Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 8, 2018
Kincaid, Richins, Thomas earn top honors

Tooele’s Helu, Meoño among those named First Team All-Region 11 

The Stansbury Stallions won their sixth region football championship this season, and the awards kept rolling in earlier this week when the All-Region 11 selections were announced.

Right at the top of the list were seniors Kaeden Kincaid, Jet Richins and Hunter Thomas. Kincaid, who scored a team-high 18 touchdowns, shared Offensive Player of the Year honors with Ogden running back Rhyle Hanson and Park City wide receiver Mark McCurdy. Richins was named Tri-Defensive Player of the Year along with Bonneville linebacker Josh Turpin and Park City safety Paul Baynes after leading the Stallions with 124 tackles. Thomas was named the region’s top offensive lineman.

Kincaid finished the season with 1,029 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns and added 215 yards and four scores as a receiver, ranking second on the team in rushing yardage and total yardage and leading the Stallions in receiving yards. Thomas helped pave the way for a potent Stallions offense that posted 4,209 rushing yards and averaged 37 points per game. Richins had 35 solo tackles and 12 tackles-for-loss, ranking first on the team in both categories, while also adding three sacks, five quarterback hurries, two interceptions, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Along with Kincaid and Richins, the Stallions saw seven players earn First Team All-Region recognition. Quarterback Austin Woodhouse threw for 585 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 821 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Silas Young had a team-high 1,319 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground, with help up front from teammates like Thomas and First Team All-Region lineman Bowen Vorwaller. 

Tommy Christopherson finished with 51 tackles and four tackles-for-loss to go with two sacks, two interceptions, a pass breakup and a forced fumble, and Jake Spaulding had 73 tackles and four pass breakups in the secondary. Conner Kincaid had a team-high nine pass breakups and two interceptions with 45 tackles and three tackles-for-loss, and linebacker Payton Didericksen finished second on the team with 92 tackles and nine tackles-for-loss, along with three sacks, four quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks. 

The seven Stallions were joined by four Tooele Buffaloes on the First Team. The Tooele contingent was led by junior running back Nukuluve Helu, who had 941 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns along with 190 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Austin Meoño was a force on both sides of the ball, rushing for 353 yards and a touchdown, catching 42 passes for 558 yards and six scores and recording 55 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Linebacker Seth Whitehouse was named to the First Team after a season that included 66 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. Aloisio Sili had 57 tackles, a tackle-for-loss, two sacks, a pass breakup and two fumble recoveries.

The Second Team included Stansbury defensive linemen Calvin “Jebus” Mead and Jordon Snow, Stansbury offensive lineman Kaden Shin, Stansbury linebacker Paepaeseu Tia, Tooele offensive lineman Nick Hogan, Tooele defensive lineman Thad Torgensen, Tooele kicker Porter Staten and Tooele linebacker Gavin Ware.

Stansbury offensive lineman Andrew Hanson, defensive back Kooper Roundy, wide receiver Brenden VanCooney and offensive lineman Bryce Gordon earned Honorable Mention, as did Tooele offensive lineman Tanner Stringham, defensive lineman Sole Alesana, defensive back Conway Hogan and quarterback Kulani Iongi.

The All-Region 11 teams were selected by the region’s six head coaches — Stansbury’s Clint Christiansen, Park City’s Josh Montzingo, Ogden’s Kent Taylor, Tooele’s Jeff Lewis, Bonneville’s Jantz Afuvai and Ben Lomond’s Eric Alder.


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