All-Bay Area Newsgroup High School Football, Fall 2021: Linebackers

Editor’s Note: It is one of a series of Bay Area newsgroup stories honoring the top football players of the 2021 season.


first team

Camilo Arquette, St. Francis, 6-0, 210, senior

West Catholic Athletic League Linebacker of the Year. Three year starter. Played even while running back a bit. Signed with Northern Arizona. Finished with 71 tackles (5.9 per game) including 4.5 for defeat. Helped the Lancers to win the league title and finish 11–1.

Jacobe Harmon, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 205, senior

Unanimously selected as the first team Bay Valley Athletic League selection. Finished with 102 tackles (9.3 per game, 66 singles). 12 tackles were behind the line of scrimmage and five sacks for the NCS Division I champion.

Jake Ripp, Los Gatos, 6-3, 210, senior

Santa Clara Valley Athletic League de Anza Division MVP. Three star prospect. Signed with Boise State. The inside linebacker finished with 103 tackles (9.4 per game). Also stood out as a tight end. Played every down in both. “Great kid, captain of the team,” said Los Gatos coach Mark Krill.

Tanner Salisbury, San Ramon Valley, 6-1, 200, senior

First-team All-East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division. Three star prospect. Signed with UNLV. Helped Wolves take them to the NCS Division II semi-finals. “One of the top linebackers in the Bay Area,” said SRV coach Aaron Baker. “Great overall athlete.” Scored 14 TDs on offense in less than 30 touches.

second team

DJ Aguirre, Wilcox, 5-10, 200, senior

First-team honors in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. Credited 106 tackles (7.1 per game), including 10 for losses. There were three sacks. Helped Chargers win CCS and NorCal regional championships.

Brandon Brooch, Bellarmine, 6-1, 185, Jr.

All-West Catholic Athletic League first-team honors. Finished with 109 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss. Helped the Belles to win eight games and obtain the No. 3 seed in the CCS Division I playoffs.

Shay O’Kelly, Sacred Heart Prep, 6-1, 210, Jr.

Tied for the state lead in tackles with 191, according to stats reported to Maxpreps, as the Gators returned from the 3-7 regular season to capture the Division 5-A state championship. Credits 132 singles tackles and averages 12.7 tackles per game.

Sam Ross, Miramonte, 6-4, 225, senior

First-team linebacker in the Diablo Athletic League foothill division. Three star prospect with 12 offers. Committed to Cal. Finished with 93 tackles, 24 for the loss, and 3.5 sacks. “Best LB we faced all season,” said Encinal coach Keith Minor.

honorable mention

Zachary Acton, Homestead, Jr.

Marley Alapathi, De La Salle, Sophomore

Janari Boone, Benicia, Senior

Ben Boyden, St. Ignatius, Senior

Andrew Buck, Menlo-Atherton, Senior

Tyler Cook, Leland, Senior

Gino Creskey, Bellarmine, Senior

Landon Cronex, Benicia, Senior

Genesis Duncan-Nisulu, James Logan, Sr.

jayden ennis, legacy, senior

Nalesoni Fakawa, San Mateo, Sophomore

Izaiya Garrido Ramirez, Granada, Senior

Rich Dung, McLemonds, Sophomore

Justin Ibarra, De Anza, Senior

Jacob Jackson, Woodside, Senior

Aaron Leung, NCel, Jr.

McRae Madruga, California, Senior

Nehemiah Musika, Wally Christian, Sr.

Andrew Nichols, El Cerrito, Jr.

John Norwood, Milpitas, Senior

Aaron Parra, Live Oak, Jr.

Rocco Schramm, Monte Vista, Senior

KJ Sweeney, Dublin, Senior

Quinton Togai, Overfelt, Jr.

Andres Virnes, Mount Eden, Jr.

Nathan Williams, Live Oak, Senior

Julian Wilson, Bishop O’Dowd, Sr.

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