FAIRFIELD — The Vanden and Will C. Wood HIgh football teams returned to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs this fall after brief absences, while Vacaville made it back for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons.
Not surprisingly, the Vikings, Wildcats and Bulldogs make up the bulk of the 2013 Daily Republic All-Region football team.
Here’s a look at this year’s squad:
Offensive Players of the Year
QB — Jadon Brisendine, Vanden: The junior signal caller combined with Dion Williams to become the top passer-receiver duo in Fairfield city history. Brisendine was the epitome of consistency, throwing for three or more touchdowns in 11 of Vanden’s 12 games, for 200 or more yards in seven of the teams final eight games. Along the way he set city records for attempts (355), completions (224), yards (2,961) and TD passes (44).
WR — Dion Williams, Vanden: Like Brisendine, Williams rewrote the school and city record books with similarly dominant consistency. The senior standout had at least five catches in every game, eight or more in sixth and twice caught a school-record 11, finishing up with a city-record 87. The Solano County Athletic Conference’s Most Valuable Offensive Player had at least one TD catch in every game, at least two eight times and three on five occasions, finishing with a city-record 24. Williams had 100 or more receiving yards six times, three times topping 150, and wound up with a school-record 1,261.
Defensive Player of the Year
LB — Elijah Williams, Vanden: A repeat Daily Republic winner, Williams was also named SCAC co-Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He led Vanden with 135 tackles, 55 of them solo, according to maxpreps.com, and had two sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a quarterback hurry. More importantly, he was heart and soul of an improved Vikings defense, forcing offenses to account for him on every play.
Lineman of the Year
DL — Frederick Douglas, Wood: The Monticello Empire League’s co-Lineman of the Year spent the season in opposing backfields, rolling up 27 tackles for loss including 13 sacks, as well as 15 quarterback hurries, according to maxpreps.com. He finished with 95 tackles, 62 of them solo.
Coach of the Year
Carlos Meraz, Wood: The fourth-year coach led the Wildcats to one of their best seasons in school history. They enjoyed a school-record seven-game winning streak and finished the season 7-4, just their fourth campaign with seven or more wins and made the playoffs for the fourth time.
QB — Tyler Bailey, Wood: The all-MEL first team quarterback completed 137 of 255 passes (.53.7 percent) for 1,942 yards and 16 touchdowns. Against Armijo he threw for 261 yards and four TDs, both season highs
QB — Chad Hekking, Vacaville: Making the most of approximately 10 pass attempts per game, the junior completed 71 of 123 passes (57.7 percent) for 1,614 yards and 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions.
RB — David Mewborn, Vacaville: The MEL’s Player of the Year had five 100-yard games, including a season-high 267 along with five touchdowns against Napa. He finished the year with 1,113 yards and 17 TDs.
RB — Damon Lewis, Wood: Playing much larger than his 5-foot-6, 165-pound frame, the sophomore had six 100-yard games, including a season-high 204 against Vacaville, finishing with 1,299 yards and 17 touchdowns.
RB — Isaiah Hamilton, Vanden: Odds of a 1,000-yard season were long after he had amassed just 209 yards through four games and missed the fifth. The sophomore ran for 878 yards and 15 touchdowns over the final seven games to end up with 1,087 yards 17 TDs.
RB — Jeffrie Brown, Armijo: The senior set city season and career records with his four scoring runs of 80 or more yards and led the city with 966 rushing yards in the regular season.
RB — Chace Marlowe, Rio Vista: Last year’s DR Offensive Player of the Year had a solid senior season, rushing for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also led the Rams with 16 receptions.
RB — Brody Lambert, Vacaville Christian: Just a sophomore, Lambert had 100 yards in seven of the Falcons’ nine games, including a season-high 207 against Highlands, finishing with 1,212 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 334 yard and four TDs.
G — Clayton Caserza, Vacaville
T — Stevie Gomez, Vacaville: The senior standouts blocked the Bulldogs to averages of 36.7 points, 286.4 yards rushing and 141.9 yards passing per game.
G — Mason Cain, Vanden: The junior and his linemates were a big reason the Vikings averaged 40.2 points and 357.4 total yards per game.
C — Gabe Moya, Wood
G — Jalen Soto, Wood: The all-MEL second-team picks helped the Wildcats enjoy amazing balance with an average of 184.6 yards per game rushing, 184.5 per game passing.
T — Christian Marejio, Armijo: The Indians gained 78.2 percent of their 2,086 total yards on the ground and Marejio helped spearhead that rushing attack.
T — Marcus Blanton, Fairfield: The Falcons senior was a second-team all-SCAC pick on both the offensive and defensive lines.
WR — Tanner Donaldson, Vacaville: Clearly the Bulldogs’ top receiving threat, the senior had 44 of the team’s 81 receptions, 921 of its 1,703 receiving yards and seven of its 14 TD catches.
WR — Javin White, Vanden: White made big catches for the Vikings nearly every game, finishing with 47 receptions for 585 yards and eight touchdowns.
WR — Tony Terry, Vanden: Despite missing two games because of a concussion, the junior caught 34 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
WR — Johnny Coughman, Rodriguez: The senior did most of his damage in MEL play, catching six passes in the Mustangs’ season-ending win over Armijo.
UTL — Aaron Short, Rodriguez: The speedy senior had two kickoff returns of 90 or more yards and several scoring runs and receptions of 60 or more yards – not counting the numerous ones wiped out by penalties.
K —Adam Cunning, Wood: The senior made 41 of 43 conversion attempts and hit on four of his six field goal tries.
DL — Chris Irving, Vacaville: The team leader with 76 tackles and an average of 6.9 per game, the senior was second with 50 solo tackles and three sacks.
DL — Jordan Garcia, Vanden: The SCAC co-Lineman of the Year led the Vikings with nine sacks and added two quarterback hurries, an interception and three passes defended to go with 33 tackles.
DL — Jacob Azevedo, Rodriguez: The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior was named to the all-MEL second team.
DL — Jeramy Sweany, Vacaville: Last season’s DR Lineman of the Year led the Bulldogs with five sacks and finished with 30 solo tackles.
DL — Derrick Diaz, Wood: The all-MEL second team choice averaged 9.1 tackles per game had 11 1/2 tackles for loss, 1 1/2 sacks, three hurries and two fumble recoveries.
DL — Ryan Nules, Wood: Spending nearly as much time in opposing backfields as Douglas, the senior had 22 tackles for loss, including 6 1/2 sacks, and a team-high 22 hurries and four blocked kicks.
LB — Connor Kanelllis, Vacaville: The senior all-MEL first-team pick had 57 tackles, 37 of them solo, two sacks, a team-high four passes defended, one forced fumble and one recovery.
LB — Jordan Boyd, Wood: Despite missing the first three games of the season, Boyd led the Wildcats with 12.8 tackles per game and was second with 66 solo tackles.
LB — Tyler Koss, Vanden: The senior led the Vikings with 67 solo tackles and tied Elijah Williams for the team lead at 11.3 tackles per game. He also had seven sacks and three quarterback hurries.
LB — Eric Clark, Fairfield: The senior led the Falcons with 56 tackles as well as with 482 rushing yards and 23 receptions.
LB — Tyler Gomes, Rio Vista: As one of the region’s top tacklers, the senior had 73 solo tackles, 104 total on the season.
LB — Aaron Herbert, Wood: The senior topped the Wildcats with 127 total and 69 solo tackles, including 13 1/2 for loss. He also caused three fumbles and had 2 1/2 sacks.
DB — Billy Hurst, Vanden: The all-SCAC first team pick had five passes defended, three caused fumbles, two interceptions and 54 tackles, 32 of them solo.
DB — Drew Chitwood, Vacaville: A first-team all-MEL pick, Chitwood led the Bulldogs with 52 solo tackles, four tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, finishing second with an average of 6.2 tackles per game. He also
DB — Johnathan Burke, Vacaville: The all-MEL first team selection had 38 tackles with one forced fumble, one recovery and one pass defended.
DB — Desmond McIver, Wood: The versatile McIver rolled up 99 tackles, 62 of them solo and 6 1/2 for loss, and also contributed three sacks and as many hurries to go with two interceptions, 11 passes defended, two forced fumbles and three blocked kicks.
DB — Tim Beall, Wood: To go with his 10 passes defended, the senior had 75 tackles, 45 of them solo.
DB — Dylan Eggers, Rio Vista: The senior had half the Rams’ eight interceptions on the season and finished with 35 tackles.
DB — Dion Williams, Vanden: In addition to his gaudy offense numbers, Williams led the Vikings with six interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown to ice a playoff win over Vista del Lago. He was also second on the team with 47 solo tackles.
DB — Roddrick Douglas, Wood: The junior tied Vanden’s Dion Williams for the area lead with six interceptions and was a solid return man for the Wildcats.
DB — Isaiah Creal-Musgray, Vanden: A threat whether rushing the passer or covering receivers, the senior had eight sacks and also had an interception and two passes defended.
P — Chad Hekking, Vacaville: The all-MEL first punter averaged 34.3 yards per boot with a long of 61, putting 12 inside the 20.
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