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By The Bakersfield Californian
2013 BVarsity All-Area Football Team
Player of the Year
Asauni Rufus * Bakersfield
QB * 6-0, 190 * senior
His transcendent season included more than 1,500 yards passing and rushing and seemed to get better as the year went on. It culminated with a winning touchdown against in the Southern Cal regional final against San Marcos-Mission Hills and 184 yards rushing in a state-championship victory against Loomis-Del Oro.
Offensive Player of the Year
Sheldon Croney * Garces
RB * 6-1, 215 * junior
Bruising running back picked up early scholarship offers from Colorado State and Boise State and a whole bunch of yards after contact. He finished with 2,377 yards and 28 touchdowns rushing and set school records for single-season, career touchdowns and single-season yardage and single-game yardage with 380 against Golden Valley.
Defensive Player of the Year
Grant Bouma * Bakersfield Christian
LB * 6-3, 220 * senior
He finished the year with 247 tackles, tied for second in the nation in MaxPreps' database. That included six games with at least 20 tackles and 18 takedowns in a D-IV state-championship loss to Modesto-Central Catholic. Bouma also had three interceptions.
Joseph Blewett, Tehachapi
OL/DL * 6-1, 215 * senior
Three-year starter on a Tehachapi offensive line that doesn't accept anything but excellence and this year paved the way for 3,414 rushing yards and another winning season.
Jarred Dorton * North
OL/DL * 6-7, 285 * senior
Once-mammoth right tackle shed some 30 pounds in the offseason and became a lean, mean blocking machine. His highlights are full of pancakes, and his mailbox is full of Mountain West-type recruiting letters.
Keith Evans * South
All-purpose * 6-1, 195 * senior
First-team all-SYL receiver excelled at the position, catching 26 passes for 539 yards (20.7 average) and 10 touchdowns, but he a lot of other things well, too, rushing for 344 yards (7.0 average), returning a punt for a touchdown and even throwing for a touchdown.
David Grimm * Garces
OL/DL * 6-3, 225 * senior
Agile lineman helped pave the way for Sheldon Croney and Garces' formidable running game. Grimm also snagged a key interception on defense and returned it for a touchdown in a win against Stockdale.
Ruben Guerra * Liberty
OL * 6-4, 278 * junior
The Patriots' best offensive lineman was first-team all-SWYL and helped block for one of the section's most balanced attacks. Liberty rushed for 2,260 yards and threw for 1,783 behind Guerra and Co.
Jack Harding * Centennial
OL/DL * 5-8, 245 * senior
In Kevin Sneed's first year at Centennial, he established a run-heavy veer offense that relied on linemen like Harding, who learned the system and cleared a path for more than 2,400 yards rushing at more than 7 yards per carry. First team all-SWYL.
Josh Jackson * Bakersfield Christian
WR/DB * 5-11, 155 * senior
Easily the area's leading receiver in every major category, Jackson finished with 66 catches for 1,458 yards and 17 touchdowns. He eclipsed 100 yards seven times, including the state-championship game.
Brandon Jones * Bakersfield Christian
QB * 6-2, 185 * junior
Jones transferred from Bakersfield High and only had the most prolific passing season in Central Section history. His 4,360 yards and 54 touchdowns passing were both section records, according to section historian Bob Barnett, and he did that while throwing only 10 interceptions in 429 attempts.
Dillon Littles * Bakersfield
OL * 6-3, 210 * senior
A former wide receiver, Littles made the odd jump to tackle and simply excelled, helping to move the Drillers' ball-carriers to the second level of the defense before they were touched in Bakersfield's lethal option offense.
Anthony Mariscal * Liberty
RB/DB * 6-0, 185 * junior
One of the area's top junior recruits, Mariscal ran for 1,089 yards (7.4 average) and 11 touchdowns against a difficult schedule. When a shoulder injury sequestered him to defense only in the Patriots' D-I quarterfinal against Clovis, the Liberty's offense struggled while he returned an interception for a touchdown on defense.
Richard Nourse * Shafter
WR/DB * 5-11, 165 * senior
One of three area receivers to eclipse 1,000 yards, Nourse also caught 10 touchdown passes and averaged 23.8 yards per catch. His biggest games came in back-to-back weeks: 263 yards and 5 touchdowns against Arvin, and 151 yards and two more scores against Chavez.
Josh Nunez * Bakersfield
OL * 5-10, 215 * senior
Another key cog in a small-but-agile Drillers' line that helped its offense gain more than 6,000 yards in 15 games. That included 4,489 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns on an average of 8.1 yards per carry.
Brandon Robinson * Centennial
RB/DB * 5-11, 180 * sophomore
A transfer from Independence, Robinson quickly felt at home in the Golden Hawks' backfield, rushing for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns (despite missing a game with injury) at a whopping 10.2 yards per carry.
Zac Sullivan * Liberty
K * 5-9, 178 * senior
He made 8 of 12 field goals, including a 49-yarder against Buchanan and two crucial kicks in a one-point win against Stockdale. An even bigger impact might have come on kickoffs, where Sullivan had 41 touchbacks on 60 tries.
Anthony Wood * Stockdale
RB/LB * 5-11, 190 * senior
The most explosive player on Stockdale's double-wing offense, Wood ran for 1,341 yards and 19 touchdowns, including four-touchdown games in back-to-back weeks against Buchanan and Independence. He was first-team all-SWYL.
George Borba * Garces
OL/LB * 5-11, 185 * senior
Man in the middle sparked the Rams' defensive turnaround, which helped the team reach the Division II section final for the third straight season. Borba was the leading tackler on a defense that allowed no more than 14 points in seven straight games late in the season.
Marcus Bruce * Bakersfield
RB/LB * 5-9, 190 * junior
The Drillers' defense includes six linebackers/linemen who dance around the line of scrimmage, and the best of them was Bruce, the SWYL's defensive co-MVP. He also rushed for 541 yards and 8 touchdowns as one of the Drillers' regular running backs.
David Carter * Tehachapi
RB/LB * 5-10, 205 * senior
Physical linebacker led a tough Warriors defense with 135 tackles. He also made two sacks and an interception and was first-team all-SEYL.
Mykeil Clayton * Ridgeview
RB/LB * 5-9, 225 * junior
The SYL's defensive MVP led a second-half Wolf Pack resurgence that ended with a third straight trip to the Division III section finals after upset victories against Washington Union and Porterville in the playoffs.
Ethan Cullifer * Stockdale
TE/LB * 5-10, 185 * junior
A sideline-to-sideline player who emerged to earn first-team SWYL honors. Cullifer had several games with double-digit tackles and finished the year with three sacks.
Dayton Diorio * Frontier
P * 6-3, 211 * senior
Diorio had a great leg -- his average of 37.5 yards per punt was second-best in the county -- but his real strength came in touch. Nine of his 25 punts landed inside the opponent's 20-yard line, helping the Titans flip field position regularly.
Demetrius Eaton * South
DL * 6-0, 275 * senior
The Rebels' big boy in the middle was credited with 13 tackles and 14 quarterback hurries, but what he did best was clog the middle of the opposing line. It helped South to a 7-0 start and the program's first league title since 1995.
Colton Foster * Frontier
OL/DL * 6-4, 285 * senior
Despite missing most of three games with recurring injuries, Foster, a Colorado State commit, made 48 tackles and 4.5 sacks and generally disrupted opposing offenses at the point of attack.
Dominic Frasch * Garces
WR/DB * 5-11, 180 * senior
One of Kern County's fastest players, Frasch had 887 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, and he returned a kickoff for another TD. His biggest impact, however, was as the SEYL's Defensive MVP. He often blanketed the opposing team's best receiver.
Kevin Hayes * Bakersfield
WR/DB * 6-4, 175 * senior
An Oregon State verbal commit, Hayes made multiple interceptions and excelled despite routinely drawing some of the section's and state's best receivers. He made an 89-yard pick-six in the state championship and also caught 24 passes for 416 yards on offense.
Joseph Hurtado * Liberty
OL/DL * 6-2, 231 * senior
The SWYL's defensive co-MVP was a game-changer on the line, recording 64 tackles, 8 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries against some of the best offenses in the Central Section. Helped Liberty to a 9-1 regular season and the No. 2 seed in the section Division I playoffs.
Jeremiah Reddick * Bakersfield
RB/LB * 6-0, 200 * senior
Another of the Drillers' two-way standouts, Reddick ran for 623 yards and 9 touchdowns and was an every-down defender on Bakersfield's aggressive defense.
Matt Smith * Bakersfield Christian
RB/DL * 6-1, 210 * junior
Was an easy first-team selection on offense or defense. Smith ran for 1,694 yards and 21 touchdowns but increased his presence on the defensive side of the ball even more, recording 86 tackles and 9 sacks as a menacing defensive end.
Derrick Vickers * Bakersfield
RB/WR/DB * 6-0, 190 * senior
Either Vickers or Hayes was the Drillers' fastest player, and Vickers used that speed to the tune of 674 yards rushing, 466 yards receiving and a tremendous season at safety that included the regional-clinching interception against Mission Hills.
QB: Dalton Gallis, Kern Valley (6-2, 165, jr)
QB: Josh Medina, Liberty (5-10, 170, sr)
RB: Stanley Dubard, West (5-9, 197, sr)
RB: Logan Lukenbill, Desert (5-7, 170, soph)
RB: Isaiah Sharp, Wasco (6-0, 212, jr)
WR: Zach Balfanz, Bakersfield Christian (5-8, 165, jr)
WR: Jack Lundy, Garces (6-0, 200, sr)
OL: Dyllan Guillermo, Bakersfield (5-10, 230, jr)
OL: Jestyn James, Ridgeview (6-0, 305)
OL: Josh Mantle, Bakersfield Christian (6-2, 235, jr)
OL: Jose Robledo, Wasco (5-11, 220, sr)
OL: Austin Villalobos, West (6-1, 262, sr)
Util: Xavier Chisholm, Stockdale (6-2, 190)
Util: Lameshio Hill, Bakersfield (5-10, 190, jr)
Util: Skylar Valencia, Tehachapi (5-9, 170, sr)
Util: Fondereaux Wilson, West (5-10, 164, sr)
K: Coleman Olivas, Bakersfield (5-10, 165, jr)
DL: Tyrel Eddington, East (6-4, 310, jr)
DL: Manny Flores, Garces (6-1, 300, jr)
DL: Johnathan Malone, Bakersfield (5-10, 190, sr)
DL: Jagmeet Sandhu, Ridgeview (6-2, 240, sr)
LB: Gabe Arteaga, Centennial (6-0, 210, sr)
LB: Thomas Blewett, Tehachapi (6-0, 180, soph)
LB: Hayden Kuchta, Bakersfield Christian (5-10, 180, sr)
LB: Casper Lopez, Wasco (5-7, 185, sr)
LB: Justin Nieto, Liberty (6-0, 195, sr)
DB: Keith Blank, Bakersfield Christian (5-10, 165, sr)
DB: Hanz Harker, Liberty (6-2, 166, sr)
DB: Stavros Katsntonis, Liberty (5-11, 158, jr)
DB: Devon Kelley, Stockdale (5-9, 175, sr)
DB: Chicho Martinez, Wasco (5-9, 185, sr)
Util: Preveon Alexander, Ridgeview (6-0, 200, jr)
Util: Brady Serda, Frontier (6-0, 163, soph)
Util: John Stanley, Highland (5-11, 170, sr)
P: Joey Cooper, Highland (5-10, 165)
Arvin: Derek Adams
Bakersfield: Daris Dallas, Desmond Stancil, Marcus Watkins
Bakersfield Christian: Austin Duffield, Donald Harris
Boron: D.J. Payne, Beau Sexton, Jadrian Wiser
Burroughs: Tyrone Jones, Ryan Sanford
California City: Antonio Day
Centennial: Andrew Aleman, Noah Frazier, Greg Gomez, Andrew Hansen
Chavez: Jose Fernandez, Eduardo Hernandez, Michael Nava
Delano: Jose Ayon, Brian Gorospe, Ivan Mendoza, Robert Rivera
Desert: Marcelo Alvarez, Scott Bonham, Chad Gleason, Matthew Moore, Matthew Steele
East: Devon Butler, Vinicio Herrera, Malik Nichols
Foothill: Demetrius Alexander
Frazier Mountain: Riley Daniels, Antonio Ryan
Frontier: Troy Banks, Evan Moore, Nick Santoro, Hector Sherman, Jasmit Thind, Caleb Thompson
Garces: Cameron Guirguis, Blake Logan, Jon-Michele Morris, Jake Pavletich, Jake Stuart
Golden Valley: Andrew Dean, Anthony Garcia, Jachi Harrell, Jessie Hodges, Marcus Silva
Highland: Eric Saavedra
Immanuel Christian: Quamonte Traylor
Independence: Michael Andrews, Chris Ellis, D.J. Reed, Jalen Summerville, Michael Walker, Jordan Wiley
Kern Valley: Zach Bushling, Zach Heffner, Cody Little, Shane Hawk, Brennen Medley, Mason Meyers
Liberty: Krys Barnes, Tyson Brewer, Joel Froehlich, Quincy Jountti, Ross Puskarich, Jacob Thomas
Mira Monte: Edgar Arellano, Anthony Peters
North: Walter Baker, David Reyes, Steven Twiss, Michael Zuniga
Northwest Christian: Deven Hillberg
Ridgeview: Shaquan Baines, Matt Leist, Jaccob Lopez, Ja'mar Moya, Daylen Warren, Lawrence White
Rosamond: Garett Rennie
Shafter: Miguel Aguilar, Arturo De Los Reyes, Kyle Millwee, Jay Miranda, Juan Verdugo
South: Johnnie Dirden, Brandon Fermin, Torrion Jones, Javier Medina
Stockdale: Andre Canepa, Maison Carey, David Claiborne, Corey Collins, Sam Ojeriakhi, Adarius Rowel
Taft: Jesse Hiracheta, Alonso Lara, Izaiah Woods
Tehachapi: Ty Curry, Micah Field, Dakota Medovitch, Gunther Murphy, Christian Terle
Wasco: JuJu Couch, Marcus Darden, Terrance Grinner, Oscar Rosette
West: Brandon Bustamante, Reid Murry, Terry Stephens, Tylor Williams