By Jeremy Balan
It’s hard to put into words just how important Valentino Miles was to the Sacred Heart Cathedral football team this season.
The best way to gauge Miles’ impact, however, was when he was not on the field. In the moments where Miles was not in the game, the Irish offense struggled mightily, but when he was in, the standout senior running back was electric.
Miles ran for a city-high 1,602 yards and had 18 touchdowns rushing, but was also the Irish’s leading receiver, with 514 yards and four touchdowns on 34 receptions. He amounted for more than 71 percent of Sacred Heart’s total rushing yardage and more than 58 percent of the Irish’s total yards from scrimmage.
Most of that production came in West Catholic Athletic League play, arguably the best football league in Northern California, and that’s why he’s the SanFranPreps.com City Player of the Year.
As much as Miles meant to the Irish offense, the All-City first team offense is dominated by St. Ignatius, mostly stemming from the strong left arm of junior quarterback Jack Stinn.
Stinn, a first-team selection himself, threw for a city-high 2,597 yards and 18 touchdowns.
His favorite targets were fellow first-team selections in wide receiver Mike Pia (851 yards and eight touchdowns on 45 receptions) and tight end Travis McDow (645 yards and four touchdowns on 41 receptions).
The St. Ignatius passing game flourished, but first-team fullback Dom Truoccolo may have been the most dynamic offensive player on the team.
After the Wildcats’ game against Mitty early in the season, opposing head coach Matt Haniger called Truoccolo “one of the best blocking fullbacks I’ve ever seen,” but when starting running back Kerry Crowley went down with an injury in the Central Coast Section playoffs, the senior moved to halfback.
Truoccolo ran for 316 yards in the Wildcats’ final two games, including 179 yards and a touchdown against Sacred Heart in the CCS Division III championship game.
The St. Ignatius offense garnered most of the first-team attention, but Sacred Heart was most present on the defensive side of the ball.
Irish senior linebackers John Morello and Viliami Uikilifi led a standout run-stop unit all season, while senior defensive backs Zach Tapel and Gino Ragusa limited the opposing passing game.
The first team is undoubtedly West Catholic Athletic League-heavy, but the Academic Athletic Association had its share of standout individuals.
Mission junior Mane Fale and senior Darius Grays led the AAA’s largest and most athletic line on both sides of the ball, while AAA Player of the Year Davon Hargraves led the Bears at quarterback and on defense at safety.
Many AAA standout players played both ways, most notably Galileo sophomore Ronzel Fox, who ran for 903 yards on just 121 carries, caught 19 passes for 377 yards and secured a team-high 108 tackles.
Mission head coach Joe Albano certainly had the players, but the fact that he ended a 57-year championship drought and completely turned around what was a dead program in just two years earns him City Coach of the Year for the second season in a row.
SanFranPreps.com All-City Team
Player of the Year
Valentino Miles, senior running back, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Coach of the Year
Joe Albano, Mission
Jack Stinn, junior, St. Ignatius
Lajarie Mabrey, senior, Washington
Dom Truoccolo, senior, St. Ignatius
Mike Pia, senior, St. Ignatius
Andrew Vollert, senior, St. Ignatius
Travis McDow, senior, St. Ignatius
Kevin Blohm, junior, St. Ignatius
Chris Crowley, senior, St. Ignatius
Mane Fale, junior, Mission
Riley White, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Robert Wolfgang, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Ronzel Fox, sophomore, Galileo
John Morello, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Viliami Uikilifi, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Davon Hargraves, senior, Mission
Kevin O’Connor, senior, St. Ignatius
Gino Ragusa, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Zach Tapel, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Joseph Gilleran, senior, Riordan
Charles Goldensohn, senior, St. Ignatius
Darius Grays, senior, Mission
Mark Singh, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Jaime McHenry, senior, Washington
Michael Capitolo, junior, St. Ignatius
Daniel Lalor, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Zach Masoli, sophomore, Riordan
Kerry Crowley, senior, St. Ignatius
Jordan Gomes, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Chris Hall, sophomore, Riordan
Jeivon Parker, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Philip Montgomery, junior, Washington
Deion Deng, senior, Riordan
Joshua Kidd, senior, Washington
Collin Luu, senior, Lincoln
Nick Reese, junior, Riordan
Devon Villanueva, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Noah Bull, junior, St. Ignatius
Algeron Malbrough, senior, Mission
Mark Mulligan, junior, Riordan
Will McKee, senior, St. Ignatius
Antoine Porter, junior, Mission
Kelvin Sanders, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Albert Waters, junior, St. Ignatius
Sergio Alvarado, junior, Washington
August Peters, junior, St. Ignatius
Kevin Sullivan, junior, St. Ignatius
Alonzo Sweets, senior, Balboa
Laboyd Ricard, senior, Stuart Hall
Jose Rodriguez, senior, Riordan
Adam Badi, senior, Washington
Allan Abilar, junior, Burton — Aram Gevandian, senior, Washington — Jack Harrington, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral — Kyle Nelson, sophomore, Galileo
Antoine Crecey, junior, Balboa — Jay’Von Fields, senior, Lincoln — Ethan Hankins, sophomore, Stuart Hall — Armani McFarland, junior, Riordan — Kamari Mitchell, senior, Marshall
Ryan Gazale, senior, St. Ignatius — D.J. Harvey, senior, Riordan — Matt Hewitson, sophomore, Sacred Heart Cathedral — Dontell Jackson, sophomore, Galileo
Rajah Britton, senior, Lincoln — Jack Gardiner, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral — Andrew Lei, senior, Galileo — Brandon Nguyen, junior, Mission
Alex Asadorian, senior, Stuart Hall — Drew Jackson, senior, Riordan — Toby Kuang, senior, Lowell — Luis Moran, senior, Balboa — Arcelio Reybol, junior, Riordan — Davion Telfor, sophomore, Lincoln — Mike Wallace, sophomore, Sacred Heart Cathedral — Charlie Yip, junior, Washington — William Zolan, senior, Lowell
Damon Bannag, senior, Lincoln — Nathaniel Warren, senior, Riordan — Stevin Zhu, senior, Lowell
Robert Harlin, senior, Lowell — Rodney McKinney, junior, Stuart Hall — Iwunna Ugbaja, senior, Riordan
Andres Arellano, senior, Balboa — Joshua Burnoski, sophomore, Lincoln