Merced’s Scheidt de­cides to let other CCC coaches choose MVP

Merced Sun-Star - - Sports - BY SHAWN JANSEN sjansen@mer­ced­

Merced High foot­ball coach Rob Scheidt couldn’t make up his mind so he put two of his play­ers up for the Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Con­fer­ence Most Valu­able Player.

It was a tough call for Scheidt with Dhameer War­ren and Xavier Ste­wart both con­tribut­ing so much on both sides of the ball.

The CCC coaches se­lected War­ren for con­fer­ence MVP and Ste­wart was named the con­fer­ence’s Best Of­fen­sive Player.

“Both were phe­nom­e­nal in con­fer­ence play and both were rec­og­nized for their play,” said Scheidt, who was also named the CCC Coach of the Year after lead­ing the Bears to a per­fect 10-0 record. “By far, they were the top vote-get­ters at their po­si­tions.”

War­ren helped guide a Merced of­fense that av­er­aged more than 50 points per game this sea­son. The third-year quar­ter­back threw for 885 yards and 14 touch­downs. He com­pleted 68 per­cent of his passes and threw just one in­ter­cep­tion. War­ren added 674 rush­ing yards and nine touch­downs.

War­ren was also a lock-down cor­ner­back who earned the most votes at de­fen­sive back.

Ste­wart was just as im­pres­sive at re­ceiver, catch­ing at least one touch­down in all 10 games for the Bears. The thirdyear re­ceiver caught 43 re­cep­tions for 843 yards and 14 touch­downs. Ste­wart also led the Bears with nine tack­les for loss this sea­son, in­clud­ing three sacks while play­ing out­side line­backer and de­fen­sive end.

“I knew X would be up for MVP too,” War­ren said. “I would have been happy for him if he got it and I would have got the other award. It makes me happy to see our team suc­ceed.”

War­ren says the big­gest dif­fer­ence for him this year is cut­ting down on the turnovers after throw­ing 15 in­ter­cep­tions last year.

“I think our guys let me lead a lit­tle more this year,” War­ren said. “They showed a lot trust in me.”

Merced’s other third-year se­nior Clif­ford John­son was also hon­ored by the con­fer­ence coaches when they se­lected him as the Of­fen­sive Line­man of the Year.

The Bears of­fen­sive line had three other play­ers earn al­l­league hon­ors with Miguel Govea be­ing a first-team se­lec­tion and An­thony Davis and Marc-An­thony Martinez be­ing se­lected to the se­cond team.

“Our skill guys get a lot of at­ten­tion, but any­body who has seen us knows how im­por­tant our of­fen­sive line has been this sea­son,” Scheidt said. “It was good to see four guys get re­warded. Clif­ford was by far the top vote-get­ter at the po­si­tion.”

The other top awards went to Buhach Colony’s Noah Perez as Best De­fen­sive Player and Pat­ter­son’s Boss Foumai as De­fen­sive Line­man of the Year.

Perez helped an­chor a strong de­fen­sive line for the Thun­der this sea­son, which helped BC fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with an 8-2 record.

The of­fen­sive play­ers se­lected to the all-CCC first team in­clude: line­men John­son, Perez, Govea, Lo­gan Foumai (Pat­ter­son), Aris­teo Prado (Golden Val­ley), To­mas Sand-

oval (Buhach Colony), run­ning backs Des­mond Thomp­son (Merced), Charles Jack­son (At­wa­ter), quar­ter­backs War­ren and Ju­nior Gar­cia (Merced) and re­ceivers Ste­wart,

Ezra Mo­rales (Merced), Moses Ruelas (Pat­ter­son) and Ron­ald Har­ris (Pat­ter­son).

The first-team all-CCC de­fense was com­prised of line­men Lo­gan Wil­liams (Merced), Ma­son Reel (Buhach Colony), Lo­gan Foumai (Pat­ter­son), Boss Foumai, de­fen­sive end/ out­side lineback­ers Ste­wart and Davon John­son (Golden Val­ley), in­side lineback­ers Xavier Or­tizWil­son (Merced), Ger­ardo Al­varado (Golden Val­ley) and de­fen­sive backs (War­ren), Youlas Dick­son (Buhach Colony), Ron­nie Mi­randa (Merced), Nate Moore (At­wa­ter) and Avery Townsel (Golden Val­ley0.

Two kick­ers in Adrian Me­le­sio (Pat­ter­son) and Eluid Inzuza (Golden Val­ley) were both named to the first team.

The se­cond team of­fense picks were: line­man Davis, Miguel Martinez (At­wa­ter), Tyler Green (Buhach Colony), Boss Foumai (Pat­ter­son), and Martinez, run­ning backs Jaren Phillips (Golden Val­ley), Dick­son, quar­ter­back Lo­gan McCleery (Pat­ter­son) and re­ceivers Nathan Knight (At­wa­ter), Brendan Ek­izian (Buhach Colony) and Miguel Al­varez (Pat­ter­son).

The se­cond-team de­fen­sive play­ers in­cluded: line­men Sam Jenkins (At­wa­ter), Luis Bautista (Golden Val­ley), Seth Du­ran, lineback­ers Nick Mar­avilla (At­wa­ter), TJ Pow­ell (Merced), Crisanto Perez (At­wa­ter), Ethan Meza (El Cap­i­tan) and de­fen­sive backs Bran­don Ralls (Buhach Colony), Miguel Al­varez (Pat­ter­son), Trey Paster (Buhach Colony) and Jesse Quiralte (Merced).

AN­DREW KUHN akuhn@mer­ced­

Buhach Colony ju­nior Os­car Small­wood (6) fum­bles the ball as he is hit by Merced se­nior Dhameer War­ren (1) on Oct. 5 at Veterans Sta­dium in Merced on Oct. 5. The Bears beat the Thun­der 55-14.

AN­DREW KUHN akuhn@mer­ced­

Merced se­nior Xavier Ste­wart (2) car­ries the ball ear­lier this sea­son. Ste­wart was named the Best Of­fen­sive Player in the Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia Con­fer­ence after catch­ing 14 touch­downs this sea­son.

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