Saturday, Dec 29 2012 07:35 PM

2012 All-Area Football selections

By The Bakersfield Californian

2012 All-Area Football Team

Player of the Year

Kamari Cotton-Moya, Ridgeview

QB * 6-2, 185 * senior

Eye-popping totals of 2,258 yards and 27 touchdowns rushing were accentuated by 1,341 yards and 13 TDs passing. Cotton-Moya, who is leaning towards signing with Fresno State, also was a top defensive back when called upon.


Offensive Player of the Year

Preston Hodges, Independence

QB * 6-0, 190 * senior

Dynamic dual-threat quarterback (1,187 passing yards, 14 TDs; 1,154 rushing yards, 16 TDs) helped Independence to its best season in school history and near-upsets of Bakersfield, Frontier and Ridgeview.

All-Area Defense

All-Area Offense

First-team offense

Cruise Adams, Garces

QB * 6-0, 175 * senior

The orchestrator of the Rams' new spread offense was quick on his feet and accurate with his throws. The result? Eleven school records, including single-season passing yards (2,942) and touchdowns (38).


D.J. Martin, Stockdale

RB * 5-10, 205 * senior

The explosive back ran for 1,824 yards, capping a career in which he nearly hit the 5,000 mark in less than 30 games. He has interest from many Division I programs, with scholarship offers from Arizona State, UCLA, Vanderbilt and San Diego State.


Isaiah Sharp, Wasco

RB * 5-10, 195 * sophomore

The area's 11-man leader in rushing yards with 2,317 and touchdowns with 34, Sharp saw openings from Wasco's offensive line and turned them into big plays. He averaged 14.0 yards per carry and 193.1 yards per game.


Joseph Dominguez, Wasco

OL * 6-0, 280 * senior

The Wasco offense scored a state record 688 points and ran for nearly 6,000 yards behind a big, veteran offensive line, anchored by Dominguez at the tackle position.


Garrett Johnson, Wasco

OL * 6-2, 285 * senior

A powerful offensive line ensure the Tigers didn't miss a beat when two of last year's top running backs graduated; instead, Wasco went 13-0 and won its first section title since 1953.


Cole Mazza, Liberty

OL * 6-2, 240 * senior

He's headed to 2011 national champion Alabama as the nation's top-ranked long-snapper, but Mazza also played a pretty mean center. Snap the ball, spring up and block somebody. Nobody did it better.


Shane Proctor, Ridgeview

OL * 6-1, 280 * senior

Helped plow the way for Kamari Cotton-Moya and Brandon Tripp, who combined for nearly 4,000 rushing yards. Key cog of first section championship team in Ridgeview history.


Keoni Taylor, Garces

OL * 6-3, 295 * senior

Helped pave the way for Garces' record offensive performance of 5,703 yards and 47.4 points per game. Taylor has Division I schools watching him closely.


Gabe Valov, Frontier

OL * 6-3, 285 * senior

Helped pave the way for an offense that gained 2,302 rushing yards against a difficult schedule and allowed the Titans to play ball control with the lead, as they did in key SWYL victories over Bakersfield and Stockdale.


Angus Bellue, Garces

WR * 6-1, 195 * senior

Teamed with Jake Sweaney to form the section's best wide receiver duo. Despite missing three games with injury, Bellue caught 36 passes for 894 yards (24.8 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns. He also averaged nearly 30 yards per kickoff return and 25 yards per punt return.


Kevin Hayes, Bakersfield

WR * 6-4, 180 * junior

Dominant player on offense, defense and special teams. Hayes forced opposing QBs to go the other way and was always game for a big play on offense. He finished with 38 catches for 847 yards (22.3 yards per catch) and 8 touchdowns.


Asauni Rufus, Bakersfield

Utility * 6-0, 187 * junior

When the Drillers' offense was its best, Rufus had the ball in his hands often. He ran for 1,098 yards and 12 touchdowns, even though the defense knew he was getting the ball often, and he threw for 1,687 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.


Matt Smith, Bakersfield Christian

Utility * 6-1, 210 * sophomore

Despite missing the better part of two games with injury, Smith ran for 1,828 yards and 14 touchdowns for BCHS, which missed him dearly in a regular-season loss to Wasco. With Smith back, the section championship game was much closer.


Parker Campbell, Bakersfield

K * 6-0, 170 * senior

It was a surprise if his kickoffs didn't reach the opposing end zone -- or beyond -- and he made 61 of 64 extra points, including his last 45 in a row. He also connected on six field goals with a long of 38 yards.


Defensive Player of the Year

Augie Alcantar, Frontier

DL * 6-1, 235 * senior

A speedy defensive end who changed the game by forcing offenses to run to the opposite side, batting down passes and blocking field goals (two). He recorded 52 tackles, a lot for an end, but his presence was felt in more intangible ways.


First-team defense

Ivan Kosareff, Frontier

DL * 6-0, 260 * seniorAnother two-way Frontier lineman who helped form the backbone of the Southwest Yosemite League champions. Was nicknamed "The Mad Russian" by teammates for ferocity.


Bryan McCullar, Garces

DL * 6-3, 210 * senior

Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeast Yosemite League led the Rams' unsung defense with 79 tackles, including 28 for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He also blocked two kicks in Garces' victory over North.


Kyle Pope, Bakersfield

DL * 5-9, 190 * senior

Undersized for a lineman? So what? Pope used his speed and understanding of leverage (he's a state-title favorite in wrestling) to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. He also caught six passes for 102 yards and a TD on offense.


Darren Adjei, Liberty

LB * 6-2, 190 * senior

Included in his 106 tackles were three sacks and two forced fumbles. Adjei was also the emotional leader for a defense that was key in upsets of Bakersfield High and top-seeded Clovis in the playoffs.


Grant Bouma, Bakersfield Christian

LB * 6-3, 220 * junior

His 153 tackles were the most in Kern County by a longshot, and Bouma added two picks, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. He was also the heart and soul of a defense that shut out Tulare-Mission Oak in the Division IV semifinals.


Garrett Brown, Frontier

LB * 6-1, 215 * senior

Led the team with four sacks and three forced fumbles and seemed to make an impact at the biggest times. Versatile linebacker soaked up the middle of the field in run support and pass coverage.


Kole Harl, Liberty

LB * 5-11, 190 * senior

His 115 tackles were among the county leaders. He also forced three fumbles and made two interceptions and was productive on special teams, including a 92-yard kickoff-return against Buchanan.


Brandon Tripp, Ridgeview

RB/LB * 5-10, 180 * senior

It says a lot that Tripp was the South Yosemite League's Defensive Player of the Year when his biggest statistical impact -- 1,409 yards and 13 TDs rushing -- came on offense.


Kris Aguilar, Wasco

DB * 5-9, 190 * junior

Look out in the backfield. The epitome of Wasco's aggressive blitz packages, Aguilar racked up 20.5 sacks and caused four fumbles to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in the South Sequoia League.


Jermaine Ervin, Bakersfield

DB * 5-11, 175 * senior

Lockdown cornerback often left alone in coverage so the Drillers could committ more players to a pass rush, and Ervin made plenty of plays in space to make that strategy look genius.


Jake Sweaney, Garces

WR/DB * 6-2, 180 * senior

A star in baseball and on offense (1,117 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns were both school records), Sweaney also had a huge impact on defense. He led the area with six interceptions.


Dominic Frasch, Garces

Utility * 5-10, 180 * junior

The speedy Frasch ran 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and used it everywhere, from defense (34 tackles, four pass deflections, interception, blocked kick) to special teams (two return TDs) to offense (381 receiving yards, 455 rushing yards, 9 total TDs).


Micah Mitchell, West

Utility * 5-9, 156 * senior

A speedy free safety by trade, Mitchell did a little bit of everything, rushing for four touchdowns, catching four TD pass, making an interception and 69 tackles and anchoring the Vikings' solid pass defense.


Brian Millan, West

P * 5-8, 155 * senior

Had 13 touchbacks in 16 kickoffs and landed nearly half of his punts inside the 20-yard line. Continually put opponents in bad field position, giving Vikings defense a boost.


Second-team offense

QB: Reagan Enger, Centennial (6-2, 215, sr)

RB: Sheldon Croney, Garces (6-0, 190, jr)

RB: Corbin Jountti, Liberty (6-0, 205, sr)

OL: Jarred Dorton, North (6-7, 325, jr)

OL: Andrew Garber, Tehachapi (6-1, 220, sr)

OL: Alex Marquez, Bakersfield (6-1, 270, sr)

OL: Nick Saldana, Wasco (6-3, 305, sr)

OL: Christian Sanders, Garces (6-2, 240, sr)

OL: Josh Stretz, Frontier (6-1, 230, sr)

WR: Tevin Beasley, East (6-4, 195, sr)

WR: Andrew Daughtery, Centennial (6-2, 187, sr)

Util: Justin Cash, Frontier (5-9, 170, sr)

Util: Stanley Dubard, West (5-9, 193, jr)

Util: Steven Gee, Taft (6-4, 180, sr)

Util: Jeremiah Reddick, Bakersfield (6-0, 190, jr)

Util: Jadrian Wiser, Boron (6-3, 200, jr)

K: Zack Sullivan, Liberty (5-9, 160, jr)


Second-team defense

DL: JoJo Hurtado, Liberty (6-1, 215, jr)

DL: Sean Medley, Wasco (5-8, 260, sr)

DL: Edgar Velasquez, South (6-2, 200, sr)

LB: Marcus Bruce, Bakersfield (5-11, 195, soph)

LB: Ty Curry, Tehachapi (5-9, 160, jr)

LB: Casper Lopez, Wasco (5-7, 155, jr)

LB: Patrick Marzette, West (6-0, 180, sr)

LB: Robert Watson, Ridgeview (6-1, 235, sr)

DB: Derrick Barton, Shafter (6-0, 155, sr)

DB: Hayden Kuchta, Bakersfield Christian (5-10, 180, jr)

DB: Christian Sinnott, Liberty (6-0, 165, sr)

DB: Jordan Wood, Arvin (6-0, 195, sr)

Util: Terrance Grinner, Wasco (5-11, 175, jr)

Util: Adam Huyck, Frontier (6-3, 225, sr)

Util: Delfino Romero, Stockdale (6-1, 210, sr)

P: Tyler Kempka, Frontier (5-11, 165, sr)


Honorable mention

Arvin: Tony Magana, Orlando Perez, Ramon Ramos

Bakersfield: Garrett Chikerrain, Dilan Littles, Jonathan Malone, Josh Nunez, Kenny Trueba

Bakersfield Christian: Josh Jackson, Jake Thompson

Boron: Troy Caillier, Austyn Fink, Domingo Gutierrez, Austin Russell

Burroughs: Alex Beecroft, Jackson French, Tyrone Jones

Centennial: Jack Harding, A.J. Lucken, Khaliel Shegog

Chavez: Jose Cervantes

Delano: Pedro Aguirre, Jorge Gutierrez, Bryon Perez, Daniel Quiroz

Desert: Marcelo Alvarez, Brandon Valdez

East: Brady Wylie

Foothill: Brandon Fanning, Brandon Palafox

Frazier Mountain: Kevin Enciso, Casey Holcomb

Frontier: Troy Banks, Matt Bushnell, Evan Moore, Mitchell Rocha

Garces: Brenden Acosta, Jack Anspach, Connor Carlovsky, David Grimm, Chris Hernandez, Cameron Pacheco, Reed Robertson

Golden Valley: Michael Buckner, Demetric Fair, Brenden Rufus

Highland: Tre Ayers, Joe Singh

Independence: Derek Check, Khalil Ealy, Jonathan Moore, Michael Pimentel

Kern Valley: Dalton Gallis, Cody Little, Brandon Vittoria

Liberty: Kenny Davis, Derek Frost, Anthony Mariscal, Justin Nieto, Chris Soriano, Devin Stevenson, Justin Vancuren, Adrian Vasquez

Mira Monte: J.C. Brown, Angel Cortez, Isaiah Gonzales

Northwest Christian: Anthony Balaity, Michael Pope

Ridgeview: Preveon Alexander, Shaquan Baines, Mykeil Clayton, Tevin Keeton, William Robertson, Gabriel Rosas

Shafter: Ted Bloemhof, Joseph Munoz

South: Jesse Belt, Tarrell Duke, Keith Evans, Demetrius Green, Dartanyon Harris, Armando Rea

Stockdale: Xavier Chisolm, Dean McBride, Will Sheldon, Carver Tippitt, Anthony Wood

Taft: Eric Bailey, Vaughn Richardson, Josh Tiger

Tehachapi: Joseph Blewett, Steven Cross, Kieffe Fincher, Ryan Flick, Angel Garcia, Jorge Garcia, Bobby Howell, Dakota Medovitch

Wasco: Jose Robledo, Steven Rubio, Kyle Wedel

West: Willie Kelley, Geoff Kindall, David Ross

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