2017 Gazette Preps 3A-1A football All-Stars

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FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge, jr. — Evans finished his stellar junior season as the top-ranked quarterback in the state after leading the Bears to a state championship. He had 3,627 passing yards and 42 touchdowns. He had a .625 completion percentage and 168 rushing yards.

Wide receiver

David Barrow, Harrison, sr. — Barrow led the Panthers to their historic 8-0 start as their top receiver. He had 1,086 rushing yards through the regular season and 14 touchdowns.

Deuce Roberson, Palmer Ridge, so. — Roberson had a breakout sophomore season, ranking second in the state with 1,485 receiving yards, averaging more than 106 yards per game.

Running back

Kadin Porter, Canon City, sr. — Porter, a stocky 5-foot-11, 225-pound back carried the load for the Tigers on the way to a 9-1 regular season with 1,224 rushing yards, good for a top-30 Colorado state rank.

Aumiere Shedrick, Harrison, jr. — Shedrick finished  with 1,278 yards and 15 touchdowns. He averaged more than 116 yards per game and nearly 8.0 yards per carry.

Tight end

Zach Hester, Palmer Ridge, sr. — Hester used his 6-foot-4, 221-pound frame to become a productive dual threat for the Bears. He led 3A-1A tight ends with 285 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He also had 111 tackles and 19.5 sacks at defensive end.

Offensive line

Kyle Ager, Ellicott, sr. — He worked to keep the pocket protected, allowing just three sacks on the year, all the while allowing his offense to have continued success on the ground and through the air.

Tyler Anderson, Harrison, sr. — Anderson was a key component in Harrison’s 8-0 start as he used his 6-foot-5 frame to open the gap for its offense to earn nearly 5,000 total yards.

Aidan Cullen, Palmer Ridge, jr. — Cullen was essential on the Palmer Ridge offensive line which allowed the Bears to take advantage of its well-balanced offense. He also had 34 tackles at defensive end.

Michael Dryden, Discovery Canyon, sr.  Dryden earned second-team all-state honors thanks to his efforts on the offensive line which allowed for more than 2,500 yards rushing. He also had 30 tackles as a defensive end. 

Nate McLarty, Peyton, jr. — The 6-foot-1 center anchored the offensive line which allowed for more than 200 rushing yards per game. He also had 113 tackles and six sacks on defense.

Athlete

Chiante’ Stewart, Ellicott, sr. — Although Ellicott had a down year, Stewart and an immensely successful senior campaign, leading the team with 1,437 rushing yards - ranked fourth in 1A, and 956 passing yards. He also had 81 tackles, and was 12-for-17 on point-after attempts.

DEFENSE

Defensive back

Sergio Alvarado, Harrison, jr. — Alvarado earned a first-team 3A South Central all-conference nod with 66 tackles as he and the Panther secondary limited opponents to just 13 touchdowns in the regular season.

Mitchell Draper, Discovery Canyon, sr. — Draper was the top Thunder defender, racking up 125 total tackles. He also had an interception and caused two fumbles as he led the Discovery Canyon defense into the postseason.

Cory McLellen, Palmer Ridge, sr. — McLellen was not only one of the Bears’ top receivers, but he was a key component in the team’s impressive secondary, which allowed for fewer than 65 passing yards per game. McLellen had five interceptions and 869 receiving yards.

Jordan Pshigoda, Lewis-Palmer, sr. — Pshigoda earned his second straight first-team nod in 3A Southern all-conference squad. He had two interceptions and 208 receiving yards.

Linebacker

Caleb Grotelueschen, Discovery Canyon, sr. — Grotelueschen ranked second on the team with 109 tackles. He also had three interceptions, caused two fumbles and blocked a field goal. He also had 1,034 all-purpose yards.

Victor Ikpoh, Harrison, sr. — Ikpoh had six games in which he pulled down 10 or more tackles, including a 20-tackle day against Glenwood Springs. He also had 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks.

Vincent Merlino, Canon City, jr. — The 5-foot-11 junior had 89 tackles on the season, including four games with 10 or more tackles. Merlino had 15 tackles on two occasions, and five sacks.

JC Sparks, Palmer Ridge, jr. — Sparks led the impenetrable Palmer Ridge defense with 121 tackles, and also had eight sacks. He had four games in which he racked up 10 or more tackles, including a career-high 20 tackles against Lewis-Palmer in Week 3.

Defensive line

Colton Dill, Palmer Ridge, jr. — The Palmer Ridge defense was vital in the Bears’ perfect season, posting three shutouts. Dill had 96 tackles and nine sacks.

Jake Dillon, Palmer Ridge, jr. — The 6-foot-1, 245-pound tackle had 71 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his junior campaign as the Bears defense limited opponents to just nine points per game on average.

Patrick Haggard, Lewis-Palmer, sr. — Haggard earned a 3A Southern all-conference nod for the second season in a row, anchoring the Ranger defensive line, which allowed just nine points per game through the final three weeks of the regular season.

Mitchell Swartz, Peyton, sr. — Swartz led Class 1A with 35 tackles for a loss and ranked 13th with 94 total tackles as he anchored the Panther defense which had five shutouts on the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter

Griffin Anderson, Discovery Canyon, jr. — Anderson ranks sixth in the state averaging 41.7 yards per punt, and 14th with 2,757 kickoff yards. In 2017 he had 35 touchbacks and pinned five punts inside the 20.

Place kicker

Josh Boles, Palmer Ridge, sr. — The productive Bear offense kept Boles busy with 80 point-after attempts this season. He made 74 of his attempts, ranking him second in the state with a .90 PAT kicking percentage.

Returner

Andrew Ware, Mitchell, sr. — Ware was the top-ranked returner in the area, coming in ninth in the state with 598 return yards through 10 games. A majority of his yards came from kickoff returns, in which he averaged 23 yards per return.  

SECOND TEAM

Offense

Quarterback

Zac Hannenberg, Canon City, sr.

Wide receiver

Ethan Boyles, TCA, jr.

Connor McCan, Canon City, jr.

Running back

Dieudonne Chea, Lewis-Palmer, sr.

Brayden Luft, TCA, sr.

Tight end

Draven Hackley, St. Mary’s, sr.

Offensive line

Benjamin McCaffrey, Ellicott, sr.

Colin Minnick, Canon City, jr.

Elijah Patterson, Harrison, sr.

Donovan Pacht, TCA, sr.

Adam Reid, Falcon, sr.

Athlete

Josh Gonzales, Peyton, jr.

DEFENSE

Defensive back

Cam Colangelo, Palmer Ridge, sr.

Nate Holmes, Palmer Ridge, sr.

Cole Seinknecht, Manitou Springs,

Brendan Young, Canon City, jr.

Linebacker

Peyton Brones, CSCS, so.

Charles Cook, Lewis-Palmer, jr.

Charlie Deeds, Palmer Ridge, jr.

Tyler Noffsinger, Peyton, sr.

Defensive line

Mitchel Ballage, Falcon, sr.

Matt Farmer, Palmer Ridge, sr.

Greg Olsen, CSCS, sr.

Tristan White, Harrison, sr.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter

Joel Scott, Lewis-Palmer, jr.

Place kicker

Gabe Calhoun, St. Mary’s, jr.

Returner

Caleb Stockton, CSCS, fr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Canon City - Bryce Tezak, sr.

The Classical Academy- Brandon Bullock, sr.; Alec Day, jr.; Jenson Hall, sr.; Brady Miller, sr.

CSCS- Austin Gaylor, sr.; Jordan Greager, sr.; Gabe Danzik, sr.

Discovery Canyon - Zach Anderson, sr.

Ellicott- Jacob Tuufuli, sr.

Falcon- Landen Martinez, sr.; Dorian McDowell, sr.; Justin Serrano, sr.

Florence - Dixon Lawson, sr.,

Hanover- Cody White, sr.

Harrison- Orlando Westbrook, jr.

Lewis-Palmer- Isiah Padilla, jr.

Manitou Springs- Jace Gwynn, sr.

Peyton - Charles Sparks, sr.; Trever Walker, jr.

Palmer Ridge - Garrett Marchetti, jr.; Raef Ruel, so.

Sierra- Xavier Brown, sr.