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Trio claims 34 Rio Hondo League football honors

Representation was certainly plentiful for San Marino, South Pasadena and Blair high’s football teams when the Rio Hondo League awards were recently announced.

The trio of schools garnered 34 total honors, including two coveted acknowledgments as Titans senior quarterback Matt Wofford was named the Rio Hondo League’s Offensive Player of the Year and South Pasadena’s Nico Sullivan was selected as the co-Lineman of the Year.

League runner-up San Marino led the way with 16 selections.

The Titans finished 10-2, which marked the most wins for a Titans team this century, while San Marino reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley playoffs under second-year coach Mike Hobbie.

“It certainly was a strong year and I’m proud of the season,” Hobbie said. “We had several seniors who played an important role, both in leadership and on the field, and that’s a big reason for our success.”

Maybe no single player was as integral as Wofford, who completed 77 of 135 passes for 1, 058 yards and 10 touchdowns versus only four interceptions.

Wofford was the team’s second-leading rusher, as he carried the ball 186 times for 1,156 yards and 19 touchdowns.

“It’s great to win individual awards, but I always cared more about our team winning than anything,” Wofford said. “I’ll always think we should have went a little farther in the playoffs than we did, but this was still a good season.”

Wofford was also five for seven on field goals as a kicker, including hitting a 47-yarder, while he converted 65 of 67 extra-point tries.

The Titans were certainly a strong ground team, as evidenced by the inclusion of blocking tight end Lionel Escajeda (13 catches for 183 yards) and running backs Ryan Wood and Nick Gott on the first team.

Wood finished as the league’s leading rusher, carrying 210 yards for 1, 529 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Gott, who was the lead blocker for both Wood and Wofford, also carried 51 times for 239 yards and 13 touchdowns.

On defense, San Marino lineman Justin Hill (49 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks), linebacker Ryan Blasher (60 tackles) and defensive back Zach Bowles (32 tackles), who led the team with four interceptions, were all named to the defensive first team.

As for defense, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Sullivan was South Pasadena’s enforcer as the Tigers finished 6-4 and fourth in league.

The defensive lineman finished with 45 tackles and a team-best five sacks.

Sullivan was joined on the first team by fellow defensive lineman Linus Zide (20 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks), running back Nathan Lee (134 carries for 1, 035 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, 20 receptions for 214 yards for one touchdown and one kick-return score) and by a pair of offensive linemen in Quinn Hutchings and Ryan Stone.

San Marino’s second-team offensive and defensive picks consist of wide receiver Andrew Cordova (13 catches for 295 yards and one touchdown along with 24 carries for 229 yards), offensive linemen Zahareh Hairapation and Nate Harding, linebacker Jack Allen (team-best 88 tackles and two sacks) and defensive backs Justin (67 tackles) and Kieran Ryan (50 tackles).

South Pasadena’s second-team offensive and defensive selections are comprised of wide receiver Hector Fernandez (22 receptions for 332 yards and five touchdowns), quarterback David Madrid (74 for 147 for 1, 146 passing yards and 13 touchdowns), running back Rudy Murrillo (93 carries for 772 yards and six touchdowns), defensive lineman Nick Klinger (1 1/2 sacks), linebacker Bryan Bednarski (team-leading 58 tackles) and defensive back Heven Gomez (team-best four interceptions).

Blair’s Kyle Kinney was his school’s highest award winner as the defensive lineman was a second-teamer.

Blair has three additional honorable mentions in Terrance Douglas, Justin Moore and Sebastian McKimson.

Buddy McCloskey, Alfred Hwang and Adam Padilla are San Marino’s honorable mentions, while David Cho, lineman Nathan Lee and David Hughey are also honorable mentions for South Pasadena.

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