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25 Days of Christmas: No. 16 Amador Valley

It’s the 10th day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 16 team.

The rankings, which will tab the top 25 football teams in the Bay Area, announce one team each day through Christmas Day. The No. 1 team will be unveiled on Dec. 25 at WestCoastPreps.com.

Only schools located within cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the poll.

West Coast Preps unveiled the No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18 and No. 17 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 16: Amador Valley

The defending East Bay Athletic League Valley Division champions are locked and loaded for a special winter 2021 campaign.

Amador Valley, which went 8-3 overall last year and 5-0 against EBAL divisional foes, returns a strong nucleus of players and added some talent during this extra-long offseason due to the season getting pushed back.

Three stars headline the defensive unit in Matthew Hallgrimson (62 tackles), Spencer Oxe (78 tackles, 9.0 TFL) and Spencer Scranton (36 tackles, 6.5 TFL). Hallgrimson and Oxe were each first team all-league selections, while Oxe and Scranton are each either college commits or boast college offers – Oxe is committed to Puget Sound, and Scranton holds offers from Lewis & Clark and Whittier.

Senior Eric Hunter III is one of the premier two-way athletes in the region, as the first team all-league running back and safety accumulated 833 rushing yards and six touchdowns, 211 receiving yards and one touchdown, and 28 tackles and three picks. Hunter III recently received his first offer from Black Hills State.

Fellow senior Josh Heverly – whose offer sheet includes three Division I opportunities from Air Force, Morehead State and the University of San Diego – recorded 716 receiving yards and six touchdowns, in addition to 25 tackles and four interceptions defensively.

One notable addition was Gabe Solo moving to the program from Cupertino’s Homestead High School, where he lined up at running back, wide receiver, quarterback and punter. Mayville State and Southwest Minnesota State are his two offers. 

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