Calhoun Countdown: Time for the Regular Season awards


We’ve made it to the final week of the regular season.

(Take a moment and congratulate yourself.)

Now comes the fun - no, not CIF-SS Selection Sunday. I’m talking about awards time.

You might remember the “Too Early In The Season” Awards from September.

This week, we’re handing out some Calhoun Countdown Regular Season championship belts.

Regular Season Player of the Year: Remember how the Too Early Player of the Year ballot came down to Brock Johnson (Mission Viejo), Patrick O’Brien (San Juan Hills) and KJ Costello (Santa Margarita)? And how the Too Early champion was Johnson?

This time around, some of the names on the ballot are different, but Johnson still retains his title. Johnson has completed 136 of 204 passes (66.7 percent) for 2,342 yards, with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Plus, he has his team ranked No. 1 in the county and the Diablos should be considered the favorites to wrap up their second consecutive CIF-SS West Valley Division title.

Regular Season Upset of the Year: Down goes the champ! Down goes the champ!

In my opinion, the biggest upset this season came in the Academy League. Yes, I said the Academy League. Crean Lutheran upset the defending, undisputed Academy League kings, St. Margaret’s, 26-20, last week to snap a 38-consecutive league winning streak for the Tartans.

That was the first Academy League loss for the Tartans since 2004.

Regular Season Breakout Team of the Year: San Juan Hills. The Stallions were picked to finish fourth in the South Coast League this season. They opened the season with an upset over a preseason top-10 team, San Clemente, and remained undefeated until losing to Mission Viejo on Oct. 23. I wouldn’t want to line up against O’Brien and the Stallions in the playoffs.

Regular Season Coach of the Year: The Too Early in the Season Award went to Charlie TeGantvoort of Santa Ana. The Saints entered Golden West League play 5-0, but have suffered a pair of losses.

This time around, I’ll give the Coach of the Year championship belt to Corona del Mar’s Dan O’Shea. The Sea Kings are on the verge of wrapping up a fourth consecutive Pacific Coast League title, despite having to replace 11 starters on defense.

Here is the rest of the Calhoun Countdown:

The Countdown Showdown of the Week: San Juan Hills vs. Tesoro. Stallions and Titans meet in a battle for second place in the South Coast League.

This game could be, should be, explosive. In their victories, San Juan Hills has never been held under 32 points and has maxed out at 61. The Titans, with Devon Modster pulling the strings at quarterback, have also proven to be tough to stop, scoring at least 30 in every game except for the 35-14 loss to Mater Dei.

I predict the final score will be 42-40.

Welcome the final leg of the rushing title race: The regular season rushing title will be handed out after Friday’s game. Jordan Leonard (Brethren Christian) turned in another 200-yard performance in last week’s 49-7 victory over Sage Hill. He has six games with at least 200 yards. He enters this week with 1,858 yards.

Jacob Fimbres (Sonora) is in second with 1,695 yards. Sonora faces Buena Park this week in what could be a high-scoring contest. Jordan Antunez (Garden Grove) is hanging back in third place with 1,547.

My vote in this week’s O.C. Top 10 looked like this: 1. Mission Viejo; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Orange Lutheran; 4. Tesoro; 5. Servite; 6. Santa Margarita; 7. JSerra; 8. La Habra; 9. San Juan Hills; 10. Edison.

Agree? Disagree? Reaction?

The Real American Hero (for Week 9): Avery Williams, JSerra. Williams had 20 carries for 57 yards and two touchdowns and five receptions for 82 yards and a score to lead the Lions in the 35-28 victory over Mater Dei.

The player to watch this week: Jack Sears, San Clemente. The Tritons conclude the regular season against Aliso Niguel. Have you taken a look at Sears’ touchdown-to-interception ratio? The junior quarterback has 22 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

That might be just a bit impressive.

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