Prep Football: Don’t Forget About Running Backs

Yes, passing is what most high school football teams in Southern California do. But champion teams can always manage the ball successfully, so let’s take a look at the runners to watch in 2022 in advance.

The track season has revealed a number of speedsters who will be hard to catch once they break free. It starts with Jordan Washington of Long Beach Jordan and Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills. Stanley was the 400m city section champion. In his sophomore year, Washington ran the 100 meters in 10.38.

Delon Thompson of St. Bonaventure and Johnny Thompson of Oakes Christian share the same last name and reside in Ventura County, but don’t confuse them even though they are considered 1000 yard runners.

Gardena Serra has two outstanding running backs: junior Sincer Rainey and senior Kai Honda. What sets them apart is their versatility, size and ability to catch short passes.

Jordan Davison of Mater Dei discovered his talent in his freshman year. Kobi Boykin of Orange is a big junior. Brandon Johnson is a Highland player from Arizona who ran for 1,580 yards as a junior. Josh Joyner of Oxnard Pacifica is another standout junior from Ventura County.

St. Francis has high hopes for Texas transfer Devin Turner. Beau Bruins of Ramona rushed for 2,072 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior.

Junior runner Terrell Cooks of Sierra Canyon is one of the fastest trailblazers. Sophomore Jojo Solis of Aquinas rushed for 2,088 yards and 35 touchdowns as a freshman.

Middle linebacker Gabe Morin of the Orange Lutheran, the Trinity League title holder, will use his 225-pound body for runners. Santa Margarita has a promising freshman at Sklar Landsey Vann.

In the city section, Micah Kindell or Mendez ran for 1,746 yards as juniors. Robert Lamar of Venice had nearly 800 yards for the City Division I champions.