The Bee’s James Burns ranks the top-50 returning football players in the southern half of the Sac-Joaquin Section, based on past success and future potential. The list showcases the diversity and depth of the area with every position represented, including a kicker. For more information on each of the selections, visit www.modbee.com and search “Top-50 players.”
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So, without further ado, the area’s top returners:
50. Andrew Gibson, running back, Ceres.
49. Dallin Tilby, kicker, Turlock.
48. Tymon Bolden, running back, Orestimba.
47. Clifford Johnson, lineman, Merced.
46. Michael Vivo, quarterback, Waterford.
45. Ryan Henriques, safety, Modesto.
44. Jaysen Reindel, lineman, East Union.
43. Estevan Barragan, defensive back, Central Valley.
42. Kyle Rachels, safety, Manteca.
41. Chris Styles, running back, Modesto.
40. Lance Bickle, tight end, Pitman.
39. Michael Winters, running back/defensive back, Ripon.
38. Chris Butterfield, wide receiver, Enochs.
37. Mason Dambacher, linebacker, Sonora.
36. Carter Williams, defensive back, Manteca.
35. Octavio Perez, linebacker, Orestimba.
34. Coleby Garrett, linebacker, Central Catholic.
33. Jack Camara, linebacker, Sonora.
32. Tyler Vargas, athlete, Orestimba.
31. Davion Gates, running back, Modesto Christian.
30. Bobby Avina, quarterback, Gregori.
29. Paul Puaauli, linebacker, Modesto Christian.
28. Zac Campbell, linebacker, Oakdale.
27. Brandon Gray, wide receiver/defensive end, Beyer.
26. Kyle Reis, offensive lineman, Manteca.
25. Jacob Peterson, athlete, Sierra.
24. Bryce Peterson, quarterback, Downey.
23. Oliver Perez, running back, Gustine.
22. Evan Bearden, wide receiver/defensive end, Sonora.
21. Brenden Tallent, offensive lineman, Pitman.
20. Dhameer Warren, quarterback, Merced.
19. Jace Krick, linebacker, Oakdale.
18. Bronson Harmon, safety/wingback, Oakdale. 17. Ferrin Manueleua, linebacker, Manteca.
16. Dustin Grein, wide receiver/defensive back, Turlock.
15. Chris Mendoza, offensive lineman, Central Catholic.
14. David Serrano, defensive lineman, Central Valley.
13. Matt Kjeldgaard, defensive lineman, Oakdale.
12. Otutoa Afu, offensive linBrandon eman, Sonora.
11. Dauson Booker, running back, Central Catholic.
10. Zaire Eugene, running back, Modesto.
9. Gabe Sanchez, tight end, Gregori.
8. Justin Kakala, defensive lineman, Manteca.
7. Lavon Wallace, defensive back, Buhach Colony.
6. Cameron Cherry, running back, Oakdale.
5. Brandon Williamson, lineman, Central Catholic.
4. Gino Campiotti, quarterback, Manteca.
3. Nico Sarale, offensive lineman, Oakdale.
2. Isaiah Johnson, wide receiver/defensive end, Downey.
1. Kane Rodgers, slot receiver/safety, Sonora.