The Napa Valley is known for many things, but football has never been on top of the list.
Oregon commit Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) is doing his best to make himself and his team a known commodity from a town that sits between the talent-laden San Francisco Bay area and the football-rich San-Joaquin Valley.
In helping his school -- in just its third year in existence and its second year of varsity football -- to a 9-1 regular-season record and American Canyon's first league championship, the versatile Seisay was named the Solano County League's Defensive Player of the Year last week. He was named second-team all-league as a wide receiver on offense and first-team on defense.
"I thought I'd get first team on offense instead of defense because I led the league in average yards per catch," said Seisay, who totaled 21 receptions for 464 yards and eight touchdowns. "I didn't really get challenged that much on defense because they didn't throw in my direction very much."
While opponents stayed away from the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Seisay, the No. 88 athlete in the country didn't let that stop him from getting himself involved in the play. He only had one interception, but did have 63 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, recovered a fumble and defended eight passes. On special teams he added five returns for a total of 264 yards, including an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown.
"I just try to go out and make plays. I don't care what kind of play it is. If it helps my team, I'm going to do it," Seisay said. "The stats and the awards are nice, but I really only care about winning. If we win the game, that's all that matters."
It was also the Wolves' first winning season and first playoff appearance.
"To accomplish what we have so far this year means a lot to me and my teammates. We are trying to build the foundation for this school and this program," Seisay said. "We have accomplished a lot so far this year, but we don't plan on stopping. Our goal is a state championship and we plan on getting that done."
Three more wins in the Sac-Joaquin District playoffs and a win against the North Coast Section's Division III champion would have Seisay and his American Canyon teammates headed to state to take on a Southern California program in the state championship game.
"That's what we set out to do. If we get there and win it, that will make us happy," Seisay said. "I'm sure we'll look back and be proud of what we accomplished no matter what, but winning championships is what I want to do. That's why I'm going to Oregon. I want to be a part of something special."