VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, October 21

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, October 21.

Voting poll at bottom of the page.

Isaiah Young, Diamond Bar: Young rushed for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns as Diamond Bar defeated rival Walnut 35-28 in the The Branding Iron game. The annual rivalry game took on added significance Friday, Oct. 14 because both teams are having terrific seasons and it was their Hacienda League opener. The Brahmas improved to 7-1 overall with the victory.

Corie Ruell, Canoga Park: Ruell was unstoppable Friday night in Canoga Park’s 47-33 victory over Kennedy in a Valley Mission League game. The senior tailback rushed for 387 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries to help the Hunters move to 4-4 overall and 4-0 in league play.

Juan Chantaca, San Clemente: His first-place finish led San Clemente to victory in the boys Varsity Sweepstakes Race in the Orange County Championships at Oak Canyon Park. Chantaca completed the 3-mile course in 14 minutes, 26.4 seconds, using a late sprint to beat Dana Hills sophomore Evan Noonan by four-tenths of a second. Chantaca has a 4.3 grade-point average. San Clemente is No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 rankings.

Rickey Allen, Upland: Allen rushed for a season-high 172 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns to help the Highlanders to a 35-7 victory over Etiwanda in a Baseline League game. Allen scored on a 4-yard run to give Upland a 21-7 lead just before halftime. He added a 12-yard touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter to help seal the win. Allen has topped the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games and has 873 yards rushing this season.

Caleb Nuhi-Yandall, Banning: Caleb Nuhi-Yandall rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns Friday in Banning’s 28-0 win over Narbonne in the Marine League. He also contributed seven tackles on defense.

Ryan Pellum, Millikan: Pellum had a big game that included a 79-yard touchdown catch in Millikan’s 50-20 win at home against Compton on Friday, Oct. 14. The junior wide receiver had nine catches for 250 yards receiving and three touchdowns as Millikan moved closer to clinching an automatic CIF Southern Section playoff berth. The four-star athlete, who also plays defensive back, has more than 40 Division I college football scholarship offers.

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