1st Annual 24-7Football.com
This all state team is based on the regular season performance and all stats are regular season stats. Many factors went into making these selections including coach's recommendations, media recommendations, eye-witness account and film study.
1st Team Offense
QB – Brian Wriston – Sr Moon Valley – Has put up incredible stats this year throwing for 2579 yards and 38 TD with 7 INTs. Also completing 63% of his passes.
RB – Markel Devorce - Sr Brophy – Last season Devorce was a standout LB. This season he turned into one of the most dangerous weapons in the state at RB. In the regular season, he rushed for 1629 yards and 25 TDs. He also added 2 more TDs through the air.
RB – Jacob Morrell – Sr Santa Rita – Morrell was the workhorse for his team gaining 2,071 yards and scoring 19 TDs. He accomplished this despite the fact that many teams stacked the box to stop him.
FB – Matt Clapp – Sr Paradise Valley – Rushed for
1033 yards and scored 19 TDs in 9 games. Has good combination of size to run
over defenders and speed to outrun them. Early
WR – Chris McGaha - Sr Moon Valley – Led the state with 1253 yards receiving on 62 catches. Had an amazing 18 TD catches and averaged over 20 yards per catch. Also scored 2 TDs on reverses. Big time WR.
WR – John Stalcup – Sr Sunnyslope – His stats speak for themselves. Had 995 yards on 43 catches and 14 TDs. He also scored 5 more TDs on the ground.
TE – Shaun Fitzpatrick – Sr Highland – Well rounded player who was great in run blocking and out in routes. Caught 34 balls for 479 yards and 7 scores.
OL – Joe Bernardi – Sr Flagstaff – Simply put one
of the nastiest players we have seen in quite a while. Great technician with a
great motor. Early
OL – Daniel Borg – Sr Ironwood Ridge – All-America candidate will be fun watching as he stays in state to play at U of A. Big and athletic with frame to hold more weight. Could contribute early on in his college career.
OL – Jordan Lowe – Sr Centennial – The U of A commit led a very good offensive line that helped Centennial gain 3,000 yards on the ground.
OL – Richard Tuitu'u – Sr Highland – Big and physical. Uses size to maul opposing DL. Has scholarship offers from around the country. Kids this big who can move do not come around very often.
OL – Shawn Byrnes – Sr Paradise Valley – Blocked for two backs that went over the 1,000 yard mark. Has good feet and mean streak. Will be good pick up for one lucky college.
1st Team Defense
DL – Dexter Davis – Sr Thunderbird – Very quick off
the ball and is able to use his hustle to make plays all over the field. Through
the 1st 8 games
DL – Ekom Udofia – Sr Chaparral – All that needs to be said about Udofia is he collected 53 tackles and 5 sacks in 7 games from the nose guard spot while constantly being double teamed.
DL – Tanner Highlen – Sr Centennial – Highlen may have been the most disruptive DL in the state. He had 89 tackles and 4 sacks, along with 5 fumble recoveries. He has been one of the main reasons that the Coyotes have held opponents under 10 points per game.
DL – John Hargis – Jr Red Mountain – Big, physical force up front. Made 72 tackles and 4 sacks while playing NT. Will be one of the state's top recruits next year.
LB – Richie Brockel - Sr Greenway – Teams had a tough time running up the middle with Big Richie manning the MLB spot for Greenway. He had 90 tackles but what was more amazing was that 73 of those were solo.
LB – Matt Clapp – Sr Paradise Valley – Was named the Desert Valley Region's Defensive Player of the Year. Collected 71 tackles and 4 sacks in 9 games. Also took a pick to the house against St. Mary's. LB might end up being his position in college.
LB – Ryan McGinty – Sr Marana Mt View – Had great year despite playing with rib problems. Finished the year with 77 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INTs, a fumble recovery and 2 blocked punts.
LB – Matt Hain – Sr Moon Valley – If this kid was 6'1 he would have his choice of colleges. He plays his tail off. Hain was an all state DB last year and turned in an awesome season at LB. He was in on 136 tackles, had 3 picks and 2 sacks.
DB – Austin Martin – Sr Mountain Ridge – Had 90 tackles in run support but is a good enough athlete to defend the middle of the field.
DB – Nathan Vega – Sr Sunnyside – Vega was a 1st team all 4A pick last year and many teams did not throw his way. He made those that did pay, picking off 6 passes.
DB – Greg Bird – Sr Red Mountain – The hardest hitting player that we have seen this year. Bird roamed the secondary like a hawk and flew to the ball carrier like a missile, collecting 62 tackles, 2 INTs and 4 sacks.
DB – Andrew Leahy – Sr Paradise Valley – Good all around athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball. On defense he finished the year with 7 INTs.
K – Kenny Golladay – Sr Mesa Mt View – 8 for 10 on FGs with a long of 52. Also great on kickoffs.
P – Jay Leal – Jr Westwood – Has one of the biggest legs in the state. Averaged 43 yards per punt.
Return – Mekell Wesley – Sr Hamilton – One of the most exciting players in the state. Has the ability to change the momentum of any game with his skills in the return game. Wesley returned 5 kicks for scores even though many teams kicked away from him.
All Purpose – Channing Trotter – Sr Red Mountain – Trotter rushed for 1450 yards, averaged nearly 9 yards per carry and scored 23 TDs. On defense he often covered the opposing teams best WR and was able to get 4 picks. On top of that, he is a top-notch return man, taking 1 kick to the house despite several teams kicking away from him.
2nd Team Offense
QB – Travis Dixon –
Sr Hamilton –
RB – Glyndon Bolasky – Jr Sabino – Rushed for nearly 10 yards per carry on his way to a 1,400 yard season. Scored 15 TDs and was named 1st team all region.
RB – Terry Longbons Sr / Tim House Jr – Centennial – Pick your poison. Longbons' injury gave House the opportunity to shine and House did not disappoint. Before Terry got hurt in week 5, he had rushed for over 900 yards and 17 TDs. His most impressive stat is the 12 yards per carry he averaged. I don't know how it is possible to top that but House did, rushing for 1236 yards and 18 TDs.
FB – Bobby Ili – Sr Gilbert – Gained 1,500 yards again even though every defense keyed on him. Tough straight-line runner who fights for every yard.
WR – John Means – Sr St Mary's – Another big time player who had his season cut short due to injury. Through 8 games, Means had 43 catches for 688 yards and 13 TDs and another 2 scores on the ground.
WR – Mekell Wesley – Sr Hamilton – Just as dangerous a wide out as he is a return man. Caught 43 balls for 809 yards and 8 TDs.
TE – Junior Hackworth – Sr Centennial – It is not very often that a TE leads his team in catches and receiving yards but that is what Hackworth did. He caught 26 passes for 558 yards and 9 TDs. His presence forced teams to respect the pass and not be able to stack the box to stop the run.
OL – Ryan Tonnemacher – Sr Hamilton – D1 player with good feet and balance. Excels in both the run and pass game. May have been snubbed last year during all region voting but will get his fair share of accolades this year.
OL – Ian Brinker – Sr Salpointe – Stalwart on the OL, yet still relatively new to the game. Will have his pick of college come signing day.
OL – Ray Lobato – Sr Amphitheater – Big reason why Amphi was so successful running the ball. Has already received several D1 offers.
OL – Shelly Smith – Sr Westview – Helped block for RBs Robert Hernandez and D'Andre Covington as they rushed for 1,446 and 1,036 respectively.
OL – Bobby Torres – Sr Centennial – Not as highly regarded as his counterpart Lowe but just as good. He fought back from an injury that made him miss most of his junior year to have a great senior season.
2nd Team Defense
DL – Jake Robinson – Sr Peoria – Used speed and wingspan to terrorize opposing QBs and OTs. Had 48 tackles, 7 sacks and blocked a punt on the year.
DL – Isaiah Smart –
Jr Moon Valley –
DL – Sean Humphrey –
Jr Chandler –
Overshadowed by Sean Cade coming into the season, this junior had an awesome
year. He led the team in sacks with 7 and finished the year with 52 tackles. He
also picked off 2 passes and took one to the house for a score against
DL – Alonzo Akins – Sr Maryvale – Very disruptive NT who collected 7 sacks.
LB – Ricky Moore –
Jr Chandler –
Coming into the season, not many people had heard of
LB – John Coker – Sr Agua Fria – West Valley
Defensive Player of the Year finished the season with 117 total tackles
including 71 solos. He also pitched in 3 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries. Probably
had best game of the year with 17 tackle performance against
LB – Cody Dowd – Jr North – Led the state in tackles with 164 for the resurgent Mustangs. Only a junior, at 6'3 225 pounds, Dowd has the ability to become a big time recruit next year.
LB – Ryan Coulter – Sr Centennial – The returning all state performer led his team in tackles with well over 100. He also added 2 INTs, one that he returned for a TD against Pinnacle.
DB – Luke Jaicks – Sr Westwood – Manned the Warrior secondary well. He finished the year with 52 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 5 pass break-ups and 7 interceptions.
DB – John Means – Sr St Mary's – Used his height and athleticism to get 6 INTs in 8 games. Was a big part of St Mary's turnaround this year.
DB – Tim House - Jr Centennial – Some teams tried to take advantage of House's height and throw the ball his way. He made them pay by intercepting 5 passes.
DB – Andre Rogers – Sr North Canyon – 1st team all region DB who made plays around the line of scrimmage and in the secondary. Had 30 tackles and 6 picks.
K – Ezra Ricks – Jr Cactus – Cactus had a huge void
to fill when all state kicker Bubba Bradley left and Ricks did a spectacular job
of replacing him. Ricks was 10 of 13 on FGs and many of those were in the
clutch. His FGs against McClintock, Buckeye,
P – Dominic Papa – Jr Hamilton – Big leg. Averaged over 40 yards per punt and placed 13 punts inside the 20 with a long of 64 yards.
Return – Chris McGaha – Sr Moon Valley – It would be nearly impossible to duplicate McGaha's return stats from last year. Still averaged over 21 yards per punt return and over 36 yards per kick return while taking 2 kicks to the house.
All Purpose – Austin Martin – Sr Mountain Ridge – Did it all for Mt Ridge and was the key component in their season turnaround. Had 15 catches for 140 yards and 2 TDs in three games before being moved to QB where he threw for 1071 yards and had 12 TDs to 4 INTs. Also ran for 479 yards and another 6 scores along with making 90 tackles on defense.
QB – Joe Caskey – Sr Centennial – Caskey was the most efficient QB in the state, completing an amazing 66% of his passes. Also very impressive was his 21 to 2 TD to INT ratio.
RB – Xavier Smith – Sr Sunnyside – Banged up for part of the year, Smith was still able to lead the Blue Devils in rushing and to a perfect regular season.
RB – Eric Beltran – Sr Coronado – Consistent player turned in excellent season rushing for 1,448 yards and 15 TDs. Was also an all region DB.
RB – Spencer Rothery – Jr Chaparral – Averaged nearly 10 yards per carry while rushing for over 1,200 yards and 16 TDs.
RB – Chris Brogdon –
Sr Desert Vista –
Topped good junior year by rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 21 TDs. Scored
multiple TDs against
RB - Michole Cottrell –
Sr Flagstaff –
Rushed for over 1,600 yards and was a big reason
WR – Jack Darlington – Sr Salpointe – Led the Lancers in receiving with 849 yards on 38 catches. Chipped in 5 TDs.
WR – Stetson Banks – Sr Mesa Mt View – Had a spectacular year, especially when you take into consideration that Mt View is predominately a running team. Had 33 catches for 829 yards and 11 TDs.
WR - Jose Gutierrez – Sr Maryvale – Very underrated WR who has big play potential. Led a young Maryvale squad in receiving and to playoff birth.
WR – Saunders Montague – Sr Mesquite – Big receiver with good hands. Had 51 catches for 823 yards and 7 TDs.
TE - Drew Thurston – Sr Dobson – Big athletic kid who caused match-up problems with his size against DBs and his speed against LBs. D1 player with bright future.
TE – Cody Jones – Sr Sabino – Played QB last year and made move to TE where he was a good weapon for Sabino this year. Had 20 catches for 469 yards and 6 TDs.
TE – Jeff Jones – Jr Moon Valley – Big, fast and athletic TE caught 17 balls for 290 yards and 7 scores.
OL – Jake Schneidmiller –
Sr Gilbert –
Someone had to block for
OL – Mike Gallett – Sr – O'Connor – Giant offensive lineman who swallowed up smaller d-linemen. Still a bit raw but could turn into a good one at the next level.
OL – Doug Dedrick –
Sr Corona del Sol
DL – Brian Dean – Jr Hamilton – Had to replace all state DE David Smith and played well in his 1st year as a varsity starter. He finished the year with 62 tackles and 4 sacks. Can get after the QB and stuff the run.
DL – Shawn Byrnes – Sr Paradise Valley – His stats are a little deceiving. Byrnes is a good ol' fashioned runner plugger who keeps the opposing o-linemen off of the LBs and allows them to make plays. Finished the year with 45 tackles and 3 sacks.
DL – Sean Cade – Sr Chandler - The returning all region performer had a target on his back all year long but was still able to collect 73 tackles and 3 sacks.
DL – Joe Bernardi – Sr Flagstaff – Just as disruptive on the DL as he is on the OL. Has non-stop motor and opposing coaches must account for him in their game plan. Good replacement for all state NT Matt Hassenflug.
DL – Jermaine Williams – Jr Maryvale – Not many kids are this big, this young and still have this type of athleticism. Has the ability to dominate games could be 1st team all region 3 years in a row and this could turn out to be his college position.
LB – Jimmy Rogers –
Sr Hamilton – The
heart and soul of a very good
DB – Mike Callaghan – Jr Brophy – This 1st team all region CB led his team in tackles with 78 and also picked off a team high 3 passes.
P – Darren Sweely – Jr Chandler – Sweely averaged 38 yards per punt but what was most impressive to us was his ability to place punts and pin his opponents deep in their own territory. He placed 14 punts inside the 20.
K – Sergio Velasco – Sr Cienega – Missed 3 FGs in the season opener but only would miss one more to finish the year 10 of 14 with a long of 51. Was also a pretty good DB collecting over 50 tackles and picking off 3 passes.
K – Patrick Huston – Sr Highland - Was 11 for 14 on FGs with a long of 47 and was a perfect 38 for 38 on PATs.
All Purpose – Matt Hain – Sr Moon Valley – 136 tackles at LB, had nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 10 TDs and caught 15 passes for 230 yards and another score.
All Purpose – Blaise Johnson –
Sr Corona del Sol
– All during the off season the staff at 24-7 did not know what position to
place Johnson at. He started the year at RB but played WR and DB but finished
the year at QB. He was a big part of
All Purpose – Richie Brockel – Sr Greenway – He lined up at Ace back when his team needed him to and rushed for 434 yards and 7 TDs. He played TE and scored another 7 TDs on 40 catches. And as mentioned above he was the leader of his defense collecting 90 tackles.
All Purpose – Greg Bird – Sr Red Mountain – Bird is a throw back player who has the ability to excel at any position. He was an all state DB last year and started the season out there. He then moved to OLB and continued to make plays. On defense he made 62 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 blocked punt, 1 fumble recovery (TD) and 2 INTs. Also a dangerous WR, he caught 23 passes for 477 yards and 8 TDs. He was excellent on special teams; was the ball hawk on kickoff team where made numerous hits and served as the team's punter.