DIVISION I HONORS: Coronado LB Warren named Southeast’s top defensive player


High school coaches often talk in gushing terms about their star players. But when a coach spent nine seasons playing in the NFL, the praise has a different ring to it.

“If you’ve ever had a guy on a team that you wanted to lead a team and be an example for everybody, that’s Jason Warren,” Coronado linebackers coach Brian Noble said. “I think Jason was born to be a linebacker. He’s just so natural at it. It’s almost scary.”

The play of Warren, who was named the Southeast League’s Defensive Most Valuable Player, was a big reason the Cougars earned a home playoff game in the Sunrise Region playoffs. Warren is Coronado’s leading tackler from his middle linebacker position. And Noble, who spent nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, knows a thing or two about the position.

“He has what I would consider the total package,” Noble said. “There really isn’t a deficiency in Jason’s game. He plays the pass equally as well as the run. I’ve never seen a surer tackler than what Jason is. When he gets to a guy, the guy’s going down.”

Noble concedes he hasn’t spent much time coaching high school players, but his experience playing at football’s top level give his words impact.

“This is my first high school experience, but having the background that I do, there’s not many guys that approach the game the way Jason does,” Noble said. “He studies. He’s here every morning at 6 o’clock for film.”

Basic’s Devonte Boyd and Liberty’s Kai Nacua shared the Southeast’s Offensive MVP award. Boyd has caught 60 passes for 1,061 yards and 17 touchdowns. Nacua has done a bit of everything for the league champion Patriots, passing for 715 yards and five TDs, rushing for 462 yards and nine TDs and catching eight passes for 284 yards and three scores.

First-year Coronado coach Brad Talich was the Southeast Coach of the Year.

Northeast League champion Green Valley took two of the top three awards in that league. Coach Brian Castro was named Coach of the Year, and defensive lineman Sam McAloon was the Defensive MVP.

Canyon Springs’ Donnel Pumphrey, who has rushed for 1,366 yards and 18 touchdowns, was the Offensive MVP.

In the Northwest League, Arbor View offensive lineman Elijah George showed how big an impact he has had without touching the football, sharing the league’s Offensive MVP award with Durango’s Marcus Sanders-Williams, who has rushed for 1,100 yards and 18 TDs.

Arbor View’s Beau Dixon, who leads the Aggies with 99 tackles, took the Northwest’s Defensive MVP award, and his coach, Dan Barnson, got the coaching honor.

Top-ranked Bishop Gorman swept the awards in the Southwest League. Quarterback Jarrett Solomon, who has completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 2,059 yards and 27 touchdowns, was the Offensive MVP. Jake Smirk, who has 43 tackles and 4½ sacks, was the Defensive MVP, and Tony Sanchez  was Coach of the Year.

All-Northeast League
First Team
Offense
QB–Christian Lopez, Green Valley. RB–Donnel Pumphrey, Canyon Springs; Alex Cater, Silverado. FB–Alex Aragon, Silverado. WR–Markus Varner, Green Valley; Joshua Mayfield, Las Vegas. ATH–Kennedy Williams, Valley. TE–Austin Hunt, Silverado. C–Greg Rodriguez, Green Valley. G–Robert Carter, Green Valley; Austin Benzamin, Silverado. T–Tyrell Crosby, Green Valley; Eddie Perez, Las Vegas. KR–Pumphrey, Canyon Springs. K–Jay Mattox, Las Vegas.
Defense
DE–Sam McAloon, Green Valley; Jordan Turner, Silverado. DT–Rayshawn Henderson, Canyon Springs; Preston Quirt, Green Valley; Dallas Foe-Seui, Valley. ILB–Tobias Carson, Canyon Springs; Alejandro Colon, Silverado. OLB–Shai Gomez-Simmons, Green Valley; Jacob Littlefield, Las Vegas. CB–Diamante Luna, Canyon Springs; Gio Hernandez, Green Valley. S–Mitchell Barry, Green Valley; Juan Batiste, Valley. P–Luna, Canyon Springs.
Offensive MVP–Donnel Pumphrey, Canyon Springs
Defensive MVP–Sam McAloon, Green Valley
Coach of the Year–Brian Castro, Green Valley
 
Second Team
Offense
QB–Trevor Swenson, Las Vegas. RB–Andrew Moreland, Las Vegas; Dillard Davis, Valley. FB–Nigel Perry, Canyon Springs. WR–Keveon Glenn, Canyon Springs; Michael Gayden, Canyon Springs. ATH–Vince Castro, Las Vegas. TE–Eric Burrell, Valley. C–Francisco Gutierrez, Silverado. G–Alonzo Pittman, Canyon Springs; Wayne Fata, Canyon Springs. T–Fabian Leos Baca, Canyon Springs; Mitchell Kissam, Silverado. KR–Moreland, Las Vegas. K–Conor Perkins, Green Valley.
Defense
DE–Kentabius Traylor, Canyon Springs; Jason Cottle, Las Vegas. DT–Keti Salakielu, Green Valley; Lahmad Evans, Las Vegas; Jason Johnson-Kepoo, Valley. ILB–Tyler Topham, Green Valley; D’Anthony Wade, Las Vegas. OLB–Isiah Carter, Canyon Springs; Andrew Lewis, Canyon Springs. CB–Stephon Revels, Canyon Springs; Malik Batiste, Valley. S–A.J. Cooper, Canyon Springs; Raequan Bascombe, Canyon Springs. P–Mattox, Las Vegas.
 
All-Northwest League
First Team
Offense
QB–Bakari Smith, Shadow Ridge. RB–Lee Griggs, Palo Verde; Marcus Sanders-Williams, Durango. FB–Jimmie Finister, Arbor View. WR–Marquise Evans, Shadow Ridge; Ryan Beaulieu, Palo Verde. ATH–Deyon McKinney, Sierra Vista. TE–Jake Ortale, Palo Verde. C–Frank Johnson, Arbor View. G–Steven Davis, Arbor View; Josh Hamilton, Palo Verde. T–Elijah George, Arbor View; Mike Hughes, Palo Verde. KR–R. Beaulieu, Palo Verde. K–Zach Boyd, Arbor View.
Defense
DE–George, Arbor View; Hamilton, Palo Verde. DT–Davis, Arbor View; Hughes, Palo Verde; Ben Rush, Durango. ILB–Beau Dixon, Arbor View; Sal Young, Palo Verde. OLB–Ortale, Palo Verde; Arie McQuaig, Durango. CB–Jacob Parker, Arbor View; R. Beaulieu, Palo Verde. S–Larry Norman, Arbor View; Griggs, Palo Verde. P–Nick Pena, Durango.
co-Offensive MVPs–Elijah George, Arbor View and Marcus Sanders-Williams, Durango
Defensive MVP–Beau Dixon, Arbor View
Coach of the Year–Dan Barnson, Arbor View
 
Second Team
Offense
QB–Brant Berglund, Spring Valley. RB–Anthony Smith, Arbor View. FB–Chris Goodie, Shadow Ridge. ATH–Griggs, Palo Verde. TE–Rasheed Parks, Arbor View. C–Brad Solomon, Palo Verde. G–John Kalderon, Durango; Devin Dishari, Spring Valley. T–Hunter Rawson, Shadow Ridge; Rush, Durango. KR–Salah Boyce, Arbor View. K–Tom Randall, Palo Verde.
Defense
DE–Anthony Carter, Shadow Ridge; Nic Sellers, Arbor View. DT–Rawson, Shadow Ridge; Thomas Newton, Arbor View. ILB–J Henderson, Shadow Ridge; Gene Germain, Durango. OLB–Finister, Arbor View; Javen Nihipali, Sierra Vista. CB–Kameron Gillis, Durango. S–Calvin Beaulieu, Palo Verde; Mike Dominique, Sierra Vista. P–Jackson Gayler, Palo Verde.
 
All-Southeast League
First Team
Offense
QB–Drew Doxtator, Foothill. RB–Niko Kapeli, Liberty; Antraye Johnson, Basic. FB–Phoenix Uptain, Liberty. WR–Devonte Boyd, Basic; Jordan Primo, Foothill. ATH–Kai Nacua, Liberty. TE–Bryce Broadwell, Foothill. C–Colton Coss, Coronado. G–Chris Noone, Liberty; Quincy Gibbons, Del Sol. T–Jarvis Polu, Liberty; Jozef Missaleafua, Liberty. KR–Cody Mucino, Liberty. K–Austin Fitzgerald, Liberty.
Defense
DE–Reno Tu’ufuli, Liberty; Corey Sobczyk, Coronado. DT–Cosme Montenegro, Coronado; Javon Blount, Del Sol. ILB–Zach Tritsch, Basic; Jason Warren, Coronado. OLB–Samuel Monterde, Liberty; Chandler Kamai, Basic. CB–Jaylen Mitchell, Liberty; Anthony Owens, Basic. S–Nacua, Liberty; Boyd, Basic. P–Marvin Williams, Eldorado.
co-Offensive MVPs–Kai Nacua, Liberty and Devonte Boyd, Basic
Defensive MVP–Jason Warren, Coronado
Coach of the Year–Brad Talich, Coronado
 
Second Team
Offense
QB–Nacua, Liberty. RB–Cameron Lamont, Del Sol; Justin Brown, Eldorado. FB–Trent Miller, Del Sol. WR–Romance Oliver, Del Sol; Jackson Cofer, Coronado. ATH–Ju. Brown, Eldorado. TE–Tu’ufuli, Liberty. C–Eric Brown, Del Sol. G–Joe Reid, Foothill; Ian Bates, Basic. T–Otto Fuentes, Del Sol; Collin Johnson, Coronado. KR–Johnson, Basic. K–Chris Laliberte, Coronado.
Defense
DE–Mike Roberts, Basic; Garrett Spitzmesser, Basic. DT–Noone, Liberty; Dylan Weasa, Foothill. ILB–Uptain, Liberty; Ki’Lyn McCoy, Foothill. OLB–Dakota Brunger, Coronado. CB–Tevis Labrador, Liberty; Marcus Fletcher, Eldorado. S–Tyrone Rouse, Del Sol; Andre Gonzalez, Foothill.
 
All-Southwest League
First Team
Offense
QB–Jarrett Solomon, Gorman. RB–Nathan Starks, Gorman; Charles Julian, Legacy. FB–Josh Gray, Centennial. WR–Ryan Smith, Gorman; Jamir Tillman, Gorman. ATH–Lantz Worthington, Centennial. TE–Trajan Pili, Centennial. C–Lott Haia-Kahalewai, Gorman. G–Zach Singer, Gorman; Brandon Sink, Legacy. T–Tanner Britton, Gorman; Zach Lurgis, Legacy. KR–Worthington, Centennial. K–Kline Fielden, Gorman.
Defense
DE–Pili, Centennial; Isaiah Nacua, Gorman. DT–Jodan Karst, Centennial; Singer, Gorman; Chris Campbell, Legacy. ILB–Auston Horton, Centennial; Jake Martin, Legacy. OLB–Chance McCutcheon, Centennial; Lamarus Williams, Legacy. CB–Deontae Gilkey, Centennial; Justin Sweet, Gorman. S–Brandt Honda, Centennial; Armand Perry, Gorman. P–Austin Rowe, Bonanza.
Offensive MVP–Jarrett Solomon, Gorman
Defensive MVP–Jake Smirk, Gorman
Coach of the Year–Tony Sanchez, Gorman
 
Second Team
Offense
QB–Austin Turley, Centennial. RB–Coby Newton, Centennial; Justin Davis, Cimarron. FB–Tajon Allen, Gorman. WR–Marvin Duty, Desert Oasis; Marlon Amos, Legacy. TE–Robert Stanley, Gorman. C–Skyler Jacobs, Centennial; Josh Phillips, Legacy. G–Kolten Aleman, Gorman; Campbell, Legacy. T–Aaron Manumaleuna, Cimarron; Karst, Centennial. KR–Smith, Gorman. K–Blake Frischknecht, Centennial.
Defense
DE–Jake Smirk, Gorman; Jordyn Hixson, Centennial. DT–Jeff Dore, Bonanza; Johnny Batiste, Legacy. ILB–Toby Lopez, Centennial; Nikolas Stonestreet, Gorman. OLB–Andrew Romoff, Centennial; Stanley, Gorman. CB–Donovan Dykes, Cimarron; Casey Hughes, Legacy. S–Dalton Baker, Gorman; Joe Murray, Legacy.