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RB: Emmanuel Ortega, Soledad
RB: Anthony Villegas, Palma
RB: DeMarcus Hawkins, Seaside
RB: Ritchie Cerda, Salinas
QB: Brett Reade, Salinas
WR: Angel Olivas, Soledad
WR: Rashaan Ward, Carmel
WR: Jeff Weimer, Salinas
TE/WR: Clay Barbree, King City
Utility: Andrew Marquez, Alisal
OL: Kefu Leander, Marina
OL: Cody Gentry, Salinas
OL: Isaac Duenas, Alisal
OL: Mike Lizaola, Palma
OL: Monu Tuivailala, Seaside
The rest of the best on offense for the Herald’s All-County football team:
Emmanuel Ortega, Soledad >> Despite missing three games with a shoulder injury, Ortega still rushed for over 1,000 yards for the second straight season for the Mission Trail Athletic League’s Mission Division champions.
The school’s all-time leading rusher racked up 1,283 yards and 11 touchdowns for Soledad, giving him 4,020 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns for his career. He also had more than 100 receiving yards last fall.
Anthony Villegas, Palma >> Already Palma’s single-game record holder with 327 rushing yards against Seaside, the sophomore finished with 1,652 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Villegas rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his last six games, averaging 175 yards a game. Palma was 6-1 when he rushed for over 100 yards, 1-4 when he didn’t.
DeMarcus Hawkins, Seaside >> The only individual named to both the offensive and defensive teams, Hawkins rushed for 1,453 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Spartans.
The 225-pound tailback hit holes quickly, often carrying defenders with him, averaging over nine yards each time he touched the ball. Hawkins also had 150 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Ritchie Cerda, Salinas >> When he wasn’t making plays on defense, Cerda was pounding yards on the ground, rushing for nearly 800 yards and 11 touchdowns for Salinas.
The senior running back had his biggest touchdowns for the Central Coast Section Open Division I champions in their biggest games, scoring four in the postseason.
Angel Olivas, Soledad >> Regarded as a shutdown defensive back, Olivas made a name for himself on the offensive side, catching 40 passes for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Where Olivas did the most damage was after the catch. The senior averaged 22 yards a reception. Soledad was 8-1 when he caught a touchdown pass. He also had two picks on defense.
Rashaan Ward, Carmel >> A quarter of his 40 receptions went for touchdowns this year for the Padres, as Ward piled up 640 receiving yards.
The MTAL_M Back of the Year, the fleet junior receiver led the Padres in scoring, catching 10 touchdown passes, rushing for two and returning a kickoff for a touchdown.
Jeff Weimer, Salinas >> No one had better hands than the 6-foot-2 Weimer, who had 56 catches for 798 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Sidelined the first three games with an injury, the senior looked like he was making up for lost time with clutch catches. When Weimer wasn’t beating opponents downfield, he was out-leaping them for catches.
Clay Barbree, King City >> The MTAL-M co-Defensive Player of the Year, the senior is a repeat selection on the All-County offensive team.
Barbree caught 36 passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 318 yards and six scores, compiling 1,068 all-purpose yards. He also had 15.5 sacks and a pick six.
Andrew Marquez, Alisal >> Named to the All-County team as a utility player, Marquez was the Monterey Bay League’s Pacific Division Player of the Year.
The senior ran and threw for a combined 24 touchdowns, compiling over 1,200 rushing yards and 800 passing yards in taking the Trojans to their first-ever playoff win.
Kefu Leander, Marina >> The first player ever from Marina to be named to the All-County team, the 305-pound sophomore lineman was a beast in the trenches.
Leander ignited a second half surge for the Mariners, opening big holes for a ground game that averaged over 200 yards a game during a school-record four-game win streak.
Cody Gentry, Salinas >> The Cowboys didn’t chalk up over 5,000 offensive yards by accident. Help came on a front line anchored by Gentry.
The MBL Gabilan Division’s co-Offensive Linemen of the Year, Gentry opened holes for an explosive ground game and was outstanding in pass protection for the league champions.
Isaac Duenas, Alisal >> The heart of the Trojans’ offensive line, the MBL-P Linemen of the Year used his physicality to punish defenders.
Just a junior, Duenas created holes for the ground game, relying on technique, quickness, vision and strength.
Mike Lizaola, Palma >> It’s not a coincidence that the Chieftains ground game got going running behind the junior lineman.
Named to the MBL-G first team, Lizaola opened holes for the running game and helped keep the quarterback upright during the Chieftains’ run to the postseason.
Monu Tuivailala, Seaside >> A physical presence at 325 pounds, the senior displayed quick feet in pulling on runs, getting down field to get another lick in on a defender.
Few defenders got past Tuivailala when the Spartans were passing the ball as he was a brick house layered in red and black.
— John Devine.