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Shaun Smith and Jurrion Dickey’s connection…Again
Before the second-ever Routes vs. Coverage Showcase on Sunday, this was a connection everyone was watching for.
At the first-ever RVC Showcase, Livermore senior quarterback Shaun Smith and Valley Christian sophomore receiver Jurrion Dickey developed a superb chemistry on the football field, capping it off with an undefeated record in the 7-on-7 tournament en route to winning the championship. Dickey was named the Offensive MVP of that showcase, and Smith was strongly considered for the award, too.
This time around, it was much of the same. Smith and Dickey were on the same page throughout, as Smith delivered countless accurate passes on every part of the field to Dickey, who just found ways to make any type of catch – easy or nearly impossible.
The two once again were a part of the championship squad Sunday, proving their worth as leaders and competitors – and colleges have also taken notice.
Plus, Dickey made some big plays defensively and came away with an interception in the championship game.
Dickey is tabbed as one of the top class of 2023 prospects in America, already accumulating offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Oregon State, Pittsburgh and San Jose State. He led Valley Christian in receiving yards (541) as a freshman in 2019, as he and the Warriors won 11 games and played in the Central Coast Section championship game.
Smith, who boasts offers from Lewis & Clark and Whittier, is an instrumental piece in Livermore’s football renaissance, throwing for 14 touchdowns his junior year in its 6-5 season, which was its first winning record in the MaxPreps era (dates back to 2004).
Andi Etok’s stellar effort
Valley Christian senior defensive back Andi Etok wasn’t afraid of anything.
Etok broke up plays all throughout the day and forced turnovers, part of an excellent outing that helped him win a championship and garner Defensive MVP honors from the coaching staff.
Etok, a transfer from Oak Grove, boasts an offer from Pacific University in Oregon and is ready for his senior season at Valley Christian after coming back from a recent calf injury.
“I feel great,” Etok said. “Just came off an injury. I feel blessed. Blessed playing. I’m just blessed to be back, and we’ve got the season starting next week. Just waiting to play. Just get out there.”
Enoch Ampofo makes every catch
San Leandro senior running back Enoch Ampofo was a star of the entire showcase.
Etok came away with catch after catch, continuously shredding his way through the defense and finding open creases for Smith and Kimball junior quarterback Nicholas Coronado.
Last year, Ampofo ran for 205 yards and had 17 tackles at San Leandro.
Jamai East never quits
Vanden junior receiver Jamai East nearly quit football earlier this offseason, but he decided to stick around.
And the results paid off, as evidenced with an impressive showing at the second installment of the RVC Showcase.
East shined during the 1-on-1 portion of the competition portion, adding on to it with more crisp route running and crucial catches during the 7-on-7 tournament.
As a sophomore for a 6-6 Vanden squad that made it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV quarterfinals, East was called up to the varsity squad, bringing in 13 catches for 104 yards next to 45 yards on five carries.
East said that jump to varsity showed him what he was capable, and he’s been on a tear ever since.
“A lot because as a kid, as a freshman on JV I was thinking like, ‘Oh, I can’t do anything. This is JV. They’re big. I can’t do anything,’” East said. “Like it was bad. And once they put me up to varsity I started just showing my talent, and everything was good.”
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