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

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

Xavian Cole, McLemonds, 6-0, 175, senior

The Oakland Athletic League’s Player of the Year helped lead McLemonds to its fourth state championship since 2016. In a 33–22 non-league win over Marin Catholic, who also won the state title, Cole caught seven passes for 108 yards and two. Touchdown. In the 54–7 round of Birmingham-Lake Balboa for the CIF Division 3-A State Championship, Cole set the tone for TD by returning 90 yards from the opening kickoff.

Petello GE, Serra, 5-9, 195, senior

According to their coach Patrick Walsh, the West Catholic Athletic League’s back half of the year was a difference-maker. Gi stood out as a running back and also played linebacker for the Central Coast Section Division I champions. One rival coach said, “Always moves forward, plays with a lot of effort.”

Charles Greer, De La Salle, 5-10, 180, Jr.

Led the Concorde powerhouse with 1,258 yards and 17 touchdowns in 149 attempts. Caught seven passes for 139 yards and three TDs. In a 49–21 victory over Cathedral Catholic–San Diego, which went on to win a state title, Greer ran for three TDs in 230 yards and 20 carries.

Kenny Olson, Foothills, 6-2, 205, senior

First-team honors at linebacker and wide receiver in the Valley Division of the East Bay Athletic League. As a linebacker, he finished with 70 tackles, including 50 singles and seven losses. There were three sacks. As a receiver, he caught 48 passes for 704 yards and 13 TDs.

Burlingame’s Will Uhrich scored against Half Moon Bay in October. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area Newsgroup)

Will Uhrich, Burlingame, 6-1, 195, senior

The Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division Defensive Player of the Year led his team to an 8–3 record and a CCS playoff berth. “Studs on both sides of the ball,” said one of the league’s coaches. Another added, “The kid played every position on (defense) and there were players going on (offence).” Burlingame coach John Philpopoulos called his safety/WR “one of the best 3-4 kids I’ve ever coached”.

second team

Sam Betz, Leigh, 6-1, 205, senior

In figures reported to MaxPreps, the MVP of the Santa Teresa Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League scored 201 points to finish second in the CCS. Reached for 1,075 yards and 24 TDs. Caught 11 passes for 90 yards and a TD. Also kicked 51 pats. As a linebacker, the team finished second in tackles with 49 as Leigh finished 9–2.

TJ Costello, Dublin, 6-1, 230, senior

First-team selection as a tight end in the Valley Division of the East Bay Athletic League. Also lined up as a fullback. Gaining 659 yards and eight TDs and finished with 385 yards and five TDs fast. An average of 16 yards per touch. As a middle linebacker, he had 15 tackles for a team that qualified for the NCS Division II playoffs.

Dublin’s TJ Costello will race against California in Dublin on October 1. (Anda Choo/Bay Area Newsgroup)

Mark Abbey, Leland, 6-2, 205, senior

As senior, running back, wide receiver and safety of the year in the Mount Hamilton Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League. Leading the Chargers in running with 1,308 yards and 14 touchdowns. Caught 22 passes for 299 yards and three TDs. A league coach said of Abby, “Great football player!”

Zach Freire, Sacred Heart Prep, 5-8, 140, senior

Utility Player of the Year in the Bay Division of the Peninsula Athletic League. Lined up as a wide receiver, running back, defensive back, and puncher for the team that won the Division 5-A State Championship. Finished with 1,325 all-purpose yards and seven TDs. Averaged 38.2 yards in 27 punts, with three falling down inside 20s.

Selsie Moala, Tennyson, 6-1, 225, senior

Did it all 10-1 for Tennyson, lining up at running back and linebacker. According to 247Sports, a three-star prospect with Oregon State offers. Carries 115 times for 1,430 yards and 23 TDs. Also got two TD passes. At the linebacker, there were 104 tackles, 14 for the loss with 5.5 sacks. Blocked two PATs and one punt. Forced two fumbles and made five fumble recoveries.

honorable mention

Daniel Battress, Mount Eden, Jr.

Colin Borelli, Liberty, Senior

Brandon Burns, Dublin, Senior

Bob Enright, Menlo School, Jr.

Jermaine Hargreaves, El Cerrito, Jr.

Roland Legaspie, Piedmont Hills, Senior

Jaden Lim, Newark Memorial, Sophomore

Jeremiah Lolohia, Pioneer, Senior

Quinn McCauley, Half Moon Bay, Senior

Jerry Mixon Jr., Sacred Heart Cathedral, Jr.

Gavin O’Leary, College Park, Jr.

Frank Payne, Las Lomas, Senior

Carlos Perez, Deer Valley, Jr.

Charlie Pfeiffer, St. Ignatius, Senior

Marks Singleton, Encinal, Jr.

Alan Tanielu, Aragon, Senior

Luke White, Los Gatos, Senior

Nathan Williams, Live Oak, Senior

All-Bang Football Team Schedule

Tuesday, January 11



offensive line

defensive line

Wednesday, January 12


Linebackers: 10 a.m.

Running Back: Afternoon