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TNT’s All-State Football Team

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Dec. 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm with 7 Comments »
December 3, 2009 3:21 pm

Here is The News Tribune’s All-State football team. This includes players from all classifications. If you’re looking for an all-state football team for each classification, sports writers from around the state will vote on that after the season ends and the Associated Press will tally up the votes and release the team.

Jake Heaps, Quarterback, Skyline

6-2, 205, Senior
In three seasons as Skyline’s starting quarterback, Heaps has an overall record of 39-2 and 14-0 in the postseason. The BYU-bound signal caller will try to lead the Spartans to a third-consecutive state championship on Saturday. This season, Heaps has completed 198 of 328 passes for 2,936 yards and 41 touchdowns. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January at San Antonio.

Steve Valach, Liberty

Valach has steered the Patriots through a rugged postseason gauntlet, overcoming big fourth-quarter deficits and winning a triple-overtime game. The result is Liberty’s first appearance in the state title game since 1988.

QB Connor Halliday Ferris 6-4 190 Senior
WSU-commit likes to air it out, has thrown for 3,923 yards, 40 TDs and 11 INTs

RB Bishop Sankey Gonzaga Prep 5-10 185 Junior
Rushed for 2,011 yards and 17 TDs on 203 carries in nine games

RB Anthony Meray Bethel 5-9 185 Senior
TNT’s All-Area Player of the Year set SPSL mark for all-purpose yards, rushed for 2,003

RB Jacob Sealby Wenatchee 6-1 195 Senior
CBBN Columbia MVP rushed for 1,732 yards, helped Panthers win league title

OL Colin Porter Bothell 6-5 310 Senior
KingCo Crown co-Offensive MVP did not give up a sack, will play at Washington

OL Ben Riva O’Dea 6-6 275 Senior
Future Washington Husky anchored Fighting Irish offensive line

OL Danny Shelton Auburn 6-3 310 Junior
Two-time TNT All-Area selection is a mammoth road-grader with good footwork

OL Maxx Forde Woodinville 6-4 240 Senior
Dominant force on both sides of line of scrimmage has offers from five D-I schools

OL Trevor Poole Ferris 6-5 250 Senior
Solid run blocker has developed into a great pass blocker and will play in college

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gig Harbor 6-7 250 Junior
National recruiting prospect totaled 60 receptions, 1,050 yards and 10 TDs

WR Kasen Williams Skyline 6-2 195 Junior
Two-time all-state selection has 66 catches for 1,120 yards and 17 TDs

WR Rahmel Dockery Curtis 5-10 160 Junior
Athletic, elusive dynamo caught 36 passes for 1,077 yards and 14 TDs

ATH Brett Kirschner Interlake 5-11 200 Senior
KingCo 3A/2A Offensive MVP tallied 2,193 total yards of offense and 26 TDs

K Race Sciabica Bellevue 6-1 185 Senior
Accurate from beyond 40 yards, he went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts in state semis

DE Ryan Watson Eisenhower 6-2 200 Senior

CBBN Cascade co-MVP had 97 tackles, 7 sacks and knocked down 7 passes

DE Austin Graves Southridge 6-3 230 Senior
CBBN Columbia Defensive MVP recorded 17 sacks, 14 tackles-for-loss

DL Sione Potoa’e Lakes 6-3 285 Senior
All-American terrorized opponents and anchored a stout Lakes defensive line

DL John Froland Glacier Peak 6-5 245 Senior
Northwestern-recruit was a two-way first-team all-WesCo 3A selection

LB Anthony DeMatteo Skyline 6-1 215 Senior
Two-time all-state pick totaled 113 tackles, despite sitting out second-half of routs

LB Taylor Nelson Union 6-2 225 Senior
GSHL 3A Defensive MVP led Titans back to the state semifinals

LB John Kanongata’a Bellevue 6-0 210 Senior
KingCo 3A/2A Defensive MVP might be small, but plays big

LB Riley Carr Jackson 6-0 225 Senior
Air Force-commit was a four-year starter, led Timberwolves to league title

DB Jamaal Kearse Lakes 6-3 210 Senior
Hard-hitting safety has a nose for the ball and the big play, will play at Washington

DB Blair Bomber Lynden 5-10 165 Senior
Speedy WSU-commit has Lions playing for second straight state championship

DB Colten Williams Mount Spokane 6-1 180 Senior
Athletic playmaker was a two-way first-team all-Greater Spokane League pick

DB Bo Tully Mead 6-1 180 Senior
Greater Spokane League’s Defensive MVP picked off eight passes in 2009

P Jake Miller Central Valley 6-4 202 Senior
Greatly affected outcomes of games with his leg; also an excellent kicker

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Kudo’s for adding Taylor Nelson o Defense. The GSHL has had the pleasure of witnessing this player’s awesome awareness & physical style of football for 3 years. Congratulations! Knock ‘em dead @ BYU!

  2. onewodwacker says:

    OK TNT, I’m not picking on you here and I like most of your picks but, leaving:

    Skyview’s CB Ellis Henderson
    Auburn’s S Chris Young
    Eisenhower’s LB Seth Kline
    Bethel’s DT Happy Iona

    off your All-State Team is like not mentioning Muhammad Ali in the disscussion of who the greatest fighter is.

    Did you really watch all of these guys in person? I did.

  3. sdliverpool says:

    I agree with the comment above. Most of your picks are fine, but you have in my opinion (along with three other retired guys sitting with me here) believe you should have put in Larry Dixon from Olympic and Leon Ladeaux from South Kitsap. We have watched these boys perform on several ocassions(ladeaux 3 times as we went to the Emerald Classic) Dixon runs hard despite what you may read about his size and ladeaux has everything you could want in a reciever bar nothing.

    If either one of them boys were on a Skyline or Bothell team they would have been chosen in a heartbeat. I think that the tribune should have taken a slightly better look and included these two young men. I do not believe you covered the area very fairly, if at all. My buddies and I have watched many games this year as we are all retired and like to relive our Friday Night football times when we played. These two young men deserve to be on the AP All State Team and hopefully it happens for them.

    South Kitsap reciever Leon La Deaux and Olympic running back Larry Dixon earned league MVP honors this week.

    La Deaux caught 46 passes for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Narrows League champion Wolves. The 46 catches is a school record and the 12 touchdowns ties the school record. His receiving yardage is No. 2 on the school’s all-time list. He scored 15 total touchdowns. His most memorable play was likely to be the 88-yard fake punt (a play he called on his own), which was the key play to beat Olympia.

    Dixon was named MVP of the Olympic/Western League. Dixon rushed 1,748 yards and 26 touchdowns. Dixon had 29 total touchdowns.

    Dixon finished with 5,222 yards, which is the career West Sound rushing record.

    Read more:

  4. Appreciate the comments, folks.

    Selecting an all-state team that includes players from all classifications is difficult. Some talented kids will be left off. There are a limited number of spots and that’s just way it goes.

    Fortunately, sports writers from around the state, including myself, will vote in the next week or two for all-state teams in each classifications, giving many more kids recognition. I’d be stunned if any of the kids mentioned in the comments aren’t on their respective all-state teams.

    To assemble the most complete team, we spoke to coaches and sports writers from around the state, looked at all-league lists, took college scholarship offers into consideration and used our own observations.

    I’m not saying it’s an exact science — these teams are clearly subjective — but we do put a considerable amount of effort into this.

  5. Thanks for this great read. I absolutely enjoyed every little part of it. I have you bookmarked and will be visting.

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