Bios of Greatest SCV Football Player contestants

As part of The Signal’s 2014 Santa Clarita Valley Football Preview, we want you to pick the Greatest SCV Football Player of All Time.

We are giving you 19 players to choose from, but you can also give us write-in votes.

Consider only their SCV football careers, which means what they did while playing at their high school.

The SCV is known as one of the most successful areas for football in California.

Now let’s give it a representative player who we can define as its greatest.

A group of experts will also choose who it considers the Greatest SCV Football Player of All Time.

That group is made up of sportswriters — one local, one who represents Southern California and one who represents the state — so you’re also getting a Greatest Player from a completely unbiased perspective.

They will select based on a point system that looks at the players’ value, dominance, body of work, lasting impact and how highly recruited they were from colleges.

The list of 19 was put together after consulting some of Santa Clarita’s most highly respected football people — including Hart High head football coach Mike Herrington and former Canyon High head coach Harry Welch.

Voting will be conducted online at

“The Greatest” will be unveiled in The Signal’s 2014 Santa Clarita Valley Football Preview, which will be delivered to homes and hit newsstands Aug. 29.


Here are the 19 and their bios:

Randy Austin – LB,TE (Canyon 1983-85)

The 1985 CIF-Southern Section Northwestern Conference Player of the Year, ’85 The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Player of the Year, ’85 Golden League Co-Player of the Year … three-time CIF-SS champion recognized as the best player on the greatest defense in SCV history … his Canyon teams went 41-1 …1983 All-Golden League tight end as a sophomore, 1984 All-Golden League linebacker … has the longest touchdown pass reception in Canyon history (96 yards) … earned a scholarship to UCLA.

Kyle Boller – QB (Hart 1997-98)

The 1998 CIF-SS Division IV and State Player of the Year led Hart to the Southern Section Division IV title with a 13-1 record … passed for an all-time state best of 4,838 yards and threw for 59 touchdowns, the second-best mark in California history … only had 3 interceptions … rated the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the nation by PrepStar and was that publication’s national Offensive Co-Player of the Year … also rated No. 1 nationally by Max Emfinger’s Recruiting Service, No. 2 by SuperPrep and No. 3 by Student Sports … the SuperPrep Far West Offensive Player of the Year, ranking as the region’s No. 1 overall prospect in the West … earned Parade All-America honors … started at safety as a junior … played defense the last few games of the ‘98 season, registering a crucial interception in the final minute of the section championship game to preserve a 17-14 victory over St. Paul High … earned a scholarship to Cal.

J.J. DiLuigi – RB (Canyon 2005-06)

The 2005 and 2006 CIF Southern Section Div. II Offensive Player of the Year …4,029 career rushing yards, 83 total touchdowns, a Santa Clarita Valley record 43 TDs in 2005, Canyon single game rushing leader (282) and touchdown leader (six) … Canyon’s single-season rushing leader (2,159 yards)… two time CIF-SS Division II champion, 2006 state champion, made game-ending tackle in ’05 CIF-SS Div. II title game against Hart at the 1-yard line … helped lead Canyon to the California State Championship with a 27-13 victory over De La Salle in ’06 and was named the CIF Division I State Championship MVP after racking up 138 yards on 21 carries … 2005 and 2006 Foothill League and All SCV Player of the Year … named the Old Spice/Red Zone California Player of the Year … had 29 receptions for 390 yards and four touchdown receptions his senior year … earned a scholarship to BYU.

Chris Frome – DL/OL (Hart 1998-2001)

Selected as Foothill League Lineman of the Year in 2001 and CIF-SS Division III First-Team defensive end and Co-Defensive Player of the Year … a first-team California All-State selection as defensive lineman as a senior and second-team all-state pick in 2001 as an offensive lineman by CalHiSports … made 65 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and five sacks as senior defensive lineman in 2001 … had career totals of 190 tackles, 22 sacks, six fumble recoveries … started on both offensive and defensive line for team that finished fourth in the state in CalHiSports ratings after 13-0 season in 2001 … played left offensive tackle for a team regarded as having best prep passing offense in Southern California … helped team win fourth straight CIF Southern Section Division III crown in 2001 … first player to start both ways for three seasons in the then 13-year tenure of Hart head coach Mike Herrington … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and was selected to the California-Texas Shrine game … earned a scholarship to Notre Dame.

Michael Herrick – QB (Valencia 2003-05)

Coming into 2014, the most prolific passer in California history … a 2004, 2005 All-CIF selection … 2004 Foothill League Co-Player of the Year, 2005 Co-Back of the Year, 2004 All-SCV Player of the Year … left school as state leader in career passing yards (11,022), pass attempts (1,279) and pass completions (806) … was a PrepStar All-America selection and was named Junior All-America by … threw for 3,770 yards and 19 TDs as a senior, 4,069 yards and 33 TDs as a junior, and 3,171 yards and 21 TDs as a sophomore … named to SuperPrep All-Far West team … first-team All-State by CalHiSports as a senior … All-State quarterback as sophomore and junior … also added 10 rushing TDs as a senior … was starting quarterback in CaliFlorida Bowl All-Star Game … was Finalist for 2005 California Mr. Football … earned a scholarship to Mississippi.

Delano Howell – RB/DB (Hart 2005-07)

The 2007 All-CIF-SS Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year and a 2006 All-CIF selection … Gained 4,538 career rushing yards and 5,930 yards from scrimmage (school record) … rushed for a school record 270 yards vs. Chaminade (2006) ……named the 2007 All-SCV and Foothill League POY … named All-West Region for the Class of 2008 by PrepStar … earned third team 2007 All-American honors from EA Sports and was a first team all-state selection … put together a huge senior season, rushing for 2,249 yards and 23 TDs on 266 carries (8.5 avg.) for a squad that was 12-1-1 overall, won the Foothill League championship and was the CIF Southern Section Northern Division runner-up … added 39 receptions for 650 yards and six TDs in 2007 … rushed for 1,491 yards on 235 carries and scored 29 TDs on the ground, while adding 41 receptions for 625 yards and six scores as a junior … also rushed for 762 yards and ran across the goal line for nine TDs, while catching 13 balls for 153 yards as a sophomore in 2005 … chipped in as his team’s punter … earned a scholarship to Stanford.

Ted Iacenda – RB (Hart 1993-95)

The 1994, 1995 CIF-SS Division II Player of the Year, ’94 and ’95 Foothill League Offensive POY and The Signal’s 94 and 95 All-SCV POY … 4,094 career rushing yards, 1,767 receiving yards, 99 career touchdowns (41 in 1994, then an SCV record), 604 points, then second in state history … 1995 CIF-SS Div. II champion (168 yards and three TDS in title game) … No. 46 jersey number retired at Hart … earned a scholarship to USC.

Joe Kapp – QB/DL (Hart 1953-54)

One of the toughest, no-nonsense players of his era, Kapp was a force on defense as a defensive end as a junior, then switched to quarterback on the 1954 team … the 1954 team was a run-first squad, with Kapp averaging around 100 passing yards per game … he was recognized as one of the SCV’s first high-profile players and is cited as one of the most influential athletes in SCV history … earned a scholarship to Cal (the SCV’s largest prep sports accomplishment at the time).

Steven Manfro – RB (Valencia 2009-10)

A 2009, 2010 All-CIF selection … set SCV single-game rushing record in 2010 with 420 rushing yards … 4,219 career rushing yards, 58 rush TD … 82 career receptions for 1,597 yards … 75 career TDs … averaged 11.3 yards per rush in 2010 (10.8 career) … PrepStar All-Region selection … MaxPreps Div. I All-State first-team … All-Southern California first-team …Led team to back-to-back Foothill League championships and a 24-3 record as a starter … ran for 2,553 yards and 29 scores while catching 41 passes for 844 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns as a senior … established 27 individual school records, including 2,553 rushing yards in a season, 41 touchdowns in a season, 11.3 yards per rush average for a season … had 2,498 all-purpose yards as a junior … scored 37 touchdowns … caught 41 balls for 755 yards and five touchdowns … earned a scholarship to UCLA. Teams went to two CIF semifinals.

Matt Moore – QB,DB (Hart 2000-01)

The 2001 CIF-SS Division III Offensive Player of the Year … 2000 All-CIF-SS Div. III defensive back … Signal’s Athlete of the Decade 2000-09 … 2001 All-SCV POY … During his two seasons as a varsity standout for Hart football, the Indians won two CIF championships and compiled a 25-2 record … Eighty tackles and a program-record 10 interceptions in 2000 are example enough statistically of how Moore helped Hart win its third straight CIF championship in 2000 …rated the No. 8 quarterback in the nation and the FarWest Offensive Player of the Year by SuperPrep … PacWest rated him No. 6 on its quarterback list … CalHiSports first-team All-State … selected to play in the 2002 North-South Shrine All-Star game … led Hart to a 13-0 record as a senior and the Southern Section Div. III title … in the state title game against Valencia he passed for 277 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 95 yards and a score in a 42-13 victory … as a senior he threw for 3,334 yards on 234 of 953 (.663) and 33 touchdowns … earned a scholarship to UCLA.

Pat Norton – LB,FB (Hart 1997-99)

The 1999 CIF-SS Div. III Defensive Player of the Year and a 1998 and 1997 All-CIF selection … 1999 All-SCV Co- POY … USA Today All-America honorable mention … PrepStar All-America and All-West Region selection … a SuperPrep All-American, he ranked No. 3 nationally among fullbacks … … First-team All-State (Student Sports) … one of five finalists for California state Player of the Year (Cal-Hi Sports) … three-time CalHiSports All-State selection … as a fullback, he rushed for 124 yards and 10 touchdowns on 40 attempts, mostly in short-yardage situations … made 10 receptions for 112 yards and two scores … made 120 tackles (35 unassisted) as a senior … had two interceptions, three fumbles caused, eight pass breakups, five sacks, one blocked kick … led team to a 14-0 record and a second consecutive Southern Section Division III title … … also a standout linebacker who earned All-State honors as a junior … rushed for 220 yards and seven touchdowns and also caught five scoring passes … defensively, made 89 tackles, including five sacks … All-Foothill League as a junior defensive lineman and a sophomore offensive lineman … earned a scholarship to UCLA.

Sean Norton – QB (Hart 2002-03)

In 2003, named the CIF SS Division II Offensive Player of the Year, after guiding Hart to the Division II title … named the CalHi Sports Mr. Football as California’s Player of the Year … a Parade All-American … led California with 4,067 passing yards and 44 touchdowns … his passing total ranked as the 25th-best in U.S. high school history and the fifth-most ever in California high school history … completed 238-of-363 passes … guided Hart to a 23-4-1 record overall … as a junior, Hart was 12-1-1 and ranked No. 20 in the nation by USA Today … was selected the Foothill League Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 … over two seasons, he threw for 8,050 yards, completing 66 percent of his passes (498-758) and 79 touchdowns with just 18 interceptions … threw just one interception every 42 pass attempts in his career … guided Hart to the 2003 CIF Southern Section Division Championship in a 25-7 win over Mission Viejo … earned a scholarship to Fresno State.

Chuck Osborne – DL (Canyon 1989-1991)

Recognized as the most dominant interior lineman in SCV history … at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, he was the linchpin of Canyon’s defensive line in the 1989, 1990 and 1991 football campaigns … two-time All-Golden League First-Team choice and was twice named to The Signal’s All-SCV defensive team … in the fourth annual Shawn Akina Classic in Hawaii at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium in 1990 Canyon defeated a St. Louis (Hawaii) team on a 55-game winning streak 40-0 and Osborne was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He was also awarded the Governor’s Trophy as the Classic’s Most Outstanding Performer … earned a scholarship to Arizona.

Brent Parkinson – OL (Canyon 1983-84)

Legendary head coach Harry Welch said he is the only player he has coached who never missed a block … teams won 24 straight games in 1983 and 84 and two CIF titles … 1983, 84 All-SCV first-teamer … As a senior, was the Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year … earned a scholarship to USC.

Desi Rodriguez – QB (Saugus 2006-08)

One of the most electrifying performers in Santa Clarita Valley history … a dual-threat quarterback who was an adept passer and an exciting runner … 2008 Foothill League and All-SCV POY and CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 1,655 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for another 1,783 yards and 20 touchdowns … 2007 All-SCV and All-Foothill first-teamer with 1,256 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs and 986 passing yards and 12 passing TDs … led Saugus to its first-ever Foothill League title in 2008 … earned a scholarship to Air Force.

Kenny Sollom – QB (Canyon 1984-86)

As a senior, Sollom was named the CIF-SS Coastal Conference Co-Most Valuable Player after a season in which he passed for 2,884 yards and 29 touchdowns … threw 41 career touchdowns and won two CIF titles with the Cowboys … part of the state record 47-straight win teams … earned a scholarship to Michigan.

Shane Vereen – RB (Valencia 2004-06)

A 2004, 2005 All-CIF selection …2005 Foothill League co-Back of the Year…3,927 career rushing yards, 72 rush TDs, 135 receptions (second all-time at Valencia upon graduation), 2,080 rec yards, 17 receiving TDs … 354 rushing yards vs Golden Valley in 2006 (then an SCV record) … collected Cal-Hi Sports third-team All-State honors … the most highly recruited player in the history of Valencia football … rushed for 1,638 yards on 169 carries with 28 touchdowns as a junior, while tallying 52 receptions for 898 yards and seven more touchdowns through the air, and defensively contributing 43 tackles and three interceptions … earned a scholarship to Cal.

Manuel White – RB (Valencia 1996-99)

The 1999 CIF-SS Division III Co-Offensive Player of the Year … 1997, 1998 All-CIF selection … 1997, 1999 Foothill Co-POY … 1999 All-SCV Co-POY … 872 career rushes, 6,745 rush yards, (fourth-best in California state history at the time of graduation), 84 total TDS (seven vs. Burbank in 99) … selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl … USA Today All-America honorable mention … PrepStar All-American and the No. 5 running back in West Region … Max Emfinger second-team All-American … First-team All-State (Student Sports) … ran for at least 100 yards on 31 occasions and at least 200 in 16 games … as a senior, he rushed for 2,515 yards on 302 carries and 38 rushing touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt … he also made 16 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns … in the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinal versus Saugus, he ran for 305 yards and five touchdowns … as a junior, he rushed for 1,920 yards on 265 carries and 21 rushing touchdowns … as a sophomore, he carried the ball 286 times for 2,175 yards and 20 rushing scores … earned a scholarship to UCLA.

Drew Wolitarsky – WR (Canyon 2009-12)

The most prolific wide receiver in state history with 281 career receptions and 5,147 yards, both of which broke records previously held by former Taft High wideout Steve Smith … Wolitarsky finished his tenure at Canyon with 52 touchdown receptions (second in state history) …was named All-CIF as a sophomore, junior and senior … was named Second-Team All-State as a senior … A three-time All-Foothill and All-SCV first-teamer … earned a scholarship to Minnesota.

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