On the football field, Archbishop Mitty's Chandler Ramirez was a two-way force, playing linebacker and fullback for a team that shared the West Catholic Athletic League championship.

The league's co-player of the year finished with 121/2 sacks and was named Mercury News defensive player of the year as well as first-team All-Mercury News.

On the wrestling mat, Ramirez was just as difficult to stop. Competing at 195 pounds, he won a Central Coast Section title and placed third at the state meet.

Bound for Army to play football, Ramirez is the Mercury News boys athlete of the year.

Ramirez needed little time to get his football season rolling. In the opener against Los Gatos, his touchdown run in the third quarter turned a slim halftime deficit into a lead the Monarchs would not surrender.

"In the locker room, our coaches told us we weren't playing bad, we were just playing flat and making bad mistakes," Ramirez said that night. "So what we had to do was play our game. We had to do the basics in order to win this football game."

Ramirez had a big night running the ball against a team that went on to win a Central Coast Section championship, but his blocking stood out to then-Mitty coach Matt Haniger.

"I thought Chandler Ramirez did some of the best blocking I've seen from a fullback in a long, long time," Haniger said. "That was really nice to see."

Ramirez went on to have a terrific season for the Monarchs, who tied Serra for the WCAL championship and reached the CCS Open Division title game.


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In February, after a trip to West Point, Ramirez made the decision to continue his football career at Army.

"It was amazing," Ramirez said after returning to San Jose. "West Point is really something else."

Ramirez followed that trip with a strong finish to his high school wrestling career. He was a repeat CCS champion, winning on a pin at 5:59 over Brandon Retuta of St. Francis, a defensive lineman on the school's football team.

"I'm always wrestling football guys," said Ramirez, who defeated Gunn running back Sean Lydster in the 2013 final. "This is it for me in wrestling. It was a great way to go out."