Modesto area high school stars of the week

jcortez@modbee.comSeptember 4, 2013 

STARS OF THE WEEKZach Magaña, Jr., QB, Davis High — Playing in his first varsity game, Magaña, who has spent the past two summers honing his skills at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., made quite an impression. The 6-0, 185-pound quarterback completed 16 of 24 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 10 times for 46 yards and another score.

Tiki Tonga, Sr., QB, Modesto High — The 6-1, 190-pound Tonga displayed his all-around talents, rushing for 100-plus yards and throwing for 200-plus. Tonga completed 9 of 16 passes for 216 yards and three TDs. He also carried the ball nine times for 122 yards — an average of about 14 yards a pop. Not bad for fewer than three quarters of action.

Antonio Perez, Jr., RB, Modesto High — Made his varsity debut a memorable one. Carried the ball 14 times for 250 yards — a whopping 18 yards per rush — and four touchdowns.

Brad Bussard, Jr., QB, Ceres — Coach Bret Durossette said during the summer, "He's going to be one of those guys, when he's a senior, everybody in the valley's going to be going 'What the heck's going on with this guy?' " It may not take that long. Bussard hit on 27 of 44 passes for 437 yards and six TD passes.

Alex Laurel, Sr., RB, Manteca High — Started season with a 92-yard kickoff return for a TD. The next time he touched the ball, he returned a punt 48 yards for a TD. The third time? A 57-yard punt return for another TD. He also carried the ball seven times for 82 yards for a total of 307 all-purpose yards. What will he do for an encore this week? "I guess you'll just have to wait and see," Laurel said.

Drew Lewis, Sr., RB, Pitman — Carried the ball just eight times, but rushed for 131 yards and three TDs — 14, 61 and 27 yards. He also scored on a punt return of 91 yards — a new school record.

Matt Ringer, Sr., RB, Central Catholic — e busted out of the shadow of Ray Lomas and Rey Vega in a big way Friday, running for 187 yards and four TDs on 19 carries. He even threw a 45-yard TD pass on an option play.

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