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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Greenberry on California record tear

By By Mark Tennis

It didn’t take long at last May’s Stanford Nike Camp to see that Deontay Greenberry from Washington Union (Easton, Calif.) was one of the elite athletes in attendance.

Greenberry was coming in after a strong junior season, but showed what he could do as a wide receiver despite going up against other future Division I college defensive backs.

All of it apparently set up the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder to have a monstrous senior season. It’s a season that still has one more game to go, too, after Washington Union (13-0) was chosen to play 14-0 Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.) in this Saturday’s CIF Division III state bowl game at The Home Depot Center in Carson.

In last weekend’s 55-12 win by the Panthers over Wasco (Wasco, Calif.) in the CIF Central Section Division IV championship, Greenberry caught 13 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns. His quarterback, senior Chris Cain, passed for two additional scores and ended 23-of-30 for 370 yards.

It’s where Greenberry has now risen on two all-time state lists that shows just what he’s done for the Panthers this season.

For touchdown catches, Greenberry upped his season total to 32 and has broken one of the oldest football records in the Cal-Hi Sports state book. He moved past the previous record of 29 first set in 1970 by John McKay Jr. from Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) and then tied in 1999 by Earvin Johnson from Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.). Note: John McKay Jr.’s quarterback in 1970 was Pat Haden, currently the athletic director at USC.

For most receiving yards in a season, Greenberry not only went past the 2,000-yard mark but he surpassed the previous state record of 2,063 set in 2009 by Bryce McGovern from Monte Vista of Danville. Note: Bryce’s QB was Brett Nottingham, who could be starting at Stanford next season with the departure of Andrew Luck to the NFL.

Greenberry committed to Notre Dame before the season began along with his cousin, defensive back Tee Shepard, who transferred to Washington Union before the start of the season but was not granted eligibility.

Here are updates of the two primary state record categories in which Greenberry now sits on the top:

Most Receiving Yards (Season)

2,108 - Deontay Greenberry, Easton Washington Union, 2011 (13)*

2,063 - Bryce McGovern, Danville Monte Vista, 2009 (12)

2,053 - Anthony Celestine, Ridgecrest Burroughs, 2003 (13)

2,001 - Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel, 2011 (14)

1,899 - Logan Smith, Folsom Vista del Lago, 2011 (12)

1,846 - Steve Martinez, Los Angeles Wilson, 1977 (13)

1,810 - Barry Wilson, Tulare, 2005 (13)

1,780 - Hayo Carpenter, Ridgecrest Burroughs, 2005 (14)

1,779 - Geoff McArthur, Pacific Palisades, 1999 (13)

1,772 - Phil Galligan, Moraga Campolindo, 2004 (12)

1,749 - Kelly Starnes, Concord, 2010 (13)

1,748 - Tim Feirfeil, North Hills Los Angeles Baptist, 1997 (10)

1,741 - John McKay, La Puente Bishop Amat, 1970 (13)

1,734 - Glen Kozlowski, Carlsbad, 1980

1,731 - David Saraf, Beverly Hills, 1991 (13)

1,708 - Keith Poole, Clovis, 1991 (13)

1,706 - Clay Robbins, Atherton Menlo School, 2009 (13)

1,703 - Travis Watkins, Claremont, 1985 (14)

1,702 - Richard Mullaney, Thousand Oaks, 2010 (12)

1,690 - Tony Hartley, Los Alamitos, 1995 (13)

1,680 - Jake Maulhardt, Camarillo, 2011 (11)

1,669 - Skyler Moore, Montclair, 2003 (10)

*CIF Division III state bowl game still to be played.

Most Touchdown Catches (Season)

32 - Deontay Greenberry, Easton Washington Union, 2011 (13)*

29 - John McKay, La Puente Bishop Amat, 1970 (13)

29 - Earvin Johnson, Los Angeles Cathedral, 1999 (13) Jr.

28 - Andre Wells, Richmond Salesian, 2005 (13)

27 - Ramon Martinez, Hacienda Heights Los Altos, 2000 (14)

27 - Barry Wilson, Tulare, 2005 (13)

27 - Tyler Trosin, Folsom, 2010 (15)

26 - Pete Sartini, Fresno Bullard, 1981 (12)

26 - Matt Barnes, Fair Oaks Del Campo, 1997 (12)**

26 - Anthony Teniente, Blythe Palo Verde, 2009 (11)

*CIF Division III state bowl game still to be played.

**Currently plays for L.A. Lakers in the NBA.


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