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Cade Apsay named Foothill Player of Year

Valencia, Hart both take home major honors

Posted: December 16, 2013 11:00 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2013 11:00 p.m.
Canyon senior quarterback Cade Apsay (1) was voted the Foothill League Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Canyon senior quarterback Cade Apsay (1) was voted the Foothill League Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.
Canyon senior quarterback Cade Apsay (1) was voted the Foothill League Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Being the face of Canyon football is no small task given the program’s deeply rooted tradition.

Canyon quarterback Cade Apsay played the role masterfully this season, and the senior was rewarded by Foothill League’s coaches the 2013 Foothill League Player of Year.

A surprised Apsay said, “I think there’s a lot of guys in the Foothill that actually deserved it, but it’s definitely humbling.”

The coaches voted on Apsay and the rest of the All-Foothill League teams prior to the start of playoffs, so the players were chosen solely based on
performance during league play.

And in five league games, the University of Colorado-bound Apsay was nearly flawless, throwing for 1,563 yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

For the season, he totaled 3,103 yards, 28 touchdowns and a league-low six interceptions, which made him among the most prolific and efficient quarterbacks in a league rife with talented offensive players.

“Stats and trophies and all that, they’re great, but at end of the day the most important thing is leading my team,” said Apsay, who was the league’s Offensive Player of the Year last season.

He also ran for 413 and four scores throughout the year on the way to leading Canyon to a second-place finish in the Foothill. That included a 45-38 upset win over Hart, the eventual CIF-Southern Section Northern Division champions.

The league champion Valencia Vikings earned two major honors this season with senior wide receiver Nick Jones garnering league Offensive Player of the Year and senior defensive lineman Jourdan Nguyen taking home the Defensive Player of the Year nod.

Jones was a dynamic play-making weapon for the Vikings, scoring 18 total touchdowns and racking up 1,222 receiving yards on 52 catches. Nguyen was the most disruptive defensive lineman in the league.

Hart senior Blake Porter was named Foothill Lineman of the Year for the league’s third-place team.

Porter was Hart’s starting center on offense and was also a stellar defensive tackle.

As for the All-Foothill first and second teams, Valencia led the league with five first-team offensive players and four on defense.

Senior Jake Wallace was the only quarterback named as a first-teamer, and he was joined on the offensive first team by teammates Malik Townsend (wide receiver), Jay Jay Wilson (wide receiver), Trevor Hendrickson (lineman) and Cole Murphy (kicker).

The rest of the first-team offense included three Canyon players, three Hart players, two from Saugus an one from West Ranch.

The Canyon players honored were lineman Daniel David, wide receiver Liam Cabrera and wide receiver Zach Cuha. For Hart, it was all three wide receivers, Trent Irwin, Davis Koppenhaver and Wes Fitzpatrick.

Saugus had wideout Marc Langford and running back Reid Rupe honored and West Ranch running back Christian Parrish rounded out the first team offense.

The first-team defense consisted of Valencia linebackers Justin Son, Alex Tapia and Sean Teems in addition to Vikings defensive lineman Joe Simili.

Canyon placed defensive backs Israel Cabrera and Tevon Priestly on the team as well as lineman Ronnie Walker.

Linebacker Garrett Updegraft and lineman David Russon were the honorees for Hart, linebackers Blake Austin and Austin Davenport and Saugus punter/linebacker Austin McKinney made the team for Saugus and defensive end Alex Rassool was also included.

Despite leading the Foothill League in yardage both in league play and throughout the season, Hart junior quarterback Brady White was left off the first-team offense.

He was instead a second-team. The CIF champions Indians also had a notable player, senior running back Connor Wingenroth, named as a league honorable mention.

Wingenroth who led the league in overall rushing yards and touchdowns, but due to missing three league games with a shoulder injury, he accumulated most of his stats during preleague play and the postseason.

Though the All-Foothill team was chosen before the start of a wild postseason, The Signal will honor local players in its annual release of the All-Santa Clarita Valley Football teams in the coming weeks.

That list will take playoff into account.


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