Video: The Entire 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team – MVPs, 1st & 2nd Teams in One Place

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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. This is the 6th year for the Starbucks/Black Hat Team – and no one but The Hat and his great partners at Starbucks provide such great rewards for The 209’s best!

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’ve got our entire team below – a total of 57 players from the 70 schools in The 209. No one is more selective with their postseason all-star team:


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


QB BOBBY AVINA, Gregori Jaguars (MMC)

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior had one of the finest seasons in the history of Modesto football, putting up prolific numbers while leading his team to a perfect season and his school to its first-ever league championship. He threw for 3,015 yards and 36 touchdowns – with just 5 interceptions – while completing two-thirds of his throws. Five times he threw 4 TDs in one game, and was nearly flawless during a season-ending, four-game stretch that included Modesto, Downey, Franklin-Elk Grove & Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills.

QB GABE SANCHEZ, Patterson Tigers (WAC)

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior was an offensive machine with 3,986 yards of offense – just 14 yards shy of the 4,000-yard mark – and 45 touchdowns for the 11-2 Tigers. His marquee game was against Pacheco: He completed 16 of 19 for 387 yards and 6 TDs. His mark remarkable stat? Just 3 interceptions in 209 pass attempts, while completing 71 percent of his throws.

RB DAUSON BOOKER, Central Catholic Raiders (VOL)

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior was The 209’s classic RB in 2017, violently slashing into the line to rip through arm tackles and pick up chunks of yardage in the secondary. Booker ran for 1,838 yards and 25 touchdowns in just 12 games, also catching 10 passes for 199 yards and 2 TDs. Don’t forget his 48 tackles and that 93-yard kickoff return for a TD he had in the playoff opener.


The 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior capped a remarkable career, rushing for 1,648 yards and 24 touchdowns this season – finishing with 552 carries for 4,703 yards and 83 touchdowns in three varsity seasons. He took on the added role this year, after the Rams lost their QB in August and shifted to a run-focused offense.

OL MAX BARTH, St. Mary’s Rams (TCAL)

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound senior was one of the forces that helped clear the way for Dusty Frampton – a 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football RB – and power the Rams’ dominant offense. He’s a hit on the recruiting trail, as well, and ESPN lists offers from Cal, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCAL and Utah … quite a shopping list.

OL NICO SARALE, Oakdale Mustangs (VOL)

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior was on our 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 Team, as well, and continued to improve this season. He was the top lineman on a unit that racked up prolific offensive numbers the past two seasons – incuding a 2,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last two years,

OL ALEX McNELY, Tracy Bulldogs (TCAL)

The 6-foot-1, 265-pound senior was the Tri City Athletic League Lineman of the Year, and comes from a program that has historically produced some of The 209’s most ferocious linemen.

OL KYLE REIS, Manteca Buffaloes (VOL)

What a way for the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder to end his high school career, anchoring a talented offensive line while leading the Buffaloes to their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship. This one was all the sweeter because the Division 3 crown came virtue of a win over rival Oakdale – and it avenged a regular-season loss to the Mustangs. Oh yeah, his dad and Manteca coach Eric Reis is retiring when the Buffaloes’ season ends – they’re in a NorCal Bowl right now.

OL BRANDON WILLIAMSON, Central Catholic Raiders (VOL)

The 6-foot-1, 265-pound senior was a two-way, first-team all-league selection … and who do you think was blocking while 2017 Starbucks/Black Hat Football All-209 RB Dauson Booker was running for 150 yards a game? Scary thing is, he might be a bigger game-changer when he’s on the defensive side of the ball.


The 5-foot-10, 155-pounder was a big-play threat from anywhere on the field: He caught 76 passes for 1,173 yards and 19 touchdowns … He ran 14 times for 138 yards and 4 TDs … He returned 2 kickoffs for TDs … When it was over, he had 1,789 yards total offense and 24 TDs in 11 games.

WR JAMES PEREZ, Patterson Tigers (WAC)

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior averaged 20 yards per catch with 19 TDs, grabbing 56 passes for 1,107 yards for the prolific Tigers. He was the most physical of The 209’s elite receivers, using his height and arms to separate himself from defensive backs. He had 4 100-yard receiving games.


The 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior was as talented – and as genuine – a tight end as The 209 has seen in years. He has height, weight, size, reach, strong paws and is athletic. That explains the 56 catches for 941 yards and 11 touchdowns, while averaging 17 yards per catch.



DB HARMON BRONSON, Oakdale Mustangs (VOL)

One of 10 returners from the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team, Harmon was a ball-hawking safety the last two years for what has been The 209’s top public-school program this past decade. Harmon also was one of the region’s big-play threats out of the backfield, prior to a late-season ankle injury.

DB LJ WALLACE, Buhach Colony Thunder (CCC)

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound just might be the top athlete in The 209, with his height, strength, skills … the list just goes on. He’s committed to Colorado from the Pac-12, and was critical in the Thunder’s return to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs this season. He was in on 41 tackles with an interception, but it’s foolish to quantify his impact by looking at stats – he was a threat every moment he was on the field.

DB AARON “Tre” JENKINS, St. Mary’s Rams (TCAL)

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior finishes his two-year career with 172 tackles and six interceptions, helping the Rams to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 title and State Bowl in 2016 and then a return to the Section final in 2017. He was voted the Tri-City Athletic League MVP this season, and also provided rushing and receiving yards.

DB EMILIO GUAJARDO, Central Catholic Raiders (VOL)

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder was among the Sac-Joaquin Section’s top defensive backs with 5 interceptions and 11 defended passes, while getting in on 35 tackles. He was a threat on offense, as well, averaging 15.1 yards per catch with a couple of TDs.

LB JACK CAMARA, Sonora Wildcats (MLL)

The 6-foot, 190-pound senior was the Mother Lode League MVP after leading the Wildcats to another league title – Sonora has won 4 league titles and is 24-0 in the MLL since returning to the small-school league four years ago. He was a two-way force, averaging 7 tackles a game with 5 fumble caused/recovered. He also provided 854 rushing yards and 7 TDs this season.


The 6-foot, 220-pound senior returns to the Starbucks/Black Hat Team, after being a first-team selection a year ago. He’s been a tackling demon for the Buffaloes, with 90 takedowns – 19 behind the line of scrimmage – and 4 sacks this fall. In three seasons, he had 304 tackles (51 behind the line) and 9.5 sacks.

LB KINGSTON MAMEA, Patterson Tigers (WAC)

The 6-foot, 235-pounder was the Western Athletic Cnoference Defensive Player of the Year after the Tigers went 9-1 in the regular season and rolled to the WAC title – beating their foes by an average score of 56-14.


A repeater from the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Team, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder capped his career by returning a kickoff 96 yards for a TD in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 quarterfinal loss to Folsom, but his strength was chasing down runners. He had 80 tackles, including 21 behind the line of scrimmage, to go with 7 sacks. His physical hits also caused 5 fumbles.

DL JUSTIN KAKALA, Manteca Buffaloes (VOL)

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior has committed to Harvard and is a two-time Starbucks/Black Hat selection. He was the anchor of a defense that led Manteca to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 title this fall – and a berth in the NorCal Class A Bowl against St. Framcis of Mountain View.

DL LEVI ICHORD, Oakdale Mustangs (VOL)

Ichord was one of 13 juniors on last year’s Starbuck/Black Hat Team and has been a force on the Mustangs’ defensive line the last two years, helping them to a State Bowl win in 2016 and back to the Sac-Joaquin Division 3 final this year. Often overlooked because of the defensive alignment, he was the glue that kept it together.

DL ALEX BAKER, Pitman Pride (CCC)

The Central California Conference’s top defensive linemen, the 6-foot, 250-pound Baker plays in one of The 209’s most physical leagues the last few years and grabbed the attention of every defensive coordinator on the Pride’s schedule.

K DALLIN TILBY, Turlock Bulldogs (CCC)

The 6-foot, 165-pounder is The 209’s elite kicker for the second year in a row, converting 7 of 9 field goals and converting 34 of 35 PAT kicks against large-school competition while helping Turlock to a second straight outright Central California Conference crown. His longest kick was a 47-yarder, when he hit 3 of 4 field goals in a 23-7 win over Merced. Twice he was 8-for-8 on PAT kicks, in wins over El Capitan and Atwater.



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.



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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