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Football Player of the Year Preview: Part 1

Adam Garwood has offers from Rocky Mountain College and San Diego. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Adam Garwood has offers from Rocky Mountain College and San Diego. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

With sports returning, West Coast Preps is excited to unveil its Athlete of the Year awards in the coming months. Here is a preview of five student-athletes expected to be in the running for the Athlete of the Year in football when the season concludes: 

Stay tuned for more athletes to be featured in the coming days.

Adam Garwood

Los Gatos senior running back and safety Adam Garwood produced in enormous ways as the Wildcats won a Central Coast Section Division II crown in 2019.

Garwood rushed for 1,260 yards and 20 touchdowns, adding another 188 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, Garwood notched 50 tackles, six tackles for loss and four fumble recoveries on the defensive end.

Rocky Mountain College and the University of San Diego are Garwood’s two offers.

Dorian Hale

De La Salle senior quarterback Dorian Hale, a Sacramento State signee, decided to play his final year of high school football and has accomplished his own feats of greatness while donning the Spartans uniform.

Hale, in a run-dominant De La Salle veer offense that carried the ball 67.8% of the time, tossed for 2,047 yards, 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions while De La Salle captured its 28th consecutive North Coast Section title and played for a state championship. Hale also had 588 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

The soon-to-be three-year starter’s career varsity numbers include 3,274 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions, along with 780 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Other college offers for Hale were from Cal Poly, Columbia, Florida Atlantic, Georgetown, Idaho, Lehigh, Montana, Northern Arizona and Valparaiso.

Tristan Hofmann

Half Moon Bay senior running back and linebacker Tristan Hoffman is unstoppable.

Hoffman did it all in Half Moon Bay’s undefeated regular season in 2019. He totaled 1,286 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns, 219 receiving yards and two scores, 104 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and 10 punts for an average of 35.5 yards.

The year prior as a sophomore, Hoffman threw for 986 yards and four scores, ran for 522 yards and six scores, had 50 tackles, five tackles for loss and one interception.

Matteo Perez

Marin Catholic senior running back Matteo Perez was one of California’s top rushers a year ago.

The UC Davis signee rushed for 2,024 yards and 30 touchdowns, with his 2,024 rushing yards ranking 18th in California and his 30 scores ranking 10th in the state, according to statistics available on MaxPreps. This came one season after he tallied 1,271 yards and 10 scores his sophomore campaign.

Perez, whose career includes two trips to the North Coast Section championship game, also held an offer from Eastern Washington.

Mihalis Santorineos

Rancho Cotate senior linebacker Mihalis Santorineos posted one of the best seasons in recent memory his junior year.

Santorineos finished with 237 tackles, four sacks, six fumble recoveries, six blocked PATs and two forced fumbles, earning his way to first team all-league honors and a first team nod in Northern California. With Santorineos, Rancho Cotate won North Coast Section and Northern California titles before falling to Bakersfield Christian in the California Interscholastic Federation Division 3-A championship game.

Colby, Pacific, Pacific Lutheran, Puget Sound and Whittier have all offered Santorineos.

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