Football: SanFranPreps.com All-City Team

Top row: (from left) Galileo senior Quincy Nelson, Burton senior David Manumua, Balboa senior Kerati Apilakvanichakit and Sacred Heart Cathedral junior Valentino Miles. Middle: (clockwise from left) Sacred Heart senior Rory O'Driscoll, Sacred Heart senior Sean Murphy, Lincoln senior Lazare Gubeladze, and Riordan senior A.J. Lewis, St. Ignatius senior Zac Shuller and Washington senior Jeremy Jetton. Bottom row: (from left) Galileo senior Waynelle Buckner, St. Ignatius senior Jacob Brisbane, Balboa senior Christian Pulusian and Washington senior LeVander Moore. (Photos by AJ Canaria, Doug Ko, Tawnya Gray and Devin Chen. Photo Illustration by Josh Jalil)

In what will likely be our last football post for a while, we’ve selected the best of the best San Francisco high school football players. Listed below the story are all of the first and second team selections, along with honorable mentions. Feel free to make your own selections and discuss ours in the comment section.

By Jeremy Balan

For many teams across the San Francisco high school football landscape, things didn’t always go as planned, but there was no lack of talented athletes in The City this season.

Selecting the best players by mixing the three West Catholic Athletic League teams with the eight Academic Athletic Association teams was hard enough. Then throw in a plucky Stuart Hall squad playing in it’s first eight-man football season, and you have a full-on melee.

Still, we’ll take our top team in a matchup against any other city in the state.

One thing San Francisco teams have never been short on is quality running backs, and 2010 was no exception.

Our first-team selections are Galileo’s Quincy Nelson and Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Valentino Miles, but even St. Ignatius’ top two runners, Jacob Brisbane and Zac Shuller, made the first team at other positions, as did Washington’s Jeremy Jetton and Lincoln’s Lazare Gubeladze.

The logjam at running back took many victims, but did not diminish the performances of second-team members in Balboa’s Greg Warren and Mission’s Devonta Gaines, along with honorable-mention picks in Washington’s Galen Hall and Lajarie Mabrey.

Both Nelson and Miles only played in eight games this season due to injury, but what put them over the edge was their game-changing impact when they did play.

Nelson, who missed the end of the season with a knee injury, still led the AAA with 1,602 yards and finished second in touchdowns (21). He also had two 300-yard rushing performances, including one against AAA finalist Balboa.

Miles similarly finished second in the WCAL in rushing yardage (1,225) and third in TDs (16).

While city schools are known for dynamic backs, there were plenty of yards doled out through the air this season, and first-team quarterbacks Sean Murphy (Sacred Heart, 1,543 yards passing) and Kerati Apilakvanichakit (Balboa, 2,255 yards passing) both put up gaudy stats.

On the defensive side, Brisbane, Mission’s Amine Houri and Balboa’s Christian Pulusian head a stacked group of linebackers on the first team that pushed a lot of talent into the second-team and
honorable-mention categories.

Stuart Hall even made some inroads into the honorable mentions with three selections, including dynamic junior LaBoyd Ricard, who started at quarterback, defensive back and returned punts and kicks for the Knights in their inaugural season.

While the player selections were tough, there was one obvious choice for Coach of the Year.

After a season in which the team folded after three games, first-year coach Joe Albano took over the Mission program and led it to an undefeated league season and its first regular-season title since 1977.

Coach of the Year
Joe Albano, Mission

SanFranPreps.com First Team All-City

Quarterbacks
Sean Murphy, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Kerati Apilakvanichakit, senior, Balboa

Running backs
Quincy Nelson, senior, Galileo
Valentino Miles, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Fullback
Dominic Truoccolo, senior junior, St. Ignatius

Wide receivers
A.J. Lewis, senior, Riordan
Rory O’Driscoll, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Tight ends
LeVander Moore, senior, Washington
Nickolas Grass, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Offensive line
Houston Ford, senior, St. Ignatius
Joseph Keightley, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
David Manumua, senior, Burton
Alfred Siniora, senior, St. Ignatius
Dan Stornaiuolo, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Linebackers
Jacob Brisbane, senior, St. Ignatius
Christian Pulusian, senior, Balboa
Amine Houri, senior, Mission

Defensive line
Edgar Ulu, senior, Marshall
John Murphy, senior, St. Ignatius
David Pan, senior, Balboa
E.J. Sliva, senior, St. Ignatius

Defensive backs
Kyle Church, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Waynelle Buckner, senior, Galileo
Albert Waters, sophomore, St. Ignatius
Lazar Gubeladze, senior, Lincoln

Athlete/all-around
Jeremy Jetton, senior, Washington
Zac Shuller, senior, St. Ignatius

Kicker/Punter
Will McKee, junior, St. Ignatius

SanFranPreps.com Second Team All-City

Quarterbacks
Jonathan Lu, senior, Galileo
Marcus Blacksher, senior, Marshall

Running backs
Greg Warren, senior, Balboa
Devonta Gaines, senior, Mission

Fullback
Joseph Satale, senior, Burton

Wide receivers
Alec Tatum, senior, Mission
Andres Arellano, senior, Balboa

Tight ends
Colin Luu, junior, Lincoln
Erik Wilson, senior, Galileo

Offensive line
Drew Jackson, junior, Riordan
Kevin Liu, senior, Washington
Chris Crowley, junior, St. Ignatius
Stephen Sabagquit, senior, Riordan
Anson Jiang, senior, Washington

Linebackers
Luis Sarabia, senior, Riordan
Xavier Russo, senior, St. Ignatius
Max Malloy, senior, Galileo

Defensive line
Devon White, junior, Washington
Mane Fale, sophomore, Mission
Marcus Galang-Wilson, senior, Riordan
Harry Libarle, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Defensive backs
William Kay, senior, Galileo
Gary Moore, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Richard Allen, senior, Marshall
Will McKee, junior, St. Ignatius

Athlete/all-around
Zachary Tapel, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sean Kately, senior, Balboa

Kicker/Punter
Adam Badi, junior, Washington

SanFranPreps.com Honorable Mention

Quarterbacks
Ismael Orozco, junior, Riordan
Aram Gevandian, senior, Washington

Running backs
Galen Hall, senior, Washington
Lajarie Mabrey, junior, Washington

Fullback
Young Ene, senior, Galileo

Tight ends
Alex Asdourian, junior, Stuart Hall
Edgardo Palacios, senior, Burton

Wide receivers
Jeivon Parker, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Trejon Bolden, senior, Riordan

Offensive line
Matthew Dabit, junior, Balboa
Jose Cestoni, senior, Lincoln
Jonathon Zhang, senior, Washington
Michael Theodorides, senior, Lowell
Joshua Kidd, senior, Washington

Linebackers
Jaleel Stancil, senior, Mission
Jordan Medina, senior, Riordan
Algeron Malbrough, senior, Mission

Defensive line
Douglas Snoddy, sophomore, Lincoln
Lochlein Sekona, senior, Burton
Will Dillingham, senior, Stuart Hall
Darius Grays, junior, Mission

Defensive backs
Travis Price-Moku, senior, Mission
Wesley Choy, senior, Galileo
Chris Jackson, senior, Washington
Eric Sutton, senior, Balboa

Athlete/all-around
LaBoyd Ricard, junior, Stuart Hall
Dumar Afalava, senior, Burton

Kicker/Punter
Abraham Musalam, senior, Balboa

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38 Comments

  1. SprideF says:

    I’m all for the SF spirit, and seeing as I grew up, went to high school in, and currently live in SF there can be no question that I support SF athletics. But when I read the line, “Still, we’ll take our top team in a matchup against any other city in the state,” I almost choked. I would not take this group over some Bay Area teams. The AAA is pretty weak and even an all star team of this group, plus those of the WCAL could not be the top WCAL teams, or Palo Alto. SH lost to Valley Christian 45-28, while SI lost to them 56-20. I doubt a handful of AAA players would make a difference. And let us not forget teams like De La Salle, or Mater Dei who would probably have a feast day playing against this team. I’m not saying there are not talented athletes that could compete for PT on these teams, but to get a whole team of these is not possible, when gathering from the city. Watch this video if you question me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5sk_-EvhNg. Again I’m a huge SF supporter but to say an All Star Team of SF players could beat any other team is simply not true.
    And if you’re going to say, ” We said they could beat any city not any team.” You’ll be without many SI and SH players who don’t live in the city. So there goes your top players.

    • jbalan says:

      The reference was to our top team, if it were playing as a team, against any other potential all-city teams of any other city in the state. Not team against team or school against school, but our top all-city team against any other group of players from another city.

  2. benny huang says:

    do you watch film of the teams to post this? or do you post this due to what coaches say and how successful the teams are?

  3. benny huang says:

    if you did watch film, why would you include a balboa linemen? did you not watch Karate get pressured almost EVERY single play this year? half of them just bloody jog for crying out loud

  4. (the smelly cucumber) Billy Bob "Bubba" Thorton says:

    u guys are doin a great job and being a old fart lik i am, i watch a lot of these yungsters throw the good ol’ pigskin

    this list is pretty well made
    i have seen a lot of these guys play this year

    I see one Mistake tho, I’m pretty sure dom truccolo is a junior at SI not a senior, but other than that a good job
    MR. Prep Team

  5. Pablo says:

    Great Job, considering the fact that we have such a small amount of POP Warner teams here in the City. It’s amazing how well our teams can perfom, think about it, most of the Guy’s that suite up to play as Freshmen have never played Football before and they spend the 1st couple of years just learning the basics of the game. Compare that with teams from the East Bay or Peninsula, the kids are playing Football from a early age. Bring on a couple of POP Warner Teams to the West Side of the City that can act as feeder teams to all our local High Schools. Personally my 2 older sons went through the Pacifica Tiger-Sharks POP Warner program, which is a feeder for Tera Nova, it’s about time all our High Schools put aside their differences and got together to help fund a few more local POP Warner programs.

  6. chris jackson #2 (WASH) says:

    Ayyy soo dey got me unda Honorable Mention das Mainey Not evn 2nd Na but its gud gudluk err body owt there an das wassup 4 maken All-City……..

  7. bal says:

    @benny huang, you seem to know so much..did you know that pretty much all of bal’s o-linemen got injured at one point? two of them were out the whole season, other times there would be subs, and even resorted to putting skill players on the line. also, if you followed san francisco high school sports, you would know it’s not spelled “karate”. this is a good list, good job san fran preps, and thank you for all of your articles this past season.

  8. SprideF says:

    @jbalan i understand that. but im saying, first of all you’d loose probably 3/4ths of your SI/SH players who make up a good portion of your roster, because they don’t live in the city. And if you say they play in the city, you could just say’d they’d loose to a Concord team which would be made up of primarily DLS players. So either we would loose our best players or we would just get beat by a Concord team.
    Also if you’ve watched SH play they are not a team that throws the ball very well. Neither of the QB’s would be very good, because the city just doesn’t have good QB’s right now. Other cities can. SI, SH, Riordan and all the AAA schools run the ball, and occasionally thrown in a pass to keep the defense honest.
    So I’m still confused on how you can say SF all stars would beat any other CA city. They couldn’t beat most Bay Area cities.

    • jbalan says:

      I guess I just disagree… I actually think Murphy is a very good quarterback…

      And I mean the kids who play at San Francisco schools, not necessarily residents…

      While it’s true that the AAA doesn’t have much depth and the City WCAL schools have been down lately, at the top (the “cream” as the Examiner put it) I think the first team would hang with any other City in the state…

      • IC Stars says:

        Murphy was a good quarterback. He made some great passes during the Terra Nova game. Jack Harrington is good too. He’ll be this coming season’s starter.

  9. benny huang says:

    @bal. so what if they were all injured at one point? wouldn’t you think other team’s linemen were also hurt at one point? And even when they resulted to skills as an o-line how about you tell them to suck it up. Skills also have to block. And when i look at tape they don’t even try to block the opposing teams d-line. BTW i played this year as a galileo linemen. im not vouching myself on the list however i believe other then Bal’s center, there shouldn’t be another o-line from bal on the list.

  10. benny huang says:

    actually scratch my two comments. i was being rude and disrespectful. Since this is an opinion i shouldn’t complain about it. anyways sorry and peace out.

  11. Manifest Destiny says:

    YOU GUYS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THIS WEB SITE AND I COMMEND YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THE ATHLETES AND COACHES.
    I WILL RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH YOU ON ONE POINT. PLAYERS FROM THE WCAL SCHOOLS CANNOT BE AWARDED THE TITLE OF ALL CITY. THE CITY WCAL SCHOOLS ARE ABLE TO DRAW ATHLETES WHO RESIDE ACROSS THE BRIDGE OR ON THE PENINSULA.
    ST. IGNATIUS HAD TO DROP OUT OF THE “CITY LEAGUE” AAA PRIOR TO THE 1967 SEASON BECAUSE ATHLETES FROM THE PENINSULA WERE ON THEIR TEAMS. THIS WAS DEEMED UNFAIR IN AAA COMPETITION. TODAY 80 PERCENT PLUS OF THE ATHLETES AT ST. IGNATIUS ARE NON CITY RESIDENTS FROM THE PENINSULA OR MARIN. ST. IGNATIUS HAS DECARED THAT THEY ARE A “BAY AREA SCHOOL.” CHECK THE FACTS! ALL STUDENTS AND ATHLETES IN THE AAA ARE CITY RESIDENTS WITH A MINISCULE EXCEPTION OF THOSE ON HARDSHIP TRANSFERS. I KNOW THAT SOME OF THE WCAL ATHLETES ON THE LIST ARE CITY KIDS BUT WE MUST HAVE CONSISTENCY. FIVE OUT OF EIGHT OF THE WCAL SCHOOLS ARE FROM OUT OF THE CITY.
    MANY FAMILIES MAKING A SACRIFICE TO STAY IN THE CITY AND RAISE THEIR CHILDREN HERE HAVE NOTHING LEFT BUT THE PROUD FACT THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE SAN FRANCISCANS. PLEASE DO NOT CONFER THE TITLE OF “ALL CITY” ON ATHLETES WHO DO NOT LIVE HERE. IT IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THE AAA ATHLETE WHO HAS TO TAKE MUNI TO SCHOOL AND DID NOT MAKE THE LIST IN FAVOR OF A WCAL ATHLETE.

  12. David Pan says:

    Thanks Benny, i appreciate the compliment (im the center) but trust me when i say that you have no right to judge my offensive line. Even if you apologized, I find it ludacris that you can tell us to “suck it up”, Im not going to put you on blast for anything but express your opinion in another way besides obviously putting down others. Kerati put up some big yards in his first and last year starting, i can safely say that everyone including matt dabit the right tackle, kevin nguyen the right guard, sherman chu the left guard, and david lantow the left tackle played a big part in it. Im not saying we did good this year, but we did our best. I appreciate the apology though.
    Thanks SanFranPreps for the first team selection, you guys really give some spotlight to people who’ve never thought they’d be recongized for anything, cant wait to hear from you guys next football season.

  13. David Pan says:

    @benny huang

    sorry i forgot one thing, theres only 1 balboa linemen that made it on honorable mention so what are you talking about?

  14. Joshua Levine says:

    I think that this list of players is very complete and describes all of the teams very well. While covering football I mostly covered the AAA schools, but I follow the other teams as well and I think there was great balance of both leagues. Like Jeremy, I would take SF Football over many cities. It was a great season for all and I hope you all come back next year and give us a great show again! Also, thanks to everyone who appreciates the coverage http://www.sanfranpreps.com has given you. I feel honored to be a part of this, and seeing all of the positive comments and appreciation makes me love what I do.

  15. Pablo says:

    I disagree with a previous comment, my son made the team and he is a student at SHCP, born and raised here in the Great City of SF, Let me go a step further, let me run through the WCAL players that made 1st team, S.Murphy, T.Miles ,N. Grass ,R. O’Driscoll J. Keightley, D. Stornaiuolo all SHCP all grew up and went to grammer school in SF. The Great EJ Silvia (son of basketball legend Eddie) J Murphy, H. Ford all SI went to grammer school and grew up here in the City. AJ Lewis Riordan a City kid.The other kids at SI I dont know about but surely the earlier person spoke without knowing the real “facts” about where these kids are from. SHCP is a “City” School make no mistake about it.
    Go Irish.

    • jbalan says:

      All of this talk of “City kids” really shouldn’t matter… We cover San Francisco high schools and the players who attend them, not just “City kids”… This team reflects students who go to schools in San Francisco… I really don’t understand why this is even a point of contention…

  16. The Real Deal says:

    This list is a joke. First of all, for a “First Team”, there should only be ONE TEAM. So why are there two QBs and two halfbacks listed? I don’t see two halfbacks and QBs standing on a field at the same time.

    Plus I know you want to show public schools some love, but the WCAL outclasses the AAA in every single way possible. The stepchildren of the WCAL would easily run the table in the San Francisco Section. The two sections shouldn’t even be compared. This can easily be seen with the case of Valentino Miles. He bolted from Balboa to play in a better league.

  17. Tonebucs says:

    @ Jeremy & Joshua,
    Keep up the good work. SF Preps is doing a great job. Your indepth coverage of SF schools has been missing for a long time. The Chronicle and the Examiner, used to do a better job. No disrespect to Phil Wong. Back in the ’70’s, the Progress did a great job, even if they could never spell my name right. (Sorry for going “Al Bundy”.) SF Preps has people talking. So, you must be doing something right. One more thing, can you add spell check to the comments section?

    @ David Pan,
    Great job. You guys had a good season. Now it’s time to enjoy what you’ve accomplished. In sports and life, people will always say things, good & bad. Focus on the positive. I did like the way you stuck up for your fellow teammates.

    @ The AAA & WCAL thing,
    It comes down to coaching, heart, talent, and economics. Nothing else.

    @The All-City Players,
    Congratulations!! Not everyone gets to be in your shoes, and no one can ever take that from you. Be proud of what you’ve done.

  18. Joshua Levine says:

    @Tonebucs: It is people like you that make me love working for SF Preps. Thank you for your continued readership and positive comments. I’m glad you enjoy our work and it’s amazing to hear that people talk about SF Preps. I remember when this first got started by Jeremy and I was working at a couple events, no one knew who I was or what SF Preps was. In fact, everyone thought I was from Max Preps. But now Jeremy has turned SF Preps into something big and props to him for all that he has done.

    P.S. Spell check is necessary but it’s not my call if it happens. I’m right with you on using it though. :)

  19. #69 says:

    They played ma bra Robert Davis from Lincoln High… Even thought we didn’t win a game this season he should of made first or second team

  20. SprideF says:

    The WCAL/AAA thing also comes down to discipline. At SI, SH , and Riordan the players respect to, and listen to their coaches. The athletes know that if they don’t listen they won’t play. Meanwhile at AAA schools the same discipline is not in place.

  21. Tonebucs says:

    @SprideF
    Great point. But, isn’t that part of good coaching?
    At the AAA games I attended, I didn’t see any disipline problems.
    I played for a AAA team, and we didn’t have any discipline issues. Our coach was Archie Chagonjian. We seemed to do alright. We only lost 2 games in 2 years. But, you are correct. We also, had to abide by those same rules. All schools should. It’s part of the formula to succeed, on and off the field.

  22. Manifest Destiny says:

    Pablo , I agree with your information in regards to SHCP and Riordan. I am aware of many of the kids on the list and truly support high school football players., I still say that the All City is reserved for the AAA!

  23. Observer says:

    @Manifest Destiny

    I’m not sure you know what the word “All” means

  24. Manifest Destiny says:

    My facts are correct in respect to what I wrote. I wish that they were incorrect! I did some research. SHCP and Riordan also have some of the the same issues in regards to student athletes and City residency.
    I will certainly let the argument rest and congratulate ALL of the athletes on the ALL City list. As I said I support high school football in San Francisco with a passion. I am sure that we ALL share the same enthusiasm. This is not the proper forum for a discussion on changing City demographics or an avenue to attack any school and I regret opening up such a dialogue. It is my hope that ALL kids growing up in the City will have the opportunity to enjoy playing the game of contact tackle football. As a SFPAL and CITY WCAL football alum I would like to say that we must continue the tradition of great football players coming out of the City WCAL schools and the AAA. See you next season.

  25. Hank says:

    Just a note regarding the kids at SI living in the city … I’m pretty sure ALL of them have lived in the city their whole lives, except 1 or 2. And ALL live in the city now except 1 – so get your facts straight. Now if it was lacross – most of the teams are made up of Marin kids and penninsula kids.
    As for keeping the tradition – E.J. Silivia’s Dad Eddy played for S.I. in basketball and so did John Murphy’s dad, John, as the punter for S.I. (still holds the record for longest fieldgoal). St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart and Riordon are all about tradition in SF. They are just as much a part of the city as any other school.

    • IC Stars says:

      RE: “St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart and Riordon are all about tradition in SF. They are just as much a part of the city as any other school.”

      Right, Hank. Sacred Heart only started football out here that’s all.

  26. Pablo says:

    Manifest, are we to believe that you would take away the Honor bestowed on our fabulous Athlete’s of the past, from the old glory days at Riordan, SH,SI, many of the big basketball games played at the historic Kezar to the modern day battle’s played on the fields and courts of the City, all because of an obvious bias towards Catholic Schools?However I do agree with your point that an athlete playing any sport in SF, if he or she are to be honored with all City then “Yes” that student should be from the City. But please don’t imply that a kid whom has grown up playing sports on the different playgrounds,courts, gyms and fields of this City, who’s parents have paid a huge sacrifice to stay in, is “not” eligible for All City Honors in any sport.

    Pablo out,

    Merry Xmas to all, Please Please keep up the good work SF Prep’s we love your site.

  27. St. Stephen's Alum says:

    Congratulations to all the selections from St. Stephen’s grammar school who made all-city this year. Sean (Jake) Murphy, Rory O’Driscoll, E.J. Silvia, and John Joe Murphy. 4 out of a class of 15 boys isn’t too shabby. Think they won a few CYO championships? In the Bruce Mahoney game you could see up to 6 St. Stephen’s players on the field at once with the addition of SI’s Kerry Crowley and Joe Salvemini with a few others on the sidelines which is a remarkable number of contributors. St. Stephen is sure to be proud of these young men and the alumni who will make the all-city team in the future! Great work SF Preps!

  28. friscos finest says:

    i told the QB from marshall was good QB yall was hattin haha

  29. Black the Berry the sweeter the juice says:

    people need to stop complaining about City players vs. Outside the city players
    they chose to go to SF schools and we shud be happy for them because it increases the competitiveness and strength of our teams in our respective leagues

  30. Anonymous says:

    people should understand that all-city honors go to students who attend schools that are in the CITY!! it doesn’t matter where the kids backgrounds come from but since they made the decision to attend a school in the city why would you deny them this honor just because of where they live. if it was based on where they live why not call it only live in and play in the city honors?? who cares what league these kids play in, they all show up and put out the best they can which is what football is all about. being the best person you can be so let’s stop all of this dumb fighting over who plays where and who lives where and show respect for one another. and if you need an example look at the kid that played in both the AAA and the WCAL Tino MIles. he proved that it doesn’t matter where you play (even though the WCAL is a WAAAYY tougher league). he showed that a public school AAA runningback can come into a so called “tough league” and still kill. Props to all those who made all-city no matter where you from.

  31. IC Stars says:

    Sorry SPride, but this team could very well play with the best. The SHC – Valley Christian score was misleading as the Irish were without Valentino Miles and even if they didn’t beat them, the score would have been a lot closer.

    Anonymous said it best, who cares what league the players are in? “All-City” is just that.

  32. rondo says:

    What about Taylor Johns?

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