Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

Playmakers highlight both sides of the ball

The 2011 edition of the all-city football team was one of the hardest to put together, with many deserving kids at each and every position.

Narrows 4A champion Bellarmine put seven on the squad, with their second consecutive trip deep into the state playoffs. The Lincoln Abes placed three to go along with their first 3A playoff run in several years. But the biggest factor is the tons of athletic ability shown on both sides of the ball.

On offense, the starting backfield is in one word, electric. Bellarmine’s Sefo Liufau was 137-for-228 for 2,253 yards and 23 touchdowns against only six interceptions to get the nod at quarterback. Lincoln’s Emmanuel Thompkins, Bellarmine’s Isaiah Flynn, and Mount Tahoma’s Rondie Pate will put a smile on any college coach’s face at running back. Thompkins rushed for 1,551 yards and 18 touchdowns while adding two receiving touchdowns, Flynn had 1,357 yards and 16 touchdowns while missing a few games to injury, and Pate displayed all-around athleticism, rushing for 909 yards and 10 touchdowns while also returning two kickoffs for scores.

And the speed and athletic ability does not end there. Bellarmine’s Michael Rector, a Washington commit, had an impressive 44 catches for 918 yards and 13 touchdowns at wide receiver. His teammate Calvin Chandler would also make any defensive coordinator think twice about playing bump-and-run coverage, finishing with 43 catches for 704 yards and six scores. Liufau, only a junior, has had offers pouring in from all over the country, the most notable being Tennessee and Notre Dame.

Road graters who open up huge holes comprise the offensive line. Tacoma Baptist’s Walker Williams – a Wisconsin commit and standout right tackle – and Stadium’s A.D. Palms are the bookends with very bright future’s ahead. Life Christian’s Chase Knoblauch and Lincoln’s Tim Ah-Hee man the guard positions, clearing the way for big yards for their respective teams. Bellarmine junior Kevin Kors was solid in clearing the way for Flynn and protecting Liufau in the passing game.

The defense is comprised of players who wear their attitudes on their sleeves, game in and game out. Bellarmine’s Zach Fuller, who finished with 92 tackles, and Mount Tahoma’s Roy Tabios provide pressure from the outside in the 4-3 alignment. Twin Tigers Jake Veith and Ben King clog up the middle of the defensive line.

Bellarmine’s Joe Lovejoy put up 86 tackles despite being injured for a few games to lead the Lions’ defense, and Life Christian’s Tony Larson provided stability in the middle as well for the War Eagles. Wilson’s Daviyonta Booth provided sideline-to-sideline speed to chase down speedy backs, earning a nod at outside linebacker.

The secondary is comprised of some hard–nosed competitors. Life Christian’s Dylan Huber, also a force in the Eagles back field, put up 61 tackles at cornerback, while Stadium’s Cody Doiron also provided steady and effective play at corner. Manning the safety spots are Lincoln’s Richard Johnson and Stadium’s Tyler Stumph. When Johnson isn’t running the Abes’ Wing-T attack on offense, he’s making life miserable for wide receivers in the deep half of the field and on run support. Stumph knows what Johnson deals with, as he also ran the Tigers’ attack at quarterback.

Zach Medina from Foss closes out the 2011 edition of the all city team as its place kicker. His long leg gave the Falcons many opportunities to score once they crossed midfield. So there you have it. It’s bound to start an argument or two, but there are too many outstanding players to name on this list -- all the players listed played their hearts out during the 2011 season.