Football: All-City Team

Mission senior quarterback Antoine Porter (center) and first-team All-City selections (clockwise from top right) Albert Waters, Justus Smith, Chris Hall, Demetrius Williams, Brett Rasso, Andrew Vollert, Kyle Craig, Jack Stinn, Noah Bull, Elijah Dale and Ronzel Fox. (Photos by Doug Ko, Eric Sun and Devin Chen. Illustration by Josh Jalil)

Mission senior quarterback Antoine Porter (center) and first-team All-City selections (clockwise from top right) Albert Waters, Justus Smith, Chris Hall, Demetrius Williams, Brett Rasso, Andrew Vollert, Kyle Craig, Jack Stinn, Noah Bull, Elijah Dale and Ronzel Fox. (Photos by Doug Ko, Eric Sun and Devin Chen. Illustration by Josh Jalil)

By Jeremy Balan

Antoine Porter’s breakout senior season may not have even happened if the Mission football team had another option to play quarterback.

Mission coach Joe Albano essentially put Porter, who is naturally a slotback or wide receiver, behind center because he had no one else.

The decision paid off and Porter went on to put up staggering numbers, and nearly led the Bears to their second straight Academic Athletic Association championship.

If not for Lincoln’s go-ahead, two-point conversion, Porter would have been the hero in the Turkey Bowl. Still, the senior threw for 1,746 yards and 18 touchdowns, ran for 1,063 yards and 18 more scores on the ground, scored three more touchdowns on kick and punt returns, and played most of the year as a safety on defense. The 2,809 yards of offense and 39 touchdowns were the highest totals any City player had this season.

That’s why he’s the football Player of the Year for 2012.

Porter may have been San Francisco’s best overall player, but the City’s best team dominates the rest of the All-City team.

St. Ignatius tied a school record for wins (10), won an unprecedented Central Coast Section Open Division championship and advanced to the Division I Northern California championship behind a standout group of individuals.

First-team quarterback Jack Stinn threw for 2,411 yards and 24 touchdowns, first-team running back Elijah Dale ran for 1,563 yards and 17 touchdowns, and first-team wide receiver Andrew Vollert led all City receivers with 62 receptions for 1,059 yards.

Throw in defensive stars Albert Waters (who had a City-high six interceptions) and leading tackler Noah Bull, both first-team selections, and there was no doubt the Wildcats had the most complete team this season.

The rest of the first-teamers were from a wide array of City schools.

Lincoln senior Demetrius Williams led the AAA with 1,316 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing, Galileo junior linebacker Ronzel Fox led the City in tackles (150) while rushing for 1,113 yards and 16 touchdowns at running back, and Sacred Heart Cathedral junior Brett Rasso, the City’s most versatile player, led the Irish in rushing (755 yards), receiving (311 yards) and was a dangerous kick and punt returner.

Several second-team selections also had their share of standout performances.

Marshall wide receiver Drakari Donaldson earned a spot in the national record books with 367 receiving yards against Balboa this season. Donaldson’s receiving output ranks 14th all time for a single-game total.

Stuart Hall’s first season in the Mission Trail Athletic League’s eight-man division was a good one for senior quarterback Tray’von Hicks, who ran for over 100 yards in all seven of the Knights’ games this season, including a 358-yard rushing effort in a 52-28 win over Trinity Christian (he also had three sacks in that game on defense).


Player of the Year
Antoine Porter, senior quarterback/defensive back, Mission

Coach of the Year
John Regalia, St. Ignatius

First Team

Jack Stinn, senior, St. Ignatius

Running backs
Elijah Dale, junior, St. Ignatius
Demetrius Williams, senior, Lincoln

Justus Smith, sophomore, Lincoln

Wide receivers
Andrew Vollert, senior, St. Ignaitus
Alex Tico, senior, Mission

Tight end
Kyle Craig, senior, Riordan

Offensive line
Kevin Blohm, senior, St. Ignatius
Dylan Cunningham, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Mane Fale, senior, Mission
Thomas Murphy-Piro, senior, St. Ignatius
Nick Reese, senior, Riordan

Defensive line
August Peters, senior, St. Ignatius
Young Potasi, senior, Lincoln
Elliot Sandvig, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Rob Valencia, junior, Riordan

Noah Bull, senior, St. Ignatius
Ronzel Fox, junior, Galileo
Mark Mulligan, senior, Riordan

Defensive backs
Chris Hall, junior, Riordan
Jack McGovern, senior, St. Ignatius
Derek Morrell, senior, Lincoln
Albert Waters, senior, St. Ignatius

Brett Rasso, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Michael Capitolo, senior, St. Ignatius

Second Team

Zach Masoli, junior, Riordan

Running backs
Quintrell Anderson, junior, Marshall
Antoine Crecy, senior, Balboa

Michael McCarthy, senior, Lowell

Wide receivers
Drakari Donaldson, senior, Marshall
Joe Lang, junior, St. Ignatius

Tight end
Isaac Armstrong, junior, Galileo

Offensive line
Sergio Alvarado, senior, Washington
Thor Daley, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Connor Hagan, junior, St. Ignatius
Justin Lee, junior, Lincoln
Brenden Tiggs, senior, St. Ignatius

Defensive line
William Jameson, senior, Lincoln
Kendrick Martin, senior, Balboa
Jesse Nava, senior, St. Ignatius
Kevin Sullivan, senior, St. Ignatius

Davion Telfor, junior, Lincoln
London Reynolds, senior, Mission
Kelvin Sanders, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Defensive backs
Matt Emery, senior, St. Ignatius
Tre’ Gunter, senior, Riordan
Denis Shanagher, senior, St. Ignatius
Dontell Jackson, junior, Galileo

Angel Hernandez, senior, Riordan

Tray’von Hicks, senior, Stuart Hall

Honorable Mention

Kyle Nelson, junior, Galileo
Jerry Peralta, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Running backs
Ethan Hankins, junior, Stuart Hall
Will Kim, senior, Lowell
Tyree Marzetta, junior, Lincoln
Armani McFarland, senior, Mission
Jerron Williams, senior, Washington

Wide receiver
Prince Taouma, junior, Balboa

Tight end
Nik Bell, junior, St. Ignatius

Nestor Acosta, senior, Galileo
Will Cook, senior, St. Ignatius
Hiromi Fujita, senior, Lowell
Brandon Nguyen, senior, Mission
Issac Straznickas, junior, Mission
Jacky Tang, senior, Lowell

Marlon Canaya, junior, Balboa
Charlie Ford, senior, St. Ignatius
Steve Hisatake, junior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Dennis Light, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Danny O’Malley, senior, St. Ignatius
Jim Stasko, senior, Riordan
Mike Wallace, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Defensive backs
Elijah Murray, senior, Washington
Demetrius Thibeaux, senior, Mission

Maxwell Tenhoff, sophomore, Sacred Heart Cathedral

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  1. GCJ 01 says:

    Great job Mr. Porter and it’s even better that he represents the AAA! I think that Marshall’s Quintrell Anderson should’ve been on the First Team selection, but I’m glad he’s on there. Lincoln and Mission represented the AAA well. Congrats to all!

  2. Chuck Nan says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great job as usual. Appreciate all you do for the prep landscape.

    One slight change. Elijah Dale (SI) is a junior.

    Thanks, Chuck

  3. Ari Gold says:

    The only headscratcher is if Porter is the best player, then why isnt he on the first team as either QB, DB or All-around. Or are you insinuating that he is first team?

    Interesting pick Jeremy considering all your previous POYs have led their teams to championships.

    • jbalan says:

      We never include the Player of the Year on the first team or any team, for that matter.

      The last POY in football was Valentino Miles of Sacred Heart, which did not win a championship.

  4. Paul B. says:

    SI RB Elijah Dale should be a junior not a senior.

  5. Taco says:

    Elliot Sandvig is a senior not a junior.

    A portion of this comment has been edited.

  6. a football player says:

    That would be cool if we could play a All-City game!

  7. Airwings says:

    Interesting to see how three other impact players on Mission Mane Fale/Armani McFarland/Demitrius Thibeaux where not not first team. Very interesting but I agree with Porter at Player of the Year.

  8. d says:

    I’m surprised that 2 kids From bal made second team I didn’t think any one would make it with the season they had I’m happy for them though

    • DNW says:

      Actually I’m surprised Antoine Crecy from Balboa didn’t get 1st team. He was on one of the worst teams in the City and he still rushed for 1075 yards. With no blocking or line that should have been really taken in consideration. But I’m glad he was acknowledged along with Kendrick. I think Antoine Porter definitely deserved Player of the Year. Good job boys!

  9. BeeFeez says:

    I have no agenda or gripes at all. Just curious though, what was the criteria? Was it stats driven, coaches submissions? I have no issue with the selections, just curious.

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