Turlock defensive end Devin Bradley celebrates a stop by the Bulldogs' defense during a season-opening win over Freedom of Oakley on Aug. 23, 2019. The Bulldogs return home to face another Bulldog this Thursday -- Tracy High, its annual Dogbone rival. (Samantha Schmidt)

Large & in charge: Meet the All-Region Large-School Preseason Football Team

James Burns
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All-Region Large-School Preseason Football Team

Offense

Quarterbacks

Central Catholic quarterback Dalton Durossette. (Samantha Schmidt)

Dalton Durossette, Central Catholic: Completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,420 yards and 18 touchdowns. He should build upon those numbers with Sithri Price, Frank Clark and Nic Sani running wild in the secondary.

Bryce Gouker, Downey: Gouker began the 2018 season as the backup, but blossomed into one of the season’s breakout stars. He finished with 1,966 yards and 25 touchdowns, completing nearly 70 percent of his throws.

Running Backs

Minaya Olivo, Central Catholic: Olivo (541 yards, nine TDs, 12.0 yards per carry) shared carries last fall, but he’ll be expected to shoulder the load for the Raiders. With a big senior season, Olivo should add to a recruitment list that already includes Cal Poly, Idaho, Montana and Montana State. 

Zeke Saffar, Oakdale: In his first varsity season, Saffar assimilated quickly to the Wing-T’s spotlight. Utilizing track speed, the highly-touted running back finished with 1,500 yards, averaging 10 yards per carry. 

Trabron Russell, Manteca: With nearly twice as many carries in 2018, Russell rewarded the Buffalo coaching staff with a 1,320-yard season and 18 touchdowns. In two varsity seasons, Russell is averaging 8 yards per carry.

Tight End

Nic Sani, Central Catholic: Sani missed almost all of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, but he’s returned to the football field bigger and stronger. He will be a boon to the Raiders’ offense as a pass-catcher and additional blocker.

Wide Receivers

Manteca wide receiver Jacob DeJesus. (Sean Kahler Photography)

Jacob DeJesus, Manteca: The reigning Valley Oak League Offensive Player of the Year, DeJesus had 1,598 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns in 2018. Though he can affect games in multiple ways, he’s at his most dangerous running routes. He had 45 catches for 843 yards and 14 TDs.

Gregory Smith, Davis: A returning all-Western Athletic Conference first-team selection, Smith had 56 catches for 1,084 yards and 17 touchdowns in the Spartans’ fun spread offense. He is one of two returning 1,000-yard receivers for Davis, joining Michael Sherrod Jr.

Holden Baldwin, Turlock: Baldwin is tough miss -- or overthrow. The 6-foot-4 senior was named to the all-Central California Athletic League first team last fall and is on schedule for another big season. His confidence has been bolstered by a special attention from the University of San Diego.

Offensive Linemen

Everett Johnson, Turlock: The top prospect in the region, Cal-bound Johnson is a mountain of a man at 6 feet, 7 inches and 312 pounds. He’ll anchor the Bulldogs’ big for a fourth consecutive league championship.

Owen Pena, Oakdale: The 6-foot, 200-pound junior was an all-VOL honorable mention last fall and, along with Diego Valdez, will be looked upon to open running lanes for Saffar and protect sophomore quarterback Jackson Holt.

Armando Palominos, Central Catholic: This 6-foot-3, 260-pound giant missed most of his junior season because of injury, but his return bodes well for the Raiders’ run-centric offense and senior Minaya Olivo. 

Logan Foumai, Patterson: Part of a talented sophomore class, the 6-foot-1, 275-pound Foumai opened holes for 1,000-yard running back Jordan Imada and was named to the all-Central California Conference first team last fall.

Ralph Cordaway, Gregori: The Jaguars’ most talented player isn’t a skill player, per se, but this 6-foot-2 tackle. Cordaway was an all-CCAL performer a season ago and an annointed leader for first-year coach Lamar Wallace. 

Kicker

Adrian Melesio, Patterson: Melesio was named the All-Region large-school kicker last fall after making 9 of his 15 field-goal attempts, including a long of 54 yards.

Defense

Defensive Linemen

Boss Foumai, Patterson: Foumai was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Central California Conference as a sophomore. He was also a second-team all-conference selection as an offensive lineman.

Holden Fishburn, Sierra: Fishburn was an all-Valley Oak League performer in Chris Johnson’s second year at Sierra and a jewel for the athletic department. Fishburn later captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship in the shot put.

Julius Lewis, Central Catholic: A 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle, Lewis will command a lot of attention at the line of scrimmage, freeing up the Raiders’ edge rushers and linebackers to make plays at the ball.

Tamirr Bullock, Turlock: Bullock was named the CCAL’s Outstanding Defensive Lineman last fall and he’ll reprise his role as the Bulldogs’ best pass rusher.  On what some believed was a generational defense, he ranked among the leaders in sacks, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss.

Linebackers

Jayden Jackson, Turlock: One of Turlock’s top tacklers a season ago, the 6-foot-1 Jackson was named the CCAL’s co-Outstanding Linebacker and to the All-Region large-school team. 

Cameron Snow, Oakdale: One of 22 new starters for the Mustangs a season ago, Snow developed quickly into a leader and was named to the all-VOL first team.

Garren Genilla, Manteca: A menacing presence at outside linebacker, the 6-foot-4, 208-pound senior had 58 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, including a 78-yard scoop-and-score against rival Sierra. 

Adrian Atangan, Los Banos: Experience favors Atangan, a middle linebacker preparing for his third varsity season. He had 92 tackles, including 77 solo stops, and three sacks en route to all-WAC honors in 2018.

Defensive Backs

Buhach Colony defensive back Youlas Dickson. (Merced Sun-Star)

Youlas Dickson, Buhach Colony: One of the region’s top athletes, Dickson compiled 1,166 all-purpose yards, including 638 on the ground. Defensively, he’s picked off four passes in each of the last two seasons. 

Trey Paster, Buhach Colony: Teams covet big defensive backs, which explains Paster’s role as Buhach Colony’s lockdown cornerback and his scholarship offer to Cal. Paster had 34 tackles and one interception last fall.

Sithri Price, Central Catholic: Another dynamic two-way threat, Price performed impressively on both sides of the ball during the Raiders’ run to a Valley Oak League title and Sac-Joaquin Section Division II finals appearance. Price had five interceptions, along with 530 receiving yards.

Bronson England, Downey: Dangerous in the return game, England’s role on both sides of the ball will expand in 2019. He was an all-CCAL defensive back last fall, but will be expected to help fill the void left by wide receivers Anderson Grover and Bryce Peterson.

Athlete

Charles Jackson, Atwater: Though he was slowed by injuries, Jackson played through the pain, amassing 1,285 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 9 yards per carry. Could see time in the slot this fall, as the Falcons take advantage of their depth at the running back position.

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