All-Tribune First Team Offense

Name                        School          Yr.  Pos.  Comment

Luke Rubenzer         Saguaro          Sr.   QB    Cal-commit broke state records for TD passes (61 in a season, 130 in career) and 74 percent completion rate; 4,201 yards, 61 TD, 1,235 yards and 10 TD rushing and 3 INT on defense

Weston Barlow     Queen Creek      Jr.    RB     Unheralded emergence became season of 2,335 yards (8.8 per carry) and 25 total TD in place of injured Matt Guida

Taren Morrison      Desert Ridge      Jr.    RB     Tribune POY rushed for 2,538 yards and 38 TD; 3rd in state with 12.4 yards per carry.

Mark Andrews         Desert Mtn.      Sr.   WR    Oklahoma-commit hampered by injuries; 68 catches 1122 yards and 17 TD, played defense and kicked

Jalen Brown             Mtn. Pointe     Sr.   WR     Two-way starter, All-American and AZ all-time leader at WR with 50 career TD catches; 52 catches for 1,229 yards and 19 TD for Div. I champions; headed to Oregon

Clark Brown         Mountain View    Sr.   WR     Speed and agility helped break several school records for season/career after 72 rec. for 1,306 yards and 14 TD

Trevor Wood            Chaparral        Sr.    TE     Returned from lost 2012 season with 68 rec. for 929 yards and 8 TD for Div. II; headed to U of A

Natrell Curtis          Mtn. Pointe       Sr.     OL    Three-plus-year starter used his 6-3, 320-pound frame to dominate; easily best OL in school history

A.T. Hall                    Brophy            Sr.     OL    At 6-5, 305 pounds, anchor of OL and played some DL now headed to Stanford

Justin Leeper       Desert Ridge       Sr.     OL    Best run blocker on state-record rushing team and Div. I semifinals also a top long-snapper

Alex Anderson        Saguaro           Sr.     OL    Paver for Rubenzer and Christian Kirk for past two years at tackle headed to San Diego State

Bryce Holland         Hamilton           Sr.     OL    Army-bound center was Huskies’ best lineman for full season

Christian Kirk         Saguaro           Jr.     ATH    825 yards rushing (10.7 YPC) and 13 TD; 1,164 receiving (18 YPC), and 17 TD plus 50 tackles, 2 INT and five passes defended

Austin Carver        Gilbert              Sr.       K       All-State choice by AZ football coaches with 18 touchbacks in 25 KO and 7 FG incl. 52-yarder

Kam’ron Johnson    Tempe           Jr.         KR     Dynamic RB and receiver in backfield was No. 2 in EV at 28-yard average per KO return and three return TD

All-Tribune First Team Defense

Name                        School       Yr.  Pos.  Comment

Mitchell Fraboni      Mtn. Pointe    Sr.    DL    10 sacks, 68 tackles, 10 TFL, 3 passes defended, and two fumble recoveries for state champions

Grant Gale               Highland      Sr.    DL     The “Grants” (Gale and Thompson) were immovable forces inside: 12 sacks, 75 tackles, 17 tackles for loss

Qualen Cunningham   Hamilton   Sr.   DL      Broke school records for sacks (19) and vastly improved against run past two years at DE

Amonai Itaahau    Desert Ridge  Sr.    DL     Played bigger than his stats (121 tackles, 21 hurries, 3 INT) and athleticism/tenacity required double-teams

Wesley Payne        Mtn. Pointe   Sr.     LB     Top LB in the state even with injuries, also rushed 138 times for 938 yards and 12 TD

Diego Hernandez   Red Mountain  Sr.  LB    Top among coaches’ opinions at TE and LB. 62 tackles, 6.5 sacks and nine TFL plus 32 rec. for 447 yds and 5 TD

Nathaniel Rodriguez  Desert Ridge  Sr.  LB   Leader of dynamic defense smashed school record for most tackles in career

Santana Sterling     Hamilton     Sr.      LB     Division I Section 1 player of the year anchored stout Huskies defense, especially against run

Brian Woodward      Brophy       Sr.     DB     Senior captain was best Brophy two-way player in years; had 71 tackles, 3 INT’s and 2 fumble recoveries; threw for 1258 yards in only 8 games (played most of the year with a cast and a broken hand) and had 11 TD passes.

Darius Williams     Williams Field  Sr.    DB    Had six interceptions, 50 tackles and 2 1/2 tackles for loss for the Black Hawks

Timmy Hernandez    Mtn. Pointe  Sr.    DB    Popular choice among coaches as Pride’s best def. back in 2013 plus underrated WR.

Conner Ipsen     Mountain View   Sr.   DB    Put together outstanding season with 75 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries

Ben Sweet             Pinnacle        Sr.      P     42.0 yard average per punt, good for 6th in state; 13 punts inside 20 (tops in the state)

Elijah Castro         Chaparral      Sr.     PR     28 returns for 479 yards (a 17.1-yard average) and one TD. (As a RB, 163 carries 1,345 yards 17 TDs)

Player of the Year: Taren Morrison, Desert Ridge

Coach of the Year: Norris Vaughan, Mountain Pointe: From start to finish, took an already talented roster and not only dominated the Barry Sollenberger and state championship games en route to a title and national ranking, but forged players to care about the team first. Despite the pressure and top billing in the state and among the best nationally, the Pride never stumbled or slacked in putting together one of the most dominant seasons by a Division I school in Arizona high school football history.

All-Tribune Second Team Offense

Name                   School        Yr.  Pos.  Comment

Josh Eckley    Marcos de Niza   Sr.   QB    Battled injuries and team inconsistencies but arguably no one more valuable to team’s success in EV this season: 186-304, 2,678 yards passing, 32 TD; 767 and 15 TD rushing

Luke Quinn         Horizon         Sr.    RB    Div. I Section 5 POY at RB and DB; 110 carries, 1,131 yards and 20 rush TD; 49 rec. for 772 yards and 9 TD; 99 tackles, 6 INT 3 forced fumbles

Paul Perry          Mesquite       Sr.    RB    Epicenter of ‘Cats offense and 2013 turnaround with 1,700 total yards, 16 total TD

Doc O’Connor       Basha         Jr.    WR    Further proof sheer size (5-foot-9) doesn’t matter; 1,127 yards and 9 TD as Zach Werlinger’s top target

Massiah Smith     Tempe         Sr.    WR    Emanuel Gant’s top target for good reason: 1,301 yards, 22 yards per catch and 18 TD

Cole Forsgren   Williams Field  Sr.  WR     Missed 3 weeks with broken hand but hard to tell after 50 rec. for 1,151 yards (23 YPC) and 12 TD

Nick Colson           Higley       Sr.     TE     98 yards rec. per game, 18 YPC and 10 TD; 4.0 GPA committed to Air Force.

Casey Tucker     Hamilton       Sr.    OL     Consensus Top OL in AZ (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) missed 6 games but returned to dominance in postseason

Robert Schrock      Mesa        Sr.    OL     Captain and center arguably top center in EV according to opposing coaches; 55 tackles at DT

Keenan Walker   Chaparral    Jr.    OL     Big-time talent has Pac-12/Big-12 schools in pursuit still with room to develop

Jake Grant           Horizon      Sr.    OL     Tackle had 42 pancake blocks and zero sacks allowed in 290 pass attempts for prolific offense

Quinn Bailey         Higley        Sr.    OL     Captain and three-year starter was first-team two-way all-section lineman; chose ASU over Oregon among others

Bryce Perkins     Chandler     Jr.    ATH    70 percent comp., 2,500 yds 24 TD and 880 yds rushing with 11 TD; Led GW drive in school’s first win over Hamilton

Danny McAtamney  Horizon  Sr.      K      9 of 10 FG made (long of 46 yards) and 66 of 68 PAT (97 percent) both top 3 in the state

Jordan Schlueter   Notre Dame  Sr.   KR  Saints’ do-everything standout averaged 36.4 yards per KO return; 1,285 all-purpose yards and 8 INT on defense

All-Tribune Second Team Defense

Name                      School      Yr.  Pos.   Comment

Elijah Jeffcoat    Williams Field   Sr.   DL    18 1/2 tackles for loss, 13 1/2 sacks, 3 PD, 3 FR and two blocked punts for underrated defense

Logan Palmer   Marcos de Niza  Sr.  DL    128 tackles, 10 sacks, 9 TFL and 30 QB hurries

Jalen Jelks           Desert Vista   Sr.   DL    Best player on Thunder with 72 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 FF; heading to Oregon

Hayden Pate         Chaparral    Sr.    DL    Rush end/part-time LB had 87 tackles, 10 sacks, 19 TFL off the edge

Greg Frasco          Desert Mtn.  Sr.   LB     Three-year starter led state in tackles (143) plus 5 sacks, 3 FF and never left the field

Ricky Wilson     San Tan Foothills  Jr.  LB    First-team choice by AZFCA and Div. V Defensive Player of the Year: 109 tackles, 4 INT, 4 sacks, 3 FF and rushed for 1,075 yards on offense

Cole Neubauer       Pinnacle     Sr.    LB     Section 5 def. POY with 66 tackles, 12 TFL, 6 1/2 sacks

Skyler Bollman     Queen Creek  Jr.   LB    Leader of revamped defense had 106 tackles, 9 sacks for Div. III runners-up

Coleman Griffith   Marcos de Niza  So.  DB  128 tackles, 8 1/2 sacks, 4 INT, and a safety for next great Padre safety

Levi Sterling        Hamilton       Sr.    DB    Sure tackler alongside AJ Greathouse in secondary the team’s best cover corner

Nate Woods         Skyline        Sr.     DB    48 tackles, 5 INT, 7 PD and blocked FG for Coyotes’ revival season

Tyler Whiley       Chaparral      Sr.     DB    Three-way stud rushing (702 yards, 12 TD rush), receiving (587 yards, 7 TD) and defensively (6 INT, 16 PD)

T.J. Widner     Valley Christian   Sr.    P     41.8-yard punt average was fourth-best in state, included 7 downed inside 20-yard line; also standout TE, DL and basketball player

Honorable Mention

Apache Junction: Brett Darling, Sr., QB/DB; Daniel Frederick, Sr., RB/DB; Mario Lant, Sr., WR/DB; Cody Morgan, Jr., DB; Matt Varnes, Sr., LB; Arcadia: Devon Ferguson, Jr., WR/DB; Semisi Pulu, Sr., RB/DL; Dylan Turelli, So., LB/TE; Shane Williamson, Jr., RB/DB; Basha: Bryant Black, Sr., DB; Jake Carlin, Sr., LB; Evan Edwards, Jr., OL; Rajhan Meriwether, Sr., RB; Brandon Rutt, Sr., LB; Ivan Sanchez, Sr., OL; Jared Schmidt, Sr., WR; Cody Shull, Sr., OL; Cade Thompson, Jr., K; Zach Werlinger, Sr., QB; Brophy: Walker Adams, So., LB; C.J. Keller, Sr., OL; Isaiah Oliver, Jr., DB; Ryan Velez, So., RB; Cactus Shadows: Nate Brockman, Sr., LB; Tanner Buchert, Sr., LB; Mike Leonard, Sr., DB; Aaron Liermann, Jr., LB; Antonio Marchica, So., RB; Joe Kuhlmann, Sr., RB; Campo Verde: Mark Benjamin, Sr., OL; Matt Conrad, Sr., LB; Matt Edwards, Jr., DL; Finton Connolly, Jr., DL; D.J. Kauer, Jr., OL; Colton Johns, Jr., OL; Gabe Ogbonnaya, Sr., RB; Luke Pineda, Sr., QB; Marcus Vaivao, Jr., LB; Austin Wells, Sr., K; Chandler: Jordan Hoyt, Sr., DL; JR Hunt, Sr., LB; Mitch McCulley, Sr., TE; Wesley Sutton, Sr., DB; Dionte Sykes, Jr., WR/DB; Nykeed Thomas, Sr., OL; Chandler Prep: Braxton Barger, Sr., RB; Sam Hanson, Jr., LB; Jay Kiley, So., OL/DL; Chaparral: Robbie Kleifield, Jr., LB; Joe Nauert, Sr., LB; Bruce Packal, Sr., K; Izzy Simpson, Sr., WR; Courtney Taito, Sr., DL; Combs: Riley Bourgeous, Jr., OL/DL; Alex Moyes, Jr., K; Doug Osborne, Sr., RB/LB; Elijah Throckmorton, Sr., RB/DB; Corona del Sol: Grant Fishburn, Sr., WR/DB; Tevin Mayfield, Sr., WR/DB; Cassius Peat, Jr., OL/DL; R.J. Rhiner, Sr., QB/DB; Jacob Riedell, Sr., LB; Thomas Turley, Sr., OL/DL; George Wright, Sr., RB; Coronado: Ruben Correa, Sr., LB; Alex Guererro, Sr., OL; Alex Moyes, Jr., P; Jacob Warren, Jr., OL; Desert Mountain: Kyle Allen, Sr., QB; Deion Warren, Sr., RB/DB; Desert Ridge: Patrick Fitzgerald, Jr., OL; Alec Hathcock, Jr., QB/RB; Fou Ili, Sr., DL; Justin Irby, Jr., RB; Austin King, Sr., OL; Mason Madrid, Jr., LB; Josh Rocha, Sr., DB; Tevita Taufa, Jr., DL; Landon Whitlow, Jr., K; Marcus Winner, Sr., DB; Desert Vista: Richard Haywood, Sr., WR/DB; T.J. Roberts, Jr., WR/DB; Matt Trujillo, Sr., LB; Dobson: Zaneil Chatman, Sr., RB/LB; Zach Bright, Sr., WR/DB; Gilbert: Chase Cahalan, Jr., LB; Fontae Canada, Jr., WR/DB; Dylon Gillette, Jr., RB/LB; Brycen Palmer, So., WR/DB; Dane Stankiewicz, So., QB/DB; Alex Valadez, Sr., OL/DL; Gilbert Christian: Bailey Anderson, Jr., QB/DB; Richard Bright, Jr., LB; Tanner Conover, Jr., DB; Saile Daimwood, Sr., RB; Seth Deltenre, Sr., LB; Andrew Sherman, Sr., RB; Caleb Young, Fr., DB; Hamilton: Josiah Pola-Gates, Sr., DB/P; AJ Greathouse, Sr., DB; Hunter Jensen, Sr., LB; Morris Kroma, Jr., DB; Trent Moore, Sr., OL; Chad Nelson, Sr., TE; Joseph Parisi, Sr., OL; Caleb Peart, Jr., DL; Sam Sasso, Sr., QB; Tyrell Smith, Sr., RB; Elijah Williams, Sr., WR; Highland: Jake Brown, Sr., WR; Casey Cole, Sr., DB; Parker Stott, Sr., OL; Grant Thompson, Sr., DL; Tre Tyler, Sr., LB; Chip White, Sr., DB; Higley: Tyler Bloom, So., QB; Ricky Bradley, Sr., LB; Kole Hunter, Sr., WR; Ricky Marshall, Jr., RB; Horizon: Cole Finocchiaro, Sr., LB; Spencer Marciniak, Sr., WR; Jason McLaurin, Sr., WR; Nick Paogofie, Sr., DL; Dalton Sneed, Jr., QB; Marcos de Niza: N’Keal Harry, So., WR; Andrew Johnson, Sr., OL; Alex Kleinpeter, Sr., DL; Jake Lagunas, Sr., RB/LB; Jackson Loney, Sr., K; Andrew Rodriguez, Jr., LB; McClintock: Esteban Arteaga, Sr., RB; Elijah Halim, Sr., LB; Kyree King, Sr., WR/DB; Dominic Orona, Sr., QB/DB; Mesa: Justin Curtis, Jr., LB; Noe Perales, Sr., K; Turrell Pietz-Noble, Jr., RB; Mesa Prep: Riley Bjerk, Jr., LB; Matt Kendall, Sr., OL; Cameron Labban, Sr., WR; Nick Staloch, Sr., QB; Paul Varner, Sr., RB; Stephen Varner, So., DB; Jackson Ventrella, Sr., WR; Mesquite: Josh Davis, Sr., DB; Juan Giraldo, Sr., WR/DB; Payton Haslam, Sr., QB; Jarrod James, Sr., TE/LB; Nick Lopez, Sr., OL; Jordan Robinson, Sr., DB; Dequan Samuel, Sr., OL; Nolan Tondreau, Sr., WR; Mountain Pointe: Emmanuel Butler, Sr., WR; Nick Carmen, Jr., OL; Kendre Churchwell, Jr., LB; Austin Cronin Jr., LB; Dominque Fenstermacher, Sr., DB; Antonio Hinojosa, Sr., QB; Bruce Hester, Jr., DL; Trey Lauer, Sr., DB; Brandon Leonard, Jr., RB; Paul Lucas, Jr., RB; Kyle Spith, Sr., OL; Charlie Trevino, Sr., DL; Mountain View: Michael Barker, Sr., DL; Luis Bustillos, Sr., K; John Clark, Sr., QB; Erick Eckstein, Sr., LB; Robby Millward, Sr., WR; Ryley Randall, Sr., DB; Connor Wagner, Sr., OL; Notre Dame: Thomas Archer, Sr., LB; Michael Cole, Sr., LB; Connor Graham, So., RB/LB; Nick Reinhardt, Sr., OL/DL; Christian Rodriguez, Sr., LB; Matt Roth, Sr., OL/DL; Paradise Valley: Jordan Brown, Sr., WR; Daniel Bridge-Gadd, So., QB; Max Vankempen, Jr., RB; Perry: Logan Arredondo, Sr., LB; Alec Monte, Jr., QB/WR/DB; Austin Nightingale, Jr., QB; Austin Pauley, Sr., OL; Lane Veach, Sr., TE/DL; Pinnacle: Trevor Colceri, Sr., DL; Jake Culley, Sr., LB; Dan Galindo, Sr., WR; Mason Hatton, Sr., WR; Josh Hoekstra, Sr., RB; Brian Lewerke, Jr., QB; Nick Maxie, Jr., OL; Cole Neubauer, Sr., DL; Cules Rose, Jr., WR; Ben Sweet, Sr., K; Austin Stumberg, Sr., OL; Poston Butte: Russell Corriveau, Jr., QB; Antonio Garcia, Sr., LB; Ray Garcia, Sr., OL; Brandon Hatfield, Jr., RB; Erik Hildebrandt, Jr., DB; Chris Musselman, Jr., LB; Gabe Rey, Sr., LB; Queen Creek: Bryce Dobbs, Jr., QB; Matt Guida, Sr., RB/DB; Xavier McGuire, Jr., WR; Nate Neville, Sr., LB; Carson Sawyer, Sr., OL; Dejon Thompson, Sr., DL; Red Mountain: Conrad Burnap, Sr., LB; Brennen Dobson, Sr., QB; Caleb Murray-Thomas, Sr., QB; Saguaro: Brett Adams, Sr., TE/LB; Alex Anderson, Sr., OL; Pete Mettler, Sr., OL; Domonic Natoli, Jr., DL; J.T. Nettleton, Sr., WR; John Sells, Jr., DL; Skylar Seminara, Jr., LB; San Tan Foothills: Garrett Baer, Jr., DB; Caleb Ortiz, So., DL; A.J. Sameula, Jr., DB; Josh Smith, So., DL; Saige Waxter, So., RB/DB; Ryan Wilson, Jr., OL; Scottsdale Christian: Alec Garcia, Sr., WR/DB; Zech Gatling, Sr., RB/ DB; Cole Lenderink, Sr., WR/DB; Jacob Salmon, Jr., RB/DB; Scottsdale Prep: Greyson Boyll, Sr., RB/DB; Ben McKeighan, Jr., WR/DB; Matt Munsil, Sr., WR/DB; Nick Smith, Jr., QB; Seton Catholic: Antonio Campanella, Jr., RB/DB; Nick Ciferno, Sr., RB/DB; Brandon Garcia, Sr., RB/DB; Kyle Johnson, Sr., QB/K; Brandon King, Sr., DL; Niko Villegas, Sr., RB/DB; George Wolter, Jr., WR/LB; Skyline: Michael Amado, Sr., QB; Francisco Avitia, Sr., RB; Tyler Brailsford, Sr., DB; Alex Martinez, Sr., LB; Wyatt Meier, Sr., LB; Zach Olague, Jr., DB; Logan Ruppert, Sr., RB; Truman Tucker, Jr., WR; St. Mary’s: Gabe Losada, Jr., QB; Tino Vidales, Sr., WR; Tempe: Nojeem Adebule, Sr., LB; Terry’on Anderson, Sr., WR/DB; Ramon Castro, Sr., LB; Emanuel Gant, Jr., QB; Quntion Garrett, Jr., WR/DB; Massiah Smith, Sr., WR; Daniel Taylor, Jr., RB/LB; Sebastian Watkins, Sr., WR/DB; Tempe Prep: Zach Brittain, Jr., LB; Dan Hiser, Jr., DB; Benjamin LeBeau, Sr., DB; Jonah Simminger, Jr., LB; Joseph Zwemke, Sr., DL; Valley Christian: Brandon Haagsma, Sr., QB; Cory Kasperson, Sr., RB; Jacob Owings, Sr., OL/LB; Drew Steigenga, Jr., OL; Westwood: D.J. Bex, Jr., DB; Josh Brown, Sr., WR; Isaac Gonzalez, Sr., DL; Ethan Johnson, So., RB; Devon Shirrod, Jr., LB; Kane Tieman, Jr., QB; Corey Whiting, Jr., OL; Williams Field: Jacob Anderson, Sr., RB; Cade Cote, Sr., OL; Jaxxon Fagg, Jr., LB; Jeddediah Fagg, Sr., QB; Ryne Fuhrmark, Sr., OL; Ian Keller, Sr., DL; Josh Page, Jr., RB; Luke Petruzzi, Sr., TE; Blake Ruiz, Sr., K; Cliff Weybrecht, Sr., LB

Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at or (480) 898-6576.


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