Football: Section Championship Won
By St. Mary's 56-25
By Thomas Lawrence
Record Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO — Tony Franks stood in a sea of bobbing green
helmets, triumphantly hoisting his weathered St. Mary’s
visor into the air. The longtime Rams football coach, soaked
with ice water dumped on him by Harrison Heath and Brandon
Sanders, was celebrating his program’s third Sac-Joaquin
Section championship: an emphatic 56-25 win over No. 1
Folsom in the Division I final Saturday at Sacramento
State’s Hornet Stadium.
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The Rams will play Freedom in the Northern California Bowl
on Friday, December 10th at St. Mary's.
SM Football Players Featured in Media
Mary's senior football players Jarett Carl and Dewey Cotton were
featured in The Record and Channel 3 regarding their commitment
to play, motivation and accomplishments off the field.
Jarett Carl Story Link
Dewey Cotton Story Link
Sections: Semi-Final: St. Mary's 61, Oak Ridge 21.
A statement forty point win by the Rams against the highly
touted Trojans has sent St. Mary's into the section finals
On a crisp Friday after Thanksgiving, the Rams won a
re-match with Folsom to whom they lost in the semi-finals
“We’ve been denied two years in a row,” Rams senior Shawn
Villegas (who scored a touchdown in the second half) said.
“We’ve just kept that intensity up.” (Record quote)
St. Mary had a lead of 41-0 by halftime. The second half was
highlighted by senior lineman Cole Norgaard, No 63, with a
58-yard interception return for a touchdown. “I was amazed
that I even made it that far,” a tired-but-elated Norgaard
said postgame in an interview with The Record. “I saw the
defenders coming and I was like, ‘Wow, did I really beat
Dusty Frampton had 16 carries for a game-high 92 yards with
four touchdowns, bringing his season total to 33. Jake
Dunniway went 13 of 18 passing for 321 yards and two
touchdowns — 42 yards to Tre Jenkins III and 85 yards to
Dewey Cotton (5 catches-123 yards).
The Record described the play of Jenkins and Cotton:"
Jenkins, who leapt over the Trojans’ defensive back and
scampered into the end zone, had just nabbed an interception
on defense the play before. The junior has three
interceptions the past two weeks. Cotton, meanwhile,
devastated Oak Ridge (10-3) with his speed over the middle,
despite a 3rd and 20 from St. Mary’s 15. Rams coach Tony
Franks was ecstatic, backpedaling with joy and celebrating
with mini fist pumps.
Coach Franks stated: “We wanted to come out in a game like
this and really establish ourselves. How we start is really
important,” Franks said. “We played great defense and got
stops when we needed to.
“Tons of credit goes to our coaching staff. Our kids were
ready to play.”
Keaton Hampton had three catches for 85 yards and Aponte had
three for 61. Villegas and Popo Aumavae posted consecutive
sacks in the second half to kill a Trojans’ red zone drive.
Keller Salmon and Jordan Stinhilver would combine on a sack
later in the fourth quarter.
Football: Sac-Joaquin Section Division I
Quarterfinals St. Mary's 44, Pitman 7
Tre Jenkins III grabbed two interceptions, including one
full extension snatch, along with a fumble recovery in a
game that saw St, Mary's begin slowly with a 17-7 lead at
half time, then explode in the second half as they downed
Pitman 44-7 at Sanguinetti Stadium, sending Rams into the
semi-finals against Oak Ridge at St. Mary's on Black Friday.
Jordan Stinhilver and David Ford were clutch for the Rams’
defense, too. Stinhilver, a senior lineman, combined with
Ford on a sack in the first quarter, and added another sack
of his own in the second half.
David Ford, a senior safety, made a crucial play in the
waning moments of the first half. The Pride had a 4th and 1
at St. Mary’s 2-yard line with a few seconds remaining when
he stopped the Pittman quarterback shy of a touchdown. After
running the clock to 0.1, Pitman finally snapped the ball,
but after an apparent whistle blew, most of the players
stopped moving in confusion. Seeing the opportunity, Marcus
Aponte jumped in to make a tackle and end the threat and the
Keaton Hampton had four catches for a game-high 133 yards
and three touchdowns; Dewey Cotton had six catches for 84
yards, with an 11-yard rushing touchdown; Marcus Aponte
posted four catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns;
quarterback Jake Dunniway was 15 for 21 for 315 yards, five
touchdowns and an interception.
Dewey Cotton Featured in The Record
Story by Thomas Lawrence
– Tony Franks knew his sophomore wide receiver was not to be
trifled with, well before his varsity debut.
The St. Mary’s football team ventured to Sacramento to play
a 7-on-7 game against Grant in the summer of 2014. Dewey
Cotton, then 5-foot-4 and 145 pounds, was unfazed by every
brutal thing that happened to him while route-running.
“He was catching balls courageously, and guys were roughing
him up and ripping his shirt,” said Franks, in his 18th year
overall as Rams coach. “It was a real donnybrook, and he had
no problem with it at all.”
Cotton’s impressive outing was no fluke. Since, he’s
delivered a total of 144 receptions for 2,285 yards and 23
touchdowns. Not to mention, he’s a headache to defend on
running plays, as he’s added 442 rushing yards and five more
He and St. Mary’s continue their quest for the program’s
third section title, as the No. 2 Rams entertain the
seventh-seeded Turlock-Pitman Pride in a Division I
quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Sanguinetti Field.
“He’s the type of football player who you want to coach,”
said Rams receivers coach Adam Pijl, “because every day he
comes out to practice, he’s got a smile on his face and he’s
ready to work.”
Cotton hasn’t shied away from painful work, either. The Rams
require their receivers to help block linebackers on rushing
plays. While that’s not easy for Cotton, who's now 5-5, 155
pounds, “he never has any issues,” Pijl said.
Cotton, who grew up in Stockton, has been playing football
for a decade and with the Rams – through Pop Warner feeder
programs and now the high school – since roughly age 9.
He’s one of five three-year varsity players on the roster,
along with linemen Popo Aumavae, Mikie Prefling and Jarett
Carl and receiver and cornerback Keaton Hampton.
Cotton never shows any bitterness about his size. If
anything, he’s used it to his advantage. He’s not only the
quickest player Pijl has seen on the Rams, but elusive and
able to boost a simple, short-yardage play into a
long-distance touchdown with his thrilling speed.
So, no, Cotton doesn’t worry about being a modest height.
“That is absolutely not a factor, not an issue,” Franks
said. “He feels great about who he is and what he does. He
plays football big.”
Cotton used to dwell on it more, but as his self-confidence
grew – both in football and in his personal life – it became
a non-issue. It helps when guys like Darren Sproles (5-6,
190 pounds) and Tavon Austin (5-9, 174) prove that smaller
players can thrive in the NFL.
“I (cared) when I was younger, but because of middle school,
I got used to it in high school,” said Cotton, 18. “I’m
confident in football, so I know they can’t really tell me
anything about myself.”
Cotton’s speed, while already notable, has improved since he
was a sophomore. He attributes his development to ladder
work (which improves agility), hill running and his time
with St. Mary’s track and field. Cotton was a member of the
400-meter relay team that advanced to the section Masters
meet last May.
While senior football players cannot sign their national
letters of intent until February, Cotton has verbally
committed to Sacramento State.
“I love the coaching staff, and they were the first to take
a shot on me,” Cotton said after the Rams’ practice Monday
evening. “When I first visited there, I felt like a legend
already and I hadn’t even played.
“Everybody knew me.”
Cotton and his fellow third-year seniors have experienced
heartbreak together in copious amounts. St. Mary’s lost a
21-14 section final to Grant in 2014, a game in which Cotton
posted what might’ve been a winning touchdown, which was
called short of the end zone.
Last season, St. Mary’s held multiple double-digit leads
before succumbing to a frenetic comeback and a 56-49 loss to
Folsom in a semifinal.
Cotton and his four comrades don’t ignore it, but embrace
it. They already have a group chat going, Cotton said, to
remind one another about their loftier goals.
“He’s just a confident guy," Franks said. "He’s played the
game a long time, and he’s experienced great success all
along the way."
Section Playoffs St. Mary’s 64, Modesto 7
The Rams overwhelmed the Panthers 64 -7 in the section playoffs
at Sanquinetti Field at St. Mary's.
Dusty Frampton rushed 15 times for 121 yards and three
touchdowns, quarterback Jake Dunniway was
15 of 21 passing for 253 yards with touchdown passes of 21
and 35 yards to Aponte and 39 yards to Keaton Hampton. Dewey
Cotton scored on a 19-yard fly sweep and backup quarterback
Hunter Low had a 13-yard scoring run. Shawn Villegas also
had a 2-yard touchdown run in the win.
Popo Aumuavae Named Athlete of the Week
Aumavae has been named Record player of
the week. they wrote:
Amuavae epitomized a do- minating night for the St. Mary’s
football team’s offensive and defensive lines.
Aumavae, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior, was unmerciful in a
69-13 win over rival Lincoln on Friday, as were his
teammates. The reigning first-team All-Area pick Aumavae had
two sacks, and was part of a run blocking scheme that led to
a three-touchdown night for tailback Dusty Frampton.
Aumavae has been a juggernaut on both sides of the ball for
the Rams, and is The Record’s Male Athlete of the Week for
Oct. 31-Nov. 5."
Football: St. Mary's 69,
The Rams won their third consecutive Tri-City Athletic
League championship by winning for the 13th in a row playing
against Lincoln, 69-13 at Sanguinetti Field.
Quoted in The Record, Coach Tony Franks stated: “It’s great
to have a chance to do it on senior night: we have 31
seniors on the team. Five of them have been with us since
their sophomore year. Those are the types of things that
make this year special.”
The Rams defense held the Trojans to negative rushing yards
in the first half including a forced a fumble that was
recovered by Anthony Rosales Jr. Popo Aumavae and Cole
Norgaard each sacked the Lincoln quarterback.
On offense, St. Mary’s scored eight rushing touchdowns and
275 yards on the ground, led by Dusty Frampton’s 12 carries
for 119 yards and three scores, giving him a Sac-Joaquin
Section-best 26 rushing touchdowns. Dusty told The Record:
“I love working with them. It’s always fun. I really don’t
have to do anything, the line does it for me.”
Shawn Villegas added 72 yards and two TDs and Jake Dunniway
David Ford and Hunter Low each had one rushing TD each.
Dunniway finished 8 of 14 passing for 196 yards and two
touchdowns — 16 yards to Dewey Cotton and 47 yards to Keaton
St Mary’s is 33-27-3 all-time against Lincoln, and 69 points
is the most the Rams have ever scored in the series.
Football: St. Mary's 57, Lodi 0
the Rams doused the Flames 57-0 in a very lopsided contest
during which St. Mary's defense consistently stopped Lodi
from advancing on the field. This included stripping a ball
from a Flame runner, and advancing it back toward the Ram's
The win was powered by
four Dusty Frampton touchdown runs. Quoted in The Record,
Dusty said" “They were all the same if you ask m. “I look
at it as how many yards I get per carry and I think I did
well tonight. I love talking with my football buddies,
especially Jake. We joke around. We don’t even talk about
football during the game. We just have that connection. It’s
fun. It’s all about having fun.”
Ram's quarterback Jake
Dunniway completed all his 10 of his passes for a total of
150 yards hitting six receivers. Dewey Cotton and Keaton
Hampton caught touchdown passes of 20 and 6 yards,
Quoted in The Record, Jake
stated “I credit that to our coaches, our receivers and our
line “They give me a lot
of time so I feel really comfortable and I have a lot of
confidence in my receivers. I feel like every time I throw
the ball, my guys are going to catch it, so that helps.”
Football: St. Mary's 57,
The Rams, led by Jake Dunniway 395 passing yards and 6
passing touchdowns, took on the Bulldogs in Trac's Wayne
Schneider Stadium piling up 522 total yards as they won
57-21. Jake Dunniway had 336 yards passing and four
touchdowns for St. Mary’s on Friday night – in the first
According to the Record “We looked at this game as a playoff
game,” St. Mary’s coach Tony Franks said. “We knew with the
team that Tracy is and the atmosphere here we had to come in
here and play as good, as hard and as fast as we possibly
could. That was the goal… Jake had a good night. He is a
terrific kid, a great young man, very talented and our
coaches have done a great job putting together a nice little
package for him. We are really proud of Jake and what he did
Dusty Frampton had 10 carries for 164 yards along with three
touchdowns; Marcus Aponte had four receptions for 130 yards
for two touchdowns and Keaton Hampton caught one for a
touchdown of 87 yards.
Dunniway was quoted as saying “Most of our offensive line
has been starters since our sophomore year. I have a lot of
confidence and I feel like I have all day to pass when I am
Middle linebacker Harrison Heath led the St. Mary’s defense
and told The Record. “It all starts in practice. We pride
ourselves in having an intense practice every day. The
defense has really stepped up. You can see on the scores
that weekly we are shutting the scores down lower and lower
and I think it is due to our great coaching and intensity in
The Rams play Lodi next for homecoming. Record: 7-1, 3-0
Popo Aumavae to Play in Polynesian Bowl
Aumavae has been selected to play in the The
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame "Polynesian Bowl" a
high school all-star football game that feature's
the world’s elite players of Polynesian heritage and
other ancestries. The Polynesian Bowl will be played
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00 pm HST at Aloha
Stadium in O’ahu, Hawai’i as part of the Polynesian
Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.
Football: Saint Mary's 55,
The Rams easily defeated the Wolfpack during a rain
soaked contest in Tracy, 55-0 Record 6-1, 2-0 TCAL.
St. Mary's has been ranked No. 9 in the West by
MaxPreps in its computer ranking of football teams.
CalHi Sports has St. Mary's as No. 1 in the section.
Football: St. Mary's 65, Tokay 8
In a lopsided contest, the Rams were ahead 51-0 at half
time. The Tigers avoided a shutout with a 90 yard touchdown
return at the beginning of the second half and a two point
conversion. The Rams responded with two more touchdowns to
win the league contest 65-8. Record: 5-1, 1-0 TCAL
Football: St. John Boscoe 55, St.
Taking on one of the top 5 teams in the nation at Whittier
College, the Rams led initially 10-7 bu the Braves
methodically came back, using their larger front line and
capitalizing on some St. Mary's miscues to beat the Rams
55-16. Dunning threw 2 touchdown passes, but was intercepted
twice, one for a 90 yard touchdown by St. John Boscoe.
The Rams are 4-1.
Football: Rams Rating Soars
St. Mary's took possession of No. 1 spot in both Cal-Hi
Sports' and Prep2Prep Sports' section Top 25 hierarchies
after beating Consumnes Oaks and after Folsom's 48 game
winning streak was broken by Sacramento High School. St.
Mary's will be tested when they play one of the top teams in
the nation, St. John Bosco. The Rams take on the Braves at
Whittier College on September 23rd.
Football St. Mary's 42, Consumnes Oaks 20
The Rams easily handled Consumnes Oaks at Sanguinetti Field
42-20 before a boisterous home crowd. The game had plenty of
excitement for any fan including Aaron Jenkins' returning a
kick off for 80 yards for a touchdown to start the second
Quoted in The Record, Coach Tony Franks said: "One of our
special team goals was to return a kickoff for a touchdown.
We were able to do that and I'm really pleased about that.
We worked hard on that.
We've been working hard on it for weeks and weeks. I was
just ecstatic that you set a goal, you work on something and
it happens, that's a great feeling."
Dusty Frampton had 13 carries for 146 yards at halftime,
including touchdown runs of 4 and 55 yards. With a lead of
21-0 St. Mary's took the opportunity to give other players
more game time. David Ford, who is usually a strong safety
scored on a 5 yard run, as an example.
RamStats: 7 14 14 7 - 42 Scoring summary: Cotton 1 run
(Rubio kick) Frampton 4 run (Rubio kick) Frampton 55 run
(Rubio kick); Jenkins 80 KO ret. (Rubio kick); Ford 5 run
(Rubio kick); Aponte 55 pass from Dunniway (Rubio kick)
Record: 4-0 .
Football: St. Mary's 49,
Central Catholic 0
The Rams won their first
shutout of the Raiders in
Holy Bowl history, blowing
out Central Catholic at
their home 49-0. One of the
highlights was Jordan
Stinhilver interception and
TD run after the Raider's
quarterback was hammered by
Keller Salmon casusing the
ball to flutter into the air
and into the hands of
Stinhilver. At half time St.
Mary's was up 42-0 and even
the re-entry into the game
of 19 Central Catholic
players did not stop the
Rams as they blew out the
Raiders on both sides of the
ball to bring the Holy Bowl
trophy back to St. Mary's.
The Rams are 3-0 for the
Football: St. Mary's 49,
Cardinal Newman 32
After falling behind after a fumble on the first play,the
Rams quickly adjusted their game by changing up from the run
to the air, then back to the run to beat Cardinal Newman
49-32 before a hometown crowd Quarterback Jake Dunniway
completed 13 of 15 for 281 yards and four touchdowns, Dewey
Cotton (11 catches for 190 yards) had three TD catches and
running back Dusty Frampton ran for three in the 49-32 win.
The Rams are 2-0 as they face Central Catholic in the Holy
Bowl on September 9th in Modesto.
Football: St. Mary's 63, Serra 35
The game began with Ram touchdowns being matched by the
Padres, then came the second half and St. Mary's dominated
on both sides of the ball to beat Serra 63-35 in the season
Doug Martin '07, Two Time Pro-Bowler Vists St. Mary's
Martin, Class of 2007, a
two-time Pro Bowler, and
a running back for
the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, made a
surprise visit to St.
Mary's to say "Hello"
and to spend some time
with the students and
faculty. He is pictured
with Principal Kathy
Smith and Athletic
Director Jim Brusa.
Eric Williams, Class of 1980,
Presents Golden Football to St. Mary's.
Eric Williams, SM Class of 1980, a member of the
Super Bowl XXVI winning Redskins team came to St.
Mary's on December 11, 2015 to present a Golden
Football that the NFL is using to commemorate Super
golden football was being presented to the high schools of
those players that had been members of teams in prior Super
On hand to accept the gift were school president and NFL
official Peter Morelli, school principle Kathy Smith and the
Rams football team.
After graduating from St. Mary's Eric,
Washington State University where he was voted All-Pac 10.
began his professional career with the Detroit Lions in
1984. He remained there until 1990 when he joined the
Washington Redskins where he was the starting defensive
tackle. He retired from the NFL after the 1993 season.
the founder and CEO of Applied Sports Technology.