Video: 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team – Players of the Year

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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.

Here are the 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Players & Coach of the Year:

2017 STARBUCKS/BLACK HAT FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

QB GINO CAMPIOTTI, Manteca Buffaloes (VOL)

The 6-3, 195-pound senior went wild in the playoffs and led the Buffaloes to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 title – Manteca’s second straight Section crown. In his 15 games, Campiotti had 3,424 yards (2,877 passing) with 47 TDs (32 passing) – he accounted for 22 TDs in the Buffs’ four playoff wins, including 5 TDs to stun state-ranked Oakdale in the final.

He finished his three-year career with Saturday’s 28-23 NorCal Bowl loss to St. Francis and has career totals of 5,642 passing yards, with 69 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. He also ran for 23 TDs, giving him 92 total TDs.

2017 STARBUCKS/BLACK HAT FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LB GABRIEL CORDERO, Turlock Bulldogs (CCC)

The 6-foot, 185-pound senior was the Central California Conference Defensive Player of the Year while setting the tone for a program that typically has one of the hardest-hitting defenses in The 209. He was in on 78 tackles, including 21.5 takedowns behind the line of scrimmage and a whopping 15 sacks. He also led the Bulldogs to back-to-back outright CCC titles – ending a 20-year drought.

2017 STARBUCKS/BLACK HAT FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE MVP

RB CAMERON CHERRY, Oakdale Mustangs (VOL)

Cherry was the most explosive running back in The 209, and one of the elite runners in Northern California with his blazing speed and physical style. He ran for 2,154 yards and 27 touchdowns, after rushing for 1,500 yards and 10 TDs as the Mustangs’ No. 2 runner in 2016. What makes Cherry’s season remarkable is he had just 206 carries – that’s just 15 carries a game, and 10-plus yards a carry.

2017 STARBUCKS/BLACK HAT FOOTBALL JUNIOR OF THE YEAR

WR ANDREW HEM, McNair Eagles (SJAA)

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound junior returns for the 2018 season, and he even has his quarterback (Rafael Lara) coming back to throw to him. Hem was one of the state’s elite receivers with 77 catches for 1,350 yards and 17 touchdowns – averaging 17.5 yards per catch with TDs of 76, 60, 58 and 52 yards. He has 123 catches for 2,027 yards and 23 TDs in two varsity seasons.

2017 STARBUCKS/BLACK HAT FOOTBALL UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

WR/RB/DB JASAUN ALLEN, Chavez Titans (SJAA)

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior could be among The 209’s most electrifying players next season, after getting in on 33 tackles and intercepting 2 passes as a DB. His offensive numbers also speak to his speed and skills – he averaged 15 yards on his 98 touches (51 carries at 10.1 yards a run and 47 catches at 20.4 yards per reception), with a total of 23 TDs.

2017 STARBUCKS/BLACK HAT FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR

JASON McCOY, Gregori Jaguars (MMC)

He made sure the final season of the Modesto Metro Conference was going to be a memorable one, leading his Jaguars to a perfect regular season, the program’s first conference title and its first playoff win – a remarkable trifecta for a Modesto city football team. McCoy made it happen by moving away from his traditional style – the running game – and turning loose QB Bobby Avina, TE Gabriel Sanchez and a talented group of receivers. The Jags played aggressive defense and averaged 37 points a game. The playoff win over Franklin of Elk Grove was as big a victory as a Modesto city team has had in more than a decade.

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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