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WHITTIER, Calif. - The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Football teams were announced Thursday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.
The Purple & Gold saw three players earn All-SCIAC accolades led by junior wide receiver Moises Gonzalez (Long Beach, Calif.) who was named 1st Team All-SCIAC. His counterpart Hakim Williams Jr. (Riverside, Calif.) was also recognized as a Wide Receiver on the 2nd Team and junior Oscar Aliaga (Las Vegas, NV) was the lone defensive player for the Poets to be selected being named 2nd Team All-SCIAC as a defensive back.
All three players earn recognition for the first time in their careers. It's also the first time since 2015 three players were named All-SCIAC.
Gonzalez put up career numbers this season within conference leading the receiving core with 46 receptions and 579 yards. He averaged 6.6 receptions per game, 82.7 yards per game, and 12.6 yards per catch. He also added four touchdowns with a long being of 55. Against La Verne, he tied the program record for most receptions in a single game with 14 and finished with 184 yards, averaging 13.1 yards per catch with two scores. He then followed that performance up the very next week against Pomona-Pitzer hauling in eight catches for 113 yards and another touchdown.
In SCIAC he ranked No. 2 in receptions and touchdowns and No. 3 in Yards, and Yards Per Game.
Williams Jr. was the Poets deep threat and within conference he totaled 23 receptions for 533 yards. He averaged 76.1 yards per game, 3.3 receptions per game, and 23.2 yards per catch. He also added three touchdowns with a long being of 68 yards and threw a touchdown pass. He had two games of over 100 yards within conference play. He posted five receptions for 130 yards, averaging 26.0 yards per catch against Chapman and then caught five balls for 149 yards, averaging 29.8 yards per catch and a touchdown against La Verne.
Within SCIAC he ranked No. 1 in Yards Per Catch, No. 2 in touchdowns, and No. 4 in yards and Yards Per Game.
Aliaga led the defensive unit on the season totaling 43 tackles within SCIAC (29 Solo/14 Assisted). He averaged 6.1 tackles per game, and also added a sack, four pass break-ups and three forced fumbles, recovering three of them. His breakout game on the season came against Chapman where he totaled eight tackles, while forcing and recovering two fumbles. This earned him d3football.com Team of the Week recognition.
In SCIAC he ranked No. 1 in forced fumbles and fumble recoveries, No. 11 in solo tackles, and No. 13 in total tackles.