Player of the Week: Valentino Miles

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By Jeremy Balan Player of the Week: Valentino Miles, junior running back, Sacred Heart Cathedral football

Valentino Miles drags a Riordan defender en route to a touchdown on Friday at Kezar Stadium. (Photo by Tawnya Gray)

Sacred Heart Cathedral junior running back Valentino Miles let it be known quickly that there would be no Riordan upset on Friday at Kezar Stadium.

Miles scored on the Irish’s first two offensive plays from scrimmage on touchdown runs from 10 and 58 yards out, and nearly scored on the Irish’s third play on an 84-yard scamper that ended at the Riordan 1-yard line.

He would finish with an astounding 296 yards and five rushing touchdowns on just nine carries, all in the first half, to secure his second Player of the Week honor of the season.

“Valentino Miles is a hell of a football player. That’s a Division I football player there, no doubt,” said Riordan head coach Bryan Blake. “We’re going to see him on TV really soon.”

Miles was out with symptoms of a concussion in Sacred Heart’s loss to Bellarmine in the prior week and felt he had something to prove.

“I had a chip on my shoulder,” Miles said. “I didn’t play last week, so I had a lot to make up for.”

Honorable Mention: Quincy Nelson, senior running back, Galileo football

Nelson had his second 300-yard game of the season in Galileo’s 40-12 win over Marshall on Friday.

The senior ran for 371 yards and five touchdowns on 38 carries and remains the favorite to win AAA player of the year and player of the year.

Honorable Mention: Michellie McDonald-O’Brien, junior middle blocker, St. Ignatius girls volleyball

St. Ignatius junior middle blocker Michellie McDonald-O’Brien tips the ball over Sacred Heart Cathedral blockers on Thursday at Sacred Heart Cathedral. (Photo by Devin Chen)

McDonald-O’Brien led the Wildcats to a thrilling five-game win over rival Sacred Heart Cathedral on Thursday.

The junior, who finished the match with 17 kills and four blocks, had a hand in each of the team’s first four points in the deciding fifth game.

“We were playing not to lose after the first couple games,” said McDonald-O’Brien. “But there was no way we were going to walk out of here with a loss.”

Honorable Mention: Jamie McHenry, junior running back/defensive back, Washington football

Washington running back Jamie McHenry cuts across the Burton defense on Saturday at Washington High School. (Photo by Denise Chiang)

McHenry led a first-quarter Washington surge against Burton on Saturday with 82 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and also had two interceptions as a defensive back.

Honorable Mention: Davon Hargraves, junior quarterback, Mission football

While the Bears’ usually dependable running game struggled against Lincoln, Hargraves went to the air, throwing for 144 yards and three touchdowns on 5-of-11 passing.

“My guys just did a good job of getting open,” Hargraves said. “It wasn’t hard for me to do my job and find them.”

Additional reporting by Graham Henderson and Ernest Stone

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  1. IC Stars says:

    They need to double the lights at Kezar. There was so much fog, I could only see the lights reflecting on the Riordan band’s tubas.

    Miles could have set some hard-to-reach rushing records had he stayed in the game but it’s obvious why he sat-out the second half.

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