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All-Courier: Austin Clark named Courier's football player of the year
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Prescott’s Austin Clark (12) scampers for yards as the Badgers play cross mountain rival Mingus for the region title Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 in Prescott. Clark is the All-Courier Football/Offense First Team Player of the Year. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

Prescott’s Austin Clark (12) scampers for yards as the Badgers play cross mountain rival Mingus for the region title Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 in Prescott. Clark is the All-Courier Football/Offense First Team Player of the Year. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, file)

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Merry Christmas, sports fans! Following is the Courier Sports Department’s selections for our 2018 Fall All-Courier football team. Congratulations to each player on a great fall season.

OFFENSE FIRST TEAM

QB – Austin Clark, senior, Prescott [Courier Player of the Year]: First team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region pick; Grand Canyon region Player of the Year.

Make no mistake, Austin Clark was a quarterback who preferred the run over the pass — although he could do both when called upon. Clark led the Badgers in rushing in 2018 with 1,949 yards on 218 carries and a single-season program record 24 touchdowns. The latter figure included a single-game program-best seven rushing TDs in a 56-7 win over Deer Valley Sept. 7. On the ground, he averaged 177.2 yards per contest with eight 100-yard games. Through the air, Clark completed 66 of 135 passes for 915 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions.

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Bradshaw Mountain's Anthony Mata (26) runs to the sideline and a big gain as the Bears take on the Youngker Roughriders in their home opener Friday, August 31, 2018 in Prescott Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

RB – Anthony Mata, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: First team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

RB – Michael Paulus, senior, Chino Valley: Honorable mention 3A All-State offensive utility/flex player; first team 3A All-West region pick; 3A West region Offensive Co-Player of the Year.

RB – Carson Jeans, junior, Bagdad: Second team 1A All-State selection; first team 1A All-West region pick.

WR – Elijah Scordato, senior, Chino Valley: Honorable mention 3A All-State selection; first team 3A All-West region pick.

WR – Kaylab Owings, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-West region selection.

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

OL – Brady Finnerty, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-State selection; first team 1A All-West region pick.

OL – Charlton Cornelius, senior, Chino Valley: Honorable mention 3A All-State selection; first team 3A All-West region pick.

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

OL – Jared Wasielewski, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: First team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region pick.

HONORABLE MENTION

RB – Ean Porter, senior, Prescott: Honorable mention All-Grand Canyon region selection.

WR – Trey Koehler, junior, Prescott: Honorable mention All-Grand Canyon region selection.

TE – Dante DeBono, sophomore, Chino Valley: Honorable mention 3A All-West region selection.

OL – Jayse McDonald, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-West region selection.

OL – Parker Hines, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: Second team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

OL – Cade Schroeder, senior, Prescott: Second team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

OL – Rudy Melendez, sophomore, Chino Valley: Second team 3A All-West region selection.

DEFENSE FIRST TEAM

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Prescott's Colton Amos and Dylan Davis make a stop on Alex Nelson as the Badgers play cross mountain rival Mingus for the region title Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 in Prescott. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

DB – Colton Amos, senior, Prescott [Courier Player of the Year]: First team 4A All-State selection; first team 4A All-Grand Canyon region pick; Grand Canyon region Defensive Player of the Year.

Amos set a new Badgers single-season program record for total tackles in 2018 with a whopping 194 (state record), including 117 assists and 77 solos, and tallied a team-high 17.6 tackles per contest. In the process, he became Prescott’s all-time leading tackler. Also this fall, Amos registered 10 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five hurries, two caused fumbles and a fumble recovery in 11 games.

DB – Dellin Boyd, junior, Prescott: First team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

DB – Logan Brannan, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: First team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

DB – Kaylab Owings, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-State selection; first team 1A All-West region pick.

LB – Luke Huenemeyer, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: Second team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

LB – Noah Shaver, junior, Bradshaw Mountain: Second team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region pick.

LB – Carson Jeans, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-West region selection.

DL – Aaron Greene, junior, Prescott: First team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region pick. DL – Brady Finnerty, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-State selection; first team 1A All-West region pick.

DL – Connor Scott, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: Second team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region pick.

DL – Owen Barton, senior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-State selection; 1A Defensive Player of the Year; first team 1A All-West region pick; 1A West region Defensive Player of the Year.

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Chino Valley's Trevor Gianfrecesco puts pressure on Steven Petty as they host Camp Verde in the annual Copper Boot game Friday Sept. 7, 2018 in Chino Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

HONORABLE MENTION

DB – Canyon Brimhall, junior, Chino Valley: Second team 3A All-West region selection.

DB – Hunter Kronberg, senior, Prescott: Second team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

LB – Garrett Fenderson, senior, Prescott: Second team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

LB – Trevor Gianfrancesco, junior, Chino Valley: First team 3A All-West region selection.

DL – Coby Meldrum, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: Second team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

DL – Evan Sosa, sophomore, Chino Valley: Second team 3A All-West region selection.

SPECIAL TEAMS FIRST TEAM

Kicker – Bryce Peters, senior, Prescott: Second team 4A All-State selection; first team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

Punter – Luke Huenemeyer, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: First team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

Long Snapper – Noah Shaver, junior, Bradshaw Mountain: First team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

Kick Returner – Victor Arenas, senior, Bradshaw Mountain: First team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

Punt Returner – Hunter Kronberg, senior, Prescott: Second team All-Grand Canyon region selection.

HONORABLE MENTION

Punter – Riley Young, junior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-State selection; first team 1A All-West region pick.

Long Snapper – Owen Barton, senior, Bagdad: First team 1A All-West region selection.

Kick Returner – Elijah Scordato, senior, Chino Valley: Second team 3A All-West region selection.

Punt Returner – Michael Paulus, senior, Chino Valley: Second team 3A All-West region selection.

EDITOR’S NOTE — This fall’s All-Courier boys and girls soccer selections will be included with the All-Courier winter teams.

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