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Palo Verde Valley running back Xzavier Bejarno is SBLive's Southern California Athlete of the Week

Three-sport standout is small in size but puts up big numbers in win over Imperial to take the award from Sept. 15-17

At 5-foot-7 inches and 145 pounds, Xzavier Bejarno isn't going to bowl over many with his size. 

But the Palo Verde Valley-Byrne senior delivers a powerful punch as he proved once again in a 33-9 home win over Imperial on Sept. 16. 

The three-sport standout rushed 18 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns and after six games he's up to 892 yards and 14 touchdowns for the 5-1 Yellowjackets. 

As a junior, he rushed for 1,607 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

Here are some more big numbers: 11,028. 

That's how many votes Bejarno collected in the SBLive Southern California Athlete of the Week contest for football games played Sept 15-17. 

Bejarmo, who also plays basketball and baseball, was handpicked as one of the 23 finalists for the weekly award. He then gathered 61.78 percent of the vote, easily beating out runner-up Sirdarius Autry, a running back for Hoover, who collected 5.135 votes (28.77 percent). 

We are currently accepting Southern California Athlete of the Week nominations. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email or message us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.

Here are the other athletes who were nominated for the week of Sept. 15-17:

Daunte Bell, Huntington Beach football: Bell was 9 of 14 passing for 194 yards and five touchdowns against Marina. He also rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Brockton Lium, Citrus Valley football: Lium caught eight passes for 104 yards and four touchdowns against Norco and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Friday's 43-20 win.

Kadin Semonza, Mission Viejo football: Semonza was efficient on Friday against Alemany, completing 11 of 18 passes for 144 yards and five touchdowns.

Jaxon Potter, Santa Margarita football: Potter threw for 482 yards and five touchdowns against Los Alamitos last week. He also rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Emmett Mosley, Santa Margarita football: Mosley caught nine passes from Potter on Thursday, finishing with 146 yards and three touchdowns.

Cooper Hoch, Corona del Mar football: Hoch had 15 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 27-22 win over San Juan Hills.

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Adoniz Hill, Moreno Valley football: Hill passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and also added 141 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

Tiger Bachmeier, Murrieta Valley football: Bachmeier reeled in 11 catches from his brother Bear on Friday, finishing with 201 yards and three touchdowns.

Cole Parra, Bonita football: Parra rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns against Los Osos and also returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown.

Kamar Mothudi, Campbell Hall football: Mothudi had 190 total yards, a rushing touchdown, 12 tackles and a forced fumble against Francis Parker on Saturday.

Delon Thompson, St. Bonaventure football: Thompson continued the strong start to his senior season with 276 rushing yards and three touchdowns against Oak Hills.

Jordan Napier, Jurupa Hills football: Napier had two receiving touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown against Los Altos.

Jorge Garcia, Hilltop football: Garcia showed off his dual-threat ability against San Ysidro on Thursday. He passed for 141 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown.

Corey Thompson-Miller, Lincoln football: Thompson-Miller caught a touchdown, returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown in Friday's win over Steele Canyon.

Chris Guzman, Del Norte football: Guzman rushed for 216 yards and had three touchdowns in Friday's 38-35 loss to Rancho Bernardo.

Kevin Allen III, Helix football: Allen had 148 total yards and three touchdowns in Friday's comeback victory against St. Augustine.

Isaiah Jackson, Granite Hills football: Jackson rushed for 147 yards, averaging over 13 yards per carry, and had a rushing touchdown against Central.

Jerome Smith, Rancho Buena Vista football: Smith was consistently around the ball against Escondido, finishing with ten tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Chase Lowary, Point Loma football: Lowary rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns and also added 12 tackles in Friday's win over Christian.

Brayden Austin, Cajon football: Austin caught ten passes for 104 yards and had two touchdowns in Friday's shutout win against Grossmont.

Jack Amodeo, Maranatha Christian football: Amodeo made the most of his four catches on Friday night, finishing with 104 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Ratumana Bulabalavu, Army-Navy football: Bulabalavu had 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a blocked field goal and a safety in Friday's battle against Classical Academy.