Boys Athlete of the Week

VOTE: SoCal Prep Legends Boys Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Nov. 13 to Nov. 18, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 24.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Moises Haynes
In Friday’s CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinal win at Norco, Haynes showed why he’s been one of Valencia’s anchors all season. He ran for 288 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries and the Vikings scored 70 points to reach the semifinals for the second consecutive year.

DJ Uiagalelei
St. John Bosco
Uiagalelei completed 24 of his 34 pass attempts for 375 yards and four touchdowns in Bosco’s 55-28 over Rancho Cucamonga in the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals on Friday.

Evanson Franck-Love
Mira Costa
Franck-Love, a senior, rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 45-28 victory over Canyon of Canyon Country, Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinals. He scored on runs of 48 and 36 yards to lead the Mustangs into the semifinals

Tahj Butcher
The 5-foot-7, 155-pounder was a factor for the Hawks (11-1) on both sides of the ball in Friday’s 35-20 Division 8 quarterfinal win over Garden Grove. He ran for 196 yards on 21 carries and caught a pass for 20 yards. He also had an interception on defense. On the season he has run for 1,082 yards and 12 touchdowns on 114 tries.

Darius Riley
Rancho Cucamonga
The Cougars standout turned in the top finish of any local individual at the CIF Southern Section meet in Riverside on Saturday. He placed sixth in the Division 1 race which included 175 runners with a three-mile time of 14:47.5 that was a personal best as well as a school record. That finish qualified him for a place in this weekend’s state meet at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Akili Arnold
Mission Viejo
He rushed for season-highs of 313 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries in a 48-35 win over Orange Lutheran in a CIF-SS Division 1 second-round playoff game. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior running back scored on runs of 13, 28, 82, 80 and 60 yards. For the season, Arnold has rushed for 1,485 yards. His previous season high was 197 rushing yards against San Clemente.

Giovanni Sanders
Murrieta Mesa
Sanders caught nine passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns in helping the Rams defeat Glendora 54-20 in a Division 4 quarterfinal game. Sanders’ yardage total fell 1 yard shy of equaling the Inland record set by Ramona’s Chris Camacho in 2003. Sanders’ touchdown catches went for 28, 71, 73, 48 and 46 yards. He also intercepted two passes on defense.

Greg Dulcich
St. Francis
The tight end played in big role in helping St. Francis knock off No. 2 seed Citrus Hill in Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals to reach Friday’s semifinal at home against El Toro. Dulcich, hauled in six receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the Golden Knight’s 30-20 victory.

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