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CVs Barragan shines bright on national stage
Estevan competes in All-American Bowl
Central Valley senior Estevan Barragan collected eight tackles, forced one fumble and deflected one pass while contributing at safety during the Wests 23-20 overtime win over the East during the Blue-Grey High School All-American Football Bowl on Dec. 18 at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Estevan Barragan returned home from Texas this past week.

The Central Valley High School senior shined bright while competing in the Blue-Grey High School All-American Football Bowl on Dec. 18 in Arlington.

Barragan collected eight tackles, forced one fumble and deflected one pass at safety during the West Team's 23-20 overtime win over the East Team.

"I got to play with people that love the sport and are dedicated," Barragan said. "Everybody was good. It was an amazing experience."

The contest was staged at the $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium

"It's a beautiful facility," Barragan said.

The West and East battled to a 20-20 tie in regulation.

"It was a crazy game," Estevan said. "It was so intense. I almost had a pick six. The ball went through my hands. I was so mad."

Barragan was on the field for overtime.

He also contributed during portions of the first, second, third and fourth quarters.

"I got a lot of playing time," he said. "I did really well. I could have done better."

Mark McMillian, who spent the majority of his eight-year career in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, served as head coach of the West Team.

McMillian played organized football for the first time during his senior year at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills.

Undersized at 5-foot-7 and 154 pounds, McMillian became an All-American at Glendale Junior College He earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama.

The Eagles selected McMillian in the 10th round.

"He has a great story about getting to the NFL," 5-foot-8 182-pound Barragan said. "No one paid attention to him because of his size. He almost quit playing."

Barragan and his West teammates will receive Blue-Grey Football Bowl championship rings with their numbers and names in February.

"When coach told us that, I was so hyphed," Estevan said.

Barragan earned an invitation to the All-American game after turning in standout performances at the Northern California Regional (Dublin) and Super (Arlington) combines.

"I performed well," he said.

Estevan starred on Central Valley's varsity football team for three seasons.

He helped lead the Hawks to a combined record of 21-11, one Western Athletic Conference title and two Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths.

Barragan totaled 304 tackles, three interceptions, 13 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

He was Central Valley's top player on both offense and defensive his senior year.

Estevan was voted WAC Offensive Player of the Year.

He rushed for 1,111 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He caught 31 passes for 503 yards and two TDs.

He totaled 230 yards on eight kickoff returns.

Barragan racked up 110 tackles, to go along with one interception, two pass deflections and one forced fumble.

Estevan plans to play football at the next level.

"I've been in contact with some colleges," Barragan said. "I got a phone call from Fresno State. I'm just waiting for their season to end. It would be nice if they let me walk on next year and earn a scholarship."