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Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
All-Area Football


Offensive first and second teams

  • Lake Stevens wide receiver Gavin O'Neil had 850 yards receiving and seven touchdowns to lead a potent Vikings air attack.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Lake Stevens wide receiver Gavin O'Neil had 850 yards receiving and seven touchdowns to lead a potent Vikings air attack.

  • Cascade quarterback Josh Smith threw for nearly 2,000 yards in his first season as Bruins quarterback.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Cascade quarterback Josh Smith threw for nearly 2,000 yards in his first season as Bruins quarterback.

  • Edmonds-Woodway's Junior Opoku-Mensah led all Wesco 4A running backs with 1,588 yards rushing this season.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Edmonds-Woodway's Junior Opoku-Mensah led all Wesco 4A running backs with 1,588 yards rushing this season.

  • Arlington's Max Gray did a little bit of everything, throwing, rushing and catching touchdowns for the Eagles this season.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Arlington's Max Gray did a little bit of everything, throwing, rushing and catching touchdowns for the Eagles this season.

Eds. note: All-Area teams and awards are selected by Herald writers and editors based on first-hand observations and voting by area coaches and fans.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Austin Joyner
Junior, RB, Marysville Pilchuck
The Tomahawks running back and UW commit averaged more than 15 yards per carry and nearly every fifth carry ended in the end zone in leading MP back to the state playoffs.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Joe Cronin
Cascade
In his second season as the Bruins head coach, Cronin guided Cascade to the state tournament for the first time since 2007 and just two years removed from back-to-back winless seasons.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback
Josh Smith, Sr., Cascade
In just his first season behind center, the Bruins quarterback threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 764 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead Cascade to a one-loss regular season and state berth.
Athlete
Max Gray, Sr., Arlington
The Eagles wide receiver/quarterback did a little bit of everything to lead Arlington to a district berth. Gray caught 35 passes for 596 yards and eight touchdowns and also rushed for 242 yards and a pair of touchdowns and threw for 106 yards and another touchdown.
Running back
Austin Joyner, Jr., M. Pilchuck
His numbers may not have looked as impressive as his sophomore campaign, but the Tommies junior back rushed for more than 1,500 yards despite missing two games and often being pulled in the second half due to blowouts.
Junior Opoku-Mensah, Sr., E-W
The Warriors running back rushed for 1,558 yards and 22 touchdowns to lead a steady Edmonds-Woodway ground game that paired well with a stout defense.
Wide receiver
Gavin O'Neil, Sr., Lake Stevens
Switching from quarterback to wide receiver, the Vikings playmaker made quite a splash, leading Wesco 4A North in receiving yards (850) and scoring seven touchdowns to lead Lake Stevens to a league title.
KJ Brady, Sr., Cascade
The Bruins wide receiver saved his best for last, catching eight balls for 135 yards in Cascade's quad-district playoff win over Auburn-Riverside. Brady finished the season with a Wesco 4A South-leading 42 catches for 765 yards and seven touchdowns.
Tight end
Henderson Belk, Sr., Kamiak
The Knights tight end caught 25 passes for 500 yards and seven touchdowns and also helped block for a rushing attack that had a pair of backs, Joseph Binda (897 yards) and Austin Hall (569), combine for more than 1,450 yards on the ground.
Offensive line
Travis Bakken, Sr., E-W
The Warriors 6-foot-5, 270 pound offensive tackle was a stalwart along a line that blew open big holes for Opoku-Mensah and allowed quarterback Davis Giles enough time to throw for 1,519 yards.
Randin Crecelius, Sr., Cascade
The Bruins 6-foot-5, 280 pound offensive tackle led a rushing attack that helped three backs rush for more than 550 yards apiece.
Zach Jacobson, Sr., Kings
The engine behind the King's run game, the 6-foot-5, 250 pound lineman paved the way for running back Chris Yand, who led the Cascade Conference with 1,130 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.
Austin Schimke, Sr., M. Pilchuck
No team rushed for more yards or touchdowns than Marysville Pilchuck (3,454 yards and 51 TD), which did a lot of it behind the senior offensive tackle.
Jevin Pahinui, Sr., M. Terrace
The Hawks tackle led the way for a running game that really took off midway through the season and helped Chance Ragsdale rush for a Wesco 3A-best 1,616 yards and lead Mountlake Terrace back to the playoffs.
Kicker
Spencer Pettit, Jr., Glacier Peak
The Grizzlies kicker nailed 53- and 52-yard field goals this season and made a habit of kicking the ball into the end zone for touchbacks.
Returner
Keynan Foster, Sr., Jackson
The Timberwolves return man returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns in the season opener and didn't look back, giving Jackson plenty of good field possession this season with good returns.
SECOND TEAM
Quarterback
Jacob Eason, So., Lake Stevens
Running back
Malik Braxton, Jr., Meadowdale
Austin Otis, Sr., Lake Stevens
Chance Ragsdale, Sr., Mountlake Terrace
Wide receiver
Kaleb Dobson, Sr., Cascade
Trey Robinson, Sr., Jackson
Laurence Wanambisi, Sr., Stanwood
Tight end
Theo Lebesis, Sr., Edmonds-Woodway
Offensive line
Tyler Adamson, Jr., Oak Harbor
Nate Eshete, Sr., Marysville Getchell
Nick Hensley, Sr., Glacier Peak
Nick Streubel, Sr., Coupeville
Zach Willis, Sr., Edmonds-Woodway
Kicker
Ryan Spiva, Sr., Marysville Pilchuck
Returner
Chris Jones, Sr., Marysville Pilchuck
Deion Stell, Sr., Marysville Pilchuck

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