All-Bay Area News Group high school football, fall 2021: Utility

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Bay Area News Group stories honoring the top football players from the fall 2021 season.


First team

Jayvion Cole, McClymonds, 6-0, 175, senior

Oakland Athletic League’s player of the year helped lead McClymonds to its fourth state championship since 2016. In a 33-22 non-league victory over Marin Catholic, which also went on to win a state title, Cole caught seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. In a 54-7 rout of Birmingham-Lake Balboa for the CIF Division 3-A state championship, Cole set the tone by returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a TD.

Petelo Gi, Serra, 5-9, 195, senior

The West Catholic Athletic League’s running back of the year was a difference-maker, according to his coach, Patrick Walsh. Gi stood out as a running back and also played linebacker for the Central Coast Section Division I champion. “Always falls forward, plays with great effort,” one rival coach said.

Charles Greer, De La Salle, 5-10, 180, junior

Led the Concord powerhouse in rushing with 1,258 yards and 17 touchdowns in 149 attempts. Caught seven passes for 139 yards and three TDs. In a 49-21 victory over Cathedral Catholic-San Diego, which went on to win a state title, Greer ran for 230 yards and three TDs in 20 carries.

Kenny Olson, Foothill, 6-2, 205, senior

First-team honors at linebacker and wide receiver in the East Bay Athletic League’s Valley Division. As a linebacker, he finished with 70 tackles, including 50 solos and seven for loss. Had three sacks. As a receiver, he caught 48 passes for 704 yards and 13 TDs.

Burlingame’s Will Uhrich scores against Half Moon Bay in October. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  

Will Uhrich, Burlingame, 6-1, 195, senior

The Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division defensive player of the year led his team to an 8-3 record and CCS playoff berth. “Stud on both sides of the ball,” said one of the league’s coaches. Added another, “Kid played every position on (defense) and was go-to player on (offense).” Burlingame coach John Philpopoulos called his safety/WR  “one of the best 3-4 kids I’ve ever coached.”

Second team

Sam Betz, Leigh, 6-1, 205, senior

The MVP of the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Santa Teresa Division scored 201 points to finish second in the CCS among statistics reported to MaxPreps. Rushed for 1,075 yards and 24 TDs. Caught 11 passes for 90 yards and one TD. Also kicked 51 PATs. As a linebacker, finished second on the team in tackles with 49 as Leigh finished 9-2.

TJ Costello, Dublin, 6-1, 230, senior

First-team selection as a tight end in the East Bay Athletic League’s Valley Division. Also lined up as a fullback. Finished with 659 yards and eight TDs receiving and 385 yards and five TDs rushing. Averaged 16 yards per touch. As a middle linebacker, he had 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a team that qualified for the NCS Division II playoffs.

Dublin’s TJ Costello runs against California on Oct. 1 in Dublin. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) 

Mark Eby, Leland, 6-2, 205, senior

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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