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 SanFranPreps.com 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).
ALL CITY TEAM
Player of the Year
Antoine Porter, senior quarterback/defensive back, Mission
Coach of the Year
John Regalia, St. Ignatius
Jack Stinn, senior, St. Ignatius
Elijah Dale, junior, St. Ignatius
Demetrius Williams, senior, Lincoln
Justus Smith, sophomore, Lincoln
Andrew Vollert, senior, St. Ignaitus
Alex Tico, senior, Mission
Kyle Craig, senior, Riordan
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
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
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
Zach Masoli, junior, Riordan
Quintrell Anderson, junior, Marshall
Antoine Crecy, senior, Balboa
Michael McCarthy, senior, Lowell
Drakari Donaldson, senior, Marshall
Joe Lang, junior, St. Ignatius
Isaac Armstrong, junior, Galileo
Sergio Alvarado, senior, Washington
Thor Daley, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Connor Hagan, junior, St. Ignatius
Justin Lee, junior, Lincoln
Brenden Tiggs, senior, St. Ignatius
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
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
Kyle Nelson, junior, Galileo
Jerry Peralta, senior, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Ethan Hankins, junior, Stuart Hall
Will Kim, senior, Lowell
Tyree Marzetta, junior, Lincoln
Armani McFarland, senior, Mission
Jerron Williams, senior, Washington
Prince Taouma, junior, Balboa
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
Elijah Murray, senior, Washington
Demetrius Thibeaux, senior, Mission
Maxwell Tenhoff, sophomore, Sacred Heart Cathedral