2015 Starbucks/Black Hat Football 2nd Team: The Linebackers

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LB JUSTICE FUTCH, Hughson High Huskies

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound senior was an Internet sensation early in the season for his ‘Dump Truck’ run and drag of a defender – Futch doubles as a powerful fullback – but his true calling is on defense. He was the Trans-Valley League Linebacker of the Year.

To see that famous run (more than 15,000 people have viewed the tape), just click the video at the top of the page. To see more of Futch’s tape, just click on the link.

LB AUSTIN REES, Stone Ridge Christian Knights

The 6-foot, 215-pound senior was the critical cog in a state record-setting defense, as the Knights won 10 consecutive games by shutout this season. Stone Ridge won its second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division 7 title and posted one of the most surprising results of the CIF State Bowl series – beating medium-school Mission of San Francisco 70-21. Click the link to see Austin’s highlight tape.

LB MATTHEW HENRIQUES, Modesto High Panthers

The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder is the epitome of the program that Coach Rich Alkire began building a few years back, and that interim Coach Don Wallace has continued. The aggressive Henriques led the surprising Panthers to a share of the Modesto Metro Conference title and was the conference’s Linebacker of the Year. To see Matt’s season highlight tape, just click on the link.

LB BRYCE KINSEY, Ripon High Indians

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior was a tackling machine with 137 takedowns, and his signature was a three-sack performance in the Indians’ victory over Hilmar – a game that decided the Trans-Valley League championship. To see Bryce’s season highlight tape, just click on the link.

To see all of the 2015 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team, click this link.

About the Author ()

Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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