Offensive players to watch this season – press enterprise


The interior region will not be short of offensive superstars this football season.

Here are some of the best quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and linemen to watch this fall.

Ganesha quarterback Jesse Carmona has recorded 61 touchdowns in the past two seasons. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)


Jesse Carmona, Sr., Ganesha: Carmona can do anything on offense. In the last 16 games, he’s thrown for 2,464 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 2,337 yards and 35 touchdowns.

Kyle Crum, Sr., Norco: Crum was impressive in the spring, his first season leading the offense. He completed 64.6% of his passes for 1,254 yards and 14 touchdowns in five games.

Jayden Denegal, Sr., Apple Valley: Denegal is one of the best quarterbacks in the state and has committed to Michigan. He has thrown for 3,063 yards and 45 touchdowns in 15 career games.

Brady Jones, Sr., Vista Murrieta: Jones is one of the interior region’s most stable quarterbacks. In five games last season, he completed 67% of his passes for 942 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Brandon Rose, Sr., Murrieta Valley: Rose, a clerk from Utah, has racked up big numbers since resuming the offensive. He has thrown for 4,502 yards and 41 touchdowns in 16 career starts.

Norte Vista running back Eddie Allain has accumulated 4,291 yards and 69 touchdowns in his career. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)


Eddie Allain, Sr., Norte Vista: Allain has been the star of the team since his first season. He had 4,291 yards and 69 TDS on 547 carries during his career.

Freddy Fletcher, Sr., Cajon: Fletcher is expected to be the Cowboys’ workhorse again this season. He has accumulated 2,204 yards and 23 touchdowns in the last 17 games.

Donovan Harvey, Sr., Elsinore: Harvey had a breakthrough season in the spring, as he led the inside region with 932 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns in just five games.

Jaydn Ott, Sr., Norco: Ott, a commitment from Cal, is back after spending the last two seasons at Bishop Gorman in Nevada. He ran for 1,096 yards in his first year at Norco.

Hunter Roddy, Sr., Chaparral: Roddy, who is heading into the military, is a durable back capable of many. He had 1,568 yards and 27 TDS in nine starts with the Pumas.

Centennial wide receiver Eric Denham # 13 scores on an 80-yard touchdown reception against Norco in the Big VIII League game at Norco on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)


Tiger Bachmeier, Jr., Murrieta Valley: Bachmeier was impressive in his first season with the Nighthawks. He caught 33 passes for 600 yards and six touchdowns in the spring.

Eric Denham, father, centenary: Denham delivered some big games in the spring, including a three touchdown effort against Santiago and a 227-yard performance against Norco.

AJ Jones, Sr., Colony: Jones is 6-5, 195 pounds, making it a tough matchup for opposing cornerbacks. He enlisted in Arizona this summer.

Jack Pederson, Sr., Vista Murrieta: Pederson is one of the best tight ends in the country. The UCLA commitment returned to Vista Murrieta after spending a year at IMG Academy.

Jordan Williams, Sr., Etiwanda: Williams is drafted as a receiver, but he’s also shown his ability to make big plays for the Eagles when he lines up in the backfield.


Nate Maier, Sr., Rim of the World: The 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle is the undisputed star in the Fighting Scots trenches. It receives stares from a handful of Division I colleges.

Maika Matelau, Sr., Upland: Matelau, who is 6 feet 5 inches and 320 pounds, will anchor the line for the Highlanders. It already has offers from BYU, Arizona, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Jake Steele, Sr., Murrieta Valley: Steele and his younger brother Jason will be at the forefront of the Nighthawks. Jake, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle, enlisted in San Jose State.

Junior Faumui Ta’ase, Sr., Aquinas: At 6ft 5in and 330lb, Ta’ase is one of the most intimidating figures in the line. It has offers from the State of Arizona and the State of San Diego.

AJ Vaipulu, Sr., Centenary: Vaipulu has been a mainstay of the Huskies since the end of his first season. He’s also versatile, able to play anywhere on the line.


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