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2017 Fall All-Courier: Football

Bagdad QB Israel Loveall selected All-Courier Player of the Year

Bagdad quarterback Israel Loveall (1) breaks into the open field as the Sultans faced the Mayer Wildcats on Oct. 13, 2017, in Mayer. Loveall is our 2017 Fall All-Courier Player of the Year. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

Bagdad quarterback Israel Loveall (1) breaks into the open field as the Sultans faced the Mayer Wildcats on Oct. 13, 2017, in Mayer. Loveall is our 2017 Fall All-Courier Player of the Year. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below are our picks for the 2017 Fall All-Courier Team. Fall soccer will be included in the 2017-18 Winter All-Courier Team selections. Congratulations to each player on a great fall season.

OFFENSE

FIRST TEAM

QB – Israel Loveall, senior, Bagdad [Courier Player of the Year]: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection; 1A and 1A West Player of the Year. In 2017, Loveall completed 166 of 268 passes for 3,479 yards (Arizona 1A single-season record) and 59 touchdowns (tying his own single-season record from 2016), and rushed for 968 yards and 13 touchdowns, both team bests. Led the 10-1 Sultans to the 2017 1A state semifinals. Loveall, Courier’s Player of the Year as a sophomore, was also the 1A Player of the Year in 2016. He compiled a 30-3 overall record as a starting QB. “In my opinion, he’s the best 8-Man QB ever in Arizona,” Bagdad coach Dalton Mills said. Loveall owns 168 state and national 8-Man records. He threw for 9,289 yards in his high school career, which is the record for Arizona 1A and the 8-Man game nationally. Loveall holds four individual AIA records, four AIA team records and two national records. In 2017, Loveall was a candidate for the Ed Hubbard Award, given to the best player overall in 1A through 6A football in Arizona.

RB – Ryan Greene, senior, Prescott: 4A All-State second team selection; Grand Canyon region Offensive Player of the Year. Greene ran for a Badgers best 1,281 yards on 152 carries, scoring 14 touchdowns and averaging 128 yards per game for 7-3 Prescott. As a receiver, Greene had 12 catches for 241 yards and a TD. He led Prescott in all-purpose yards with 1,818.

RB – Dacodah Jensen, senior, Mayer: 1A West region first team selection. Jensen was a beast on the gridiron in 2017, rushing for 1,411 yards on 137 carries (10.3-yard average) and a whopping 34 touchdowns, all team bests. He compiled eight 100-yard games for the 8-2 Wildcats, averaging 141 yards per contest. As a receiver, he had nine catches for 175 yards and two TDs.

WR – Devon Olson, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection. Olson led the Bears in receptions with 36. In nine games, he registered 519 yards receiving and five touchdowns. He finished second in all-purpose yards for Bradshaw Mountain with 937, as he also returned kickoffs and punts.

WR – Scott Finnerty, senior, Bagdad: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West first team selection. Finnerty, QB Israel Loveall’s favorite target, hauled in 80 catches for 1,944 yards and 37 touchdowns, good for an average of 177 yards per game. He rushed for 586 yards on 61 carries and 11 TDs with two 100-plus-yard performances. Finnerty, who doubled as a kickoff and punt returner, finished with a team-best 2,693 all-purpose yards.

WR – John Chaffeur, senior, Prescott: 4A Grand Canyon region second team selection. Led the Badgers in receiving with 28 catches for 434 yards and six touchdowns. Averaged 15.5 yards per reception. He finished second on the team in all-purpose yards with 893, doubling as a returner on kickoffs and punts.

OL – Jonathan Ayala, senior, Chino Valley: 3A West region first team selection.

OL – Owen Barton, junior, Bagdad: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection.

OL – Brady Finnerty, junior, Bagdad: 1A West region first team selection.

OL – Max Flores, junior, Prescott: 4A All-State second team selection; Grand Canyon region first team selection.

OL – Jared LaRue, senior, Mayer: 1A All-State second team selection; 1A West region first team selection.

HONORABLE MENTION

RB – Michael Paulus, junior, Chino Valley: 3A West region first team selection.

OL – Trane Hummel, junior, Mayer: 1A West region first team selection.

WR – Bryan Price, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection.

DEFENSE

FIRST TEAM

DL – Owen Barton, junior, Bagdad: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection. Barton led the Sultans in tackles with 84, including 37 solos and a team-high 47 assists. He registered a team-best 7.6 tackles per game and a team-high 12 tackles for losses. He also led Bagdad in sacks with 14.5 for 85 yards in losses and three hurries. Barton had three fumble recoveries, a caused fumble and a blocked punt.

DL – Jared LaRue, senior, Mayer: 1A West region first team selection.

DL – Braden Tolbert, junior, Bradshaw Mountain: 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection.

DL – Colton Sandberg, senior, Chino Valley: 3A All-State honorable mention selection; 3A West first team selection. Sandberg tallied 47 tackles, including a team-best 17 for losses. He also had a Cougars’ high six sacks for 63 yards in losses and 17 hurries to go along with two pass deflections and two fumble recoveries, both of which he forced. Sandberg also punted and occasionally kicked off for Chino Valley.

DE – Rio Delgado, senior, Bagdad: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection. Delgado tallied 57 tackles (26 solos, 31 assists), two of which went for losses, which was good enough for 6.3 stops per game. He also had an interception, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery.

LB – Garrett Fenderson, junior, Prescott: 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection. Fenderson finished as the Badgers’ second-leading tackler with 115 stops, including 48 solos, 67 assists and three for losses. He notched nine hurries, an interception, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery.

LB – Dacodah Jensen, senior, Mayer: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection, 1A West Defensive Player of the Year. Jensen did it all for the Wildcats’ D, recording a team-best 155 tackles, including a Mayer best 113 assists and 23 for losses as well as 42 solos. Jensen had two sacks, a hurry, a pass deflection, and three fumble recoveries (two forced).

LB – Timmy Young, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection. Young made a smooth transition from quarterback to linebacker, finishing with 62 total tackles (7.8 per game; 17 solos, 45 assists) and a team-high seven for losses. He also had a sack and two interceptions.

DB – Colton Amos, junior, Prescott: 4A All-State first team selection. Amos led the Badgers in tackles with 156, including 75 solos and 81 assists. He had one tackle for loss and a pass deflection.

DB – Scott Finnerty, senior, Bagdad: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection. Finnerty recorded 65 tackles (44 solos, 21 assists) for 5.9 stops per contest, tied for the team lead in interceptions with four and registered five pass deflections.

DB – Dylan Wilhide, senior, Mayer: 1A All-State first team selection; 1A West region first team selection. Wilhide registered the second-most tackles for Mayer with 86 stops, including 34 solos and 52 assists. He added one hurry, two interceptions, 12 pass deflections and two caused fumbles. Wilhide punted and kicked off in spots.

HONORABLE MENTION

LB – Ean Porter, junior, Prescott: 4A Grand Canyon region second team selection.

LB – Carson Jeans, Bagdad: 1A West region second team selection.

LB – James Tafoya, senior, Bagdad: 1A West region second team selection.

DB – Kyle Lund, junior, Chino Valley: 3A West region first team selection.

SPECIAL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Kicker – Brandon Fischer, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection. Fischer was about as efficient as they come as a place kicker, converting 30 of 31 extra points and 4 of 6 field goals with a long of 42 yards (42 total points, second most for Bradshaw Mountain). Fischer also kicked off for the Bears, booting 44 kickoffs for 2,255 total yards with a 51.3-yard average and a long of 60 yards.

Punter – Austin Clark, junior, Prescott: 4A Grand Canyon region second team selection. Clark booted 25 punts for 863 total yards (34.5-yard average) with a long of 57 yards. Eight of his punts landed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Long Snapper – Noah Shaver, sophomore, Bradshaw Mountain: 4A All-State second team selection, 4A Grand Canyon region first team selection. Defensively, Shaver led the Bears in tackles with 72 (16 solos, 56 assists), strong enough for eight tackles per game, and six stops for losses. He added four sacks.

Kick Returner – Dade Herbert, junior, Mayer: 1A West region first team selection. Herbert ran back 18 kicks for 341 total yards with an average of 18.9 yards and a long of 36 yards.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kicker – Bryce Peters, junior, Prescott