High-SchoolCalifornia: Deontay Greenberry

State Football TD Catch Leaders

July, 23, 2012
California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSLe Grand's Zach Moreno hauled in 21 touchdown catches during 2011 season.
Here’s one updated list from the exclusive Cal-Hi Sports state record book with a new all-time leader from last season. This one also still includes a current NBA player in the top 10, but the Earvin Johnson listed is no relation to Magic.

For 31 years, the state record for most touchdown catches in one season was held at least in part by John McKay Jr. from Bishop Amat of La Puente, who caught passes from current USC athletic director and former NFL QB Pat Haden. McKay’s record was tied in 1999, but it was surpassed last year by Deontay Greenberry from Washington Union of Fresno. Greenberry finished with 33 touchdowns and helped the Panthers win the CIF Division III state championship.

Here are the updated all-time leaders from the Cal-Hi Sports state record book heading into the 2012 season now with more than 100 listings:

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All-State Football First Team Offense

January, 25, 2012
Zach KlineMark Tennis/ESPNHSQB Zach Kline followed up strong showing at Elite 11 camp last summer by leading team to CIF North Coast Section Division I final.
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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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All-State Football: Small Schools

January, 21, 2012
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Greenberry, three others from Washington Union gain annual honors from Cal-Hi Sports while four from Sierra Canyon are tabbed.

Note: This is the second release of several highlighting the 33rd annual edition of the ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports All-State Football Team. Still to come are All-State Medium Schools, All-State First Team, All-State Second Team and All-State Third Team. The small schools team is comprised of players from Division IV and Division V schools that are eligible for our traditional state rankings. That is why CIF Division III state champ Washington of Easton has players in this group while schools like Lompoc, Campolindo and Marin Catholic will have players eligible for our medium schools all-state team.

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 this year’s all-state teams in all divisions.

Mr. Football State Player of the Year Deontay Greenberry from Washington of Easton leads the way on the annual Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools Football Team.

Greenberry, a receiver who set state records for touchdown catches in a season and receiving yards in a season, is one of four players from CIF Division III state champ Washington to earn a selection. The other three are running back Donald Phelps (first team), linebacker K.C. Migliore (second team) and quarterback/running back Chris Cain (second team).

The quarterback position is among the best for California small schools ever and was very difficult to choose. Elite 11 camp participant Shane Dillon of El Cajon Christian was first team while University of Arizona-bound Nathan Sudfield was second team. Others, such as Carmel’s Devin Pearson and Sierra Canyon’s Tyler Stewart, made the first team as multi-purpose players.

Here is the complete roster of the 2011 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Small Schools Football Teams:

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Washington wins one for its section

December, 17, 2011
The first-ever appearance by a team from the CIF Central Section in the six-year history of the CIF Bowl Game format proved fortuitous for Washington Union of Easton.

The Panthers (14-0) rode a 14-0 first quarter lead to post a 21-16 Division III victory over Campolindo of Moraga in the 12 noon game on Saturday in Carson.

The contest was billed as a matchup of a Cinderella Campolindo team, fresh off back-to-back upsets of Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman and Kentfield Marin Catholic in the North Coast Section Division II playoffs, against the explosive offense of Washington Union and its record-setting wide receiver Deontay Greenberry.

Greenberry added to his records, but his defensive play and that of his Panther teammates was the difference in a game that at times looked like neither team really wanted to take charge and put the other away.

“I wasn't even supposed to play defense, but coach put me out there and I was able to make some plays. We came up big when we had to,” Greenberry told Cal-Hi Sports.

Campolindo (14-1) moved the ball well on the game’s opening drive but stalled on Washington Union’s 29-yard line and gave the ball up on downs.

It would be the first of six drives the Cougars would have that got inside the Panther 30 that resulted in only one field goal and one touchdown.
Washington Union, Deontay Greenberry
Mark Tennis/ESPNHSFans of CIF Div. III state champ Washington Union can't get enough of record-breaking wide receiver Deontay Greenberry.

When Washington Union got the ball, Donald Phelps immediately broke of a 34-yard run on the first play and the Panthers were in business.

Five plays later, quarterback Chris Cain found Greenberry for a 26-yard touchdown pass and Washington had a 7-0 lead it never relinquished.

Padding his records

Greenberry, who was pretty much held in check by the double- and triple-teaming of Campolindo’s defense, finished with four catches for 57 yards and the one score.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior entered the game with state records for touchdown receptions and yardage in a season, according to the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book. He ends the year with 109 catches for 2,165 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Unable to run the ball

Although Campolindo held Washington Union scoreless for 27:42 after falling behind by two touchdowns, its offense never really got untracked and couldn’t put a big enough dent in the Panther defense to close the gap.

The Cougars’ running game that coming in averaged 161 yards and over two touchdowns per game, managed only 72 yards and one score.

Campolindo junior quarterback Brett Stephens was 25-of-40 for 264 yards, but his four interceptions matched the number he had coming into the game.

Game MVP: Donald Phelps

Phelps, who rushed for a 182 yards, also had two of the picks on defense. Greenberry added an interception and a fumble recovery.

“I just wanted to come out and play hard and do what I could do for the team on defense,” said Phelps. “No, I don't think our defense has been overlooked this season. We practiced hard all week against certain plays and dominated.”

Despite the turnovers and an inability to take advantage of field position, Campolindo closed to 14-10 on a 36-yard pass from Stephens to Griffin Piatt with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

When Mason Windatt intercepted Cain on the final play of the third quarter, Campolindo got the ball and an opportunity to take the lead.

However, this game belonged to the boys from the Fresno suburbs. After two short Campolindo runs, Washington Union’s K.C. Migliore stepped in front of a would be Cougar receiver to intercept the pass and snuff out the opportunity.

Five plays later, Cain took it in from 1-yard out and the game was all but over.

Campolindo would score with 44 seconds remaining on a 19-yard Stephens to Windblatt TD pass, but the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Greenberry to seal the deal.

Greenberry now becomes the second straight player to set a state record and win a CIF Bowl Game title. Mr. Football State Player of the Year Dano Graves turned the trick last year with Folsom. His record was for rushing-passing combined touchdowns.

“That was the goal I set in the summer. Yes, both of them. I wanted a state record and a state championship,” said Greenberry, who is still committed to Notre Dame, but will visit USC later this weekend with teammate/cousin Tee Shepard, a Fresno Central transfer that was denied eligibility by the section.

Despite the loss, Campolindo coach Kevin Macy was upbeat in defeat.

“We've been playing with house money for such a long time. There was nothing left to give,” Macy remarked. “It was such a tough week, and we were so spent from our playoff run, that when we got going, it was a little too late. But I don't have any regrets.”

For Washington Union and the Central Section as a whole, the victory would seem to legitimize the fact that teams from the valley belong in the CIF bowl games.

"It feels great. I kept thinking right at the end, 'Wow, this is really going to happen,'” said Washington Union coach Jeff Freitas. “I don't want to say anything about the selection process, but I definitely think it's time for more teams (from the Central Section) to get the opportunity. With new games next year, you'll see more teams here in the future."

Greenberry on California record tear

December, 14, 2011
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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