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2017 All-Idaho football players of the year unveiled

Revealing the 2017 All-Idaho high school football players of the year in the 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A Division I and 1A Division II classifications.
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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.

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Keegan Duncan, Declo

The 6-3, 205-pound junior was simply unstoppable. He ran for 2,843 yards and 29 TDs, added nine more TDs on special teams before opponents stopped kicking to him and finished the year with a state title, 3,795 all-purpose yards and 42 total TDs.

“The only other player I have seen dominate like him at any level in this state is (Highland grad and New Orleans Saints QB) Taysom Hill,” Aberdeen coach Jeff Duffin said.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kelly Kidd, Declo

He led Declo (13-0) to its third title in six years with an average margin of victory of 30.1 points.

[Related: 5A All-Idaho team | 4A All-Idaho team | 3A All-Idaho team | 1A Division I All-Idaho team | 1A Division II All-Idaho team]

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB: Techer Harris, Grangeville

The sophomore gunslinger dissected defenses from the pocket, throwing for 1,843 yards and 25 TDs.

RB: Remington Chapman, Firth

After missing the first four games with an injury, the senior ran for 1,233 yards and 22 TDs in eight games.

RB: Jake Moser, West Side

Despite splitting carries in the Pirates’ loaded backfield, the junior finished with 1,000 yards and 13 TDs.

WR: Booker Bush, Grangeville

The junior was a threat out wide and out of the backfield, amassing 1,385 total yards and 15 TDs.

WR: Enoch Ward, West Side

Deployed in both the running and passing games, the junior finished with 963 total yards and eight TDs.

TE: Brandon Stump, Grangeville

The 6-0, 225-pound junior dominated in the blocking game and posed a red-zone threat (38 catches, seven TDs).

OL: Dylan Hendry, New Plymouth

A repeat first-team pick, the 6-4, 275-pound senior racked up 43 pancake blocks in the trenches.

OL: Dexton Wallace, Aberdeen

The 6-2, 240-pound senior center never missed an assignment and was voted to the first team again.

OL: Tyson Matthews, Declo

The 5-10, 210-pound junior paved the way for Duncan’s big season with his unmatched reach-blocking skills.

OL: Hesston Jolley, Firth

The Cougars dialed up runs behind the 6-foot, 205-pound senior whenever they needed a key play.

OL: Jack Moser, West Side

The 5-10, 210-pound junior had the athleticism, strength and intelligence to play both guard and tackle.

K: Tanner Schroeder, Declo

The senior booted a 42-yard field goal and hit the crossbar in the semifinals from 52 yards.

DEFENSE

DL: Houston Peterson, Bear Lake

The senior routinely shed blocks to average 10.5 tackles per game and make big play after big play.

DL: Noah Kaschmitter, Grangeville

Opponents quickly learned to run away from the 6-3, 208-pound junior with eight sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

DL: Chevey Wolfley, West Side

The senior made his presence felt with big hits, forcing five fumbles while making 114 tackles and seven sacks.

LB: Jake Moser, West Side

A two-way, first-team pick, the 5-10, 210-pound junior made 13.5 tackles per game and 14 for a loss.

LB: Tyson Matthews, Declo

The 5-10, 200-pound junior led the state champs in tackles and added three interceptions.

LB: Hesston Jolley, Firth

Despite playing his first year at linebacker, the senior possessed a nose for the ball, making 90 tackles.

LB: Dallin Beus, New Plymouth

The senior roamed from sideline to sideline as the Pilgrims’ middle linebacker to rack up 77 tackles.

DB: Victor Klassen, Aberdeen

A sure tackler in the open field, the senior made 72 stops, including six behind the line of scrimmage.

DB: Braxton Ramirez, West Jefferson

The senior picked off six passes to appear on his third All-Idaho team (second team in ’16, first team in ’15).

DB: Dillon Robinson, West Side

The junior snatched four of his six INTs in his first four games before teams learned to throw away from him.

DB: Garrett Darrington, Declo

The senior owned his side of the field, erasing wide runs and any passes over the top.

P: Jaren Johnson, Soda Springs

The senior quarterback/tight end/linebacker averaged 40.1 yards per punt with a long of 70 yards.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Player

Year

School

QB:

Ben Knudson

Sr.

McCall-Donnelly

RB:

Hulizes Ortiz

Jr.

Aberdeen

RB:

Noah Kaschmitter

Jr.

Grangeville

WR:

Victor Burhart

Sr.

Firth

WR:

Ethan Aldous

Sr.

Salmon

TE:

Kaden Deluna

Sr.

McCall-Donnelly

OL:

Jakeb Garrard

Jr.

Declo

OL:

Sy Osterhout

Sr.

Declo

OL:

Zack Forsmann

So.

Grangeville

OL:

Mason Drum

Sr.

Cole Valley Christian

OL:

Nick Woods

Jr.

New Plymouth

K:

Abel Torres

Jr.

Aberdeen

DEFENSE

Player

Year

School

DL:

Spencer Watson

Jr.

Aberdeen

DL:

Richard Robertson

Sr.

Declo

DL:

Dylan Hendry

Sr.

New Plymouth

LB:

Bryson Foster

Sr.

Aberdeen

LB:

Justin Fogleman

Jr.

Grangeville

LB:

Mckay Breshears

Jr.

Declo

LB:

Kobe Phillips

Sr.

Melba

DB:

Kyle Hansen

Sr.

Declo

DB:

Colton Mecham

Jr.

Firth

DB:

Dallon Elliott

Sr.

Aberdeen

DB:

Arik Zeller

Jr.

Ririe

P:

Ben Knudson

Sr.

McCall-Donnelly

How are the All-Idaho teams chosen?

The Idaho Statesman polls every high school football coach in the state, asking them to nominate players for their classification’s All-Idaho team. Every coach is then sent a ballot for his classification. The Idaho Statesman compiles and publishes the results.

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