Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team Offense – The Best From The 209

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Welcome to The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year – from 70 schools in 10 leagues spread across 8 counties. It’s is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team: Each 1st-team player and MVP receive a $20 Starbucks gift card and a Team of the Year patch for their jacket, while 2nd-team selections receive a $5 gift card and Team of the Year patch.

We started Friday night with our First Team Defense, Defensive MVP and Coach of the Year for The 209. Saturday Night, we announced The 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football First Team Offense for The 209. 

Today we finish up the 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team with our Second Team Offense & Defense, and The 209 Players of the Year:



The 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior piled up 3,267 yards offense and 32 touchdowns in 11 games, leading the Trojans to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs for the second year in a row. He had 5 300-yard games and twice threw 5 TDs in a game, and had a 4-to-1 TD/INT ratio.

RB FELIPE FIGUEROA, Franklin Yellowjackets (SJAA)

The 6-foot, 200-pound junior rolled up 2,132 yards and scored 23 TDs in just 10 games, using his size and quickness to average 6.2 yards per carry, 14.9 yards per catch and 24 yards per punt return. A true dual-threat out of the backfield, he ran for 1,105 yards and had another 552 yards receiving.

RB JOSH JACOBSON, Oakdale Mustangs (VOL)

The Mustangs’ breakaway fullback set the school’s single-game rushing record when he ran for 359 yards – and 5 TDs – in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 semifinals. He ran for 698 yards in 4 Section playoff games, finishing the season with 1,690 yards and 28 TDs – averaging 8.5 yards per carry. He also blocked for the Mustangs’ 2,100-yard rusher, Cameron Cherry.

RB LEE WEBB, Stagg Delta Kings (SJAA)

The 5-foot-6, 165-poound senior shattered the definition of ‘scat back,’ using his power as much as his quickness to run for 1,342 yards and 15 TDs. He also was one of The 209’s top dual-threat running backs, catching 30 passes for 261 yards. Twice he had 25 carries in a game, and averaged 7.3 yards a carry.

OL JOHN KELLEY, Calaveras Redskins (MLL)

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound senior was the best linemen in the Sierra foothills this season, and he cleared routes much of the season for Calaveras’ runners.

OL DAVID SERRANO, Central Valley Hawks (WAC)

The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder was a two-way all-Western Athletic Conference selection, and also had 58 tackles with 6.5 sacks on the defensive side of the ball.


The 6-foot-3, 300-pound should continue to be one of The 209’s top linemen again next year for the Bears, and ought to be a force in the Bears’ new league. He’s already one of the best.


The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior was the Modesto Metro Conference’s premier lineman and anchored an often-overlooked offensive line that keyed the Jaguars’ 10-0 regular season. Pass protection played a big role in QB Bobby Avina’s record-setting year – and making Avina the QB on our Starbucks/Black Hat Football First Team Offense.

OL MICHAEL JEFFUS, Turlock Bulldogs (CCC)

The 6-foot, 250-pound junior was the Central California Conference Lineman of the Year, and led an offensive line that was as physical as any in The 209.

WR MERLE BASS, Lincoln Trojans (TCAL)

The 6-foot, 190-pound junior showed flashes during his varsity debut in 2016, but broke new ground the second week of this season when he caught 8 passes for 151 yards and 2 TDs in a 47-40 win over Pitman. Bass had 77 catches for 1,188 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 15.4 yards per catch.


The 5-foot-8, 140-pound senior was a big-play machine for the Tigers, averaging 25 yards a catch and scoring 13 touchdowns. He had 38 catches for 950 yards, including TDs of 75, 65, 62 yards. He also returned a kickoff 82 yards for a TD.

WR TYLER VARGAS, Orestimba Warriors (SL)

The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior brought excitement to the Warriors’ 10-0 regular season, averaging 21.3 yards per catch to go with a dozen touchdowns. He had 1,230 all-purpose yards and scored two defensive TDs, as well.


The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior threw his body around the field with reckless abandon for the Reds, rushing for 1,642 yards and 11 TDs while also getting in on 56 tackles and making 3 interceptions.

UTI MICHAEL RAMOS, Lathrop Spartans

The 5-foot-6, 155-pounder senior had 227 carries for 1,425 yards in his 10 regular-season games, an impressive performance for a runner who was the first priority for every defensive coordinator. He had an historic game in a 36-18 win over Weston Ranch: 25 carries for 388 yards and 4 TDs.


About the Author ()

Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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