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Meet SBLive's 2022 preseason All-Sac-Joaquin Section football team

Here's the best 24 — 12 on offense and 12 on defense — based on their positions, skill and production from California's second largest section.

The Sac-Joaquin Section plays pretty good football. 

Folsom beat De La Salle to win a CIF Northern California Division I-AA championship last fall. Vanden captured a state championship. 

The SBLive preseason All-SJS team has representatives from those programs, along with three 2,000-yard rushers, and a super sophomore receiver with national recruiting interest.

This is a tough list to pick. Just 26 players: 13 on offense, 13 on defense. A lot of good players were left off. Let us know who we left off or why these were the best picks.  

QB Tre Dimes, Vanden-Fairfield, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Sr.

The offensive spark for a team that won the CIF State 3-AAA championship, Dimes aims to top his 2021 passing numbers of 3,262 yards and 46 touchdowns.

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RB Curron Borders, Antelope-Sacramento, 5-7, 185
Good luck cornering this guy after he rushed for 2,039 yards in 10 games last season, including 32 touchdowns, for a 10-1 team.

RB Lamar Radcliffe, Sacramento, 6-2, 225, Jr.
A bruiser with speed, Radcliffe chugged and bolted for 2,109 yards and 23 scores in 2021 and has all sorts of Pac-12 offers.

RB Blake Nichelson, Manteca, 6-3, 205, Sr.
He led the section in rushing in 2021 with 2,231 yards and 36 touchdowns. He's not slowing down. A first-team All-State pick.

WR Phillip Bell, Christian Brothers-Sacramento, 6-2, 185, So.
As a varsity starter a year ago, Bell had 56 catches for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's had recruiting interest from everywhere, including Georgia.

WR Rico Flores, Jr., Folsom, 6-2, 190, Sr.
The Notre Dame commit runs great routes and has superb hands, going for 81 catches and 1,157 yards in 2021. A first-team All-State pick.

WR/CB Kayne Clark, Capital Christian-Sacramento, 5-11, 175, Sr.
In 10 games, had 41 catches for 1,006 yards (24.5 average), 13 TDs in 2021. The 3-star recruit with seven offers, including Fresno State, also had 50 tackles, 5 interceptions. 

TE Walker Lyons, Folsom, 6-4, 230, Sr.
The Stanford-bound star has great hair to match his great upside for a Folsom team that expects to win another section championship. A first-team All-State pick.

OL Roger Alderman, Sonora, 6-5, 280, Sr.
Pac-12 programs are all over Alderman, who also plays on the defensive line. A second-team All-State pick.

OL Noah Dunham, Yuba City, 6-5, 285, Sr.
He's already one of the most heavily recruited players in program history, having given a pledge to play at Washington State.

OL Alani Noa, Grant-Sacramento, 6-3, 330
The next in a long line of terrific lineman prospects to come out of Grant, Noa gave a verbal commitment to play at USC. A second-team All-State pick.

OL Simi Pale, Elk Grove, 6-3, 325, Sr.
Tough enough to warrant national recruiting interest as a guard and bright enough to earn a scholarship to Stanford, Pale is pure power. A first-team All-State pick.

OL Zaire Simonton, Granite Bay, 6-3, 340, Sr.
The momentum for big Z includes earning offensive line MVP honors at the National Preps Showcase in the spring.

DL Connor Dasmann, Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, 6-1, 210, Sr.
He had 9.5 sacks a year ago in 10 games and has hit the weight room with the same ferocity he expects to hit more quarterbacks.

DL Jericho Johnson, Armijo-Fairfield, 6-4, 325, Jr.
With a year to go, Johnson is already one of the great players to come out of this program with scores of Pac-12 recruiting interest.

DL Akio Martinson, Del Oro-Loomis, Sr., 6-3, 285, Sr.
A program that has produced scores of stoppers in the trenches has another in the relentless Martinson.

DL Orion Null, Vanden-Fairfield, 6-1, 205, Sr.
The anchor of a defense that resulted in a CIF State Division 3-AA championship, Nill had 16 sacks in 2021.

LB Derek Houston, Rocklin, 6-1, 215, Sr.
The leading tackler for a 12-1 team a year ago, including 13 for losses and 5.5 sacks.

LB Dylan Lee, East Union-Manteca, 6-2 225, Sr.
The 3-star prospect has offers from the Pac-12 and Ivy League, and he's a fine receiver, having caught 17 touchdowns in 2021.

LB Jake Hall, Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, 6-1, 200, Sr.
A team leader on the field and in the weight room, Hall is the driving force behind a bounce-back season for the Trojans.

LB Kingston Lopa, Grant-Sacramento, 6-4, 190, Sr.
Cut in the gritty Grant defensive mold of toughness and speed, Lopa has offers from throughout the Pac-12.

DB Leroy Bryant, Rodriguez-Fairfield, 6-1, 170, Sr.
A later bloomer to the sport, Bryant is headed to Washington. He also plays on returns.

DB Asante Carter, St. Mary's-Stockton, 5-11, 170, Sr.
Also a 1,300-yard rusher, Carter's stock has soared on defense as a cover corner.

DB Greco Carrillo, Folsom, 5-9, 170, Sr.
A 3-star prospect, Carrillo is a San Jose State commit who had 46 tackles in 2021.

DB Phoenix Rose, Whitney-Rocklin, 6-0, 170, Jr.
A three-year varsity starter with a year to go, Rose has offers from throughout the Pac-12.

DB Brooklyn Cheek, Central Catholic-Modesto, 6-2, 185, Jr.
A key member of the Raiders' section Division II title team, Cheek is a 3-star prospect and a rising recruit. A third-team All-State pick.