Lake Stevens’ Drew Carter makes a diving catch against Monroe’s Trey Lane during a March 12 game. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ Drew Carter makes a diving catch against Monroe’s Trey Lane during a March 12 game. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Herald’s All-Area high school football teams

A look at the top prep football players in the area during this abbreviated season.

Editor’s notes:

  • The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen by The Herald sports staff based on coach recommendations, season statistics and first-hand observations.
  • Due to the unusual nature of this season, The Herald selected an overall player of the year instead of both an offensive and defensive player of the year.
  • Due to the high number of run-heavy offenses in the area this season, The Herald selected three running backs and two receivers per team.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Black, sr., RB/DB, Glacier Peak

Click here for The Herald’s player of the year story on Black.

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Gradwohl, Edmonds-Woodway

In his 25th season at the helm, Gradwohl surpassed 150 career wins and guided the Warriors to a perfect 5-0 record. His team outscored opponents by a combined 197-20 margin.

FIRST TEAM

Tanner Jellison, sr., QB, Lake Stevens

The University of San Diego commit completed 65% of his passes for 1,094 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions while helping lead the Vikings to a 5-0 season.

Ryan Black, sr., RB, Glacier Peak

Black totaled 994 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns, helping lead the Grizzlies to a 4-1 campaign. He ran for 885 yards and 11 TDs, while averaging 10.1 yards per carry. He also caught six passes for 109 yards and two scores. He was a massive big-play threat, with eight TDs of at least 49 yards.

Dylan Carson, jr., RB, Marysville Pilchuck

Carson rushed for 911 yards and 14 touchdowns, while averaging 9.6 yards per carry. He had five TDs of more than 45 yards.

Malik Dotson, sr., RB, Lakewood

Dotson totaled 701 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in just four games for the undefeated Cougars. He ran for 555 yards and 12 TDs, while averaging 11.3 yards per carry. He also caught nine passes for 146 yards and two scores and even completed a 42-yard pass.

Drew Carter, jr., WR, Lake Stevens

The two-way standout caught 25 passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns while helping lead the Vikings to a 5-0 season.

Gabe Ramsey, sr., WR, Lake Stevens

Ramsey totaled 502 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns while helping lead the Vikings to a 5-0 campaign. The two-way standout caught 23 passes for 365 yards and three TDs. He also ran for 137 yards and a score on six carries.

Carson Chrisman, sr., All-purpose, Lakewood

The do-it-all Chrisman was a playmaker on special teams and accounted for 387 yards of offense and six total touchdowns while helping lead the Cougars to a 5-0 season. The Minot State (North Dakota) signee returned two punts for TDs and had a 98-yard kickoff return. He caught nine passes for 182 yards and two TDs. He ran for 180 yards and two scores on 19 carries. And he even completed a 25-yard halfback pass.

Cameron Hunter, sr., OL, Lake Stevens

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound left tackle was a dominant force both as a run blocker and a pass blocker in the high-powered Vikings’ balanced attack. The two-way standout helped Lake Stevens to a 5-0 campaign.

Tyler Perman, sr., OL, Glacier Peak

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound guard helped pave the way for star running back Ryan Black’s spectacular season.

Drew Stultz, sr., OL, Snohomish

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound interior lineman was a staple on the Panthers’ offensive line over the past few seasons and has signed with Central Washington University.

Nate Elwood, jr., OL, Marysville Pilchuck

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound guard helped pave the way for star running back Dylan Carson and the Tomahawks’ high-powered Slot-T rushing attack.

Bryan Henderson, sr., OL, Stanwood

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound left tackle was an imposing force on the Spartans’ offensive line and has signed with Central Washington University.

Josh McCarron, sr., DL, Archbishop Murphy

After earning defensive player of the year honors from The Herald last season, the University of Virginia signee wreaked havoc on opponents again this spring with eight sacks, 12 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Branden Rodriguez, sr., DL, Monroe

Rodriguez posted five sacks and seven tackles for loss to lead the Bearcats’ defense.

Max Moenoa, sr., DL, Lake Stevens

Moenoa totaled four sacks, eight tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to help the Vikings to a 5-0 season.

Jakobus Seth, jr., DL, Lakewood

Seth recorded one sack, eight quarterback hurries, 3.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The three-star recruit, who has an offer from Washington State, anchored a defense that posted three shutouts and allowed just 8.4 points per game during the Cougars’ 5-0 campaign.

Brayden Ulrich, jr., LB, Snohomish

Ulrich totaled six sacks, nine tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries to lead the Panthers’ defense.

Matthew McFerran, sr., LB, Archbishop Murphy

McFerran recorded two sacks, four tackles for loss and one interception to help lead the Wildcats’ defense.

Cooper Clairmont, sr., LB, Lake Stevens

Clairmont totaled seven tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while helping the Vikings to a 5-0 season.

Michael Fant, jr., LB, Glacier Peak

Fant totaled 2.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, three tackles for loss and one pass breakup. He helped anchor a defense that held three opponents to 10 points or less during the Grizzlies’ 4-1 campaign.

Drew Carter, jr., DB, Lake Stevens

Carter, a three-star recruit who has an offer from Eastern Washington, had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and five tackles for loss. He helped the Vikings to a 5-0 season.

Gabe Ramsey, sr., DB, Lake Stevens

Ramsey intercepted four passes and also had four tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. The shutdown cornerback helped the Vikings to a 5-0 campaign.

Carson Chrisman, sr., DB, Lakewood

Chrisman had two interceptions — including a pick-six — and one pass breakup. The Minot State (North Dakota) signee helped key a defense that posted three shutouts and allowed just 8.4 points per game during the Cougars’ 5-0 season.

Joe Ennis, sr., DB, Archbishop Murphy

Ennis was a lockdown cornerback whose talent often dissuaded opposing quarterbacks from challenging him.

Gavin Dalziel, sr., K, Shorecrest

Dalziel, a Linfield University commit, hit 4 of 7 field goals and was perfect from inside 35 yards. He booted 19 touchbacks on 34 kickoffs.

Jase Caveny-Marty, soph., P, Everett

Caveny-Marty averaged 53 yards per punt, with a long of 61 yards.

SECOND TEAM

Tyson Lang, sr., QB, Glacier Peak

The University of Washington preferred walk-on completed 66.1% of his passes for 1,087 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions while helping lead the Grizzlies to a 4-1 record.

Jayden Limar, soph., RB, Lake Stevens

Limar amassed 651 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns while helping lead the Vikings to a 5-0 season. The Pac-12 recruit rushed for 494 yards and seven TDs, while averaging 12.0 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes for 157 yards and two scores and returned a kickoff for a TD.

Michael Purl, sr., RB, Cascade

Purl ran for 656 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 8.3 yards per carry. He helped lead the Bruins to a 4-1 record.

Steele Swinton, sr., RB, Edmonds-Woodway

Swinton totaled 436 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns while helping lead the Warriors to a 5-0 season. He rushed for 310 yards and 11 TDs, while averaging 7.0 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes for 126 yards and three scores.

Trey Lane, sr., WR, Monroe

Lane had 18 receptions for 303 yards and four touchdowns.

Desmond Fox, sr., WR, Shorecrest

Fox caught 23 passes for 421 yards and four touchdowns.

Wesley Garrett, jr., All-purpose, Kamiak

Garrett amassed 466 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns in just four games while helping lead the Knights to a 4-0 season. He rushed for 328 yards and three TDs, while averaging 12.1 yards per carry. He caught six passes for 138 yards and two TDs. And on special teams, he returned two punts for scores.

Keegan Bach, sr., OL, Lakewood

Bach was a four-year starter who helped anchor a physical offensive line that played an integral role in the Cougars’ dominant 5-0 season. The 5-foot-11, 280-pound guard logged eight pancake blocks.

Griffin Montana, jr., OL, Monroe

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard was an imposing force on the Bearcats’ offensive line.

Chauncey Gantt, sr., OL, Meadowdale

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound center totaled 15 pancake blocks and didn’t allow a sack while playing every snap for the Mavericks.

Riley Johnson, jr., OL, Edmonds-Woodway

The junior guard anchored the Warriors’ offensive line and helped pave the way for star running back Steele Swinton during Edmonds-Woodway’s 5-0 campaign.

Daniel Jenkins, sr., OL, Archbishop Murphy

The 5-foot-11, 320-pound center and three-year starter anchored the Wildcats’ offensive line.

Cameron Hunter, sr., DL, Lake Stevens

Hunter excelled at stopping the run and recorded 11 tackles for loss. The two-way standout lineman helped the Vikings to a 5-0 season.

Emran Abdulkadir, sr., DL, Edmonds-Woodway

Abdulkadir posted five sacks and anchored a defense that recorded three shutouts and allowed just 4.0 points per game during the Warriors’ 5-0 campaign.

Meier Bracken, sr., DL, Snohomish

Bracken recorded two sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups to help lead the Panthers’ defense.

Makiah Varv-Jallow, sr., DL, Lakewood

Varv-Jallow posted 2.0 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. He helped key a defense that recorded three shutouts and allowed just 8.4 points per game during the Cougars’ 5-0 season.

Ian Newsom, sr., LB, Meadowdale

Newsom recorded nine tackles for loss and three pass breakups to lead the Mavericks’ defense. He also returned an interception for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of Meadowdale’s win over Lynnwood.

Ryan Kinney, sr., LB, Glacier Peak

Kinney recorded two sacks, 11 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. He helped key a defense that held three opponents to 10 points or less during the Grizzlies’ 4-1 season.

Derek Robbins, sr., LB, Lakewood

Robbins totaled 0.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, one safety, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups. He helped key a defense that posted three shutouts and allowed just 8.4 points per game during the Cougars’ 5-0 campaign.

Jaxon Taylor, sr., LB, Shorecrest

Taylor posted four sacks and six tackles for loss to anchor a defense that allowed just 8.4 points per game.

Jadon Claps, jr., DB, Glacier Peak

Claps intercepted three passes and had one pass breakup. He helped key a defense that held three opponents to 10 points or less during the Grizzlies’ 4-1 season.

Jordan Velasquez, jr., DB, Marysville Pilchuck

Velasquez intercepted three passes for the Tomahawks.

Desmond Fox, sr., DB, Shorecrest

Fox intercepted two passes and had four pass breakups. He helped key a defense that allowed just 8.4 points per game.

Joshua Harris, sr., DB, Monroe

Harris intercepted two passes for the Bearcats.

James Yoon, jr., K, Jackson

In his lone field-goal attempt of the season, Yoon hit a 44-yard game-winner as time expired to beat Everett in the Timberwolves’ season finale. He also made 7 of 8 extra points, with the lone miss coming after a bad snap.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Runners pass the Olympic rings as they compete during the first round of the women’s 5,000-meter at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Markovc finishes 20th in Olympic women’s 5,000 meters

The Glacier Peak High School graduate placed ninth in her heat and did not advance to Monday’s final.

Jackson's Ryan Contreras is welcomed by teammate Dominic Hellman after Contreras' home run Friday afternoon at Funko Field at Memorial Stadium in Everett on April 23, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Prep notebook: Jackson baseball star picked for All-American game

Also, 2 local high school wrestlers place at the USA Wrestling nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

Silvertips’ Michal Gut fights Tri-City's Sasha Mutala for the puck during the game against the Tr-City Americans on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Import forward Gut to return to Silvertips for 21-22 season

The 2002-born center was not with the team last season due to virus-related travel restrictions.

File photo
AquaSox can’t complete big comeback in loss to Emeralds

Everett falls behind by seven runs early and closes to within a run before losing to Eugene 10-9.

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny waves to fans during NFL football practice Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
After injuries Penny’s goal is being available for Seahawks

In the last year of his rookie deal, the oft-injured RB showed up at camp slimmed down to 225 pounds.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert celebrates during the second half of a men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal game against UCLA, Saturday, April 3, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Edmonds native Kispert drafted by Wizards at No. 15 overall

Former Gonzaga star Corey Kispert was selected by the Washington Wizards in Thursday’s NBA draft.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Dixie State in Spokane, Wash., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Gonzaga won 112-67. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
The rise of Kispert: From Edmonds to All-American to the NBA

Edmonds native Corey Kispert is set to be a 1st-round NBA draft pick. Here’s the story of his ascent.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Mariners acquire closer Diego Castillo from Rays

Seattle ships reliever JT Chargois and minor-leaguer Austin Shenton to Tampa for the 27-year-old.

AquaSox's manager, Louis Boyd, Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett on July 28, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox blow 3-run lead in 9th, fall to Emeralds

Jake Anchia homers twice, but Everett’s bullpen falters late in an 11-9 defeat.

Most Read