Placer schools add power to All Star roster

East Bay vs Sacramento, Saturday
By: Staff Report
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DANVILLE _ Almost a dozen players from Placer County schools were selected to represent Sacramento in the Holiday Classic All Star football game to be played Friday, 7 p.m. Among them will be three-time all-conference player Thaddus Cox from Whitney High School. Cox will be joining the Sacramento stars as an offensive lineman, but played both offense and defense for the Wildcats. The 6-3, 280-pound senior carries better than a 3.6 grade-point-average, and does volunteer work at homeless shelters, as well. Although not wrestling this year, he claimed a league championship as a heavyweight. He also holds the Whitney shot put record in track and field. Whitney made it into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs all four years Cox played for the ‘Cats. After winning the Capital Athletic League with a perfect 5-0 record this season, they made it to the semifinals before falling to eventual champion, Del Oro. Also selected to the team was Rocklin High wide receiver Matt Laughrea. Laughrea had 33 catches this season and averaged more than nine points a game. He was also good for nearly 25 yards per catch. Joining Cox on the offensive line will be Granite Bay’s Gavin Andrews, and Colfax’s Dustin Downey. The Grizzly’s will also send tight end Spencer Briare. On defense, Granite Bay’s Alec Naki will be in the backfield. Quarterbacking the Sacramento squad will be Vista del Lago’s Aaron Young and Folsom’s Tanner Trosin. Trosin was ranked the No. 1 passer in California, and ranked No. 3 in the nation. He averaged more than 370 yards a game and threw 49 touchdowns. Young averaged more than 295 yards a game passing, and threw for 30 touchdowns. What: The Holiday Football Classic High School All Star Game The East Bay vs. Sacramento Where: Monte Vista High School, Danville When: 7 p.m., Dec. 23