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25 Days of Christmas: No. 4 Valley Christian

Valley Christian athlete Jurrion Dickey works out in Menlo Park on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Valley Christian athlete Jurrion Dickey works out in Menlo Park on Nov. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It’s the 22nd day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 4 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, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13, No. 12, No. 11, No. 10, No. 9, No. 8, No. 7, No. 6 and No. 5 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this month.

No. 4: Valley Christian (San Jose)

Valley Christian is loaded once again and primed for another spectacular season.

The Warriors, historically an elite program in Northern California and across the state, went 111-2 a year ago – with both of those losses coming to eventual state runner-up Serra, as there was a 10-0 defeat in the regular season and a 17-0 loss in the Central Coast Section championship game.

And a lot of talent is rolling through the program after that 11-win season, which was its second consecutive double-digit win season and third in the past four campaigns.

A defensive unit that allowed just 6.3 points per game and shut out four teams brings back five of its nine top tacklers, featuring a linebacker duo of junior WIlliam Cuddie and senior Dominic Oliver. Cuddie registered a team-high 116 tackles and 18.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore, while Oliver – a San Diego State signee – finished with 62 tackles and 15 tackles for loss in 2019.

Offensively, the Warriors are loaded as well.

At the tight end spot are two Division I commits – junior Sam Roush (a four-star prospect committed to Stanford) and senior Tyler Roberts (a Lafayette commit who is also a defensive end. Next to them is sophomore athlete Jurrion Dickey, who is tabbed as one of the top 100 recruits nationally in the 2023 class by 247Sports and notched a team-high 541 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Other prospects to watch are senior receiver Charlie Kinne, a star transfer from Los Altos, and junior Jakson Berman, who returns to the quarterback spot after playing defensive back as a sophomore. 

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