdale (2007)

An all-district defensive linemen as a junior, he moved to a stand-up role as a senior and was the district's top linebacker while leading the Mustangs to a mythical state medium-school title. He also ran for 670 yards and 19 TDs, and was a two-time state wrestling champion. A combination of aggressiveness and agility allowed him to cover the field.

LB Byron Storer, Central Catholic (2001)

The Bee's Player of the Year, Storer had 78 tackles as an outside linebacker and also ran for 1,038 yards and 21 TDs while carrying the Raiders to a section title. Dominant on both sides of line, but was recruited primarily as a linebacker. He eventually landed at Cal, then went on to spend time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.

LB Josh Yarbrough, Oakdale (2002)

The district's top linebacker his senior year, Yarbrough entered the season with plenty of expectations -- he had played his junior year at Sonora, before transferring to the 'Cats' generations-old rival. His ability to disrupt offenses earned Yarbrough consideration for Player of the Year. Led Oakdale to section semifinals, which it lost to eventual champ Colfax.

LB Louis Bland, Central Catholic (2007)

Two-time Player of Year, three-time all-district pick and runner-up for Player of the Decade, Bland led the Raiders to four section titles and a 46-2-1 record. He had 5,140 yards rushing, averaging 10.5 yards a carry, and a section-record 102 TDs. Had 234 tackles and five interceptions before moving on to Washington State. "In 35 years, he's the best player I've ever coached," coach Mike Glines said.

LB Keith Yamamoto, Patterson (2007)

Two-time all-district linebackerwas a terror with his ability to track down running backs, cover receivers and pursue quarterbacks. He led the Tigers to section final as a senior, running for 284 yards and 4 TDs and catching 13 passes for 27 yards and 3 TDs. Had 81 tackles and two picks as a senior.

DB Gilbert Martinez, Manteca (2002)

The Bee's Player of the Year, Martinez rarely left the field and even played two games at quarterback. One of the section's top cornerbacks, his quickness virtually shut down half the field to opposing passers. Martinez also ran for 1,319 yards, caught 28 passes for 444 yards and scored 25 TDs as the Buffaloes reached section final his senior year.

DB Michael Turner, Manteca (2005)

One of the brightest stars from one of the district's dominant programs, Turner was a shutdown cornerback who had 13 interceptions in two years. He also had 421 yards rushing, 430 yards receiving and scored 12 TDs while leading Manteca to a section title as a senior. His quickness was unmatched and Turner would go on to play at Arizona.

DB Bernard Bolden, Merced (2008)

Best of a talented and deep group of defensive backs to pass through Merced during the decade, Bolden had the size to defend larger receivers and the quickness to stay with fast foes. He intercepted four passes in his final two games as a junior, and that reputation kept many teams away from him in 2008 -- when he had 97 tackles and two picks.

UTI Deshon Benton, Downey (2003)

Two-time all-district player and The Bee's Player of the Year as a senior, Benton ran for 1,770 yards and 19 TDs his final season. He set 10 school records, including rushing yards in a game (332), season (1,770) and career (3,967). The Knights were 2-18 over the two previous years, but Benton's rushing and play as a defensive back led them to the playoffs.

UTI Chris Randle, Golden Valley (2006)

The Isaiah Burse of his era, Randle was a terror on both sides as he played quarterback and cornerback. Two-time all-district pick had 86 tackles and 12 interceptions in two seasons, then passed for 2,175 yards and rushed for 613 yards to lead GV to playoffs his senior season. His open-field running ability made him one of the section's top performers.

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QB Logan Todd, Merced (2006) -- Played senior year with a torn ACL, yet completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,529 yards and 32 TDs. Took Bears to a section final and had 458 yards and 4 TDs in the loss. Career totals: 4,789 yards and 52 TDs.

RB Garrett Turner, Merced (2006) -- Had one of the greatest seasons in district history, with 289 carries for 2,115 yards and 24 TDs on a section finalist. Rushed for at least 100 yards in all 14 games, and career totals were 2,925 yards and 32 TDs.

RB Deven Cannon, Johansen (2008) -- Had finest season ever for a city back: 2,054 yards, 26 TDs as Johansen reached section quarterfinals. Had eight games with at least 150 yards, including 594 yards and seven TDs in two playoff games.

RB Jarrod Daniels, Sierra (2009) -- One of the best open-field runners this decade, Daniels had school records of 1,833 yards rushing and 33 TDs as a senior. Career totals were 2,959 yards, 51 TDs, 42 catches for 417 yards and a VOL title.

WR Rubal Sangha, Los Banos (2008) -- Earned reputation as "The Showman" by dominating defenses who knew the ball was headed his way. He caught 73 passes for 1,203 yard and a section-high 21 TDs. Also averaged 31 yards on kickoff returns.

WR Javon Kelly, Downey (2009) -- The ultimate "late bloomer," the fast and agile Kelly had never put on pads before this fall. All he did was set a state record with 105 regular-season receptions for a section-record 1,565 yards and a state-high 20 TDs

TE Zach Sudfeld, Modesto Christian (2006) -- The 6-7, 230-pounder was a force on offense (42 catches, 714 yards, 13 TDs) and defense (68 tackles, 5 fumble recoveries, 2 picks). Height and jumping ability allowed Sudfeld to dominate defensive backs.

OL Mike Sales, Oakdale (2000) -- Two-time all-district linemen, and an all-state selection to boot, the 6-7, 320-pound tackle spent two seasons creating holes for a potent Wing-T. One of the all-time great Oakdale linemen.

OL Matt Hines, Beyer (2002) -- Two-year all-district linemen and brother of Chris Hines, he also went to Nevada. Hines was recognized as the CCC's most dominant linemen his junior and senior years, and his forte was run-blocking.

OL Wes Garside, Escalon (2002) -- TVL's top linemen his last two years, earning all-district honors each season as he led the Cougars to a section title as a senior. Coach Mark Loureiro ranked him among the top linemen in the school's rich history.

OL Tyler MacCready, Manteca (2006) -- The 6-3, 245-pounder was the district's top linemen his senior year. A three-year starter, he was key to a dominant line that allowed the Buffaloes to go 25-1 and win section crowns his final two seasons.

OL Matthew Galas, Central Catholic (2009) -- He followed in the footsteps of his father and brother while earning all-district honors, and was the region's top center. The 270-pounder parlayed his size and strength to overpower opposing linemen downfield.

K Chris Diniz, Escalon (2005) -- Had strength and accuracy, and it helped Escalon win a section title in 2005. He booted 108 PATs and 10 field goals in two years, including a 47-yarder in the playoffs, and 63 of 90 kickoffs in 2005 hit the end zone.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL Kyle Hall, Merced (2002) -- Size and speed made him one of the district's top pass rushers of the decade, as he brought down QBs 19 times his senior year as the Bears won the CCC title and reached section quarterfinals.

DL Mason Puthuff, Turlock (2003) -- Top linemen of decade from a school with a rich tradition of producing monsters on the line, Puthuff anchored a defense that allowed only 15 points and 138 rushing yards a game. He loved to smack runners.

DL Spencer Snodgrass, Pitman (2005) -- The 5-11, 230-pounder was the CCC's top linemen on both sides of the ball, and had 30 solo tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior. His dominance up front took the Pride to the section quarterfinals

DL James Williams, Modesto (2005) -- Key part of the city's best defense of the decade, the 5-10, 230-pounder made life miserable for offensive linemen who couldn't match his combination of speed and size. He also ran for 806 yards and 15 TDs.

LB Zach Raphael, Sonora (2000) -- One of six members of the class of 2000 to earn all-decade honors, Raphael also one of the top defenders to ever to put on a Wildcats uniform. Agile and strong, running backs cringed when Raphael approached.

LB Brad Evans, Manteca (2001) -- No one hit harder than Evans in 2001. He crushed foes on both sides of the ball and played quarterback, while leading Manteca to a section title. He routinely overwhelmed offensive tackles and had six sacks.

LB Justin Moye, Central Catholic (2002) -- Another in a fine line of linebackers to emerge from Central Catholic, Moye also played quarterback (2,100 yards offense, 32 TDs) while taking the Raiders to a mythical state title. He went on to play linebacker at Cal.

LB James Sulhoff, Merced (2007) -- The 6-1, 205-pounder was always in the middle of the action, piling up 244 tackles and six sacks in two seasons. Sulhoff's quickness allowed him to play sideline-to-sideline and the Bears were 23-3 during his two years.

DB Bobby Monges, Oakdale (2000) -- Mr. Everything for the Mustangs, he intercepted seven passes, rushed for 1,600 yards and 22 TDs, passed for three TDs and caught 30 passes for 336 yards and 12 scores. He also was named the VOL's MVP.

DB Nate Baker, Sonora (2003) -- Was the VOL's Outstanding Defensive Back, leading the entire district with 11 interceptions. He had three games in which he made two picks.

DB Louie Camboia, Hilmar (2004) -- The two-time all-district pick intercepted six passes as a senior, while catching 49 passes for 949 yards and 13 TDs. Might be the district's best small-school defensive back of the decade -- it's Camboia or Aprile, take your pick.

UTI Nick Aprile, Escalon (2007) -- One of the great athletes of the decade, he was the TVL's top player and led Escalon to a 20-4 record in two years. He had 40 tackles and 3 interceptions as a senior, and had 2,841 yards and 29 TDs in two years as a quarterback.

UTI Tim House, Oakdale (2009) -- A true "utility" player, he was an all-district linebacker as a junior and a beast as an all-district fullback this season. He ran for 1,461 yards and 27 TDs as a senior and was the key blocker in the potent Wing-T offense.

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