Wednesday, April 16, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Vanden is tops in tough grid season

By
From page B1 | November 22, 2012 | Leave Comment

vanden_benicia_football_10_26_12

Vanden quarterback Jadon Brisendine gets ready to make a throw during the game against Benicia in October. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

FAIRFIELD — It’s no secret: The 2012 high school football season wasn’t the best for the city.

With no playoff team for just the sixth time since 1980 and no team with a winning record for the first time since 1982, you could say it ranks as one of the worst.

Scores and standings aside, there were some great individual efforts and of such are all-city teams made. Here’s a look at the Daily Republic’s 2012 All-City Football Team.

Offensive Player of the Year

Jadon Brisendine, Vanden, QB — Following in the footsteps of Chad Hurst and Ben Scott as sophomore starters for the Vikings, Brisendine turned in a solid campaign, completing 126 of 242 passes for 1,732 yards, the sixth-best total in school history, and 19 touchdowns.

Defensive Player of the Year

Elijah Williams, Vanden, LB — Despite having to deal with a broken hand, Williams amassed a city-best 111 tackles, 53 of them solo. He also had two sacks and returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown. Not surprisingly, he was the co-Solano County Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Lineman of the Year

Kenny Brand, Vanden, OL/DL — The two-way starter was named the SCAC Lineman of the Year, anchoring the Vikings’ offensive line at left tackle and tying for the team-lead with three sacks on defense.

Coach of the Year

LeVon Haynes, Vanden — Sure, his team finished with a losing record and missed the playoffs, but Haynes’ Vikings had nearly as many wins (four) as the other three schools in town combined (five).

Offense

Ren Littlepage, Vanden, RB — Thanks to 206 yards in the season-finale with Fairfield, the junior standout finished with 1,005 yards, the first Vikings 1,000-yard rusher since Damon Treat in 2009 and 16th in school history.

Damian Simpson, Armijo, RB — Regardless of whose stats you go with – the Daily Republic had Simpson for 982 yards on 182 carries, Maxpreps.com for 1,051 yards on 140 carries despite omitting the 35 yards and a TD he had in the season opener – he had a solid season with five 100-yard games.

Gage Ealy, Rodriguez, RB — Despite attempting just seven passes, the versatile Ealy threw for 207 yards, just 33 fewer than Armijo. He also ran for 453 yards, including 110 in the season finale against the Indians.

Eric Clark, Fairfield, RB — As the Falcons’ lone rushing threat, Clark ran for 441 yards and three touchdowns, going for 110 yards and two TDs against Rodriguez.

Aaron Short, Rodriguez, WR — It’s safe to say the Mustangs didn’t throw the ball often enough in Short’s direction. On just 16 receptions he had 495 yards for a city-best 30.9 yards per grab and seven TDs, also tops in town.

Christian Basden, Vanden, WR — Turning in another solid season, Basden had a city-best 35 catches for 481 yards and five TDs.

Dion Williams, Vanden, WR — Williams led city receivers with 515 yards and his 29 catches, 18.4 yards per catch and six TDs all ranked second among city receivers.

Aron Kirschbaum, Vanden, OL — The senior helped the Vikings average a city best 323.3 total yards per game.

Rito Gomez, Fairfield, OL — The only senior among Fairfield’s five all-SCAC second team picks, Gomez helped junior QB Michael Arredondo stay upright long enough to throw for 1,001 yards and 10 TDs.

Mark Papish, Rodriguez, OL — The 6-foot, 210-pound Papish joined Short and Ealy on the all-MEL second team.

Danny Charos, Armijo, OL — The Indians were looking for better things on offense, especially in the running game, and Charos helped them average 226.3 yards per game, an improvement of 162.6.

Eduardo Nuno, Rodriguez, K — As the city’s only regular place kicker, Nuno booted home 16 conversions and one field goal.

Defense

John Stevenson and Sergio Barajas, Vanden, DL — Stevenson and Barajas had 40 and 43 tackles, respectively, as the Vikings held opponents to 145.2 yards per game rushing.

Marcus Blanton, Fairfield, DL — Blanton was one of the few bright spots in a tough defensive season for the Falcons.

Mark Papish, Rodriguez, DL — The two-way all-MEL second team pick also makes it on both sides of the ball in all-City selections.

John Forsythe and Mike Weaver, Vanden, LB — Forsythe finished second to Elijah Williams on the Vikings with 90 tackles, while Weaver amassed 61 with two sacks.

Eric Clark, Fairfield, LB — The junior joins Papish as the only two-way all-City players.

Enrique Garrido-Ramirez, Armijo, LB — The senior returned from a serious neck injury as a junior to record a city-best 64 solo tackles, winding up with 80 overall.

Zack Williams, Rodriguez, LB — Listed as a defensive back on the Rodriguez roster, Williams made the all-MEL second team at linebacker.

Cedric Taylor, Vanden, DB —Taylor made his mark by becoming the first Viking to return an interception and a fumble for touchdowns in the same game. He led the team with five interceptions and was third with 90 tackles.

Billy Hurst, Devin Bruner, Vanden, DB — Hurst and Bruner finished with remarkably similar stats with the former recording 48 tackles, the latter 43 with each getting an interception. Bruner led the team with 10 passes defensed, Hurst taking second with eight. They helped the Vikings allow a city-low four TD passes.

Tyler Ross, Fairfield, DB — One thing the Falcons did well was defend the pass with Ross helping them hold seven of nine opponents under 100 yards through the air.

Hashim Boyd, Rodriguez, DB — With Boyd in the secondary, the Mustangs surrendered just nine TD passes and more than one just once — two to run-happy Vacaville, of all teams.

Enrique Garrido-Ramirez, P — It’s tough to make it twice on the all-city defensive team in the same year, but a city-best average of 42.7 yards per boot will do that.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
 
 
Solano Jews gather for start of Passover

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
 
Suisun police ID shooting victim

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3, 6 Comments

 
County discusses consolidated dispatch

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

Miner Slough Bridge to see repairs

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A4

 
Easter hunt set for Mare Island

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

 
‘Heaven is for Real’ opens Wednesday

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B5

 
 
Fiesta Days pageant organizers seek contestants

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5

Coakley joins Solano fair board

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6

 
Crews make quick work of vehicle fire

By Glen Faison | From Page: A6, 6 Comments | Gallery

 
Paper Clover Campaign supports Solano County 4-H

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

 
Hundreds flock to Krispy Kreme as it opens doors

By Susan Winlow | From Page: B9, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
County to honor Solano educators

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

.

US / World

Officials: Huge San Francisco blaze was accidental

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
‘Shrimp Boy’ pleads not guilty in corruption case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

First women move into Army platoon artillery jobs

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

New LA newspaper embraces print in digital world

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Congress is giving states the transportation blues

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 2 Comments

Police: Suspects in killings wore GPS devices

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

 
DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Robot sub returns to water after 1st try cut short

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

Ukraine: Military secures airport from attack

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Democrats have outside money advantage – for now

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14, 3 Comments

Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

 
2 dead after ferry sinks off SKorean coast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A15

.

Opinion

Oh, for the days of Dr. Welby

By Dan K. Thomasson | From Page: A13, 13 Comments

 
Poor Judgement in Flight 370 column

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

 
Senseless babble that hurts

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

Expand Red Top Road

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

 
Editorial cartoons for April 16, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A13

 
.

Living

Today in History for April 16, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

What love gives you

By Barton Goldsmith | From Page: A2

 
Saving carrots from their usual sugary Easter fate

By Sara Moulton | From Page: B6

Sweet pairings for grown-up Easter treats

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
A matzo ball soup fit for a weeknight dinner

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

My husband still pays his 45-year-old unemployed son’s bills

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
Horoscopes for April 16, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for bombing coverage

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Lindsay Lohan’s mom pleads guilty to DWI in NY

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Strahan’s ‘GMA’ side job confirmed with his visit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

.

Sports

Cal hires Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as coach

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Warriors trying to move on without Andrew Bogut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Sharks’ Torres uncertain for playoff opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Indians shut out Mustangs

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
49ers sign WR Brandon Lloyd to 1-year deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
.

Business

Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

 
Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

.

Obituaries

Carolyn McClelland

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Evonne Medina

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

.

Comics

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7