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On to the nominees:
Keion Ashjaee-Marshall, Saratoga football: The junior ran for 267 yards and three touchdowns in 10 carries as Saratoga rolled over Santa Cruz 69-0 to improve its record to 1-1.
Jason Auzenne, Palo Alto football: The senior caught five passes for 170 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown to help lead Palo Alto to a win on the road over Leland 38-20.
AJ Cenizal, Archbishop Mitty football: The senior rushed for 251 and two touchdowns in 24 carries as Mitty outlasted Aptos 41-28 at Foothill College to improve to 2-0.
Ta’Jir Golden, McClymonds football: The senior opened the season by rushing for 186 yards and three touchdowns in 22 carries as McClymonds breezed past Bellarmine 40-0. Also caught three passes for 20 yards.
Kamani Jackson, El Cerrito football: The senior had a huge game in El Cerrito’s 63-14 rout of Freedom. Ran 50 yards for a touchdown, scored on a 60-yard pick-six, returned a kickoff 75 yards for a TD and caught a 21-yard TD pass. The Gauchos are 2-0.
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Elijah McDaniel, Dublin football: The senior caught four passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 82 yards and a touchdown as Dublin improved to 2-0 with a 49-14 victory over Ukiah.
Mikhail Popov, College Park water polo: The junior has 22 goals on the season after he scored six last week in a 23-9 victory over Vintage-Napa. Also had five steals and two assists in the victory as College Park improved to 3-2.
Noah Taylor, Sobrato football: The senior rushed for 296 yards and four touchdowns in 13 carries to lead Sobrato to a 52-12 victory over Del Mar. Sobrato is 1-1.
Jordyn Wilson, Hayward football: The sophomore helped lead the Farmers to a 53-14 rout of Novato, rushing for 148 yards and four touchdowns in 10 carries. Hayward improved to 2-0.
Josiah Yeager, Hillsdale water polo: In his team’s thrilling 15-14 victory over Clayton Valley, the senior led the way with nine goals, four assists and three steals. Hillsdale is 1-1 on the season.