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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Southern California High School Athlete of the Week for March 29-April 4 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff. Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m and the winner will be announced Monday. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, please email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveca.


Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos QB: Nelson threw seven touchdown passes, all in the first half of Friday’s 63-14 win over Huntington Beach.

Maalik Murphy, Serra (Gardena) QB: Murphy was 19 of 28 passing for 301 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Kadin Semonza, Mission Viejo QB: Semonza had 202 passing yards and three touchdown passes against Tesoro on Friday.

DJ Watts, Murrieta Valley RB: Watts had a huge night against Murrieta Mesa, rushing for 270 yards and four touchdowns in the 63-35 win.

Victor Hilario, Coachella Valley RB: Hilario averaged over 12 yards per carry on Friday, finishing with 185 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Banning.

Jeremy Alcorn, Edison DL: Alcorn had seven tackles and 3.5 sacks in the Chargers’ 40-0 win over Fountain Valley.

Dylan Neal, Fullerton QB: Neal had 338 passing yards and six touchdowns against Troy on Friday.

Hunter Roddy, Chaparral RB: Roddy had 150 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the 32-point win against Temecula Valley on Friday.

Dylan Wheatley, Citrus Valley QB: Wheatley threw for 332 yards and had six touchdown passes in Friday’s win over Redlands.

Payton Casillas, Thousand Oaks DB: Casillas had seven tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble on Friday’s 28-21 win over Agoura.

Malachi Keels, Orange Glen WR: Keels posted one of San Diego’s best stat lines of the year, catching 15 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown during Thursday’s loss to La Costa Canyon.

Vance Jefferson, Poway WR: Jefferson caught two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown all in the first half of Poway’s 54-17 win over Del Norte on Saturday.

Jackson Stratton, La Jolla QB: Stratton threw six touchdown passes against Mission Bay on Friday, giving his 15 this season in only three games. He also ran in his second touchdown of the season in the 63-3 win.

Justin Brown, Grossmont QB: Brown had a huge game against Helix on Friday, passing for 482 yards and four touchdowns in the 49-35 loss. He also ran for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Nathan Acevedo, Grossmont WR: Acevedo and Brown were in rhythm on Friday, with Acevedo catching eight passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns against Helix.

Brian Rudden, Otay Ranch QB: Rudden was 16 of 24 passing for 161 yards and three touchdowns to help the Mustangs upset sixth-ranked Mater Dei Catholic, 42-38.

Stephen Britton, Santa Fe Christian RB: Britton continued his huge senior season against Rancho Christian, rushing for 171 yards and four touchdowns. He’s now rushed for 751 yards and has 14 touchdowns in only four games.

Omar Perez, Chula Vista QB: Perez tossed four touchdown passes and rushed for another in the win over Hilltop.

Derek McClintic, Vista RB: McClintic ran for 196 yards and a touchdown in Friday’s one-point win over Westview.

Charles Sawyer, Santa Fe Christian DB: Sawyer patrolled the secondary on Thursday, grabbing three interceptions against Rancho Christian.

Matthew Jaime, San Ysidro QB: Jaime showcased his rushing ability on Friday against Mar Vista, finishing with 205 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.