After the success that Tooele County enjoyed on the football field this past fall, it comes as no surprise that numerous athletes from west of the Oquirrh Mountains found themselves honored on the All-Region 10 and All-Region 13 football teams, selected by the coaches.
Grantsville’s Ammon Bartley was the area’s top honoree, earning Region 13 Most Valuable Player honors. His teammate and fellow senior, Jackson Sandberg, was the league’s Offensive MVP.
Bartley was Sandberg’s top target in the Cowboys’ passing game, catching 68 passes for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns as Grantsville went 10-3 and won the region championship. He also ranked second on the team with 67 tackles, including three tackles-for-loss, and he added a sack, an interception and two fumble recoveries.
Despite an early-season knee injury, Sandberg was 146-of-228 (64.0%) through the air for 2,403 yards, 27 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also ran for five touchdowns, meaning he had a hand in 56.1% of Grantsville’s 57 touchdowns this season.
Bartley and Sandberg were joined on the All-Region 13 squad by Taylor Wood (52 receptions, 745 yards, nine TDs), Kaden Kelley (68 tackles, five TFLs, four sacks, six interceptions, four fumble recoveries), Austin Gray (24 tackles, five TFLs, 5.5 sacks, one interception), Chace Gipson (three interceptions, 21 tackles; 11 catches, 250 yards, seven TDs), James Fuluvaka (450 rushing yards, eight rushing TDs; 34 tackles, eight TFLs, 5.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries) and Chaz Shafer (anchored a dominant offensive line).
In Class 4A, Stansbury placed nine players on the All-Region 10 team, while Tooele had five players selected.
The Stansbury contingent included Tommy Christopherson (257 carries, 1,542 yards, 23 TDs; 31 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries), Gabe Harris (35 receptions, 757 yards, six TDs; 25 tackles, five interceptions, 10 pass breakups), Jordon Snow (24 receptions, 338 yards, six TDs; 38 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery), Kru Huxford (147-for-243, 2,222 yards, 20 TDs, 11 interceptions; 688 rushing yards, seven TDs; 32 tackles, one interception), Andrew Hanson (127 tackles, 11 TFLs, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one blocked punt), Payton Didericksen (101 tackles, three TFLs, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, two blocked punts), Pae Tia (73 tackles, four TFLs, two sacks, two interceptions) and Dillon Carpenter (75 tackles, one sack).
Tooele was represented by Nukuluve Helu (208 carries, 1,178 yards, eight TDs; one passing TD; one receiving TD), Gavin Ware (46 carries, 288 yards, three TDs; 13 receptions, 133 yards; 92 tackles, four TFLs, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one blocked punt), Ty Sutherland (93 tackles, four TFLs, one sack, one forced fumble), Kayden Goins (37 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery; 41.0 average yards per punt) and Bridger Chaplin (28 tackles, four TFLs, two sacks, one fumble recovery).