Let’s throw out some preseason awards, shall we?
Ben’s question: We’ve listed breakout players, breakout coaches and everything in between. Now, we step back for a minute and give our preseason All-Times offense and defense (for our purposes, we’ll confine our search to the Times coverage area – essentially Contra Costa County with the EBAL tossed in). Today, Chace takes care of the offense.
Chace’s answer: Well, the quarterback for this team was pretty much a slam dunk. I don’t think anybody is going to be arguing with the selection of San Ramon Valley’s, Joe Southwick. I think passing for over 3,000 yards and tossing 35 TD passes in 2007 makes him qualified for this honor.
The rest of the offense fills out like this:
RUNNING BACKS: Patrone Wood II, Ygnacio Valley; Kylan Butler, De La Salle. — Wood II led the Times region in rushing as a sophomore, and Butler reached the end zone 21 times in 13 games last season.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Diante Jackson, Las Lomas; C.J. Porter, Concord — Last we heard, Mr. Jackson had 19 Division I offers on the table. So, he’s pretty good, we think. Porter has already accepted an offer. He’s headed to Utah (where he just might end up catching passes from former SRV quarterback, Corbin Louks).
TIGHT END: Zach Ertz, Monte Vista — He’s committed to Stanford, but several Division I schools would certainly be interested if he thought he might change his mind.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Alex Benvenue, Miramonte; Demetrius Moore, Berkeley; Tyler Worthley, Dublin; Siua Taufa, Ygnacio Valley; Dan Wissinger, Monte Vista — Each of these seniors should make solid impacts this season. Keep an especially keen eye on Worthley, who is getting a lot of attention from recruiters.
KICKER: Matt Lloyd, Miramonte — Last year’s All-Times first-team kicker netted 14 field goals in 2007, including a game against Concord in which he split the uprights five times.
Ben handles the defensive side of the ball tomorrow. Stay tuned.