This was tougher than first expected, especially at the runningback, kicker and linebacker positions. We used help from all of our writers including Jason, Jeff, Mike, Brad, Gary, Bill and Rich Reid from Cox 7. We know there are other players just as deserving, so go ahead and let us hear your suggestions on the message boards.
QB- Dax Crum Horizon – Has improved leaps and bounds over last year and his team is reaping the benefits. Horizon is undefeated while Crum has thrown for 1,439 yards, 17 TDs and only 4 INTs.
RB- Ridge Nielsen Mt. View – Not many people players average 15 yards per carry but that is exactly what Ridge Nielsen has done to this point in the year. The junior star has 1060 yards rushing and 14 TDs so far.
WR- Josh Morrow Mt. Ridge - 25 catches for 661 yards and 9 TDs including a state record 9 catch 329 yard 6 TD performance against O'Connor.
WR- Jacob Mayfield Buckeye – QB Cole Kalhoun's main target for the last two years has been Mayfield. The 6'1 180 pounder has 32 catches for 565 yards and 3 TDs this year.
Kris O'Dowd Salpointe – This guy will be one of the most
coveted linemen in the country next year. Only a junior, O'Dowd has offers from
the likes of
OL- Blake Behrens Brophy – Another junior that has played extremely well this year. Behrens leads the Broncos front as a sound technician.
John Romero Salpointe – Already
committed to play at
OL- Tanner Cullumber Hamilton – Coach Wrenn knew he would be losing offensive linemen Ryan Tonnemacher and Chris Hegge to D1 schools so he converted Cullumber from a DL to an OT. At 6'4 and 275 pounds, Cullumber is making his name known with college scouts with his solid play.
OL- Jake Burke Mt. View – Someone is doing the blocking for Nielsen and Burke is the anchor of the Toro's offensive line. Not your prototypical OL size but plays with solid technique and a lot of passion.
DL- Jermaine Williams Maryvale – Ronald Huckaby's emergence as a star RB has let Williams get some rest and focus on playing the DE spot. The US Army All American is wreaking havoc on opposing offenses and QBs.
DL- Dontay Moch Hamilton – Imagine trying to block a 6'3 225 pound DE that has the speed to win the 200 meters at the state track meet. Moch has 6 sacks to go along with 33 tackles this year.
DL- Tony Lewis Millennium – The 5'11 220 pound Lewis has stepped up his game for the 7-0 Tigers, collecting nearly 40 tackles and 7 sacks from the nose guard spot.
LB- Cody Dowd North – Last year Dowd led the state in regular season tackles and has continued on his monstrous pace. He currently has 77 tackles to go along with 3 sacks in 5 games.
LB- Keaton Kristick St. Mary's – The 6'3 230 pound Kristick hits like a ton of bricks and is nearing double digit D1 offers for his outstanding play.
LB- Gerald Munns Hamilton – Munns is all over the field for the undefeated Huskies, collecting 52 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries in 5 games.
DB- Jon Ott Mt. Ridge – Talk about being in the right pplace at the right time, Ott has an interception machine, nearing 10 picks on the year.
DB- Brantwon Bowser- Maryvale – Pick your poison in the Maryvale secondary. Bowser, the ASU commit, is the leader of an athletic group of DBs.
DB- Mike Callaghan Brophy – Wide receivers beware, the 6'2 195 pound Callaghan will hit you over the middle from his safety spot.
DB- T.J. Campbell Sunnyslope – Undersized but athletic as they come. Is all over the field for the Vikings.
P- Trevor Hankins- Chaparral – Can flat out boom the ball. Gets great height and gets the ball to turnover. Averaging well over 40 yards per punt.
All Purpose- Kenton Thomas Greenway – Greenway head coach Mike Brown spreads Thomas all over the field to take advantage of Thomas' talents. He is averaging over 12 yards per carry on the ground, has 14 TDs and 934 yards rushing and has grabbed 20 balls for 422 yards and 4 more scores. Kenton also doubles as an excellent cover corner and good return man.
Return- Kyle Williams Chaparral – Took the opening kick off to the house this year and most coaches will not even kick the ball to him. Most choose to squib or kick out of bounds and give Chap the ball at the 35. This respect gives Williams the spot here. Has 3 punt returns for scores and 1 kick off return for a TD.