Bay Area News Group High School Football Player Of The Year: Viliami Teu, St. Francis

St. Francis running back Viliami Teu stood on a dark pathway that led from the Westmont High football field to the locker rooms.

He was being interviewed after his team’s only defeat this fall, a 16-12 loss to Serra in the Central Coast Section Division I championship game that ended the Lancers’ magical season.

As Serra players and family members walked up the pathway to leave the stadium that late November night, a number of them stopped to tap Teu on the shoulder pads, paying respect to a player who was special all season.

Teu, whom his friends call “Juju,” ran for an average of 184.3 yards per game. He finished with 2,211 and scored 28 touchdowns. Along the way, he broke the West Catholic Athletic League’s single-season rushing record with 1,449 in seven league games.

For this, Teu is the Bay Area News Group’s player of the year.

In the regular season, the San Jose State-bound Teu ran for 344 yards in a league-record 45 carries as St. Francis pounded Serra 44-21. He rushed for 284 yards against Valley Christian, 276 against Bellarmine and 185 on the night the Lancers ended De La Salle’s 30-year unbeaten streak against regional opponents.

“Cut back ability is so hard to defend,” Archbishop Riordan coach Mark Modeste said.

“Great player,” added Serra coach Patrick Walsh.

St. Francis’ Viliami Teu breaks free for a big run on the winning drive against De La Salle on Sept. 10, 2021, in Mountain View. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

St. Francis running back Viliami Teu stood on a dark pathway that led from the Westmont High football field to the locker rooms.

He was being interviewed after his team’s only defeat this fall, a 16-12 loss to Serra in the Central Coast Section Division I championship game that ended the Lancers’ magical season.

As Serra players and family members walked up the pathway to leave the stadium that late November night, a number of them stopped to tap Teu on the shoulder pads, paying respect to a player who was special all season.

Teu, whom his friends call “Juju,” ran for an average of 184.3 yards per game. He finished with 2,211 and scored 28 touchdowns. Along the way, he broke the West Catholic Athletic League’s single-season rushing record with 1,449 in seven league games.

For this, Teu is the Bay Area News Group’s player of the year.

In the regular season, the San Jose State-bound Teu ran for 344 yards in a league-record 45 carries as St. Francis pounded Serra 44-21. He rushed for 284 yards against Valley Christian, 276 against Bellarmine and 185 on the night the Lancers ended De La Salle’s 30-year unbeaten streak against regional opponents.

“Cut back ability is so hard to defend,” Archbishop Riordan coach Mark Modeste said.

“Great player,” added Serra coach Patrick Walsh.

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Wednesday, Jan. 12

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Thursday, Jan. 13

Defensive backs

Receivers/tight ends

Quarterbacks

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Defensive player of the year

PLAYER OF THE YEAR


The team was selected by the Bay Area News Group’s high school sports staff.

Source : https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/14/bay-area-news-group-high-school-football-player-of-the-year-viliami-teu-st-francis/

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