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2016 PLAYERS TO WATCH

JACK WEAVER MARK VICENTE GINO CAMPIOTTI QUARTERBACKS Gino Campiotti, Manteca, Jr. Second-year junior is primed for a breakout season with his combination of size (6-3), arm strength, athletic ability and surrounding talent. Mark Vicente, Sierra, Sr. The T’wolves’ spread offense got better as their mobile QB improved during their run to the CIF State Division IV-A championship. Jack Weaver, East Union, Sr. The reigning All-VOL Co-Utility Player of the Year, Weaver’s best season could be his last with more talent, size and depth around him. RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS Ty Beidleman, Ripon Christian, Sr. There is no bigger target in the Manteca area than the 6-foot-5, 215-

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pound tight end, an All-SL first-team selection last year.

Jose Garcia, Manteca, Sr. Manteca’s second-leading receiver a year ago, Garcia (34 receptions, 393 yards, 5 TDs) emerged as the top option over the summer. Elijah Harper, Weston Ranch, Sr. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Harper starred for the Ranch in 7-on-7 competitions this summer and could put up impressive numbers in the fall. Aaron Paschini, Ripon, Sr. With few other returners on offense, expect Paschini to be targeted often after he produced 54 receptions and 781 yards as a junior. RUNNING BACKS Kameron Beamon, Manteca, Sr. Beamon again takes the lead role

in the back-by-committee attack, but he’s the home run threat behind punishing fullbacks and a big line. Bryant Bowen, Weston Ranch, Sr. Two-way standout (linebacker) will get his chance to shine as the featured back after splitting carries in a season in which he averaged 8.2 yards a pop.

Martin Garcia, East Union, Sr. The Lancers’ largest lineman at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, this third-year starter moves to tackle from the center spot. Kyle Reis, Manteca, Jr. Don’t be surprised if Manteca runs often behind its line’s left side with the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Reis at tackle and Justin Kakala at guard.

Marcos Castillo, Sierra, Sr. Jaysen Reindel, East Union Jr. Sierra’s most versatile player (safety, One of the area’s top wrestlers kicker) takes his turn in the backfield pound for pound, Reindel (6-2, following the outstanding career of 245) solidifies the Lancers in the Mark Paule Jr. trenches at right tackle. OFFENSIVE LINEMEN Robert Wright, Weston Ranch, Chandler Brock, Weston Ranch, Sr. Sr. Big (6-2, 310), strong and athThe 6-foot-2, 260-pound center for letic, this enormous right tackle Weston Ranch’s physical line made epitomizes the tenacity of Weston All-VOL honorable mention last seaRanch’s formidable line. son.

DEFENSE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN Justin Kakala, Manteca, Jr. The Buffs’ D-line the next two years: Kakala (6-4, 270) at left end, sophomore Noe Saldivar (6-0, 284) in the middle and Reis at the other end spot.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS Seuseu Alofaituli & Nashon Tamiano, Sierra, Sr. Sierra returns its two leading tacklers from 2015, and they’re both third-year varsity starters and AllVOL first-team selections.

Cordillyo Pollard, Weston Ranch, Sr. Also the right guard for the Cougars on offense, the 6-2, 255pound Pollard recorded seven sacks his junior year.

Ferrin Manuleleua & James Thomas, Manteca Manuleleua made All-VOL firstteam honors as a sophomore while Thomas had a breakthrough season shortened by an injury.

Jacob Tatupu, Weston Ranch, Srs. Yet another two-way standout in the trenches for Weston Ranch, Tatupu may be the area’s top pass rusher at defensive tackle.

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Andrew Farley, Weston Ranch, Sr. Physically the area’s most impressive linebacker, Farley is a fleetfooted 220-pounder who spearheaded Weston Ranch with eight sacks.

Joseph Reynaga, East Union, Sr. Led the Lancers in tackles the past two years, including 105 in 2015, but he’ll take on an expanded role as a starting guard for the offense. OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS Devyn Gonzales, Manteca, Sr. An All-VOL second-team selection, Gonzales is poised to have a big year as part of an impressive linebacker corps. Tremayne Willis Jr., Lathrop, Sr. One of the top pass rushers in the area last year racked up eight sacks in back-to-back and earned a spot on the All-VOL second team. DEFENSIVE BACKS Isaiah Cormier & Angel Sena, East Union, Srs.

East Union has high expectations for their two safeties, both entering their third varsity season. Isaias Hunter, Lathrop, Sr. The Sac-Joaquin Section’s runnerup in the high jump has a nose for the ball to go with the outstanding leaping ability. RJ Tisdell, Lathrop, Sr. Intelligent third-year varsity player is the last line of defense for a battletested unit that returns 10 starters. Malik Vega-Tatum, Weston Ranch Sr. Vega-Tatum is a versatile player who gets to step outside the shadows of Weston Ranch’s talented cornerbacks from 2015.

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