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Del Norte’s Loftin, Desolenni named MVPs in the Big 4

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – RJ Loftin breaks free down the sideline for a touchdown at St. Bernard’s this season.

By Ray Hamill — Del Norte senior running back RJ Loftin has been named Big 4 Offensive MVP for the second straight year, the H-DNL announced on Friday.

His teammate Giancarlo Desolenni also was recognized as Defensive MVP, while 13 other Warriors received either all-league selections or honorable mentions.

Del Norte closed out a dominating season here on the North Coast with an 8-1 regular-season record, including a 3-0 run on the way to a Big 4 championship.

Loftin is a four-year-varsity player, while fellow senior Desolenni is a third-year varsity player, and both have played a pivotal role in the team’s recent league dominance and three straight Big 4 titles.

For Loftin, it all begins with his work ethic.

“I think his dedication to the program has been huge,” Del Norte head coach Nick White said. “He has made the most weight rooms out of anybody as far as the offseason goes ever since he was a freshman.”

Just as impressively, Loftin has been setting the right example for the team’s younger players.

“His dedication to the program has been amazing, and all that hard work pays off in the end,” White said. “You just don’t get that, you’ve got to work at it and he does a great job of putting in the work.”

Desolenni was named Defensive MVP for his play at linebacker, but he could very well also have been the second best offensive player in the league after Loftin.

“Overall, he was the best player in league, as far as everything he brings to the table,” the head coach said. “Offensively, defensively, and how smart he is.”

The standout senior also played with a lot of heart and earned the respect of his teammates and opponents.

“What impressed me is his toughness and his willingness to hit and wanting to be one of the hardest hitters on the field,” White said.

“What I love about him is his relentlessness. He’s very, very competitive and it shows on every single play.”

Joining them on the Big 4 All-League team are Del Norte teammates Bryson Price, Bridger Ratnour, Cooper Maxwell, Ethan Thomas, Jacob Dane  and Brody Mattz, each of whom played a key role on the way to a 9-2 overall record.

Giancarlo Desolenni

St. Bernard’s, meanwhile, has six all-league selections after going 2-1 in the Big 4 and 6-6 overall.

Outstanding seniors Drew Sisemore, Grant Omey, Tucker Rice, Owen Shanahan and Tyler Dimmick are joined by junior standout Wyatt Simoni.

Fortuna had the only sophomore selection, with standout tight end/linebacker Jake Houseworth included.

Joining him from the Huskies are senior teammates Rogan Gans and Matt Letter, as well as junior Ivan Moore.

And rounding out the all-league team are a pair of Eureka seniors who each also enjoyed outstanding seasons for their team, Rogan Bode and Jamin Guilbert.

Honorable Mentions

Del Norte — Aden Mintonye, Jase Mintonye, Andrew Hunte, Caden Harrison, Kai Russell, Daniel Gonzalez, Gavin Skerik

St. Bernard’s — Brayden Luna, Jamarious January, Carl Nunes, Lane Ford, Jonathan Cortez, Lawrence Renner

Fortuna — Tegan Rumley, Coltyn Corning, Jonah Rapich

Eureka — Joseph Gonzalez, Elijah Griffin, Daniel Garcia Hall, Dominic Conant, Jordan Urban

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  1. Dek Norte was the toughest competition for Marin this season…

    …Marin beat #3 Cardinal Newman by over 20 points… physical football still wins games…add a speedster or two, and viola…

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