Reed senior wide receiver Devin Gray took home the recognition of the North’s Offensive Player of the Year to go along with the HDL’s offensive POY, first team wide receiver and second team return specialist.
Gray caught a team-high 93 passes for 1,329 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Raider teammates Drew Bryant and Austin Corbett were the All-North Division I Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year respectively.
That duo shared those honors with a pair of Spanish Springs standouts when HDL coaches voted. Cougar linebacker Vincent Agliolo was the co-Defensive Player of the Year in the HDL, while defensive end Nikk Audenried was a co-Lineman of the Year.
Howren was named the HDL Coach of the Year after the Raiders went undefeated in league action. He will be the first to say the credit goes to the kids and the coaching staff, and it was obvious fellow HDL coaches agreed with the talent level of his players.
Senior quarterback Mark Nowaczewski and senior running back Ty Shepard earned first team honors at their positions.
Nowaczewski completed 265 of 416 passes for 3,544 yards. He threw 32 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. Shepard rushed for 1,571 yards and 18 touchdowns on 226 carries, averaging nearly seven yards every time he took a handoff.
Spanish Springs also had a first team running back honored in Jeff Jurgensmeier, who racked up 707 yards on 117 carries. He found the end zone on the ground nine times.
Both local schools had a receiver selected to the first and second all-league teams. Brett Chaney, a second team selection, joined Gray after catching 72 passes for 1,149 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Spanish Springs’ Vance Lively was on the first team, while Ryder Lowry made the second team. Lowry was also first team all-league at return specialist. Lively led the team with 64 receptions and 1,134 receiving yards, catching 12 touchdowns along the way. Lowry was second on the Purple and Silver with 37 catches for 538 yards and five scores.
Throwing to those receivers was second team quarterback Hunter Fralick, who was 211-of-340 for 2,997 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was only picked off three times.
Three offensive linemen from SSHS claimed either first or second team honors. Those players were first team offensive tackle Audenried, second team offensive guard Jake Martensen and second team center Alec Davis.
Rounding out the Blue and Gold’s offensive selections were first team offensive tackles Corbett and Brent Kelly.
While Reed and Spanish Springs scored plenty of points this season, the defenses garnered plenty of attention as well.
Bryant and Agliolo were both first team linebackers. On the second team at linebacker were Reed’s Carlos Pinto and Spanish Springs’ Kenny Dupree. Bryant led the Raiders with 172 total tackles and 6.5 sacks, while Pinto was third with 96 tackles. Agliolo paced the Cougars’ defense with 136 total tackles.
Two Raiders earned all-league honors as defensive tackles. Jared Greenwald was a first team selection and Brent Klitzke made the second team list along with Spanish Springs defensive tackle Brik Chesley.
Audenried and Corbett were both first team all-league at defensive end. Audenried finished with 8.5 sacks on the year.
Reed defensive backs Dominic Montenegro and Austin Warner received first team nods, while teammate Brandon Covello was second team at defensive back. Montenegro hauled in a team-high four interceptions. Warner was second on the team with 118 total tackles.
Gannon Stevens and Blake Nauman were first and second team all-league defensive backs for the Cougars. Stevens had three interceptions to lead Spanish Springs.
The honorable mentions for Reed were wide receiver Marty Hargrove, offensive guard Greenwald, linebacker Logan Neeley and defensive back Jacob Striejewske.
Spanish Springs had five honorable mentions: offensive lineman Anthony Walsh, offensive tackle Mario Palacios, linebackers Peter Riolo and Garrett Nauman and defensive back Martensen.
In the Division I-A North, Sparks received five all-league selections despite going winless.
All five were honorable mentions and helped keep the Railroaders on the right track during an arduous season in which the players could have quit on their coaches. That didn’t happen. They fought until the last play of the season.
Receiving honorable mentions were quarterback Geo Vasquez, offensive lineman Ryan Buzick, wide receiver Mario Guadron, running back Hennessy Banks and wide receiver Cedric Sanchez.