2017 All-Idaho football players of the year unveiled
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2017 All-Idaho high school football teams
One was one of the country’s most sought-after recruits. Another led his team to new heights. And another racked up nearly 4,000 all-purpose yards this fall. But they all share one accolade — an All-Idaho Football Player of the Year honor. Here are the players and coaches of the year and full first and second teams.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Porter Mecham, Carey
On a state championship team full of weapons, the 5-9, 175-pound junior running back and linebacker ran for 1,176 yards and 15 TDs and had six receiving TDs. On defense, he made 109 tackles, including 11 for loss.
“He has a unique combination of speed and strength,” Deary coach Darrah Eggers said. “Very good vision and cutback ability. Seemed like a very classy and respectful young man, as well.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Lane Kirkland, Carey
Kirkland led the Panthers to a perfect season and the sixth state championship in program history.
QB: Houston Hennefer, Carey
The senior helped set a team scoring record (53 ppg) with 1,850 passing yards and 24 TDs, plus 10 rushing TDs.
RB: Canyon Harper, Salmon River
He’ll return for his senior season after racking up 244 carries for 2,192 yards and 26 touchdowns.
RB: Teddy Ertel, Tri-Valley
Despite most games ending with a running clock, the senior had 1,653 rushing yards and 30 total TDs.
WR: Chip Mitchell, Tri-Valley
The 6-3, 180-pound senior captain produced 536 receiving yards, 288 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
TE: Tanner Mecham, Carey
Also a strong blocker, the 5-10, 160-pound senior caught 27 passes for 627 yards and scored 60 points.
OL: Trevor Kirkland, Carey
The senior (5-9, 195) did not miss a snap as the Panthers set a school scoring record with 642 points.
OL: Kalib Hawley, Butte County
A three-year starter, the 6-1, 200-pound senior led an offensive line that paved the way for 3,953 rushing yards.
OL: Jay Langer, Tri-Valley
The state runner-up Titans ran to the 6-0, 215-pound senior’s side when they needed the yardage.
K: Collin Kindall, Tri-Valley
The 6-3, 230-pound senior, who also started on the D-line, had half of his kickoffs go for touchbacks.
DL: Kalib Hawley, Butte County
The 6-1, 200-pound senior nose guard demanded double teams, making 62 tackles with four sacks.
DL: Hayden Deeds, Kendrick
Most opponents chose to run away from the 6-6, 225-pound senior, who racked up 22 sacks and 32 tackles.
DL: Collin Kindall, Tri-Valley
As a team captain and anchor of the Titans’ defense, the senior (6-3, 230) compiled 58 tackles and 11 sacks.
LB: Canyon Harper, Salmon River
Also a first-teamer at running back, the 5-10, 180-pound junior made 98 total tackles with six interceptions.
LB: Orion Southwick, Tri-Valley
The 6-1, 210-pound junior produced 84 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one safety.
LB: DJ Parke, Carey
The 5-9, 170-pound senior was credited with making big stops all season, totaling 122 tackles and four sacks.
DB: Kade Shaw, Dietrich
With 72 tackles and 10 interceptions, the 6-0, 170-pound senior had a nose for the football.
DB: Kaden Koudelka, Carey
A two-year starter at safety, the 5-9, 165-pound senior made 83 tackles with three interceptions.
P: Spencer Permann, Rockland
The 6-2 senior averaged 44.2 yards per punt but was also effective at pulling off fake punts.