Most Valuable Player
Alec Gamboa, Madera, Jr. WR-DB
Junior star Gamboa will likely go down as one of the best all-purpose athletes Madera High School has ever seen. With a blazing fastball that regularly hits above 90 mph and statewide recognition for his skills in wrestling, Gamboa shows that his skill set is as broad as it is impressive, and that translates to major impacts on the football field. This season, Gamboa touched the ball from the quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and return positions while also kicking punts and playing in the secondary on defense. During a section record-setting performance in the first round of the Div. III playoffs, Gamboa shredded the Hanford secondary with 13 catches for 360 yards and six scores. He finished the year with 1,111 receiving yards, 13 scores, and 237 rushing yards with another score. Gamboa was named the County/Metro Athletic Conference’s Specialist of the Year.
Defensive Player of the Year
C.J. Cambra, Liberty, Jr. DE-LT
Cambra led the Liberty defensive line with 61 tackles and recorded 6.5 sacks despite numerous double teams. Although he could force his coaches to pull their hair out by going offsides, he was still a force in the middle of the defensive line that forced other teams to have two or three linemen block him and allowed linebackers Kendall Malone and Steven Clark to make plays along the line of scrimmage. He also had 11 tackles for losses for the Div. V Valley Champions. Cambra was named first-team All-NSL as an offensive and defensive lineman and was named the NSL’s Lineman of the Year.
Rest of the Team
Nathaniel Nelson, Madera, Jr. QB
This season, Nelson, a junior, broke school records and became Madera High School’s top passer of all time. Calm and collected both on the field and sidelines regardless of a game’s score, Nelson — who describes himself as a pocket-passing quarterback — broke the 2,600-yard mark on the season and, combined with his sophomore year as a varsity starter, racked up 5,051 yards and 49 scores. Nelson was a second-team All-CMAC member.
Jesus Jimenez, Madera, Jr. RB
Pure power. Those are the words that best describe running back Jimenez, yet another Coyote junior to make his mark on the field this year. Jimenez is best when he runs between the tackles and often helped open up the field for his teammates as he averaged nearly 7.5 yards a carry. He finishes the year with 741 yards and four scores...