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Champion Cats, Carlsbad dominate all-district football team

 


The Clovis Wildcats used a well-balanced approach to win the District 4-5A title.

Juniors John Props, Phillip Williams and a senior-dominated offensive line helped the Wildcats average better than 30 points this season while a defense keyed by a strong front five and a ball-hawking secondary resulted in two shutouts in four district games.

Senior kicker Jason Seefeld was another weapon for the Wildcats (8-3), who capped off an unbeaten district season with a 31-24 triple overtime win over runnerup Carlsbad.

As a result, nine Wildcats were first-team picks on the All-District 4-5A football unit, including four on offense and four on defense in a vote by district coaches.

Clovis senior running back/defensive back Rodney Ferguson was named Player of the Year and Hobbs sophomore running back Eddie Jackson was chosen Newcomer of the Year.

Props, who took over at quarterback one game into the season, and the speedy Williams at running back gave the Wildcats a potent one-two punch in the backfield. Props passed for 832 yards and 11 touchdowns and also rushed for eight scores while Williams danced and darted his way to 968 yards and 10 touchdowns behind an offensive line led by senior tackles Steven Gulley and Scott Fahsholtz.

On defense, the first unit included junior defensive tackle Jason Burns and senior defense end Jared Baldwin, plus seniors Carlos Gallo and Mark Young in the secondary.

Burns was second on the team in tackles with 108 while the speedy Baldwin had six quarterback sacks. Gallo and Young combined for six of the Wildcats’ 16 interceptions.

The strong-legged Seefeld made his last seven field goal attempts in district play and finished 10-of-12 for the season. He also converted 34-of-36 extra-point attempts.

Carlsbad led the district with 11 first-team selections.

All-District 4-5A

First team

Offense

QB John Props, Jr. Clovis

OL Scott Fahsholtz, Sr. Clovis

OL Steven Gulley, Sr. Clovis

OL Justin Yandell, Sr. Carlsbad

OL Jesse Rayos, Sr. Carlsbad

OL Wesley Clayton, Jr. Manzano

WR Nathan Meek, Sr. Carlsbad

WR Adam Martin, Sr. Manzano

RB Rodney Ferguson, Sr. Manzano

RB Phillip Williams, Jr. Clovis

RB Michael Munoz, Sr. Carlsbad

TE Riley Netherlin, Sr. Carlsbad

PK Jason Seefeld, Sr. Clovis

KR Rodney Ferguson, Sr. Manzano

Defense

DL Hosea Graziano, Sr. Carlsbad

DL Joseph Vera, Sr. Carlsbad

DL Matt Gutierrez, Sr. Manzano

DL Jason Burns, Jr. Clovis

DE Jared Baldwin, Sr. Clovis

DE Steven Martinez, Sr. Carlsbad

DE Mario Hidalgo, Sr. Manzano

LB Dathan Brown, Sr. Manzano

LB J.J. Chavez, Sr. Carlsbad

LB Leon Cavazos, Sr. Hobbs

DB Carlos Gallo, Sr. Clovis

DB Mark Young, Sr. Clovis

DB Rodney Ferguson, Sr. Manzano

DB Daniel Wysong, Sr. Manzano

DB Nathan Meek, Sr. Carlsbad

P Ryan Stephens, Sr. Carlsbad

Player of the Year — Rodney Ferguson, RB/DB, Manzano, Sr.

Newcomer of the year — Eddie Jackson, Hobbs, So.

Second team

Offense

Quarterback — Breck Vernon, Manzano, Sr. Line — Jordan Hinze, Carlsbad, Sr.; Richard Oliver, Manzano, Sr.; Shayne Patterson, Hobbs, Sr.; Randy Howard, Carlsbad, Sr.; Chris Belis, Carlsbad, Sr.; Vinny Williams, Clovis, Sr. Receivers — Ben Teconchuk, Cloivis, Sr.; Randy Gatewood, Manzano, Sr.; Justin Yanez, Carlsbad, Sr. Running backs — Eddie Jackson, Hobbs, So.; Joseph Vera, Carlsbad, Sr.; Jared Metzger, Manzano, Sr. Tight end — Mario Caswell, Clovis, Sr. Placekicker — Joey Ongaga, Carlsbad, Sr.

Defense

Line — Justin Wright, Carlsbad, Sr.; Josh Becenti, Manzano, Sr.; Grant Mabrey, Carlsbad, Sr.; Shayne Patterson, Hobbs, Sr. Ends — Linebackers — Jeff Epps, Clovis, Sr.; Noel Ponce, Hobbs, Sr.; Travis Kelley, Manzano, Jr. Secondary — Shane Davis, Eldorado, Sr.; Angelo Sandoval, Clovis, Sr.; Jacob Jones, Clovis, Sr.; Justin Yaniz, Carlsbad, Sr.; Ryan Stephens, Carlsbad, Sr. Punter — Josh Martinez, Hobbs, Sr.

Special teams — Nathan Meek, Carlsbad, Sr.

Honorable mention

Offense

Quarterbacks — Seth Fuller, Carlsbad, Jr.; Brandon Griffith, Carlsbad, Jr. Line — Jon Hanna, Manzano, Sr.; Jon Fails, Clovis, Jr.; Phillip Salazar, Clovis, Sr.; Tom Long, Manzano, Sr. Receivers — Austin Mount, Eldorado, Jr.; Fil Martinez, Manzano, Sr.; Adam Garcia, Carlsbad, Sr. Running backs — Dathan Brown, Manzano, Sr.; William Waldron, Hobbs, Sr. Tight ends — Daniel Wysong, Manzano, Sr. Placekicker — Kim Febo, Eldorado, Sr. Special teams — Josh Martinez, Hobbs, Sr.

Defense

Line — Wade Lopez, Clovis, Sr.; Alex Everett, Clovis, Jr. Ends — David Whatley, Eldorado, Sr.; Ryan Rohlte, Eldorado, Sr.; Josh Conway, Manzano, Jr.; Travis Loomis, Clovis, Sr.; Herschal Brown, Hobbs, Sr.; Linebackers — Jason Fine, Eldorado, Sr. Secondary — Marcos Lechuga, Hobbs, Sr.; Josh Farraman, Manzano, Jr.; Deshon Sanders, Hobbs, Sr.; Glen Avison, Carlsbad, Sr.; Mark Replogle, Clovis, Sr.; Elliott Hita, Clovis, Jr. Punter — Mario Caswell, Clovis, Sr.

 
 

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