*- Player was a Post Register Player of the Year finalist
SEASON: Had over 2,200 yards passing with 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games. Was a threat on the ground too — showing superb escapability during the regular season — finishing with six rushing touchdowns and 184 yards.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He made a lot of things happen on his feet. He’s a special player. He was kind of an X factor for them and was a pain to game plan for.” — Hillcrest coach Jeff Marshall
Sr. running back
SEASON: One of the main staples of Skyline’s state championship team, Morgan rushed for 1,269 yards and 16 touchdowns on 205 carries despite missing two games with an ankle injury. When healthy, was the main cog in the Grizzlies rushing attack. Was also a threat on screen passes.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He was hungry going into that championship game because he didn’t have the chance to play in last year’s. He had something prove and I thought he went out and ran hard.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
Jr. running back
SEASON: Notched 1,000 yards by week seven, the junior running back finished the season with 1,685 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in the Tigers’ run-first offense.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He was huge for us. He has great vision and hits the hole quick. It’s fun to see him emerging as one of our top playmakers.” — Idaho Falls coach Pete Molino
SEASON: Played some of the season as the Bobcats’ running back (filling in for Blake Moseley), Hasting was a nightmare for offenses on the ground and through the air. Finished with 517 rushing yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 42 receptions for 623 yards and six touchdowns.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s just going to give you everything, used him on defense. He understands the game and he does everything really well.” — Madison head coach Mitch Buck
Sr. wide receiver
SEASON: Arguably the best receiver in eastern Idaho, Marlowe caught 41 passes for 858 yards and 12 touchdowns. Had an impressive 143-yard, four-touchdown performance against Rigby late in the season. Was also a dangerous returner.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “His body control and ball skills sets him a part. Specifically the deep the ball — he just has such good balance and control; That’s what impressed me about him.” — Rigby coach Armando Gonzalez
Jr. wide receiver
SEASON: Rihari, who also played a little bit of running back toward the end of the season, was one of Bonneville’s better playmakers. He finished with 42 catches for 612 yards and six touchdowns. Also had over 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s our best athlete. We joked as coaches: wherever we put him, he was our best player. He was our Swiss army knife.” — Bonneville coach Matt Virgil
Sr. tight end
SEASON: Dougherty was big-body target for quarterback Jordan Porter. Dougherty finished the season with an impressive 70 catches for 697 yards . He also led the team with nine receiving touchdowns.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “They threw to him a lot. Just a huge target, they use him out in that slot. He can beat the linebacker, but he can overpower the DB, too.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
SEASON: Was quarterback Dylan Bialas’ blind-side protector, Kaasa helped Skyline roll through the 4A state playoffs. Was highly regarded for his footwork and technique.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “His athleticism. Good feet, good technique at the position, but he also has a little nasty to him which is nice.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
SEASON: Helsley was one of the best offensive lineman in the state, protecting quarterback Dylan Bialas and creating holes for running back Kyler Morgan. Was regarded as one of Skyline’s best offensive lineman ever. Wants to compete in track at Weber State, per coach Scott Berger.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “Physically, he’s so strong. When he plays with that intensity, and he does often, he can hurt people.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
SEASON: Despite Teton’s three-win season, LaRose was consistent on both sides of the ball. Was a three-year starter for Teton. Coaches complimented his aggressive style of blocking and college-like build.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s a big man among boys. He’s definitely someone we really game-planned hard for. Good, physical player.” — Sugar-Salem coach Tyler Richins
SEASON: A second-year starter, Higgins was the right guard on one of the best offensive lines in the state. Had one of the program’s best performances against Pocatello this season.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “Big raw kid that really came into his own this year. Didn’t play as much as those other kids, but he physically has a lot of talent. I thought he came a long way for us.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
SEASON: A key lineman for the Bobcats, Clark blocked for a team that averaged 28 points a game. A 6-foot, 230-pound left tackle, Clark dealt with shoulder injuries in 2016 but still had a solid season protecting quarterback Jordan Porter’s blind side.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He never got the strength training but he made it through the year and he’s got good speed, quickness on the line. He was really good for us and had a good year as it went on.” — Madison coach Mitch Buck
QB: Tanner Clayton, Rigby senior
QB: Dalton Clark, Hillcrest senior
RB: Jordan Neuerburg, Hillcrest junior
RB: Remington Chapman, Firth senior
Flex: Braxton Ramirez, West Jefferson senior
WR: Ben Fullmer, Rigby senior
WR: Noah Hillam, Idaho Falls senior
WR: Robbie Larsen, Rigby senior
WR: Caleb Mayes, Skyline senior
TE: Dillon Sorenson, Bonneville senior
OL: Daniel Cabrera, Skyline senior
OL: Tyler Ackerschott, Idaho Falls
OL: Jesse Atwell, Blackfoot senior
OL: Marley Garcia, Skyline senior
OL: Nate Franz, Rigby junior
Kicker: Coque Velasquez, Blackfoot senior
Kick and punt returner: Blake Moseley, Madison senior
Quarterback: Dylan Bialas, Skyline senior; Jake Wray, Shelley junior; Rayce Shelley, Blackfoot senior; Brock Saxton, Bonneville; Reece Yancey, South Fremont senior; Garrett Hawkes, North Fremont junior
Running back: Blake Moseley, Madison senior; Austin Ford, Bonneville senior; Aaron Gravelle, Idaho Falls junior; Daniel Coverly, South Fremont senior; Aric Vail, Blackfoot junior; Treyton Young, Snake River sophomore
Wide receiver: Austin Good, Rigby senior; Jacob Christensen, Sugar-Salem senior; Bret Cooper, Bonneville senior; Devin Wernette, Hillcrest senior; Steven Zundel South Fremont senior; Ethan Aldous, Salmon senior; Wyatt Remington, Shelley, junior; Hunter DeRize, Teton senior; Carson Dance, Snake River senior
Tight end: Clancy Thomas, Snake River senior; Oakley Hussey, Hillcrest junior; Brycen Uffens, Rigby sophomore
Offensive line: Sebastian Tafolla, Rigby senior; Nick Lambert, Idaho Falls senior; Jed Torgerson, West Jefferson junior; Jordan Dodge, South Fremont junior; Caleb Ellsworth, Rigby senior; Garret Killpack, Shelley senior
Flex: Lukas Herrman, Skyline junior
SEASON: A member of Idaho Falls’ stout defensive line, including Matt Olsen and Carson Fugleberg, Payne finished his senior season with 38.5 total tackles, two sacks and 7.5 tackles for a loss. Also ran the ball as a fullback, garnering two touchdowns on the ground.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “His strength and speed were advantageous for us. People had a hard time blocking him and the rest of our defensive line.” — Idaho Falls coach Pete Molino
SEASON: Widely regarded as one of the best blocking tight ends in the area, Fugleberg recorded 27 solo tackles while playing alongside one of the better defensive lines in District 6. Also had a 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Blackfoot. Will play in Offensive-Defensive All-American Bowl this winter.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He plays whistle to whistle, so yeah, I was impressed with him. I thought he was a good player. He has good size.” — Bonneville coach Matt Virgil
SEASON: Highland’s Tommy Togiai wasn’t the only Togiai who had a notable season on the defensive line. Tane anchored Rigby’s defensive line and disrupted opposing offensive lines often. He finished with 34 tackle., two sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He got better as the year went on. The more comfortable he got, the better he got. That Madison game in particular, he was dominating the line of scrimmage.” — Rigby coach Armando Gonzalez
SEASON: Well known on Madison’s defensive line, Proctor was hyped during the Bobcats’ preseason. He didn’t disappoint. He finished with 28 tackles, four sacks, 3.5 tackles for a loss and forced two fumbles.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He is probably our strongest kid, in terms of strength and size goes. Playing inside, I think he was a really good fit this year.” — Madison coach Mitch Buck
SEASON: Anchored a Skyline defense that surrendered 14 or fewer points in every game for the final seven weeks of the 2017 season. Also played an important role in halting Minico during the 4A state title game, which Skyline won 40-14. Made 59 solo tackles, two sacks and caused three fumbles as a senior.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “Off the field you would never know, he is just the nicest kid. But once he puts on that helmet, he’s an intense football player.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
SEASON: Voted defensive player of the year by High Country Conference coaches, Orr coordinated a defense that held 5A state champion Mountain View to just 14 points in the state quarterfinals. Finished his senior year with 89 tackles, six sacks and nine tackles for loss while playing with a fractured fibula throughout the season, per coach Armando Gonzalez.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s just a tough dude. Tough Idaho kid … He just has a different mentality. He anchored our defense. He’s a leader, and our team respects him.” — Rigby coach Armando Gonzalez
SEASON: Miller led the Tigers with 47.5 tackles, 29 of which were solo. Also had 4.5 tackles for a loss. Helped the Tigers to a 6-5 season.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He brought leadership. He really stepped in as a team captain. He showed (leadership) by what he did, not what he said.” — Idaho Falls coach Pete Molino
SEASON: Hindered by injury early on, Price grounded opposing offenses when on the field. Shelley held opponents to just 10 points per game during 2017, including three straight shutouts, with Price at the linebacker position. Is currently being looked at by ISU, Weber State and Rocky Mountain, among others.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He was dominant on that side of the ball. If he didn’t get hurt early in the season, his stats would’ve probably inflated a little more. He’s going to be one of the most athletic guys I’ve ever coached. ” — Shelley coach Jake Monahan
Jr. defensive back
SEASON: A d0-it-all player for the Russets, McBride played offense, defense and special teams and scored 118 points in 10 games this season. Was one of the area’s best corners — including two interceptions against Sugar-Salem — and lethal in the passing game (576 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns).
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He was responsible for 118 points this year, and I guarantee there’s isn’t many schools that come close to that. Very special year for him. You can’t throw on him.” — Shelley coach Jake Monahan
Sr. defensive back
SEASON: Also one of the area’s best corners, Austin helped the Knights tally seven interceptions in nine games. Was complimented by coaches for solid jamming and fundamentals.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “It always seemed like he was in the right sports. He really could tackle well.” — Skyline coach Scott Berger
Sr. defensive back
SEASON: Was one of the best safeties in the district, Cordero had one interception return for 99 yards against Rigby during Madison’s 22-21 thriller. He had four interceptions and eight pass breakups on the year.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He was so good. He could do it all for us. He did punt returns and made that pick in the Rigby game that was really the difference-maker. He’s got good energy and a fun kid to coach.” — Madison coach Mitch Buck
Sr. defensive back
SEASON: Voted 3A player of the year by coaches in Mountain Rivers Conference, Pope enjoyed a stellar senior season that included seven interceptions and blocked punt for a touchdown against Marsh Valley. He also tallied 111 total tackles (41 unassisted). Offers from Montana Western and two others from Frontier College. Some interest from Idaho State.
WHAT COACHES SAID: “He’s been three-year starter for us. He’s continued to impress us. He’s probably the best tackler that I’ve ever coached. Great feel for the field. Comes out of nowhere, he’s a sure tackler, but he’s sound in coverage. He’s the first kid that’s been a unanimous 100 percent vote as captain.” — Sugar-Salem coach Tyler Richins
DL: Ceaton Howell, Snake River senior
DL: Joel Cortez, Skyline junior
DL: Nate Franz, Rigby junior
DL: Matt Olson, Idaho Falls senior
LB: Jose Aguayo, Blackfoot junior
LB: Brady Sainz, Hillcrest junior
LB: Brigham Costillow, Madison junior
LB: Braxton Balmforth, Shelley senior
DB: Gavin Shelley, Idaho Falls junior
DB: Davis Berry, Madison junior
DB: Jordan Perez, Bonneville sophomore
DB: Bradley Hahn, Rigby senior
Punter: Noah Hillam, Idaho Falls senior
Defensive line: Scooter Collins, Skyline junior; Hunter Tarkalson, Salmon senior; Brand Piquet, Bonneville senior; Ethan Rich, Madison senior; Heston Jolley, Firth senior; Garrett Jensen, Ririe junior
Linebacker: Willie Nelson, Bonneville sophomore; James Clegg, Snake River senior; Justin Moore, Hillcrest senior; Daniel Webb, Skyline senior; Browning Bending, Sugar-Salem sophomore; Coleby Johnson, Firth senior
Defensive back: Bret Cooper, Bonneville senior, Kyle Ostermiller, Sugar-Salem DB, Kyler Yancey, junior South Fremont; Preston Weber, Madison senior; Jaden Landes, Skyline senior; Bridger Burtenshaw, West Jefferson, senior; Coleby Hess, Teton
Special teams: Jonathan Scott, Ririe punter; Devin Wernette Hillcrest kick returner, Luke Terry Sugar-Salem senior kicker, Taylor Cruz Skyline kick returner; Nelson Tallman, Hillcrest senior kicker
SEASON: One of the most consistent kickers in the area, Edstrom had two games with at least six extra points and made multiple 30-plus yard field goals — including a 39-yarder against Meridian to grab first-team honors.
SEASON: A two-time Post Register all-area punter, Good was a difference maker as a punt for Rigby this season, coach Armando Gonzalez said. Also was a solid wideout, grabbing 40 catches for 515 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
SEASON: A dangerous returner, Wernette returned two kickoffs back for touchdowns, one that was 92 yards and another that was 88 yards. Also had three receiving touchdowns, including a 68-yard pass from Dalton Clark against Lake City.
QB: Ross Sheppeard, Challis
RB: Keyan Cummins, Butte County
RB: Kyson Poletti, Clark-Watersprings
OL: Kalib Hawley, Butte County
OL: Hunter Rodgers, Clark-Watersprings
OL: Blaine Ammar, Challis
WR: Mitchell Cotant, Challis
RB/WR: Dallin Green, Mackay
DL: Cheque Gonzalez, Clark-Watersprings
DL: Ty Twitchell, Butte County
LB: Keyan Cummins, Butte County
LB: Dylan Beard, Butte County
LB: Hunter Rodgers, Clark-Watersprings
DB: Pete Bradshaw, Challis
DB: Matthew Murdock, Clark-Watersprings
DB: Grant Waddoups-Hamm, Butte County