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 7.
Voting poll at bottom of the page.
Nico Iamaleava, Warren: Iamaleava threw for 247 yards and five touchdowns in the first half of Warren’s 54-7 win at home against Mayfair on Friday, Sept. 30. The senior quarterback helped the Bears establish a 47-0 led at halftime before his brother, sophomore quarterback Madden Iamaleava, took over in the second half. The 6-foot-6 senior quarterback is committed to the University of Tennessee.
Justin Gil, La Habra: La Habra opened Freeway League play with a convincing 54-34 win over Troy. Gill, the team’s senior quarterback, threw for 357 yards and six touchdowns. The Highlanders (2-4 overall) take on Sunny Hills this week.
Diego Rodriguez, Bishop Montgomery: Rodriguez had a busy night as the Knights defeated Mary Star 38-27 in a Camino Real League game. The senior quarterback completed 12 of 27 passes for 291 yards with four touchdown passes. He also rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, made all five of his extra points and kicked a 29-yard field goal. This season, Rodriguez has 16 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns.
Izzy Carter, Centennial: Carter had a career night last week, racking up 526 yards of total offense while accounting for seven touchdowns as the Huskies knocked off Chaparral 70-28 in a Big West Conference opener. Carter completed 13 of 19 passes for 384 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on only five carries. Carter, who is committed to Arizona State, has thrown 13 touchdown passes this season with no interceptions and has also rushed for seven touchdowns. Centennial travels to Roosevelt on Thursday.
Javance Tupouata-Johnson, Chaminade: Johnson did it all, and with efficiency, in Chaminade’s 43-8 win over Alemany. The San Diego State commit threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-11 passing. Johnson also ran for a 6-yard touchdown as the Eagles won their Mission League opener and remained unbeaten (6-0) this season.
Jireh Moe, Orange Lutheran: Moe, a 6-foot, 270-pound defensive tackle, blocked two extra-point attempts that turned out to be crucial to the final score in the Lancers’ 28-26 win over Santa Margarita in a Trinity League game. He also made a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown and had a fourth-quarter sack. It was the first game of the season for Moe, who transferred from Sparks High in Nevada. “He’s been chomping at the bit, doing everything he can do get ready to play,” said Orange Lutheran coach Rod Sherman. “He’s the best young man you could meet. I’m really happy for him.”