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The Register’s All-County football team for 2019.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Bryce Young | Mater Dei, QB, Sr.
The Register’s Offensive Player of the Year.
ALL-COUNTY FOOTBALL | Offensive Player of the Year | Defensive Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | First Team Offense | First Team Defense | Second Team & Third Team
Ethan Garbers | Corona del Mar, Sr.
Garbers set Orange County single-season records for touchdown passes (71) and passing yard (5,034) as he led Corona del Mar (16-0) to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship and the CIF State Division 1-A championship. Garbers (6-3, 200) signed with Washington. Garbers completed 70 percent of his passes and threw only six interceptions in 490 passes. He was Sunset League co-Most Valuable Player with teammate John Humphreys.
Isaac Hurtado | Cypress, Sr.
Hurtado led Orange County in rushing with 2,631 yards and rushed for 37 touchdowns. Hurtado also had 25 receptions for 458 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 361 and five touchdowns in the Centurions’ 33-31 win over Ventura in the CIF-SS Division 7 quarterfinals. Hurtado (6-4, 220) was the Empire League’s MVP.
Kody Epps | Mater Dei, Sr.
Epps finished the season with 93 receptions for 1,735 yards and 28 touchdowns. Epps (5-11, 175) had two of his most productive games in the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. He had 11 catches for 168 yards and five touchdowns in the Monarchs’ 63-23 win over Bishop Amat and followed with 10 catches for 339 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-24 win over Mission Viejo in the semifinals. He was an All-Trinity League first team selection.
John Humphreys | Corona del Mar, Sr.
Humphreys led Orange County in receptions (111), receiving yards (2,001) and touchdown receptions (32), which tied the Orange County record. Humphreys (6-5, 210) had 10 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Sea Kings’ 35-27 win over Serra of San Mateo in the CIF State Division 1-A championship game. Humphreys signed with Stanford.
Tetairoa McMillan | Servite, So.
“TMac” established himself as an offensive threat early in his first varsity season with nine receptions for 158 yards and three touchdowns in the Friars’ 43-7 season-opening win over J.W. North of Riverside. He ended the season with yet another impressive night, 10 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in Servite’s 38-35 loss to Mission Viejo in the Division 1 playoffs. McMillan (6-4, 190) finished with 65 receptions for 851 yards and 12 touchdowns. He recently received an offer from LSU.
Mark Redman | Corona del Mar, Sr.
He had 72 receptions for 979 yards and 13 touchdowns for the CIF section and state champion Sea Kings. Redman (6-6, 240) in the state championship game had a season-high eight receptions for 93 yards. Redman was a Sunset League offensive player of the year.
Nathan Cardona | Yorba Linda, Sr.
Cardona (6-4, 280) was the Crestview League’s lineman of the year for the league-champion Mustangs. He signed with Boise State. Yorba Linda coach Jeff Bailey said Cardona was a well-rounded lineman and one of the strongest players in program history. “He pass-blocks and run-blocks very well,” Bailey said. “And he’s just a tough kid. He played three seasons for us and didn’t miss a game.”
Tautai Marks | Mater Dei, Sr.
Marks (6-2, 290) was All-Trinity League first team. He lined up at right tackle for the Monarchs, giving the team with Myles Murao a great set of bookend linemen. “Tai slimmed himself down from last year to this year,” Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson said, “and he became a force. When I think of him, I think of his growth and maturity not just on the field but as a person.”
Nicholas Martinez | Servite, Sr.
Martinez (6-5, 285) was All-Trinity League first team. He moved from right tackle to guard this season. “We told him the best thing for the team was for him to move to guard,” said Servite coach Troy Thomas. “And he did it. Here was a senior who already was a very good player at one position humble enough to move to another position and say ‘Hey, coach, whatever you need.’ ” Martinez signed with Kansas.
Myles Murao | Mater Dei, Sr.
Murao (6-3, 315), a three-year starter, was a Trinity League most valuable lineman. He missed much of his junior year because of a leg injury and came back strong for his senior season. “That’s just a great testament to his character,” said Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson. “We all saw the potential Myles had as a freshman, and he never looked back.” Murao signed with Washington.
Jeffrey Persi | JSerra, Sr.
Persi (6-7, 270) was All-Trinity League first team. JSerra coach Pat Harlow, who was an NFL offensive lineman, was impressed by Persi’s combination of speed and power. “He’s a super-tough kid who runs really well,” Harlow said, “and he pulls really well. He’s great at the backside when it comes to cutting guys off.”
Joey Hobert | San Juan Hills, Sr.
If there was a way for to contribute to the team, Hobert would find it. He was an outstanding receiver, defensive back and kick returner. Hobert (5-10, 185) was the Sea View League MVP. He scored 18 receiving touchdowns, one rushing touchdown, two touchdowns on interception returns, two touchdowns on punt returns, one touchdown on a kickoff return and one touchdown on a fumble return. He had 78 receptions for 1,216 yards. Hobert signed with Washington State.
Caine Savage | Western, Sr.
Savage (5-11, 170) had 96 receptions for 1,464 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and rushed for 338 yards. Savage, who signed with Utah, was the Pac 4 League MVP for the league-champion Pioneers. He blocked a field-goal attempt and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
RJ Lopez | Mission Viejo, Sr.
He was 70 for 70 on extra-point kicks and made six of 10 field-goal attempts with a long of 46 yards. The “everybody up for the kickoff” tradition was usually just a stretching exercise for Mission Viejo fans. Lopez (6-0, 180) sent 75 of his 85 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.