Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team Defense – 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, 230-pound senior was the Trans-Valley League Defensive MVP and led the Redskins to an upset of second-seeded Calaveras in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, after earning a league title. He had 7.5 sacks and 8 hurries.

CJ SAMIFUA, Pacheco Panthers (WAC)

The 5-foot-10, 215-pound senior was a two-way all-Western Athletic Conference selection and was a three-year varsity starter for the Panthers, he took a beating for three seasons but continued to hit back even harder.


The 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior was the Tri-City Athletic League Defensive Linemen of the Year, and was in on 58 tackles – including 17.5 takedowns behind the line of scrimmage. Twice he had 11 tackles in a game, and he had 4 tackles behind the line in a 45-9 rout of Bear Creek.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior has committed to UCLA, where the Bruins plan on using his size, quickness and skills to make him a disruptor on defense. He was in on 55 tackles, including 11 behind the line and 6 sacks. He also defended 5 passes.

LB JACE CRICK, Oakdale Mustangs (VOL)

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior is one of 10 returners from The 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team, and his play helped the Mustrangs win a State Boowl in 2016 and reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 final for the seventh time in the ast eight seasons.

LB NASH SATNAT, Escalon Cougars (TVL)

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior was the Trans-Valley League’s top linebacker and led the Cougars to a league title in Coach Mark Loureiro’s final season after 29 years atop the program. He led the Cougars with 91 tackles, and had a career-high 17 takedowns in a 41-38 loss to Escalon in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 6 semifinal loss.

LB LEVI HUFFMAN, East Union Lancers (VOL)

The 6-foot, 190-pounder was the Valley Oak League Utility Player of the Year, but could have made the all-league team just as easily as a linebacker. He averaged 5.2 solo tackles a game, and had nine tackles behind the line. Huffman also was in on 3 sacks, and jarred two fumbles loose.

DB DAVION GATES, Modesto Christian Crusaders (TVL)

The electrifying Gates had 7 interceptions on defense, and also 1,221 yards and 14 TDs as a running back. He was in on 45 tackles and – for a pure football player – Gates was the best small-school player in The 209.

DB RYAN HENRIQUES, Modesto Panthers

The 5-foot-7, 160-pounder was the Modesto Metro Conference’s top defensive player, averaging 9 tackles per game while giving up about 4 inches and 30 pounds to many of his opponents. He also had 2 interceptions and defended 2 passes.

DB ANGELO WASHINGTON, Franklin Yellowjackets (SJAA)

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior was the San Joaquin Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 11 tackles a game – including 86 solo takedowns. He also intercepted a pass, while defending 5 others.

DB DUSTIN GREIN, Turlock Bulldogs (CCC)

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior was the Central California Conference Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to their second straight outright crown, after going two decades without winning even one outright title. He got in on 75 tackles – including 50 solo takedowns – and had 4 interceptions. Two of his picks came in a 23-7 win over rival Merced, clinching the conference championship, and brought one of those back for a touchdown.

RB/LB/KR LUKE FULKERSON, Summerville Bears (MLL)

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was one of The 209’s most versatile players, filling a variety of roles for the Bears – who enjoyed one of their finest seasons in years while going 8-3. He had 1,853 yards offense and 16 TDs – collecting yards on passes, runs, receptions, kickoff returns, punt returns and interception returns. He also had 66 tackles and 5 interceptions, while defending 8 passes.

RB/DB/KR ISAAC SHARP, Hilmar Yellowjackets

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior did his best damage late in the season, when the Yellowjackets transitioned from a middle-of-the-road small school team to a Sac-Joaquin Section champion with three dominant postseason victories. He ran for 1,329 yards and 13 TDs – averaging 16 carries for 180 yards and 2.5 TDs in the three Section layoffs and the NorCa Bowl play-in loss to Strathmore. He also had 53 tackles and averaged 40 yards on kickoff returns – bringing back 3 for TDs.

K BRYCE LOUTERS, Stone Ridge Christian (CCAA)

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior was a Jack of All Trades for the Knights, but he makes this team as a kicker. Louters converted 14 of 20 field goal attempts, including 47-yard and 44-yard kicks, while booting 30 of 33 extra-point kicks. He also had 4 interceptions and 63 tackles as a defender, and had total 1,500 yards and 6 touchdowns as q auarterback.


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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