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
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
Sean Murphy, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Kerati Apilakvanichakit, senior, Balboa
Quincy Nelson, senior, Galileo
Valentino Miles, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
senior junior, St. Ignatius
A.J. Lewis, senior, Riordan
Rory O’Driscoll, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
LeVander Moore, senior, Washington
Nickolas Grass, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
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
Jacob Brisbane, senior, St. Ignatius
Christian Pulusian, senior, Balboa
Amine Houri, senior, Mission
Edgar Ulu, senior, Marshall
John Murphy, senior, St. Ignatius
David Pan, senior, Balboa
E.J. Sliva, senior, St. Ignatius
Kyle Church, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Waynelle Buckner, senior, Galileo
Albert Waters, sophomore, St. Ignatius
Lazar Gubeladze, senior, Lincoln
Jeremy Jetton, senior, Washington
Zac Shuller, senior, St. Ignatius
Will McKee, junior, St. Ignatius
SanFranPreps.com Second Team All-City
Jonathan Lu, senior, Galileo
Marcus Blacksher, senior, Marshall
Greg Warren, senior, Balboa
Devonta Gaines, senior, Mission
Joseph Satale, senior, Burton
Alec Tatum, senior, Mission
Andres Arellano, senior, Balboa
Colin Luu, junior, Lincoln
Erik Wilson, senior, Galileo
Drew Jackson, junior, Riordan
Kevin Liu, senior, Washington
Chris Crowley, junior, St. Ignatius
Stephen Sabagquit, senior, Riordan
Anson Jiang, senior, Washington
Luis Sarabia, senior, Riordan
Xavier Russo, senior, St. Ignatius
Max Malloy, senior, Galileo
Devon White, junior, Washington
Mane Fale, sophomore, Mission
Marcus Galang-Wilson, senior, Riordan
Harry Libarle, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
William Kay, senior, Galileo
Gary Moore, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Richard Allen, senior, Marshall
Will McKee, junior, St. Ignatius
Zachary Tapel, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sean Kately, senior, Balboa
Adam Badi, junior, Washington
SanFranPreps.com Honorable Mention
Ismael Orozco, junior, Riordan
Aram Gevandian, senior, Washington
Galen Hall, senior, Washington
Lajarie Mabrey, junior, Washington
Young Ene, senior, Galileo
Alex Asdourian, junior, Stuart Hall
Edgardo Palacios, senior, Burton
Jeivon Parker, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Trejon Bolden, senior, Riordan
Matthew Dabit, junior, Balboa
Jose Cestoni, senior, Lincoln
Jonathon Zhang, senior, Washington
Michael Theodorides, senior, Lowell
Joshua Kidd, senior, Washington
Jaleel Stancil, senior, Mission
Jordan Medina, senior, Riordan
Algeron Malbrough, senior, Mission
Douglas Snoddy, sophomore, Lincoln
Lochlein Sekona, senior, Burton
Will Dillingham, senior, Stuart Hall
Darius Grays, junior, Mission
Travis Price-Moku, senior, Mission
Wesley Choy, senior, Galileo
Chris Jackson, senior, Washington
Eric Sutton, senior, Balboa
LaBoyd Ricard, junior, Stuart Hall
Dumar Afalava, senior, Burton
Abraham Musalam, senior, Balboa