All-City football: Peyton Waters, Dijon Stanley earn Player of the Year honors

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The Los Angeles City Section announced its All-City football teams Tuesday afternoon, highlighted by two local standouts in Birmingham’s Peyton Waters and Granada Hills’ Dijon Stanley.

Waters was named the Player of the Year in the Open Division, and Stanley, a Utah commit, was named the Player of the Year in Division I.

Waters passed, ran, caught, kicked, returned, tackled and led the Patriots to their third straight Open Division title by defeating Garfield 49-13 on Nov. 26. The do-it-all junior was named the Daily News’ 2022 Breakout Player of the Year for tallying 1,077 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns on 60 receptions. He also tacked on 491 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 59 carries with 51 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

Stanley turned in one of the most impressive individual performances Granada Hills Charter has ever seen. He ran for 2,756 yards and 33 touchdowns on 234 carries in 14 games, which earned him Daily News 2022 Offensive Player of the Year honors. He averaged 196.9 yards per game and ran for more than 100 yards in every game but one. He totaled 36 touchdowns in a historical season for Granada Hills, reaching the program’s first-ever CIF State final.

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Kennedy High’s Gabriel Argott was named the City’s Division II Player of the Year after anchoring the Cougars to their first City title, outlasting Panorama 22-21 at Birmingham Charter. Chatsworth junior Isaiah Rameau was named Player of the Year in Division III, despite losing in the semifinals.



Offensive MVP: Rashawn Jackson, Venice, Sr.; Defensive MVP: Jayden Barnes, Garfield, Jr.; Offensive Line MVP: Abdoni Ubeda, Birmingham, Jr.; Defensive Line MVP: Maynor Morales, Birmingham, Jr.; Coach of the Year: Jim Rose, Birmingham

LINK: All-City Selections


Offensive MVP: Corie Ruell, Canoga Park, Sr. Defensive MVP: Cameron Moran, Fairfax, Sr.; Offensive Line MVP: Vincent Godinez, Lincoln, Sr.; Defensive Line MVP: Oliver Taylor, Granada Hills, Jr.; Coach of the Year: Bucky Brooks, Granada Hills

LINK: All-City Selections


Offensive MVP: Jonathan Aguirre, Marquez, Sr.; Defensive MVP: Dennis Akinleye, Panorama, Sr.; Offensive Line MVP: Richard Santos, Legacy, Sr.; Defensive MVP: Chinedu Onyegoro, King Drew, So.; Coach of the Year: Troy Cassidy, Kennedy

LINK: All-City Selections


Offensive MVP: Ezekiel Belote, Manual Arts, So.; Defensive MVP: Jeremiah Blackmon, Crenshaw, Jr.; Offensive Line MVP: Andres Pinon, Manual Arts, Sr.; Defensive Line MVP: Jaime Juarez, Wilson, Sr.; Coach of the Year: Robert Garrett, Crenshaw

LINK: All-City Selections

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