Tooele senior Jeno Bins and Stansbury junior Silas Young were named Region 11’s Co-Offensive Players of the Year when the league released its 2017 All-Region selections Monday.
Young, who has helped lead Stansbury to its second consecutive state semifinal berth, leads the Stallions with 1,343 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging more than 122 yards per game. Bins also finished among the top rushers in the state with 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Bins’ teammate, senior Ryan Ascarte, was named the region’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. Thanks in large part to Ascarte, the Buffaloes averaged 251.6 rushing yards per game this season.
Stansbury senior Dallon Brooks was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year. Through eight regular-season games and two state playoff games, Brooks has eight tackles for loss and seven sacks. His teammate, Alix Taukeiaho, shared Defensive Player of the Year honors with Park City’s Conner Christofferson and Bonneville’s Rykar Jensen. Taukeiaho has forced five fumbles this season, has five quarterback sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss and leads the Stallions with 92 total tackles.
Stansbury, the Region 11 champion, placed seven players on the All-Region First Team: Justin Matthews, Conner McKay, Tavita Gagnier, Calvin “Jebus” Mead, Jet Richins, Kyle McKenna and Hunter Thomas. Austin Woodhouse, Mitch Lindsay, Dawson Stewart and Cole Veach were named to the Second Team, and Bowen Vorwaller, Peerce Matravers, Jaxson Guymon, Kooper Roundy and Jake Spaulding earned Honorable Mention.
Bins and Ascarte also earned First Team recognition for their efforts on the defensive side of the ball. Dalton Wintle, Collin Lawrence and Ben Wasson were Tooele’s other First Team picks. Dallen Kimball, Jordan Leakehe, Hayden Marshall and Conway Hogan were Second Teamers, and Austin Meono, Hinckley Alesana, Thad Torgenson and Tanner Stringham earned Honorable Mention.
Ogden’s Irving Gastelum was named the Special Teams Player of the Year. Other First Team picks included Bonneville’s Bronson Fox, Marcus Cutler, Jeffrey Montague, Jonah Nielson, Aaron Eberhard and Jaxson Sears; Park City’s Christofferson, Beau Pederson, Joey Lukrich and Tyler Shea; Ogden’s Sam Lawrence, Rhyle Hanson and Chase Butler; and Ben Lomond’s Kade Harrop and Dane MacGregor.
The Second Team also included Bonneville’s Aashish Gottipati, Zac Van Tassell, Josh Russo and Jaxson Laramie; Park City’s Pederson, Chris Quintana, Ben Sprung and Mark McCurdy; Ogden’s Aden Cleverley, Alex Drake, Nick Freeman and Carson White; and Ben Lomond’s Brennan Green, Jason Gibson, Nykolas Guzman and Tayshon Doss.
Others who earned Honorable Mention included Bonneville’s Mirko Villanueva, William Toller, Caden Smith and Kobe Davis; Park City’s David Reno, Chase Johansen, Luke Hatch and Jet Reed; Ogden’s Kyle Christensen, Jeremy Jackson, Jonah Lowry, Sawyer Seley and Tui Lavaka; and Ben Lomond’s Stephon Watson, Garrett Leatherow and Alex Christofferson.