PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NATE MASTERSON, ST. MARIES
Why he is Player of the Year: The Lumberjacks shut out three teams and held five others to a touchdown or less on their way to a state title. The 6-2, 205-pound defensive lineman made 74 tackles with 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks while also starting at tight end.
Coach’s comment: “Nate was a matchup nightmare for OL. Really explosive kid who has a great football IQ. We could use him anywhere on the DL, and he would make plays,” St. Maries coach Craig Tefft said.
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What others are saying: “The best player I have ever had to play and plan against,” Bear Lake coach Ryan Messerly said.
COACH OF THE YEAR
CRAIG TEFFT, ST. MARIES
He led the Lumberjacks to the program’s first state title.
QB: Kiefer Gibson, St. Maries
Completing 61 percent of his passes, the 6-1, 180-pound senior totaled 2,141 yards, 34 TDs and five INTs.
RB: Keegan Duncan, Declo
The 6-2, 195-pound sophomore carried the Hornets into the state final with 2,039 rushing yards and 17 TDs.
RB: Sawyer Dye, North Fremont
The Nuclear League Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 1,362 yards and 18 touchdowns (9.5 ypc).
WR: Cody Fernley, New Plymouth
The 5-8, 170-pound senior was chosen as the 2A WIC MVP after hauling in 56 passes for 1,008 yards and 12 TDs.
WR: Jake Sieler, St. Maries
Capable of gaining big yards after the catch, the 5-9, 160-pound senior had 588 receiving yards and nine TDs.
TE: Brady Martin, St. Maries
The 6-4, 200-pound senior reached another gear in the playoffs, finishing with 479 yards and nine TDs.
OL: Parker Telford, St. Maries
When the Lumberjacks needed a tough yard, they would run behind the 6-0, 225-pound junior.
OL: Bryson Robinson, Declo
All-Idaho first-team RB Keegan Duncan ran for more than 2,000 yards behind the 6-0, 230-pound left tackle.
OL: Dylan Hendry, New Plymouth
With great feet and unsuspecting quickness, the 6-4, 275-pound junior did not allow a sack all season.
OL: Gabe Pancheri, West Jefferson
A repeat first-team All-Idaho pick, the 6-2, 320-pound senior center made blocking and protection calls.
OL: Dexton Wallace, Aberdeen
The 6-2, 240-pound junior center finished with a blocking efficiency of 94 percent for the state qualifiers.
K: Joseph Lemos, Aberdeen
A first-teamer for the third straight year, the 5-10, 205-pound senior made a 42-yard FG with 15 touchbacks.
DL: Donaven Rottini, St. Maries
Despite drawing double teams, the 6-1, 220-pound senior had 55 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and six sacks.
DL: Brady Martin, St. Maries
The 6-4, 200-pound senior made 36 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks with three defensive TDs.
DL: Bryson Robinson, Declo
The 6-0, 230-pound senior and three-year starter is an All-Idaho first-team selection on both sides of the ball.
LB: Tyler Matthews, Declo
The repeat All-Idaho first-teamer and 5-11, 190-pound senior led the Hornets in tackles and sacks.
LB: Zack Rouse, St. Maries
The 6-1, 195-pound senior led the state champs in tackles (91) and added five tackles for loss and one INT.
LB: Trey Peck, Aberdeen
The 6-1, 190-pound senior totaled 85 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries.
LB: Kaleb Brown, St. Maries
The 5-9, 155-pound senior had 33 tackles, four tackles for loss, one safety and one sack for the state champs.
DB: Mason Garbett, Bear Lake
The 2A Fifth District Player of the Year accounted for 35 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles and three INTs.
DB: Keegan Duncan, Declo
Starting at strong safety, the 6-2, 195-pound sophomore racked up 56 tackles and three interceptions.
DB: Kendon Barzee, West Jefferson
With 46 tackles, six pass breakups and three INTs, the 5-10, 165-pound senior owned the edge at corner.
DB: Jake Sieler, St. Maries
Assigned to an opponent’s leading receiver, the 5-9, 160-pound senior grabbed five INTs at corner.
P: Joseph Lemos, Aberdeen
The 5-10, 205-pound senior averaged 35 yards per punt, including five that went for 50 or more yards.
QB: Riley Harris
RB: Braxton Ramirez
RB: Carson Beck
WR: Josh DeJong
TE: Kaden Deluna
TE: Dylan Anglesey
OL: McKay Breshears
OL: Trevor Killpack
OL: Tristan Wright
OL: Mitchell Spence
OL: Gus Henry
K: Francisco Bonilla
DL: Noah Kaschmitter
DL: Gus Henry
DL: Gabe Pancheri
LB: Braxton Bujak
LB: Doug Wilkinson
LB: Bryson Foster
LB: Jordan Sharp
DB: Dylan Edwards
DB: Braxton Ramirez
DB: Victor Klassen
DB: Cody Fernley
P: Bailey Noah
How the All-Idaho teams are chosen
The Idaho Statesman polls every high school football coach in the state, asking them to nominate players for their classification’s All-Idaho teams and as players of the year. Every coach is then sent a ballot for his classification. The Idaho Statesman compiles and publishes the results.