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All-SCV Football: Coach of the Year and the teams

The All-SCV First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mentions

Posted: January 2, 2010 9:20 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

First Team Offense
Quarterback

Alex Bishop - Junior, Valencia
Bishop had a year that puts him up there with the great quarterbacks of this decade - Matter, Moore, Norton, Longshore, Herrick and Rodriguez. Bishop completed 179-of-240 passes for a 74.6 percent completion percentage in 2009 - the third-best mark in state history. His 78.4 percent regular-season mark (138-for-176) is the best in state history. Bishop also established a school record with 36 touchdown passes. He also passed for 3,416 yards with only seven interceptions and ran for another 516 yards.

Running Backs
Collin Keoshian - Senior, Santa Clarita Christian
Regardless of how many players were on the field with him, Keoshian was one of the SCV's most dominant forces in football. Despite questions about his competition at the 8-Man level, his rushing statistics, playmaking ability and overall athleticism earned him a scholarship to BYU. In 2009, he pushed his career tally to 102 rushing touchdowns. Keoshian put up 1,709 rushing yards and 36 rushing touchdowns in 13 games during his final season at SCCS. He also threw seven touchdown passes and caught four scores to go with 239 receiving yards. Keoshian added two sacks and two interceptions on defense as well as nearly 100 tackles.

Jake Stephens - Senior, Hart
One of the big reasons Hart's passing game took off in 2009 was Stephens, whose numbers on the ground (185 carries, 901 yards, 14 touchdowns) made sure defenses respected the running game. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and also caught 23 passes out of the backfield.

Wide Receivers
Ty MacArthur - Senior, Hart
MacArthur's breakout season at receiver brought an extra dimension to Hart's spread offense. The speedy senior hauled in 59 receptions for a league-leading 1,097 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he averaged 18.5 yards per catch.

Zach Tartabull - Senior, Valencia
Tartabull lived up to the hype in 2009 and was the Vikings' leading receiver with 42 catches for 890 yards and 12 touchdowns. His numbers might have been better had Valencia not had so many offensive weapons. His biggest play of the season might have come on defense, though. In the first round of the playoffs, Tartabull made an interception on a two-point conversion attempt with 10 seconds to play in Valencia's 28-27 win over Thousand Oaks.

Drew Wolitarsky - Freshman, Canyon
Don't be fooled by his class standing. Wolitarsky can and did play with the best of them in 2009. On the year, the 6-foot-1-inch wide receiver caught 40 passes for 773 yards and six touchdowns. In week 2 against Highland, he had 137 yards and two scores. On Oct. 23 against Hart, Wolitarsky added another two touchdowns. Four times this season, he surpassed the 100-yard mark.

Offensive Lineman
Kevin Carrington - Senior, Valencia
The three-year starter was one of the more physical and strong linemen in the Foothill League. He saw spot duty on the defensive line as well.

Shane Moniz - Senior, Canyon
Moniz was an anchor up front for the Cowboys and shook off injuries late in the season to help Canyon win its final two games of the regular season. Despite a revolving door in the backfield, Moniz helped ensure that whoever was lined up at running back would have an opportunity to make a play.

Nick Oliva - Senior, Valencia
The towering lineman was a great pass blocker and the best puller on the Valencia offensive line. The left tackle's long arms allowed him to lock down on opponents to great success.

Nolan O'Sullivan - Senior, Valencia
The Vikings' center was a leader on the offensive line. He called the plays, set the Vikings' blocking schemes and was a physical presence for Valencia.

Oliver Woodhead - Junior, Hart
Hart had to rebuild both its offensive and defensive lines, and the play of Woodhead helped smooth the transition. He stood up opposing linemen at the line of scrimmage and did a good job of blocking downfield.

First Team Defense
Linebackers

John Cornelius - Junior, Hart
Cornelius continued Hart's tradition of strong linebacker play by recording 102 total tackles, 19 more than the Indians' next-closest defensive player. He also intercepted a pair of passes, broke up three more and recovered a fumble.

Joseph Figueroa - Senior, Golden Valley
In the midst of a rough season, Joseph Figueroa led the Grizzlies' defense day in and day out. He followed last year's league-leading 129 tackles with 96 this season, which was good enough for second. He also forced two fumbles and was valuable in pass coverage, returning three interceptions for 57 yards with six passes defended.

Ryan Gorman - Sophomore, Valencia
Gorman was steady in 2009, registering 58 tackles and making three sacks. Just a sophomore, Gorman figures to be a key returner for a 2010 Valencia squad with unfinished business.

Trevor Smyth - Junior, Valencia
Smyth was quietly solid from the linebacker position for the Vikings. He made 68 tackles and five sacks, four of which came in a Nov. 6 win over Saugus.

Defensive Lineman
Justyn Eddins - Junior, Hart
Thanks to the contributions of Eddins, Hart's defensive line overcame the loss of all four starters from a year ago. His 11 sacks easily led the team, and he added 51 tackles and two fumble recoveries to his stat sheet.

Darrol Mitchell - Senior, Valencia
The high-energy, big-personality lineman was the valley's most unstoppable defensive end. His 22 sacks were two short of the school record. He paired the sack total with 74 tackles. Mitchell also forced a fumble.

Kevin Rush - Senior, Valencia
The quiet defensive lineman was a major force on the Vikings' defensive front. The 2009 Foothill League Defensive Player of the Year saw double teams throughout the season and still managed to register 12 sacks and 47 total tackles. Rush also recovered three fumbles and scored a touchdown on Oct. 16 against Canyon.

Ryan Wermich - Junior, Valencia
Wermich was the vocal leader on the valley's best defensive line. More than that, he was one of the area's best defensive players, registering 79 tackles and 12 sacks, including three in the postseason. Wermich was the Foothill League's Lineman of the Year.

Secondary
Jabari Howard - Senior, Valencia
Howard was a key member of Valencia's shut-down secondary. He intercepted seven passes, recovered a fumble and made 37 tackles.

Branden Pistone - Senior, West Ranch
West Ranch lined up Pistone everywhere on defense, and he responded by doing everything for the unit. He recorded 88 total tackles, picked off three passes, registered two sacks and defended four passes.

Brock Vereen - Senior, Valencia
Vereen stepped out of his big brother Shane's shadow in 2009 and had a tremendous season on both sides of the ball. His eight interceptions were a team high. He also registered 51 tackles and a sack. On offense, he caught 24 passes for 529 yards and seven touchdowns.

All-Purpose First Team
Blake Borland - Senior, Hart
Foothill League defenses knew they had to account for Blake Borland. That didn't stop him from catching 47 passes for 700 yards and nine touchdowns. He also drew extra coverage that opened the door for the Indians' other receivers, and he was an effective kick returner and defensive back.

Manny Padron - Senior, Saugus
Arguably the heart and soul of the Centurions in 2009, Pardon caught 40 passes for 630 yards and four touchdowns. He also showed off his versatility by carrying the ball 17 times for another 58 yards and attempting two passes. On Oct. 16 against Hart, he totalled 110 yards and two scores. Defensively, the senior had 34 total tackles and five interceptions, two of them coming on Sept. 11 in a 17-7 win over Pasadena. Padron was also Saugus' primary return man.

C.J. Reyes - Senior, Hart
When Reyes wasn't throwing for 2,731 yards and 25 touchdowns and hitting big plays in the passing game, he was giving Hart an advantage in field position. Reyes had 25 punts for 997 yards, an average of 39.8 yards per kick. He also booted the game-winning field goal in Hart's win over Palmdale. Reyes also rushed for 251 yards.

Second Teams
Offense

Jonathan Jerozal - Sophomore, Canyon
Thrust into the starting position to start the year, the young signal-caller exceeded expectations to the tune a 58.1 percent completion percentage (165-for-284) for 2,124 yards, 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 68 yards and four more scores.

Connor Eichten - Junior, West Ranch
Stepping into the starting quarterback job admirably, Eichten threw for 1,414 yards and 12 touchdowns against just five interceptions. More importantly, he kept his cool and was a steadying presence for the Wildcats. Against Hart on Nov. 6, he passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns.

Colin Mayhugh - Senior, Santa Clarita Christian
Once Mayhugh turned the corner on a sweep or received clearance from a crushing block, there was little that could stop the Cardinals' elusive back. The speedy rusher raced all over the Heritage League with 1,253 yards at the impressive clip of 9.4 yards per carry. He also had 148 receiving yards and two more scores and passed for 491 yards and six touchdowns.

Zak Snell - Senior, West Ranch
The running back's willingness to grind out tough yardage helped West Ranch's offense control the clock for stretches this season. Snell finished with 743 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

Trent Hernandez - Junior, Canyon
Amidst injuries that decimated the Cowboys' running back corps, Hernandez rose to the top. Only a junior, he rushed 152 times for 766 yards and three scores. All three touchdowns came in league play consecutively against West Ranch, Golden Valley and Saugus, helping close out a stunning season in which the Cowboys ascended late into a playoff spot. Hernandez added eight receptions for 101 yards.

Da'Jon Hairston - Senior, Hart
Hairston's ability to get open downfield gave opposing defenses problems all season, and he caught 32 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 15 yards per catch.

Shane Habberstad - Senior, Canyon
The senior wide receiver earned every yard and every reception this season. Habberstad had 641 yards and three touchdowns and was always fighting for yards after the catch. His best game came on Sept. 25 against Thousand Oaks in which he had nine receptions for 102 yards and all three of his scores.

Brian Fausett - Senior, Saugus
The senior battled through Saugus' up-and-down 2009 to provide veteran leadership on the offensive line for the Centurions. Fausett consistently opened up holes in the opposing team's defense.

Spencer Boring - Senior, West Ranch
As the anchor of West Ranch's line, Boring led the way for the ground game and kept pass rushers in front of him as the Wildcats' program took a step forward this season.

James McGough - Senior, West Ranch
Whenever West Ranch needed a big play in the passing game, it seemed like McGough found a way to get open. He also found the end zone seven times.

Zach Wermich - Junior, Valencia
The two-year starter at right tackle brought a lot of energy and strength to the Valencia offensive line. He figures to be the leader for the 2010 Valencia offensive line.

Defense
Tyger Rodriguez - Senior, Canyon
One of the Cowboys' vocal leaders this season, Rodriguez was also the team leader in total tackles with 47, 44 of them solo. The senior added one sack, one interception and recovered two fumbles. Rodriguez also shared kickoff duties with Mohammad Roknipour and was Canyon's primary punter.

Matt Bruns - Junior, West Ranch
Ignited by a multiple-interception game against Hueneme in the opener, Bruns led the Wildcats this season with five interceptions. He also averaged more than four tackles per game.

Dylan Olson - Senior, Golden Valley
When the Grizzlies needed a clutch defensive play, Olson was one of the few the young squad could steadily rely on. He defended six passes, forced a fumble and recovered two turnovers to help a defense that was constantly in a state of flux due to injuries and early departures.

Jonathan Aguirre - Senior, Saugus
The senior defensive back finished the season with 35 total tackles and tied for the team lead with five interceptions, including two against Golden Valley on Oct. 30. Aguirre also contributed on offense, catching six passes for 102 yards and one touchdown, which served as the game-winner on Oct. 23 to cap off a 97-yard fourth-quarter drive that beat West Ranch 26-22. He also returned a kick 93 yards for a touchdown against Newbury Park on Sept. 25.

Adam Torres - Senior, Saugus
Torres led the Centurions in total tackles with 60 on the season. On Sept. 25 against Newbury Park and Oct. 16 against Hart, the senior linebacker finished the game with nine tackles. Torres added one sack and one pass defended. Offensively, he carried the ball 16 times for 68 yards.

Joe Barbosa - Junior, West Ranch
Among the league leaders in tackles with 79, Barbosa lined up at both defensive line and linebacker and was an emotional leader for the West Ranch defense. He also deflected a couple of passes.

Chris Wolford - Junior, Saugus
The junior finished the season second on the team with 55 total tackles. Wolford added 4.5 sacks, including two on Sept. 11 in a 17-7 win over Pasadena. The linebacker also defended three passes, recovered two fumbles, forced two more and blocked a punt on Nov. 13 against Canyon. Offensively, he caught four passes for 46 yards and one touchdown.

Adam Nowakowski - Senior, West Ranch
Nowakowski recorded 3.5 sacks from his outside linebacker position and also had an interception. He added 39 tackles in eight games this season.

Melqui Lemus - Senior, Saugus
A leader on the line for the Centurions, Lemus finished 25 total tackles this season. The senior also recovered a fumble on Oct. 2 against Taft of Woodland Hills.

Gavin Schelske - Senior, Canyon
Always a source of passion and motivation, Schelske finished the season second on the team with 41 total tackles. Additionally, the senior finished with 3.5 sacks, including two on Nov. 13, when the Cowboys beat Saugus 17-10. Schelske also had eight tackles in the game, all of them solo.

Salvador Arceo - Senior, Hart
With 43 total tackles, two fumble recoveries, two sacks and an interception, Arceo did a little bit of everything for Hart's rebuilt defensive line.

All-Purpose
Andrew Avila - Junior, Golden Valley
Injuries and roster problems moved Avila all over the field on offense, and he responded well for the Grizzlies. He led the Grizzlies' ground attack with 486 rushing yards on 100 carries and three touchdowns, and he also led his team in receiving with 13 catches for 143 yards and a score.

Brady Stuart - Junior, West Ranch
Stuart was a bona fide weapon on special teams for West Ranch, frequently sending kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and booting nine field goals. He also helped the Wildcats control field position with his punting.

Max Rodriguez - Senior, Valencia
Rodriguez gave Valencia another solid offensive option to go to. He caught 29 passes for 633 yards, averaging 21.8 yards per catch. He also scored seven touchdowns.

Honorable Mention
Michael Chandless - Junior, Hart

Jeff Coprich - Sophomore, Golden Valley

Zach Gauthier - Senior, Saugus

Dylan Kawaa - Senior, Canyon

Luke Lee - Senior, West Ranch

Rocky Maldonado - Senior, Valencia

Adrian Mosley - Senior, SCCS

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