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‘Sideline to sideline’ defensive tackle named Idaho’s top high school football player

Highland’s Tommy Togiai (71) and Spencer McSpadden stop Rocky Mountain’s Duanavan Jardine behind the line of scrimmage in the second half a 5A state semifinals Nov. 10.
Highland’s Tommy Togiai (71) and Spencer McSpadden stop Rocky Mountain’s Duanavan Jardine behind the line of scrimmage in the second half a 5A state semifinals Nov. 10. jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

The awards continue to pile up for Highland’s Tommy Togiai.

The senior defensive tackle was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Idaho Football Player of the Year on Monday, an honor that goes to the state’s top high school football player regardless of classification.

Togiai (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) led Highland to a 10-1 record this fall and the 5A state championship. The U.S. Army All-American racked up 93 tackles and 11 sacks on the state’s top defense, adding two forced fumbles and an interception.

“In all the years I’ve coached, Tommy Togiai is the best I’ve seen,” Madison coach Mitch Buck said in a news release. “He has great technique, size and ability, and he plays from sideline to sideline. He splits double and triple teams. He’s demonstrated abilities I’ve never seen before.”

Togiai owns offers from Division I programs all over the country, including Ohio State and Washington. He will announce his college decision on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period, the Idaho State Journal reported.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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