Vote now: Bay Area News Group boys athlete of the week

Editor’s note: We prohibit the use of bots and any other artificial methods of voting. Suspicious activity could lead to the disqualification of candidates and a permanent suspension of the Athlete of the Week poll. No voting by email: Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys Athlete of the Week poll.

For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.

This week, we consider performances from Nov. 13-18.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email and after 5 p.m. Wednesday are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Marcus Burke, Salesian football: Threw two touchdown passes, one to Carlton Perrilliat and the other to Marco Turqueza, as Salesian won on the road over Moreau Catholic 26-15 to advance to the NCS Division VI final against top-seeded St. Vincent de Paul.

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Trey Caldwell, De La Salle cross country: Reached the finish line first in the Division II race at the NCS championships at Hayward High, covering the three-mile course in 15:08.3. He had the fastest time across all divisions and helped De La Salle finish second in the D-II team standings.

Lucas Cohen, Albany cross country: Finished first in the Division IV race at the NCS championships, running the three-mile course in 15:17.7. Albany finished fifth in the D-IV team standings.

Toa Faavae, De La Salle football: Ran for 135 yards in 10 carries and scored on two fourth-quarter runs as De La Salle rallied from a 7-3 deficit through three periods to edge San Ramon Valley 17-7 in the NCS Open Division championship game.

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Elijah Fields, South San Francisco football: In a defensive battle, Fields scored on a 1-yard run with just seconds on the clock as South San Franciso edged Leland 11-9 to advance to the CCS Division V championship game Saturday against Santa Teresa.

Arturo Hernandez, Mountain View football: Carried 23 times for 271 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Mountain View past Branham 38-34 in the semifinals of the CCS Division IV playoffs. The Spartans will face Palo Alto for the championship on Saturday at San Jose City College.

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Kamani Jackson, El Cerrito football: The Washington State-bound Jackson caught three touchdown passes as El Cerrito rolled through Heritage 55-17 to move on to the NCS Division II championship on Friday night against Windsor at Diablo Valley College.

Jaxen Robinson, Christopher football: The junior completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 35-yard TD in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback from 17 points behind as Christopher beat Menlo School 21-17 in the CCS Division II semifinals.

Jamar Searcy, Pittsburg football: Ran for 211 yards on 17 carries and caught a touchdown pass as Pittsburg defeated California 35-14 to reach the NCS Division I championship game Friday against San Ramon Valley at Dublin High.

Andrew Spencer, Sacred Heart Prep water polo: Helped SHP capture its third consecutive NorCal Division I championship, scoring three goals in a 13-12 semifinal win in overtime against De La Salle and three goals and three assists in the final as the Gators defeated Miramonte 13-10 at UOP in Stockton.

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