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By Jeremy Balan
SanFranPreps.com Player of the Week: Valentino Miles, junior running back, Sacred Heart Cathedral football
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 SanFranPreps.com player of the year.
Honorable Mention: Michellie McDonald-O’Brien, junior middle blocker, St. Ignatius girls volleyball
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
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