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Sunday, December 17, 2006

2006 All San Jose Mercury News Football Team





The San Jose Mercury News on Friday selected their 2006 All Star Football teams which included quite a few Samoans, Tongans, and other Polynesians. In addition they listed All League Teams as well. The first team included 2 Samoans, a Tongan and a Maori.


1st Team
RHETT ELLISON, ST. FRANCIS
Senior | Defensive lineman | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 235
With his great hands, size and speed, Ellison anchored both the offense and defense for the Lancers, despite being hampered by an injured knee. The Virginia Tech-bound defensive end was disruptive on a defense that excelled against the run. As a tight end, Ellison caught 31 passes for 394 yards on a team that seldom threw, accounting for 44 percent of the Lancers' receiving yards. 1st Team All West Catholic League.

FRED KOLOTO, PALO ALTO
Senior | Offensive lineman | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 270
The left guard and defensive tackle provided a good portion of the power in the Vikings' power game that manhandled playoff opponents. Koloto was quick to lead sweeps as a pulling guard and physical enough to push defenders off the line of scrimmage. Considered by some the best lineman in the CCS, Koloto also was an inspirational leader, speaking up in the locker room when he felt his team needed a push. Koloto was also a Santa Clara De Anza 1st Team Selection OL and Division Line MVP.

STEVEN FANUA, MILPITAS
Sophomore | Linebacker | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 200
Fanua was the breakthrough player of the section this year. His 220 tackles were third in the country and first in the state among schools that reported to maxpreps.com, and he had 11 sacks. Too amazing to be true? Watch him play. Fanua, who shoots the gaps from 5 yards behind the line, is always around the ball. He had three 20-tackle games, and only once made fewer than 10 stops. Also selected Santa Clara Valley De Anza Division 1st Team LB Defensive MVP.
SJ Mercury News: Sophomore of the Year.

TIUKE TUIPULOTU, SERRA
Junior | Defensive back | Height: 5-9 | Weight: 175
Tuipulotu was arguably the best running back in the CCS, but his touches were somewhat limited (90 carries, 865 yards, 11 TDs) because he was so valuable on defense. They call him The Eraser because ``he erases everybody's mistakes,'' Coach Patrick Walsh said. Playing with an intensity that belies his quiet nature, the free safety was a stopper. ``He'd make kids pay,'' Walsh said. West Catholic 1st Team and Conference Junior of the Year.
SJ Mercury News: Junior of the Year.

2nd Team
POS.NAMESCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHTYEAR
OLJacob FeagaiPiedmont Hills6-4290Junior
1st Team Blossom Valley Mount Hamilton Division Conference and OL Player of the Year
OLChris HaviliAragon5-11280Senior
1st Team Peninsula Bay Division
RBSione MataelePalo Alto6-0260Junior
DLLatani Moi MoiMenlo-Atherton6-3230Junior
1st Team Peninsula Bay Division
LBAnthony MoseAlisal6-2225Senior
1st Team Tri County League
DLPaul TuionoWoodside6-3220Senior
1st Team Peninsula Bay Division

Honorable Mention
RB Seta Pohahau (Aragon HS, San Mateo) Jr
1st Team Peninsula Bay Division
LB Matt Turituri (Wilcox HS, Santa Clara ) Jr
1st Team Santa Clara De Anza Division LB and Outstanding OLB

Other Notables
DL Moni Leulu (Overfelt HS, San Jose) Sr
1st Team Blossom Valley West Valley Divsion and Co-DL Player of the Year
LB Obed Lologo (Monterey HS)
1st Team Monterey Bay League and League Outstanding Linebacker
DB Erwin Taliaoa (Overfelt HS, San Jose)
1st Team Blossom Valley West Valley Divsion and Sophomore Player of the Year

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