Coaches named either a Raider or Cougar to the top five awards.
Reed senior Aaron Greenblat led the way with the most prestigious honor. It wasn't a surprise to see his name as the HDL's Player of the Year considering he was a first team selection at three different positions (wide receiver, kicker and punter).
Greenblat was the team's leading scorer, scoring 13 receiving touchdowns on 79 catches for 1,370 yards. He racked up over half the Raiders' receiving yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown, kicked 28 extra points and five field goals for a total of 127 of Reed's 410 points this season.
"To do what we did in the High Desert this year, you have to have some guys, and Aaron was one of those guys," Reed football coach Ernie Howren said. "He did so many things for us. Everyone sees his receiving stats, but I think people forget to look past those and see what he did as a kicker and a punter. One of the reasons our defense was very good this year was the position they were put in on the field by the punting of Aaron Greenblat."
Greenblat has quarterback Tyler Pine to thank for a lot of his production and vice versa, and Pine was named the Offensive Player of the Year.
Pine completed 185 of 317 passes for 2,634 yards. He finished with 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a QB rating of 98.
Pine was also the Raiders' second leading rusher, accumulating 293 yards on the ground, finding the end zone five times.
And Pine has his offensive line to thank for most of his production, and one of those guys was rewarded with the Lineman of the Year award. Kyle Roberts was also a stud on the defensive line, picking up 2.5 sacks and 28 total tackles.
However, there was someone even more prolific on defense in the league and Spanish Springs senior linebacker Luke Arciniega was named Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring a tough Cougars defense. Arciniega led the team with 10 tackles per game and added 3.5 sacks in the regular season.
"I think it's fantastic from the standpoint that he received one vote as an honorable mention at linebacker last year," SSHS football coach Scott Hare said. "Obviously it shows the work he put in during the offseason. It's not like people came out after his junior year and said watch out for that linebacker at Spanish Springs. It really has been a process in which he transformed himself in the offseason to be that good.
"It's really exciting to see a kid's hard work pay off like it has for Luke, and I think a lot of college coaches have taken notice as well. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into him becoming the linebacker he was."
With Reed going undefeated in league play, Howren was voted the Coach of the Year by his peers. He was far from the last member of the Reed football program to be selected for all-league awards.
"It means so much to the kids individually. We've told them so many times that team success will bring about those individual awards," Howren said. "I think this year has proved that."
Joining Roberts, fellow offensive tackle Garrett Corbett was named to the first team along with both guards Matt Messerli and Jeremy MacAuley.
Those four opened gaping holes for running back Christian Thompson and he took advantage, rushing for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns on 233 carries. He also caught 11 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, earning first team all-league at running back.
Spanish Springs' defense was clearly the strong point of the team this year and opposing coaches noticed. Defensive end Humberto Espinoza (10 sacks) and defensive back Sullivan Stevens (4 INTs, 1 blocked punt, 1 blocked FG) accompanied Arciniega on the first team. Jalen Dixon had a kickoff return average of 33 yards and a punt return average of 11 yards. He was a first team return specialist.
But Reed's defense carried the team at certain points and led to the win over Spanish Springs to clinch the league title.
Messerli was the other first team defensive end, while Colton Strawn and Trevor Burns were first team defensive tackles after the duo stuffed the middle and combined for 105 tackles and five sacks.
Linebacker Donovan Inskip (107 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 INTs) and defensive back Aj Kossol (59 total tackles, 5 INTs) took home first team selections for the Blue and Gold.
Spanish Springs' leading rusher Dom Smith led a number of Cougars on the second team all-league list. Smith carried the ball 155 times for 764 yards and five touchdowns, all highs for the Purple and Teal despite suffering a season-ending injury against Reed.
Cougars offensive tackle Zane Lawrence was also on the second team with kicker Brandon Pelfrey, defensive tackle Erwin Soto, linebacker Thomas Perkins and defensive back Dixon.
"Our defense as a whole was fantastic," Hare said. "When you look at the way we played defense, one guy kind of fed into another guy and into another guy. I've been telling the guys for years if you play as a group, it's going to make everyone around you better. When everyone around you is better, you're going to come away with more individual awards."
Reed players weren't ignored on the second team though. Receiver and defensive back Brandon Mondragon, center Collin Tuttle, linebacker Mario Murillo and return man Tallen Billings were all second team honorees.
Eight local gridiron stars earned honorable mention selections. For Spanish Springs it was Thai Ivery (receiver), James Phoenix (offensive guard), Smith (punter) and Cade Rogers (linebacker).
For Reed, Irslan Sabir (receiver), Taylor Lensch (tight end), Broc Westlake (linebacker) and Justin Worthley (defensive back) were honorable mentions.
•In the 3A, a disappointing season led to sparse recognition for Sparks players.
Bryan Orellana was an honorable mention receiver and linebacker. Nico Sampson was an honorable mention offensive lineman and Rico Bravo was an honorable mention kicker.