VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, April 9
Each week, publications from the Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (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) select the Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
Each athlete is then entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week vote.
Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from last week, and then vote for who you think deserves the top honor.
Readers are allowed to vote multiple times. Voting ends at midnight, but final totals aren’t always immediately reflected due to processing.
The overall winner will be announced on Friday, April 9.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Vance Johnson, California: Johnson played a huge role in a key 26-13 victory over El Rancho to keep the Condors undefeated. He carried the ball 26 times for 383 yards and three touchdowns, including a 54-yard touchdown run. The Condors (3-0) have a Del Rio League showdown this week with La Serna (3-0).
Maalik Murphy, Serra: Murphy, a Texas commit, completed 19 of 28 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 29-14 win over Notre Dame. Through four games, Murphy has completed 64 of 112 passes for 888 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos: He set the Los Alamitos school record for touchdown passes in a game with seven in a 63-14 win over Huntington Beach. That is the third-most in Orange County history. All of the touchdown passes were in the first half. Nelson (6-3, 180) has scholarship offers from many colleges including Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and USC.
Caden Campuzano, Claremont: Campuzano ran for 230 yards on 15 carries and set a school record with six rushing touchdowns in leading the Wolfpack to a 49-0 San Antonio League victory over Don Lugo. Campuzano was playing in just his third varsity game. He rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in his varsity debut against Chino Hills on March 19. The Wolfpack host West Covina in Thursday, April 8.
Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade: Henderson threw for 391 yards on 21 of 29 passing and three touchdowns. He also added 68 yards rushing, making his all-purpose total 458 yards in the Eagles’ 38-19 win over Bishop Amat. Henderson is a Fresno State commit.
Tstrong Mataele, Mayfair: The hard-running Mataele, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries — an average of 10.6 yards per carry — in the Monsoons’ 35-14 Suburban League victory over rival La Mirada. The victory likely clinched the league championship for the Monsoons.