Eleven local high school football players were named to the Associated Press all-state teams, which were released Monday after being determined by voting from sportswriters and editors from around the state.
Each classification’s all-state team consisted of a first-team offense and first-team defense.
Lake Stevens senior running back Dallas Landeros was one of three Vikings to receive Class 4A all-state honors. Landeros, The Herald’s All-Area offensive player of the year, rushed for 1,645 yards and 27 touchdowns while helping lead Lake Stevens to the 4A state quarterfinals.
Lake Stevens senior defensive backs and three-star recruits Kasen Kinchen and Joe Gonzales also garnered all-state honors. Kinchen intercepted two passes and had 10 pass breakups for a defense that allowed just 10.2 points per game. Gonzales, a Yale University commit, intercepted four passes and added eight pass breakups.
Monroe senior receiver Efton Chism III was named to the 4A all-state team as an all-purpose player after accounting for 1,232 yards of offense and 14 total touchdowns. The versatile Eastern Washington University signee had 54 catches for 801 yards and eight TDs. He ran for 275 yards and four TDs, and completed five passes for 156 yards and a score. He also returned a punt for a TD.
Marysville Pilchuck senior offensive lineman Justin Albee was named to the 3A all-state team. The center anchored the Tomahawks’ powerful line and played a key role in their run to the 3A state quarterfinals, paving the way for a Slot-T rushing attack that averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 315 yards per game.
Stanwood senior kicker Garrett Craig also received 3A all-state honors. He hit 9 of 13 field goals, with his longest makes coming from 44 and 43 yards. He also converted 20 of 22 extra-point attempts.
Archbishop Murphy junior defensive lineman Josh McCarron, The Herald’s All-Area defensive player of the year, was a 2A all-state selection. The three-star recruit totaled 21 sacks, 30 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles while anchoring a defense that allowed just 14.5 points per game and helping the Wildcats reach the 2A state quarterfinals.
Archbishop Murphy senior offensive lineman Zion Robinson, a powerful force at left tackle for the Wildcats, also received 2A all-state honors.
Lakewood senior linebacker Riley Krueger was a 2A all-state selection after helping lead a defense that allowed just 15.3 points per game. He totaled 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble during the Cougars’ run to the 2A state quarterfinals.
King’s senior offensive lineman Colin Hamilton and senior defensive back Davis Campbell were 1A all-state selections. Hamilton is a two-star recruit who excelled at right tackle and Campbell intercepted seven passes on defense.
Steilacoom junior receiver Emeka Egbuka was the unanimous overall state player of the year for all classifications. Egbuka, the ninth-ranked overall junior recruit in the nation according to 247Sports, had more than 1,500 yards receiving and 35 total TDs while leading the Sentinels to the 2A state title game.
Players of the year by classification were: Kennedy Catholic junior quarterback Sam Huard (4A), Eastside Catholic junior defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau (3A), Egbuka (2A), Royal junior quarterback Caleb Christensen (1A), Onalaska senior running back Ashton Haight (2B) and Odessa senior running back and linebacker Marcus King (1B).
Three Lake Stevens players earned 4A all-state honorable mention: Senior linebacker Junior Robinson and senior offensive linemen Logan Bruce and Wyatt Hall. Chism also received 4A honorable mention at defensive back.
Local 3A players who received honorable mention were: Marysville Pilchuck senior running back Jordan Justice, Marysville Pilchuck senior linebacker Mauro Bejar, Snohomish sophomore linebacker Brayden Ulrich and Shorecrest junior defensive back Desmond Fox.
Local 2A all-state honorable mention recipients: Lakewood senior quarterback Jared Taylor, Lakewood senior kicker Alan Sepulveda, Archbishop Murphy junior defensive back Joe Ennis and Mountlake Terrace senior punter Noah Thompson.
Hamilton earned 1A all-state honorable mention as a defensive lineman.