It was a football season to remember for Stansbury seniors Kru Huxford and Pae Tia, who helped lead the Stallions to the Class 4A state quarterfinals and an impressive 8-3 record.
The duo was rewarded for their efforts by the coaches of Region 10, with Huxford named the region’s Co-Most Valuable Player alongside Park City’s Seth Warner. Tia shared Defensive MVP honors with Park City’s Stone Combs.
Seven other Stansbury players were named to the All-Region 10 First Team, along with four Tooele players. Grantsville placed three players on Region 13’s All-Region First Team after bouncing back from a one-win finish in region play to advance to the Class 3A state semifinals.
Here’s a look at Tooele County’s All-Region selections, with their statistics from the 2020 season.
Co-Most Valuable Player
Kru Huxford, QB/CB, Sr., Stansbury — Huxford was the ultimate dual threat at quarterback for the Stallions, throwing for 2,048 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions to go with 1,162 yards and 15 TDs on the ground. He also recorded 49 tackles, one sack, one interception and six pass breakups on defense.
Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player
Pae Tia, OLB, Sr., Stansbury — Tia had 99 tackles, including 55 solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss. He added one sack, one interception, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Cayden Clark, WR/DB, Sr., Stansbury — Clark caught 36 passes for 591 yards and 10 TDs, in addition to picking up 61 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two sacks and two blocked punts as he was named Stansbury’s Special Teams Player of the Year.
Nate Bushnell, CB/SB, Jr., Stansbury — Bushnell rushed for 965 yards and a team-high 18 TDs. He also caught 17 passes for 241 yards and three scores, while recording 36 tackles, an interception, three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble on defense. He also averaged 19.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns, including a 63-yarder.
Jacob Rich, C/DT, Jr., Stansbury — Rich played a big role in the trenches on both sides of the ball. He recorded eight pancake blocks on offense, and 56 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, 19 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery on defense.
Bryce Gordon, G/DE, Sr., Stansbury — Gordon recorded 100 tackles, including 11 tackles-for-loss, as well as 6.5 sacks, 19 hurries, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. He added six pancake blocks on offense.
Matt Ingersoll, OL/DL, Sr., Stansbury — Ingersoll had 40 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one sack and eight quarterback hurries, and posted five pancake blocks on offense.
Hayden Birch, T/NG, Sr., Stansbury — Birch had a pair of pancake blocks during the season, recording one against Ogden and another against Mountain View in the Stallions’ second-round playoff win over Mountain View.
Tyson Pritzkau, MLB, Sr., Stansbury — Pritzkau had 71 tackles, one sack and six hurries to go with nine tackles-for-loss, and he also had a blocked punt.
Mateaki Helu, RB/FS, So., Tooele — Helu ran for 542 yards and five TDs and had 17 catches for 263 yards and two scores. He also had 32 tackles and two sacks.
Ty Sutherland, RB/LB, Sr., Tooele — Sutherland had 51 tackles and a sack and rushed for 47 yards for the Buffaloes.
Drake Gritzmacher, RB/LB, Jr., Tooele — Gritzmacher had 77 tackles and an interception as one of the Buffs’ top defenders.
Dylan Makoni, WR/DB, Jr., Tooele — Makoni led the Buffs with 34 receptions for 513 yards and six touchdowns, and he also completed a 21-yard touchdown pass.
Kaden Kelley, SS/WR, Sr., Grantsville — Kelley had 83 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, eight hurries, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ quarterfinal playoff win over Summit Academy. He added one rushing TD and two receiving TDs.
Noah Mouritsen, WR, Sr., Grantsville — Mouritsen had 57 catches for 632 yards and four TDs as the Cowboys’ top receiver. Defensively, he had 29 tackles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
Blake Thomas, RB, Jr., Grantsville — Thomas rushed for 965 yards and 16 TDs to go with 19 catches for 101 yards. He also had 59 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.