Foothill LB earns accolade


Foothill's Keegan Buck put up gaudy stats as an outside linebacker for the Falcons this season.

But the biggest measure of his value to the Falcons might have come from opposing coaches.

"A lot of people seemed like they started to design their offense to go away from him," Foothill coach Martin Redmond said. "That's the kind of impact he had."

Even the coaches who didn't redesign their offense because of Buck recognized his impact, as he was named the Southeast League Defensive Most Valuable Player this week.

Buck led the area with 21½ sacks but was more than just a pass rusher. He also had 125 tackles and an interception.

Buck forced six fumbles, recovered three and blocked three field goals.

He wasn't the only Foothill player honored by the coaches. Quarterback Parker Riggin was named the Southeast's Offensive MVP after completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,384 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Liberty's Rich Muraco, who guided the Patriots to the Sunrise Region title and an appearance in the state semifinals, was named Southeast League Coach of the Year.

Eldorado quarterback JaQuorrey Williams was named Northeast League Offensive MVP. He was a dual threat, passing for 1,149 yards and 13 TDs and rushing for 878 yards and nine scores.

Las Vegas High linebacker Jason Stetson was the Northeast Defensive MVP, and the Wildcats' Chris Faircloth took the league's coaching honor.

Palo Verde players claimed the top awards in the Northwest League. Running back Brandon Wright (1,632 rushing yards, 25 TDs) was the Offensive MVP, and linebacker Demetrius Ballard was the defensive MVP.

Arbor View's Dan Barnson was the Northwest Coach of the Year.

In the Southwest League, Bishop Gorman quarterback Jarrett Solomon didn't make first-team all-league, but the sophomore was still selected as the league's Offensive MVP.

Solomon has passed for 2,233 yards and 38 TDs with just four interceptions in leading the Gaels into Saturday's Class 4A state final against McQueen.

Gorman linebacker Ronald Lyles and Desert Oasis tackle Angelo Bianco shared the Defensive MVP award.

Gorman's Tony Sanchez was the league's Coach of the Year.

■ 2A ALL-STATE -- Agassi Prep running back DeVonn Porter was named the Class 2A state Offensive Player of the Year after a senior season in which he ran for 1,125 yards and 18 TDs.

Other area players to receive first-team offensive recognition were The Meadows quarterback Garrett Gosse and receiver Austin Brown, Mountain View receiver Justyn Anderson and offensive lineman Taylor Williams and Agassi Prep offensive lineman Adrian Huling.

First-team defensive honorees were Mountain View defensive lineman Henry Santos, The Meadows defensive back Brown, Mountain View defensive back Anderson and Calvary Chapel punter Cody Taylor.

In volleyball, The Meadows senior setter Vanessa Hall and Lake Mead senior outside hitter Ashley Newton were named to the Class 2A all-state team. They were the lone Southern Nevada representatives on the first team.

 

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