ALL-LEAGUE - Local prep gridiron stars claim hardware
2016 All-CVC Football Selections
MVP – Elijah Dotson (Antelope)
Offensive Player of the Year – Justin Craft (Whitney)
Jay Razzano (Roseville)
Defensive Player of the Year – Garrett Chapman (Antelope)
Lineman of the Year – Zach Rickard (Antelope)
Utility Player of the Year — Jimmy Jaggers (Roseville)
Underclassman of the Year – Nick Eaton (Whitney)
Jacob Trach (Cosumnes Oaks)
FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS:
Antelope High School
Roseville High School
Cosumnes Oaks High School
Whitney High School
Del Campo High School
Oakmont High School
Ponderosa High School
Bella Vista High School
2016 All-SFL Football Selections
MVP – Joe Curry (Folsom)
Offensive Player of the Year – Marco Baldacchino (Oak Ridge)
Defensive Player of the Year – Mason Hurst (Del Oro)
Lineman of the Year – Parker Blomquist (Oak Ridge)
Coach of the Year – Kris Richardson (Folsom)
FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS:
Del Oro High School
Granite Bay High School
Rocklin High School
Nevada Union High School
Woodcreek High School
Folsom High School
Oak Ridge High School
With the 2016 prep football season in the books, league commissioners from the Roseville area gathered late last week to select the top performing players in the Sierra Foothill League, Capital Valley Conference and Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League.
A total of 40 local standouts were acknowledged for their outstanding play on the gridiron, including 11 from Roseville, eight from Granite Bay and Woodcreek, six from Oakmont and seven more from Valley Christian.
Two of those student-athletes also earned league-wide recognition beyond first and second team awards as Roseville’s Jay Razzano collected Co-Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year honors and his teammate, Jimmy Jaggers, added the CVC’s Utility Player of the Year award to his resume.
“It's awesome to be recognized for my defensive, offensive and special teams abilities in one award,” Jaggers admitted. “But of course, I think there were other guys that may have been better candidates for it, but I appreciate the honor and recognition.”
Dominic Rucker, Hayden Simpson, Jeriah Crawley, Brendan McMinn, Nick Tucker, Nico Andrada and Tanner Johnson joined Razzano and Jaggers on the CVC’s All-League first team, while teammates Josh Clark and Josh Bamford were awarded second team nods.
“That was the best part,” Jaggers added. “It’s like our coach has said, ‘There's not enough slots for us to put everybody's name in that deserves it, but our class worked extremely hard this year and I think the awards are proof of that.’”
Roseville’s 2016 team became just the third team in school history to host a playoff game this past season and finished the regular season with a 9-1 mark.
Granite Bay also reached the postseason — for a remarkable 18th time — this year and took home eight total postseason awards. The Grizzlies had five All-SFL first team selections including four seniors and one junior. Offensive and defensive lineman Tank Tonda, tight end Alex Martinez, running back Drew Yeargin and quarterback/punter Steve Trythall all earned top honors, while junior two-way lineman Will Craig was one of the few underclassmen to get an all-league first team nod.
“For my teammates and I, it’s an honor to be recognized as some of the top players in such a tough league,” Craig admitted. “Everyone on the team was very congratulatory after hearing the news, even the guys who were disappointed they didn’t make it said something to me. But our whole offensive line played great all season — this was more of a unit effort than an individual award.”
Skill position players Jackson Huish (LB), Jaylen Latsen (DB) and Ryan Smith (TE) were also honored as second-team picks. For Tonda and Martinez, it’s the second straight year they were selected as all-league picks after second-team selections in 2015.
“In this league, especially with the way they do the voting … you’re limited to the amount of wins you have, so Folsom has the most, we were still right there in the middle,” Granite Bay’s coach Jeff Evans admitted. “We were very happy with the awards we got and felt they were well-deserved.
“And for our seniors, Alex (Martinez) and Tank (Tonda) were unanimous picks and Drew (Yeargin) was right up there with them, so that’s a nice tip of the cap to them from the other coaches in this league.”
Isaiah Ajayi of Woodcreek also earned back-to-back All-SFL honors as he was selected to the first team for the second straight season. The junior running back led his team with five 100-yard games, ten touchdowns and 868 total rushing yards.
“Even as a junior, this is his second all-league selection and we think he’s going to get a lot better before next year,” Woodcreek’s co-head coach Brad Hunkins admitted. “If he works hard this offseason, we’d love to see him be in the running for offensive MVP.”
Tyler England, Brandon Davis, Peyton Elmendorf, Dylan Carlson and Matt Miclat joined Ajayi on the All-SFL first team, while Matt Gordon and Matt Willford earned second-team nods.
“Since the SFL has changed (teams), we haven’t had that many guys ever on the first team — actually, we only had seven guys selected on both the first and second teams last year,” Hunkins pointed out. “Part of that is this senior class was really dedicated and they worked really hard. Guys like Brandon Davis, Tyler England, and Matt Miclat, who could have been a utility all-league guy because he played running back, guard, defensive line and linebacker, really put in the work and it paid off.”
On the other side of the CVC, Oakmont took home three first team selections as quarterback Jake Knapp, receiver Erik Holmsen and the Vikings tight end Connor Gagain earned top recognition from opposing coaches.
“Their leadership on and off the field, production on the field, offensively and defensively, were amongst the the best players in the CVC,” Vikings coach Tim Moore said. “Teaching and coaching these three young men has been a highlight in my career as an educator.”
Tristan Spiers, Jordan Grayson and Jacob Schafer all earned 2nd Team All-CVC honors as well.
Valley Christian Academy had three players selected to the All-Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League football first team led by two-way lineman Levi Fenn, who was a first team honoree for the third consecutive season.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Fenn led the Lions in tackles and sacks during the 2016 season. He was joined on the first team by another two-way lineman, junior Alias Hernandez, and sophomore running back/defensive back Drake Williams.
Seniors Zach Youngquist and Will Weiland, joined junior lineman Donovan Gonzalez and freshman receiver and linebacker Brayden MacIntosh on the second team, while VCA’s quarterback John Hibbs received honorable mention acclaim.