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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Aidan Atkinson, Jr., Fairview: There’s dazzling, then there’s mesmerizing. Atkinson’s 55 touchdowns in 9 1/2 games qualifies as the latter … and a state record. Northwestern pledge is back next year, too.
QB — Chase Silva, So., Skyline: What others could see as a daunting situation, Silva saw as no problem. He took over at QB because of an injury in Week 1, and ended up throwing for 2,829 yards and 30 TD’s with a 68 percent completion rate.
RB — Drake Engelking, Sr., Longmont: with 20 rushing touchdowns, Engelking took advantage of a lot of chances near the end zone — and his 1,429 rushing yards was 23rd in 11-man.
RB — Dakota Key, Jr., Legacy: A breakout season greeted Key this year, as he amassed 2,104 total yards (a team record 1,799 on the ground) and 13 touchdowns. He had a stretch of four 200-yard games in five weeks at one point.
RB — Noah Roper, Sr., Erie: All heart. This punishing Tiger has been on everybody’s radar for two straight years, and even though he got hurt at the tail end of EHS’ season, Roper still managed 2,229 yards (second in 11-man by a single yard) and 37 touchdowns.
RB — Jeremy Hollingsworth, Sr., Skyline: The senior was on every opponent’s radar from the start, but he still emerged with 1,986 total yards and 27 total touchdowns. Between two years at Niwot and two with SHS, he surpassed 5,250 yards.
WR — Bryce DesJardins, Sr., Fairview: An over-the-middle target that was a threat in the open field, too, DesJardins finished with an astounding 21 touchdown receptions and 1,221 yards on 74 catches
WR — Matt Greenwald, Sr., Fairview: More the deep threat for the Knights with a 19.7 yards-per-catch average (60 receptions), Greenwald found the end zone 12 times.
WR — Andres Mendoza, Sr., Centaurus: A true hands-first craftsman, Mendoza snagged 65 balls this year for 897 yards and six touchdowns — in just seven games. Finished fourth all-time with 185 career receptions.
WR — Kyle West, Sr., Skyline: A speedster and an all-around savvy football player, West hauled in 88 catches (led state’s 11-man teams), amassed 1,285 yards (second) and scored 12 total TDs.
TE — Jack Smith, Sr., Legacy: A consistent target for Nicholas McCarthy. Smith caught 50 passes for 736 yards and had 10 of LHS’ 19 receiving touchdowns.
OL — Nate Hackney, Sr., Erie: Equally destructive on the defensive line, Hackney was a key leader for EHS and its 12-1 team and had many coaches give him nominations and was a runaway first-team all-league pick.
OL — Ricky Childers, Sr., Skyline: With Childers’ steadiness in run-block and pass-block, the Falcons amassed 5,350 yards of offense (382.1 per game).
OL — James Masciarelli, Sr., Fairview: You don’t get to 4,600 team passing yards without protection, and Atkinson relied heavily on Masciarelli at the left tackle spot all year.
OL — Davis Elliott, Sr., Monarch: Did work on nearly every down for MoHi, helping the Coyotes average about 200 rushing yards a game. Recognized by league coaches as a sure first-teamer.
OL — Preston Hall, Sr., Mead: The Northern Metro League champs scored 46 times on the ground because of the work of players like Hall, the league’s lineman of the year.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL — Hunter O’Connor, Jr., Legacy: The junior put his stamp on many a game this season as he was credited with 19 tackles for loss among his 74 tackles. He also had eight sacks.
DL — Jay Olson, Sr., Mead: Played all 12 games for the Mavs and secured 67 tackles, three sacks and two fumbles, which was enough to land him on as a second-team all-state player.
DL — Logan Robinson, Sr., Frederick: The Warriors defensive line flat-out produced — Robinson’s line of 69 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks certainly didn’t hurt the Warriors’ bid to return to the playoffs.
DL — Telvin Townsend, Sr., Longmont: An impact player who steadily improved as he grew, Townsend had 4 1/2 sacks this season to go along with 49 tackles to earn all-state first-team honors.
DL — Brayden Wood, So., Fairview: A young buck that played a lot as a freshman, Wood was credited with 83 tackles and 14 TFL’s. He was a first-team Front Range League pick.
LB — Ryan Capasso, Sr., Broomfield: The BoCoPreps.com defensive player of the year also garnered his league’s DPOY award after registering nine sacks and 12 TFLs. He’ll be playing at nearby Northern Colorado in the near future.
LB — Ashton Nichols, Sr., Fairview: The Knights’ team defensive MVP and a first-team league pick, Nichols logged 78 tackles, three sacks and in interception in 2018.
LB — Ethan Drewes, Sr., Skyline: The Northern Colorado-bound senior logged nearly 100 solo tackles and had four fumble recoveries, leading him also to 4A first-team all-state honors by CHSAANow.com.
LB — Devon Edwards, Jr., Mead: A first-team all-league pick, Edwards was credited with 147 total tackles (seven TFLs), secured a sack and also had an interception and a fumble recovery.
DB — Jack Ewig, Sr., Monarch: A junior with promise, Ewig already showed a glimpse of his football savvy by registering 103 tackles, an interception, a sack and a PAT block.
DB — Kaleb Fuhrmann, Sr., Erie: Led the Tigers with four touchdown receptions … and flipped that with four interceptions while manning EHS’ much-improved defensive backfield.
DB — Cole Riters, Sr., Silver Creek: The Raptors will get Riters back for another year after his 38-tackle, 3-interception campaign set a tone for what head coach Brian McGee is looking for in all his guys.
DB — Trey Ward, Sr., Mead: Not one to shy away from a hit, Ward was electric in pass defense and nabbed eight interceptions (tied for fourth in the state). Ward weaved his way for three defensive return touchdowns, to boot.
ATH — Kyle Helbig, Sr., Holy Family: The Colorado State signee was a top-notch tight-end — for the times that he played his natural position. However, 2018 marked another instance of having to switch to QB because of injury, and Helbig responded with 1,109 passing yards and nine touchdowns. Accounted for 433 yards in a win against Skyline.
ATH — Cruz Garcia, Sr., Longmont: Garcia played offense, defense, kicked, punted and handled kickoffs. Good luck finding another player that had a rush TD, a receiving TD, an interception return for a TD, a two-point run, and a PAT.
ATH — Henry Blackburn, Jr., Fairview: A legitimate Division-I caliber player, Blackburn had 17 TD catches, 77 kick points, 15 special teams returns, two interceptions and almost 100 tackles. Mind blown.
K — Julian Custine, Sr., Erie: Every kick in every facet of special teams went to Custine, and the senior responded with a state-leading 81 kick points including five field goals.
P — Matthew McCarthy, Sr., Boulder: Whenever coach Ryan Bishop needed McCarthy to pin a team down, the senior did the work. He averaged 43.7 yards a kick with a long of 60 yards.
KR — Jack Wathen, Sr., Skyline: Also a 1,000-yard receiver, Wathen was also electric in the return game with two return TDs (one of 96 yards) and a state-leading 802 kick return yards.
Coach of the year — Mike Silva, Skyline: Skyline was a good team going into the season, everyone knew. But the road for the Falcons and the result of making the 4A state championship came down to getting all his players to buy in. The Falcons knocked off the No. 8, No. 1 and No. 5 seeds to reach the title tilt.
Brian Acosta, Sr., K/P, Justice; Christian Adams, Sr., P, Silver Creek; Nathan Bailey, So., RB, Mead; Tyler Banks, Sr., OL/DL, Fairview; Alex Bishard, Sr., OL/DL, Legacy; Spencer Brooks, Sr., OL/LB, Erie; Jonathan Carillo, Sr., OL/DL, Niwot; Dante Ciaravola, Sr., ATH, Frederick; Asher Cook, Sr., DL, Centaurus; Steven Croell, Sr., QB, Broomfield;
Sebastian Dalton, Sr., DL/RB, Holy Family; Oakley Dehning, Sr., QB, Longmont; Matt Delgado, Sr., DL, Holy Family; Mario Diaz, Sr., ATH, Justice; Brennen Dibella, Sr., OL, Mead; Sam Dirks, Sr., DL, Silver Creek; Will Drewes, Jr., LB, Skyline; Luke Dunker, Jr., K, Frederick; Matthew Eich, So., K, Broomfield; Zach Ellis, Sr., OL/DL, Fairview;
Brayden Engelking, Jr., LB, Longmont; Nick Faraca, Jr., QB, Centaurus; Austin Fiala, Jr., RB, Monarch; Beck Fieth, Sr., WR, Longmont; Liam Gray, So., K, Holy Family; Isaac Hesse, Sr., OL/DL, Skyline; Sean Holbrook, Jr., LB/RB, Frederick; Brandon Hornby, Jr., RB, Frederick; Tanner Leise, Sr., DE, Mead; Dillon Lucas, Sr., RB/LB, Prospect Ridge;
Nicholas McCarthy, Sr., QB, Legacy; Ian McDonald, Sr., LB, Erie; Nate McGregor, Sr., ATH, Skyline; Anthony Montoya, Sr., WR/DB, Centaurus; Jaymeson Nelms, Sr., TE/DE, Erie; Adrian Nii, Jr., P, Monarch; Rex Olinger, Sr., LB, Silver Creek; Gavin Orbus, Sr., OL, Holy Family; Trevor Ordway, Sr., OL, Silver Creek; Caden Peters, Jr., WR, Broomfield;
Braedon Peters, Jr., WR/KR, Holy Family; Shane Provost, Sr., ATH, Boulder; Ryan Ruger, Sr., OL, Broomfield; Eric Ruiz, Jr., ATH, Niwot; Tyshawn Silva, Sr., ATH, Justice; Dylan Sindelar, Jr., TE/DE, Frederick; Preston Stansel, Sr., ATH, Boulder; Lucas Steiner, Sr., LB, Niwot; Jake Steinmetz, Sr., CB/WR, Boulder; Trey Stewart, Jr., LB, Monarch;
Dylan Torres, Sr., RB, Broomfield; Jake Wachter, Jr., RB, Mead.
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