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Thursday, September 10, 2009

All-Redwood Empire Preseason FB Team

DB – Sam Atoe (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa) 6-0, 195, Jr.
He may split time at the linebacker position this season but for this team he gets a defensive back position after drawing raves from coaches in both the Sonoma County and North Bay leagues. The halfback on offense must have the respect of teammates after being named a co-captain last year as a sophomore. He didn't play like a soph, recording 75 tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery. We very well could have made Atoe multi-purpose as he ran for 504 yards with five TDs and caught 12 passes for another 170 yards.

WR/DB – Makana Garrigan (Casa Grande, Petaluma) 5-10, 185, Sr.
First-year Coach Trent Herzog is very high on this two-way starter who looked in excellent shape and very fundamentally sound in recent drills and scrimmages attended by CalHiSports.com.

FB/NG – J.T. Peleki (Novato) 6-0, 215, So.
The only sophomore to make the Redwood Empire preseason team, the solidly built Peleki moves to nose guard after starting last year at defensive end. Although his best 40 is around 4.6 he can run over tacklers with his powerful legs.

RB/LB – Soma Vainuku (Eureka) 6-1, 260, Sr.
His older brother Sam was a star running back on the 2003 NCS title team that featured Rey Maualuga. Last season, he led the Loggers in rushing with 869 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense for the HDNL-Big 4 champions, Vainuku had 34 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal.

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