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25 Days of Christmas: No. 23 Oak Grove

Izaya Sabedra helped Oak Grove to a league title in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Izaya Sabedra helped Oak Grove to a league title in 2019. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It’s the third day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 23 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 and No. 24 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 23: Oak Grove

The Oak Grove Eagles are coming off a special 2019 season.

In what became a 10-3 campaign, the Eagles captured a Mount Hamilton League crown with a perfect 7-0 record against league foes while earning a runner-up finish to Los Gatos in the Central Coast Section championship game. Of those three defeats, two came to Los Gatos, and the other came to a St. Francis team loaded with Division I talent.

Now, the Eagles are back, and they boast plenty of experience from that 10-win team.

Starting quarterback, senior Jessie Miller, returns and is fully healthy. When Miller returned from an injury, Oak Grove’s 2019 season completely changed, scoring 30-plus points five times and 40-plus points twice as Miller finished with more than 1,000 passing yards and 200 rushing yards.

Two of Miller’s top three targets come back – Devyn Parker (More than 440 yards and seven touchdowns) and Marcellino Henry, and that’s only part of the talent across the roster.

Elias Herrera (60-plus tackles and eight tackles for loss), Christopher Mendoza (12-plus tackles for loss) and Izaya Sabedra (seven-plus tackles for loss) headline a defensive unit that surrendered a mere 16.3 points per game last year and recorded three shutouts.

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