County Football Insider: Napa High's Bowers named as top-10 player in the state
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County Football Insider: Napa High's Bowers named as top-10 player in the state

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Napa High School’s Brock Bowers, a tight end who was selected as the Player of the Year on the Napa Valley Register’s All-Napa County team and the Most Valuable Player of the Vine Valley Athletic League during the 2019 season, is listed among the “Top 50 California high school football players from the Class of 2021” in a report compiled by 247Sports and announced by on May 23.

Bowers, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior who caught 39 passes for 1,098 yards with 14 touchdown receptions in nine games, is No. 10 on the list. He also ran for 316 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Grizzlies (7-4 overall, 4-2 Vine Valley Athletic League).

Napa lost to Clayton Valley-Concord, 35-9, in the first round of the CIF North Coast Section Division II playoffs.

“The top-end Class of 2021 football talent from California is laced with athletes from all positions,” reported.

There are seven other Northern California players among the top 50:

  • No. 20: Jermaine Terry, Kennedy-Richmond, tight end.
  • No. 23: Prophet Brown, Monterey Trail-Elk Grove, running back.
  • No. 31: Akili Calhoun, Liberty-Brentwood, defensive end.
  • No. 33: Ari Patu, Folsom, quarterback.
  • No. 42: Kaleb Elarms-Orr, Moreau Catholic-Hayward, defensive end.
  • No. 46: Kaleb Higgins, Folsom, cornerback.
  • No. 48: Will Schweitzer, Los Gatos, linebacker.

Bowers is also listed No. 12 in the Class of 2021 California player rankings.

He is recognized as a 4-star tight end by

He was named as the Prep2Prep 2019 North Coast Section Junior of the Year, according to, and was named to the SportStars’ All-NorCal Football Offense 2019 Roster, as announced by

He has committed to the 2021 All-American Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 9, 2021 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. NBC will carry the game, which features the top 100 high school players in the country.

CIF says decision on fall sports to come by July 20

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body of high school sports in the state, announced last week that in collaboration with each of its 10 Sections, it will be determining by July 20 if fall sports will continue as currently scheduled due to COVID-19.

“The CIF is prepared to offer alternative calendars if it is determined by July 20 that fall sports may not start as scheduled due to ongoing public health and safety concerns,” the state office announced on June 12 in a media release. The release did not go into detail about what those alternative plans would look like.

“The California Interscholastic Federation believes education-based athletics and all co-curricular activities are essential to the physical, mental, and social well-being of students and realizes the impact and challenges that COVID-19 has caused for our member schools and education-based athletics. We continue to monitor the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education and State/Local County Health Departments and Agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts when they are planning when and how to reopen school this fall.”

Preseason state Top 25

St. John Bosco-Bellflower is No. 1 in the “Early, Maybe Preseason Top 25,” announced on June 14.

De La Salle-Concord, Pittsburg and Clayton Valley-Concord from the CIF North Coast Section are in the Top 25.

The list is “a rundown of those 25 teams we’d be inclined to go with as among the best in the state as of June 14,” reported.

St. John Bosco is followed by No. 2 Mater Dei-Santa Ana, No. 3 De La Salle, No. 4 Servite-Anaheim, No. 5 Centennial-Corona, No. 6 Mission Viejo, No. 7 Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth, No. 8 Helix-La Mesa, No. 9 Alemany-Mission Hills, No. 10 Central-Fresno, No. 11 Serra-San Mateo, No. 12 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, No. 13 Grace Brethren-Simi Valley, No. 14 Bishop Amat-La Puente, No. 15 Oceanside, No. 16 Lutheran-Orange, No. 17 Pittsburg, No. 18 Folsom, No. 19 Rancho Verde-Moreno Valley, No. 20 Chaminade-West Hills, No. 21 Monterey Trail-Elk Grove, No. 22 Long Beach Poly-Long Beach, No. 23 Oaks Christian-Westlake Village, No. 24 Menlo-Atherton-Atherton, and No. 25 Clayton Valley.

Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa, Liberty-Brentwood, and San Ramon Valley-Danville are listed among the teams that “just missed.”

MaxPreps announces Preseason Top 25 Rankings

Five California high schools, including De La Salle-Concord, are listed in the MaxPreps national 2020 Preseason High School Top 25 Rankings, which were announced on June 15 by

Mater Dei-Santa Ana is No. 2, St. John Bosco-Bellflower is No. 3, Centennial-Corona is No. 15, De La Salle is No. 17, and Servite-Anaheim is No. 23.

“We set the tone for 2020 by looking at high school football’s elite,” MaxPreps reported. “Questions persist heading into the 2020 high school football season because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be different state-by-state and county-by-county. Some out-of-state games have already been canceled and more could follow. One thing is certain – this season will be one we’ve not seen before. We’re months from kickoff and a lot may change, but we’re excited about getting back on the field and 2020 high school football action.”

Former 49ers QB Freitas, Sr. dies

Jesse Freitas Sr., a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who played on the inaugural 1946 team, died on May 18, the Bay Area News Group and the San Mateo Daily Journal reported.

Freitas was 99.

Freitas spent four years in the All-America Football Conference and also played for the Chicago Rockets.

Freitas was the head football coach at Serra High-San Mateo, compiling a 102-49-3 record, and the San Jose Tigers, a semi-pro team that played in the California Football League in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Napa Valley Bears were also in the CFL and played their home games at the old Napa Memorial Stadium.

Grosscup passes away

UC Berkeley athletics announced that Lee Grosscup, who handled radio analysis for Cal for 18 seasons and the post-game show since 2004, passed away on June 1, according to a report at Grosscup, a first-team All-America quarterback at Utah who was selected by the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick during the 1959 NFL Draft, was 83.

Grosscup spent 34 seasons on the Cal broadcast team.

Grosscup was with the Giants (1959-61), Minnesota Vikings (1962), New York Titans (1962), Saskatchewan Roughriders (1963), Oakland Raiders (1964) and Hartford Charter Oaks (1965-66).

Grossup spent 20 seasons with ABC as a college analyst. He was a radio analyst for the USFL’s Oakland Invaders (1982-85) and the radio analyst for the Canadian Football League’s Sacramento Gold Miners (1993-94).

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