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Marcos Reyes

RB/MLB • Aptos

Year: Senior | 2019

Ht/Wt: 5’8″/185lb

GPA: 4.0

Football Experience: 10 years

Sports: Football, Wrestling

2018 Gabilan Div MVP


Marcos Reyes – Aptos Mariners
Ht/Wt: 5’8″ / 185lb | Class of 2019
TWITTER: @831marcosreyes
INSTAGRAM: @marcoss.reyess

Marcos Reyes – 2018 Gabilan Division MVP
Aptos Mariners – 2018 CCS Open Division 3 Champions
#6 Marcos Reyes – RB/ILB
24 ATT • 214 YDS • 2 TD
GSF Game of the Week MVP


2018 Football Regular Season Stats
Aptos Mariners 8-2, 5-2
Games Played: 10
132 Carr | 1,168 Yards | 23 TDs (7 games with 100+ yards)
11 Rec | 111 Yards | TD
All Purpose Yards: 1,259 Yards

October 29, 2018

Senior Marcos Reyes rushed for 204 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns in Aptos’ heartbreaking 40-35 loss to Palma. Despite the loss, Reyes still made history becoming the school’s all-time single season touchdown record and scoring record holder.
As of now, there is a four-way tie in league after Aptos’ loss to Palma and Salinas’ loss to San Benito. The Mariners will travel down to Salinas this Friday to take on the Cowboys for a chance to share the inaugural Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan Division title.

October 26, 2018

by: Pranav Iyer
On Sep. 9, senior running back Marcos Reyes etched his name into the history books of Aptos HS. As part of a two touchdown night and 35-0 clobbering of Monte Vista Christian HS, Reyes eclipsed the previous career rushing record that stood since 1991 at 2,082 yards.

Just weeks later, he broke yet another record, this time the all-time scoring mark. The previous record of 200 lasted for all of five years before Reyes rushed his way past that number. With two games remaining in the regular season, Reyes is also well on his way to setting the single season touchdown and scoring records at AHS.

In eight games, Reyes has totalled 775 yards on just 75 carries and is closing in on 20 rushing touchdowns. The 5’8’’, 190 pound scoring machine has drawn comparisons to Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch from his quarterback Hunter Matys due to his ability to stay on his feet after first contact. To complement his brute force and toughness, Reyes also tries to emulate his game after the elusiveness of Lesean McCoy and explosiveness of Kareem Hunt, according to the Register Pajaronian’s Tony Nunez.

Not only has Reyes impressed individually on the stat sheet, he has also been the leader behind the first 8-0 start for AHS in two decades. The Mariners have averaged nearly 50 points this season and have beat their opponents by an average of 39 points with their closest test being a 42-20 victory over San Benito HS. Both of these marks rank the highest in all of the CCS.

Reyes and the Mariners are currently 5-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan but have a difficult homestretch. They will face the other two top teams in the league, Palma HS and Salinas HS. If the Mariners are to complete the regular season undefeated and win the league’s inaugural championship, they are projected to be the number one seed in the CCS Open Division III playoff bracket.

The GetSportsFocus crew will be at Salinas HS on Nov. 2 for what may end up being the league championship showdown between the Cowboys and Mariners.

September 2, 2018

Aptos’ Marcos Reyes: The total package
by: Pranav Iyer

133 yards on eight carries. Four touchdowns.
190 yards on 13 carries. One touchdown.

It has just been a typical couple of Friday nights to kick off the season for senior running back/linebacker Marcos Reyes, as he led his Aptos Mariners to a 55-6 route over Templeton HS on Aug. 24 followed by a 56-21 thrashing of Aragon on Aug 31. Reyes, who is now just 9 yards away from eclipsing Mike Allshouse’s all-time rushing record at Aptos HS, had solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with around the CCS following his breakout junior season.

After the 2016 season where the Mariners won the Santa Cruz Coast League title, they returned very few of their offensive weapons, apart from Reyes. This catapulted Reyes into becoming the face of his team as a junior with a large weight to carry. With a new quarterback and overall inexperienced offense, each team knew to key Reyes. Still, he was able to average over 10 yards a carry for the season, the first player to be able to ever do so under coach Randy Blankenship. In total, he ran for over 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns in 9 games, while tying Alshouse’s single-game rushing record along the way.

“If we worked on a few things,” Reyes said, “we could have very well become league champions. But it didn’t work out like that and that’s all right because we’re gonna get it this year.”

When he was not rushing for touchdowns, Reyes was an anchor for the defense as a standout linebacker. When the 2017 season was all said and done, he ended up with a plethora of post-season awards, including all-league running back and linebacker, co-offensive league MVP and county player of the year.

After a year that really showed Reyes his ability to play at the next level, he approached this past offseason hoping to increase his exposure and prepare himself for an even better season in 2018.

“I went to a lot of college camps this year just to see the competition level outside of our area,” Reyes said. “It’s just good to see a whole different level and see where I need to be at to compete. It’s been a real eye-opener and its motivating me to do better than last year.”

Coach Blankenship believes that Reyes’ best attributes are his vision, physicality and ability to run behind his pads. According to Blankenship, he has also put on 20 pounds and has significantly increased his speed. What Blankenship appreciates the most, however, is Reyes’ attention to detail.

“It’s nice to have a guy that understands that all of the little things that we do matter,” Blankenship. “Each year, he’s figured that out more and more. He understands it and believes it.”

While Reyes may end up as the best running back in his school’s history, he also excels equally in several other fields. He finished the 2017-18 wrestling season ranked tenth in the Central Coast Section for the 170 pound division. He hopes to go even further this year by placing in CCS finals and competing in the state finals.

Reyes is also a 4.0 GPA student and was a class president in 2016.

“I spend as much times as I do on the field in the classroom…I’d say even more so,” Reyes said. “I can rely on my grades to get me into college. My goal is to go to maybe Cal Poly [SLO] or [UC] Davis and walk on there.”

Blankenship says Reyes’ numerous successes are rarely met with envy, but instead, appreciation by his peers, for he carries himself with integrity.

“He’s going to be a very successful member of any community he settles in,” Blankenship said. “He does things the right way.”

Look for Reyes to claim the rushing record on Sep. 7 while facing off against the Monte Vista Christian Mustangs in front of his home crowd.

GPA: 4.0

Class President
Team Captain
2017 First Team ALL League RB / Co Offensive MVP MBL-Gabilan
2017 County Player of the Year
2016 Second Team All league LB SCCAL

2017 Junior Football Season Stats
GP: 9
125 Rush | 16 TD | 1, 274 Total Yards
2 Rec | 29 Yds | 1 TD
All Purpose Yards: 1,303

40-yard Dash: 4.7
Squat: 400lb
Bench: 290lb
Clean: 270lb
Board Jump: 8.7
Vertical: 29.9

2017 Aptos Football Season
Finished 7-4, 6-1
Second behind Salinas
Lost 24-14 to Terra Nova in the first round of the CCS Open D-3 playoffs

Marcos Reyes Hudl
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