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, September 23.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Ryan McCulloch, Rio Hondo Prep: McCulloch, a Cal commit, had another big game as he helped the Kares improve to 4-0 with a 35-6 victory against rival Pasadena Poly. McCulloch carried the ball eight times for 105 yards and two touchdowns and had three receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. He also had three sacks and five tackles while playing on defense.
Nick Fernandez, San Pedro: Fernandez’s versatility was on display in San Pedro’s 34-18 win over Dorsey Friday night. The senior caught two touchdown passes, kicked a 37-yard field goal, converted two extra points and recorded a sack on defense.
Jason Robinson Jr., Long Beach Poly: The wide receiver had a team-high eight receptions for 177 yards and one touchdown in Long Beach Poly’s 42-6 win against Lakewood. Robinson’s standout performance was highlighted by a 52-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. The 5-foot-11 receiver is committed to USC as part of the school’s 2024 recruiting class.
William Parra, St. Genevieve: Parra had a big night Friday, tallying six catches for 101 yards with a touchdown. He also had two runs for 92 yards, a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown, and two interceptions in the team’s 27-21 win over Burbank.
Brockton Lium, Citrus Valley: Lium scored five touchdowns, four on offense and another on special teams, to lead the Blackhawks to a 43-20 nonleague victory over Norco last week. Lium caught eight passes for 104 yards and four touchdowns and also returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown. He has found the end zone nine times in four games and has now scored 33 touchdowns in 32 career games. Citrus Valley heads to Ayala this week.
Damian Henderson, Los Alamitos: Henderson rushed for a career-high 305 yards on 38 carries and scored five touchdowns in the Griffins’ 69-49 win over Santa Margarita. The senior running back, who is committed to Colorado State, scored on runs of 5, 18, 3, 7 and 1 yards. Among Henderson’s previous games was 165 rushing yards and a touchdown in a loss to Arizona’s Basha High. Los Alamitos is 3-2 overall and No. 3 in this week’s Orange County Top 25.
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