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Northern California high school top football stars, best performances last week (10/17/2023)

Huge numbers put up, many in only one half of lopsided wins

Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and memorable performances from the football games played from Oct. 12-14 in the CIF sections: Central, Central Coast, North Coast, San Francisco, Oakland, Sac-Joaquin and Northern.  

Note: Entries are based on information provided by coaches, statisticians, media members and high school sports fans. Don’t see any details for your team’s game? Email some notes and/or stats to

Top Northern California football stars from Oct. 12-14

Hunter Babb, a senior quarterback at Caruthers, completed both of his passes for touchdowns but as usual was a beast running the ball with 14 carries for 262 yards and three more scores in a 44-7 win over Yosemite.

Luke Baker, a senior quarterback for San Ramon Valley, accounted for 383 of his team’s 385 total yards and four touchdowns in a 33-27 overtime loss to De La Salle. He brought his team back from a 27-12 deficit in regulation in the final 5 minutes, 20 seconds to force overtime. 

Chris Biller, a senior defensive lineman for De La Salle, had three sacks and six tackles in a 33-27 win over San Ramon Valley.

Beau Blau, a quarterback for Alhambra-Martinez, accounted for 338 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-47 win over Mt. Diablo.

Quinn Boyd, a senior quarterback at Granada, completed 23 of 32 for 312 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-7 win over Dougherty Valley.

Colton Brown, a senior quarterback for Winters, needed just 11 completions to throw for 301 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-15 win over East Nicolaus.

Gabe Casanovas, a sophomore quarterback from St. Vincent, completed 25 of 35 for 375 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-21 win over St. Bernard’s.

Jordan Colbert, a running back for San Joaquin Memorial, rushed 32 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-14 win over Bullard.

Dion Coleman, the scintillating senior running back at Chico, rushed 12 times for 256 yards and all five touchdowns in a 35-0 win over Pleasant Valley in the 52nd Almond Bowl.

Bryson Davis, a senior running back at Manteca, rushed 12 times for 267 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half, of a 69-0 win over East Union.

Miles Dixon, a senior receiver and defensive back for Bishop O’Dowd, had nine catches for 170 yards and five touchdowns in a 57-20 win at Moreau Catholic. Dixon also had a forced fumble.

Sawyer Hokanson, a senior quarterback at University Prep, completed 9 of 11 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns — all in the first half (we sensing a trend) — during a 48-0 win over Anderson.

Samson Hunkin, a senior quarterback at St. Mary-Stockton accounted for 251 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Tracy.

Charlie Johnson, a running back for Riordan, rushed 24 times for 217 yards and four touchdowns in a wild 56-42 win over Mitty.

David Marquez, a quarterback for Central, passed for 359 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 143 yards and three more scores as the Grizzlies defeated Clovis East, 58-55.

Ryan McKendry, a senior receiver for Liberty-Brentwood, had eight catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-40 win over Antioch.

Tyus Miller, a junior quarterback at Clovis East, threw for 441 yards and six touchdowns in a 58-55 loss to Central.

Jamelle Newman, a senior running back and cornerback for Lincoln-San Francisco, rushed nine times for 155 yards and four touchdowns, plus added an interception on defense in a 56-0 win over Galileo. 

Noah Taylor, a senior running back at Sobrato, accounted for 284 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-6 win over Mt. Pleasant.

Dominick Thompson, a running back for Golden Valley, rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-28 win over West.

Herschel Turner Jr., a senior running back/linebacker for Mt. Diablo rushed 23 times for 324 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-47 loss to Alhambra. Turner is the state leader in rusher yards with 2,032 on a ridiculous 18.8 yards per carry and 31 touchdowns.

Devin Wilson, a quarterback for Bishop O’Dowd, completed 19 of 30 for 352 yards and six touchdowns in a 57-20 win over Moreau Catholic. Five of them went to Miles Dixon.