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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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