Video — 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year: The First & Second Team Offense

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We selected the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year the weekend of the State Bowl series. We chose from 70 high schools in 10 leagues spread over 8 counties – making it one of the largest regional all-star football teams in California.

Each player receives a Starbucks gift card ($20 for our MVPS & 1st Team picks, $5 for 2nd Team picks) and a Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team of the Year patch for their  jacket – or mom’s scrap book.

After debuting the team last weekend, we’re repackaging it for easier viewing this Christmas Weekend. We started with our MVPs & Coach of the Year for The 209 (you can find those selections by clicking this link), and now we’ll package our offense:



The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior completed 68 percent of his passes (223 of 329) for 4,066 yards, while throwing 46 TDs and 9 interceptions. He led the Rams into the State Division 1-AA Bowl against unbeaten Cathedral Catholic-San Diego, and dropped a heartbreaking decision in overtime after having led the Rams to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship.

Dunniway led the Section in passing yardage and finished third in TD passes, and his marquee game

#9 Sr. RB Malcome Green tries to elude the tackle of #43 Sr. LB Elgio Arroyo.

was a 57-21 rout of Tracy (14 of 23, 401 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT). His two-year totals are 6,650 passing

yards, with 72 TDs and 13 INTs while posting a 24-4 record as a starter.

QB DANNY VELASQUEZ, TURLOCK (Central California Conference)

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was playing running back as a junior in 2015, until a midseason injury to the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback pushed Velasquez into the role. He returned for his senior season as the full-time starting QB, and led Turlock to its first CCC title in a decade – it’s first outright championship in two decades – and a Sac-Joaquin Section Divison 1 playoff win.

The CCC MVP was a 1K-1K QB, rushing for 1,101 yards and 13 TDs, while averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 92 yards per game; and passing for 1,085 yards with 16 TDs and 7 INTs in 12 games. He also averaged 16 yards per completion.


The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was as a good a dual-threat as there was in The 209, whether taking a handoff in the backfield and catching a pass downfield. While playing in a pass-heavy spread offense, Green ran for 1,107 yards and 12 TDs while averaging 7.3 yards per carry.

Green also caught 30 passes for 427 yards and 3 TDs, giving him 1,534 yards and 15 TDs. He had six catches for 123 yards and a TD in a Division 2 playoff loss to mighty Central Catholic, and ran for 222 yards in a victory over Gregori to clinch Downey’s fifth straight MMC crown in the regular-season finale.


The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior has been the centerpiece of a team that played for the State Division 1-AA and finished 14-2 – with its losses to State Open Division champion St. John Bosco and 15-0 Cathedral Catholic-San Diego. The explosive halfback ran for 710 yards and 17 TDs as a sophomore, then broke out this season. Frampton rambled for 2,345 yards and 42 TDs, including 642 yards and 8 TDs in a two-week span in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 final against NorCal power Folsom and the NorCal Bowl against 11-1 Bay Area power Freedom-Oakley. He had 265 yards and 6 TDs in a win over Serra-San Mateo, which was in the State 2-A Bowl.

OL CHRIS MARTINEZ, PITMAN-TURLOCK (Central California Conference)

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound tackle was the CCC Lineman of the Year after leading the Pride to a second-place finish, a trip to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs and a 10-2


overall record.

OL KYLE REIS, MANTECA (Valley Oak League) 

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound junior is the son of Buffalo coach Eric Reis, and he looks like it while opening holes for the running game, protecting prospect QB Gino Campiotti and even making tackles over on the defensive side of the line (5 tackles for losses). He helped lead the Buffaloes to a 12-2 record and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 championship.

OL NICHOLAS BERRY, TURLOCK (Central California Conference)

The 6-foot-1, 335-pound center was at the center of the Bulldogs’ physical offensive line, which led Turlock to its first CCC title in a decade and its first outright championship in two decades. The Bulldogs also beat nemesis Merced and dominated Pitman in the always-difficult Harvest Bowl.

OL JARETT CARL, ST. MARY’S-STOCKTON (Tri-City Athletic League)

The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder was the TCAL’s second-best offensive lineman, with only Oregon-bound teammate Popo Aumavae – the 2016 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Lineman of the Year. Carl paved the way for the Rams to have a record-setting season — QB Jake Dunniway threw 46 TDs; Keaton Hampton, Dewey Cotton and junior Marcus Aponte each had 1,000-yard receiving seasons; RB Dusty Frampton ran for  2,345 yards and 42 TDs, and the Rams played for a State Division 1-AA Bowl title.

OL NICO SARALE, OAKDALE (Valley Oak League) 

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior tackle has been a key component in the Mustangs’ prolific Wing-T offense, which has produced 2,600-yard rusher Will Semone, 1,000-yard rusher Cameron Cherry and the program’s third Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 title in 5 years. He helped to the Division 3-A State Bowl, where they routed Bishop’s-La Jolla 47-0.


The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was the elite tight end in The 209, and his combination of size, speed and strength made him one of the best inside receivers in the Sac-Joaquin Section. He exploited coverage mismatches created by Lincoln’s Code Red offense to catch 59 passes for a whopping 1,100 yards and 10 TDs – crazy numbers for a tight end in high school. Maxie averaged 19 yards per catch, and he had 8 catches that were 40 yards or longer, often after beating lost linebackers on a quick crossing route bef0re turning to head upfield. He also returned a kickoff 73 yards for a TD in the season opener, giving him 11 TDs.


The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder developed into the big-play threat on one of the top teams to ever emerge from The 209, and it’s a big part of the reason the Rams rolled to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I with an impressive series of romps. He caught 4 balls for 133 yards and 3 TDs in a semifinal win over Pitman-Turlock, can caught 4 passes for 95 yards – and 2 acrobatic TDs in the Section final rout of Folsom. He has 47 catches for 1,132 yards, averaging 24 yards per catch, and 16 TDs. He also was among The 209’s top defensive backs.

WR AARON PASCHINI, RIPON (Trans-Valley League)

The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder would have been a stat machine in a passing scheme, but was one of the most physically gifted receivers in The 209 with his ability to time his leaps. Paschini caught 44 passes for 773 yards., averaging 17.6 yards per catch, and scored 12 TDs in 10 games.

K ANGEL LOPEZ, CENTRAL VALLEY-CERES (Western Athletic Conference)

The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder was The 209’s top kicker, providing the distance that allowed Central Valley to be a threat any time its offense got inside the 30-yard line. Lopez hit on 7 of 12 field goals, specializing in long-distance kicks: 4 of his field goals were from 40 yards or, including school-record field goals of 46 yards in Week 4 and then 47 yards in Week 8. Lopez also converted 34 of his 41 PATs, scoring 55 points for the Hawks – who celebrated their first-ever league title by winning the WAC. He sent 19 of his 49 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, and his average kickoff was caught at the 6-yard line.


QB CHRIS LUBINSKY, CERES (Western Athletic Conference)

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has the body type a coach like for his pocket passer, and he finishes his two-year varsity career with a 65 percent completion percentage (237 of 366) to go with 5,595 yards, 54 TDs and 16 interceptions in 20 games.

He completed 33 of 46 for 466 yards, with 3 TDs and no INTs, in a 42-41 loss to Pacheco-Los Banos; and then hit on 28 of 39 for 368 yards and 5 TDs in a 48-41 win over Patterson.


The 6-foot-3 185-pound junior returns for his third starting season next fall, with a team that will be his and an offense that should be structured to his strengths – he averaged just 16 passes a game while leading the Buffaloes to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 title and a 12-2 record.  He also was VOL’s Offensive Player of the Year while playing in Manteca’s ball-control scheme: Campiotti threw for 2,101 yards with 24 TDs and 5 interceptions – and also ran for 402 yards and 8 TDs. In the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 final, Campiotti comleted 13 of 22 for 314 yards and 4 TDs –  part of a six-week stretch that featured 12 TD passes and no INTs. He completed 54 of 85 (64 percent completion rate) for 1,026 yards – averaging 205 passing yards a game.


The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder is already a legend in the foothills surrounding Sutter Creek, having led the Buffaloes to their first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section championship, and victories in the NorCal Bowl play-in game and then last week’s NorCal Bowl win over Mendota. The Buffaloes fell to Rancho Christian in the State Division 6-AA Bowl. Thetford finished with nearly 1,900 yards while rushing for 37 TDs, and he caught 15 balls for 175 yards. Thetford averaged 7 yards per run, and averaged 170 yards in each of his 6 playoff games while scoring 17 TDs.


The 5-foot-10, 165-pound rusher ran for 1,449 yards and 16 TDs for the Raiders, who shared the VOL title with Manteca and Oakdale. He also was voted the league’s MVP.

Rice, who ran for more than a 1,000 yards while helping the Raiders to their fourth straight State Small School Bowl as a junior, averaged 9.3 yards a carry and three times scored 3 TDs in a game. He also returned 3 kickoffs for TDs (85, 92 & 98 yards) and had a Pick-6 of 22 yards.

Rice had a season-high 272 yards and scored 3 TDs in a season-opening win over Marin Catholic, then had a season-high 24 carries for 170 yards and 2 TDs to beat Manteca  32-14. He also got in on 28 tackles as a DB, while intercepting 4 passes and blocking a punt.

RB AUSTIN SITH, McNAIR-STOCKTON (San Joaquin Athletic Association)

The 5-foot-6, 160-pounder was a 4-year varsity starter for the Eagles, playing in 41 games and leading McNair to the SJAA co-championship this fall. He ran for 1,226 yards and 12 TDs this fall – averaging 6 yards a carry – and caught 40 passes for 739 yards and 7 TDs. Sith had TD runs of 50, 59 and 77 yards, and TD catches of  95 and 71 yards. He caught 10 passes for 157 yards and a TD in a loss to Merced, and ran a career-high 33 times for 148 yards and 2 TDs to beat Tokay 30-13.


The 6-foot, 180-pounder had a breakout year and was one of The 209’s most reliable receiver in the six-week postseason schedule. He caught 2 TDs in the Section final win over Folsom. In Friday’s 38-35 loss to 15-0 Cathedral Catholic in the Division 1-AA State Bowl, Aponte caught 10 more passes for 126 yards and 2 TDs. His season totals are 62 catches for 1,092 yards, averaging 18 yards per catch with 14 TD receptions. Aponte also ran for 3 TDs, occasionally moving into the Wildcat role.


The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder was one of The 209’s most versatile linemen and could have been selected on either side of the line. We like him on offense due to his great footwork, and check him out pulling (#50) in the video above. Rosko also was the MLL Defensive Player of the Year and was in on 101 tackles, including 11 for lost yardage and 4 sacks.

OL TYLER BOWERS, DOWNEY-MODESTO (Modesto Metro Conference)

The 6-foot, 245-pounder was the MMC Offensive Lineman of the Year and anchored the line for one of The 209’s most prolific offenses. The Knights averaged 37 points a game while going 8-3 and winning their fifth straight conference title.

OL DOM SPLAN, TRACY (Tri-City Athletic League)

The 6-foot, 255-pound center was one of The 209’s elite players on the line, as well as a repeater from the 2015 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Team.

OL JACOB GEIST, LOS BANOS (Western Athletic Conference)

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound tackle was selected as the WAC Offensive Player of the Year and was Merced County’s top offensive lineman for 2015. He took his Tigers to the Sac-Joaqui Section Division 4 semifinals.


The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder was considered one of The 209’s top returning defensive linemen for 2016, but the Rams shifted Norgaard to the offensive line and he blossomed. He’s committed to the University of Nevada as an offensive lineman and was the TCAL Offensive Lineman of the Year after the Rams routed their five leagues by an average of 53 points per game.

K DALLIN TILBY, TURLOCK (Central California Conference)

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior was one of the most prolific kickers in the Sac-Joaquin Section, converting 9 of his 13 field-goal attempts for the CCC champion. He hit 9 of his 11 kicks from inside the 50-yard line – missing two from beyond the 50. He also converted 47 of 50 PATs, and 32 of his 72 kicksoffs reached the end zone – the average was kick was to the 5-yard line.


The 5-foot-9, 16-pound junior transferred from Division 1 Lincoln and had to sit out the first five games for the Knights, who play in the Section’s lowest division. The results were even more staggering than expected, with Lee piling up nearly 300 all-purpose yards a week over the final nine games. Lee put up Madden 2016-like numbers, running for 1,724 yards and averaging 17 yards per carry while scoring 21 TDs; He caught 22 passes for 491 yards (22.3 yards per catch) and 8 TDs; He also had 79 tackles and two interceptions; He had an INT return, kickoff return and punt return included with his 32 TDs – and he had 8 2-point runs for a total of 216 points.




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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