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 Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Oct. 21.

Eric Gaona

Unbeaten Grant received a major spark from Eric Gaona in a 42-12 East Valley League victory over Sun Valley Poly. Gaona had nine catches for 260 yards, including touchdown receptions of 60 and 75 yards, in addition to making three interceptions.

Matt Takata
Charter Oak

Takata came out of relative obscurity to lead Charter Oak to one of its biggest wins of the season and certainly one of the biggest in the career of head coach Lou Farrar, who won his 300th game on Friday night against Chino. Takata, a converted linebacker and the third QB the Chargers have used this season, threw for 409 yards and three touchdowns. And more importantly, he eased concerns about the quarterback position while senior starter Bret Clemetson is out with an injury.

Jalen Chatman

Chatman completed 13 for 16 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half, of Narbonne’s 59-0 rout of rival Carson on Friday. Chatman has thrown for nine touchdowns and one interception in his last two starts.

Osiris St. Brown
Mater Dei

He had 11 receptions for 149 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Orange Lutheran. The 6-foot-1, 178-pound senior, who committed to Stanford, has 29 receptions for 649 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 22 yards a reception and 108 receiving yards a game. St. Brown has at least one touchdown catch in five games and has surpassed 100 receiving yards in three games.

Lemusu Toailoa

Toailoa had an all-around standout game in helping the Lions earn their first Citrus Belt League win of the season, 41-36 over Citrus Valley. On offense, he rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, he had five solo tackles, one assist, two passes defended, two interceptions and 54 return yards.

Duy Tran-Sampson

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder rushed for 435 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries and caught two passes for 23 yards in a 47-31 Palomares League win over Bonita Friday night. His longest touchdown run was for 60 yards. Tran-Sampson now has 1,376 yards on 161 carries with 12 touchdowns. This will be the third year he has led the Wolfpack in rushing.

Travis Dye

Dye rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries — he also caught two passes — and helped Norco hold off a furious effort by King on Friday night in the Cougars’ 36-35 nail-biting Big VIII League victory over the Wolves.

Armando Herrera
Redlands East Valley

Herrera completed 12 of 16 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns in Thursday’s Citrus Belt League 49-0 victory over Miller. All of his touchdown passes were for 25 yards or more and three of them were for 40 or more. He led the Wildcats to touchdowns on their first four drives to put the game out of reach in the first quarter.

Demetrious Flowers
St. John Bosco

Filling in for injured starting Bosco running back Terrance Beasley, Demetrious Flowers has been in bloom. Last week against Santa Margarita, Flowers powered his way forward with 20 carries for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Running well through contact as well as making defenders miss, Flowers was a big part of why the Braves avoided a possible trap game and defeated Santa Margarita 47-10 with a running clock.

NOTE: SoCal Prep Legends coincides with The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties, which are the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News.