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All-State Football First Team Offense

January, 25, 2012
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Linemen lead best class of big guys in state history while two juniors take advantage of sub-par running back class and get up onto the first team.

Note: This is the fourth release of several highlighting the 33rd annual edition of the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. Previous releases focused on small schools, medium schools and underclass.

Click here for the All-State Underclass teams (juniors, sophomores).

Click here for the list of those that were on our board as nominees for all of this year’s all-state teams in all divisions.

Here is a closer look at the 12 players chosen first team offense:

WR Deontay Greenberry (Washington, Easton) 6-3, 190, Sr.
The ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football State Player of the Year had a remarkable season with state record totals of 33 touchdown catches and 2,165 yards. Greenberry also caught 109 passes, played a ball-hawking brand of defense in the secondary and led Washington (14-0) to the CIF Division III state bowl championship. Greenberry has committed to Notre Dame.

WR Darreus Rogers (Carson) 6-2, 195, Sr.
With a verbal to USC before the season even started, this standout wideout started and ended in big-time fashion despite being the focal point for the opposition. He opened with 12 catches for 255 yards and three scores in a win over Mater Dei and then caught 12 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Long Beach Poly. After ending with 13 catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Narbonne, Rogers finished with 64 catches for 1,251 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Check here to see which teams may be going up, which ones going down in next week’s state rankings, the 11th of the 2011 regular season.

The game of the night on Friday was at Cerritos College where No. 2 Servite survived an overtime thriller against No. 20 Santa Margarita with a 43-42 triumph. We have linked the ESPNLA story from that game on our front page and will have more about the Friars later in the weekend. The only upset of the night was in the CIF Central Section where Clovis West ended a terrible season on a bright note by knocking off previously unbeaten Clovis.

The game of the night on Thursday was at Moorpark College where No. 3 Westlake rolled over No. 11 St. Bonaventure 35-14. It was similar to the Warriors’ previous 43-16 victory against No. 10 Oaks Christian. Contrary to what some were saying on the Fox Sports West broadcast, however, Westlake has had a close game this year and in fact came within one play of losing when the team played Del Oro of Loomis.

Numbers were important on many fronts in Westlake’s win. Coach Jim Benkert became the third coach in the state this season to record his milestone 200th victory and joins a list that in the history of the state still only includes less than 70 names. Kicker Alex Ball did not get to try or make any field goals so he ended his regular season two short of the state record of 18 set in 1993 by Justin Ventura of Claremont and tied in 2004 by Kai Forbath from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

The number that perhaps means the most for Benkert and his squad is 10 as in 10-0. The win capped Westlake’s fourth 10-0 regular-season since 1999, completed a sweep through the Marmonte League (something the Warriors didn’t do last year) and ensured a top seeding in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. Two of the three previous 10-0 teams heading into the playoffs also went on to finish the section playoffs at 14-0. If this year’s team does the same, there doesn’t seem to be much doubt that a 15th game would be next in a CIF state bowl game.

Here are this weekend’s top 25 scores (through Saturday):

1. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated California (San Ramon) 24-3 on Friday.

2. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 43-42 in OT on Friday at Cerritos College.

3. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.) 10-0
Defeated No. 11 St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 35-14 on Thursday.

4. Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 54-14 on Saturday.

5. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) 10-0*
Defeated Murrieta Mesa 51-20 on Thursday.

6. Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated King (Riverside) 58-3 on Thursday.

7. Redlands East Valley (Redlands, Calif.) 10-0
Defeated Yucaipa 48-0 on Thursday.

8. Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 8-2
Defeated Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 42-7 on Thursday.

9. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated Cabrillo (Long Beach) 43-6 on Thursday.

10. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) 8-2
Defeated Newbury Park 42-17 on Thursday.

11. St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 9-2
LOST to No. 3 Westlake (Westlake Village) 35-14 on Thursday.

12. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 10-1
Defeated Rodriguez (Fairfield) 57-13 on Thursday.

13. Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) 10-1
Defeated Sacramento 42-0 on Friday in Sac-Joaquin Section D3 playoffs.

14. Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated Steele Canyon (Spring Valley) 49-7 on Thursday.

15. Buhach Colony (Atwater, Calif.) 11-0
Defeated Lodi 48-13 on Friday in Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs.

16. Upland (Upland, Calif.) 10-0
Defeated Alta Loma 49-3 on Thursday.

17. Clovis (Clovis, Calif.) 9-1
LOST to Clovis West (Fresno) 29-27 on Friday.

18. Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) 10-1
Defeated Sheldon (Sacramento) 56-30 on Thursday.

19. Elk Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 11-0
Defeated River City (West Sacramento) 49-0 on Friday in Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs.

20. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 8-2
LOST to Servite (Anaheim) 43-42 in OT on Friday at Cerritos College.

21. Dorsey (Los Angeles, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated Locke (Los Angeles) 33-7 on Thursday.

22. Bakersfield (Bakersfield, Calif.) 10-0
Defeated Liberty (Bakersfield) 42-13 on Thursday.

23. Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) 8-3
Defeated Turlock 38-0 on Friday in Sac-Joaquin Section D1 playoffs.

24. J.W. North (Riverside, Calif.) 9-1
Defeated Norco 45-14 on Friday.

25. Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) 8-2
Defeated Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 21-14 on Friday.

Teams On The Bubble (alphabetical):
Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 9-0-1
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 9-1
Edison (Fresno) 9-1
Folsom 9-2
Loyola (Los Angeles) 8-2
Narbonne (Harbor City) 7-3
Poway 9-0-1
Rancho Cucamonga 9-1
Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 10-0
San Clemente 9-1
San Pedro 10-0
St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 7-3
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 9-2

Bubble Teams That Lost: Crespi (Encino), Palma (Salinas), St. Augustine (San Diego), Yucaipa.

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