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All-County football: First team defense
The Register’s All-County football team for 2015.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Mater Dei, 5-9, 179, Sr.
The Register’s defensive player of the year
La Habra, 5-11, 215, Jr.
Rivas developed into a physical force and helped the Highlanders win the CIF-SS Southwest Division title. He finished with 151 tackles, four sacks and one interception. The Freeway League’s defensive player of the year also collected 16 tackles for loss. “He became the leader of the defense and has an intensity that is contagious,” La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta said. “Loves contact and is very tough.”
Mater Dei, 6-4, 210, Sr.
The Stanford commit finished with a flurry, helping the Monarchs reach the Pac-5 Division semifinals. The three-year starter racked up 10 sacks, 17 hurries, 55 total tackles and a safety en route to being an All-Trinity League first team selection. He had a team-high nine solo tackles in the semifinals against Centennial of Corona. “A true force from his outside linebacker position,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. “A team captain and a tremendous leader.”
Mission Viejo, 6-2, 210, Jr.
Schooler became a standout running back in the postseason, but also helped anchor the Diablos’ defense as an outside linebacker. He finished with 125 total tackles and nine sacks to help push Mission Viejo (16-0) to CIF-SS (West Valley) and CIF State (Division I-AA) titles. He was a first-team All-South Coast League pick. Schooler capped his season by recording a team-high nine total tackles and one pass breakup and rushing for 224 yards on 31 carries in a 24-0 victory against Bellarmine of San Jose in the state final. Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson praised Schooler for his toughness and skill.
Villa Park, 6-2, 215, Jr.
Stamos collected a team-high 139 total tackles, including 79 solo, to help the Spartans (12-1) win Crestview League title and reach the Southwest Division semifinals. He had 20 total tackles in the semifinals against La Habra. The Crestview League’s player of the year added 495 yards rushing on 72 carries. “He was our team’s best leader, most consistent player and hardest worker,” Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich said. “He’s a very intelligent football player and student.”
ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL LINKS
- All of the All-County football stories, photos, videos
- All-County football: First team defense
- All-County football: First team offense
- All-County football: All-purpose and specialists
- Offensive player of the year: Mission Viejo's Brock Johnson
- Defensive player of the year: Mater Dei's Jed Smith
- Football coach of the year: Valencia's Mike Marrujo
Tesoro, 6-0, 225, Sr.
The speedy defensive end emerged as arguably the county’s top pass rusher, recording a team-leading 13 sacks and 21 hurries. He recorded five sacks against Sunset League champion Edison. “He was a terror all year long,” Tesoro coach Matt Poston said of the first-team All-South League selection. “He’s relentless.” Evagues’ athleticism helped him finish fourth on his defense with 60 total tackles, including a team-high 43 solo.
Mission Viejo, 6-3, 265, Sr.
The Harvard commit anchored a defensive line that helped the Diablos go 16-0 and win CIF-SS and CIF State titles. The tackle punctuated a strong postseason with two tackles for loss against Bellarmine in the CIF State Division I-AA final. He was the South Coast League’s defensive MVP and started for an injury-ravaged offensive line, making him a rare two-way starter for Mission Viejo. “He was tremendous for us,” Diablos coach Bob Johnson said.
Santa Margarita, 6-5, 240, Sr.
Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson called Stewart the best defensive player he saw in 2015. Trinity League coaches seemed to agree, voting Stewart co-defensive MVP with St. John Bosco defensive end Jacob Callier. “Alec had a great senior season,” ex-Santa Margarita coach Rick Curtis said of Stewart, who finished third on the Eagles defense with 66 total tackles, including a team-high eight for losses. “Alec is one who gives it his all on every single play.”
Mater Dei, 5-9, 161, Jr.
The well-rounded Cole teamed with fellow junior Quentin Lake to give the Monarchs two of the best cornerbacks in the county. Cole earned All-Trinity League first team honors and finished as the Monarchs’ second-leading tackler with 60. The two-year starter also recorded nine batted balls, 24 pass defenses, two interceptions and returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in Week 10 against Santa Margarita. “Stepped up big as our cover guy,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said. “Has the self-confidence in man coverage and also is an excellent open-field tackler.”
Orange Lutheran, 6-2, 190, Jr.
The hard-hitting safety helped the Lancers reach the second round of the Pac-5 playoffs. He led the Orange Lutheran with 114 total tackles, including 77 solo, and also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and grabbed an interception. “Brandon was very consistent,” Orange Lutheran coach Chuck Petersen said. “He was a sure tackler and good cover guy.” McKinney was selected to the All-Trinity League first team defense. He also rushed for 464 yards and collected 25 receptions for 388 yards. He has been offered by UCLA, Washington, Arizona State and Boston College.
Mission Viejo, 6-3, 185, Sr.
The athletic and hard-hitting safety was a clutch playmaker in the Diablos’ run to an undefeated season. He racked up 91 total tackles, three interceptions and numerous big plays on special teams. He blocked three punts and two field goals. In a 21-14 victory against Vista Murrieta in the West Valley final, he blocked a field goal, made a diving interception that led to the winning touchdown and helped contain dangerous returner Kyle Williams. Schooler also caught three touchdowns in the West Valley playoffs at wide receiver and returned a punt and interception for scores. He joined his brother, Colin, as a first-team All-South Coast League defense selection. Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson praised the brothers for their passionate play.
JSerra, 5-9, 190, Sr.
The versatile and ultra-productive Williams could have made first-team All-County in a few spots. He rushed for 1,159 yards and added almost 300 yards receiving. He also spent time at linebacker, cornerback, safety and on special teams. He was the Trinity League’s co-MVP with running back Sean McGrew of St. John Bosco. “One of the best players I’ve ever coached,” JSerra coach Jim Hartigan said of Williams, who rushed for 224 yards against Orange Lutheran in Week 10.
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