With the high school football season officially coming to a close, we take a look back at 30 of the best players within the city limits and highlight their accomplishments in our All-City Football Team.
QB Lou Millie – SR – Bellarmine Prep
Millie made a smooth transition from running back to quarterback and ran the show well, completing over 61 percent of his passes for over 1,600 yards, with 16 touchdowns. He added over 600 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
QB Jordan Kitna – SO – Lincoln
In his first year at the helm, Kitna showed great arm strength and maturation beyond his years. He completed over 60 percent of his passes and threw for over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns.
QB Julius Yates-Brown – JR – Wilson
Yates-Brown was a big playmaker for the Rams, and the offense wasn’t the same after his late-season injury. He completed 66 percent of his passes for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, and added 650 rushing yards and nine scores.
RB Isaiah Simpson – SR – Wilson
Simpson was another focal point for the Rams and could score in a flash, piling up 1,348 rushing yards – averaging over 10 yards per carry – and 14 touchdowns. He added two touchdown catches and a kickoff return for a score.
RB Nathan Goltermann – JR – Bellarmine Prep
The 5-foot-4, 122-pound Goltermann was a sight to see, as his toughness helped him compete against much bigger defenders. The Lions’ workhorse carried the ball 222 times for 1,465 yards and 18 touchdowns.
WR J’Maka Love – SR – Lincoln
Switching from quarterback to receiver, Love used his shiftiness and playmaking ability to thrive in the Abes’ spread attack. He tallied a team-high 25 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns.
WR Garrett McKay – SR – Bellarmine Prep
The seasoned Lions veteran was at his best in the playoffs, including a monster 250-yard, three-touchdown day against Newport. In all he tallied 52 catches for 945 yards and 11 scores, and added a punt return for a score.
WR Brandon Montgomery – SR – Wilson
Montgomery used his blazing speed to become the Rams’ deep threat, hauling in 26 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns. He added two rushing touchdowns and had a 96-yard kickoff return and 64-yard punt return for scores in the same game.
ATH Rayshaun Miller – SR – Lincoln
The Narrows 3A MVP was nearly unstoppable wherever he was on the field. He tallied 742 rushing yards – eight yards per carry – and six touchdowns, had 16 catches for 409 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns and added a 95-yard kickoff return for a score.
TE Ben Cottrill – SR – Stadium
Cottrill made the most of his opportunities, hauling in 11 passes for 221 yards – over 20 yards per reception. He also put up a team-high four touchdown catches, recording two scores against both Central Kitsap and Mount Tahoma.
OL Matthew Hallis – SR – Bellarmine Prep
Hallis provided experience and stability to the line for the Lions, who ran for over 2,600 yards this year.
OL Ben King – JR – Lincoln
King used his bulk to bulldoze defenders out of the way, protecting Kitna and making way for the Abes’ runners.
OL Zach Ota – SR – Bellarmine Prep
Like Hallis, Ota was another strong and steady blocker and protector. An unsung hero up front.
OL Ben Puapuaga – JR – Lincoln
Like much of the Abes’ line, Puapuaga was a tough-minded, hard-nosed blocker that could move well.
OL Anthony Perez – JR – Foss
The 275-pounder used good leverage to make way for the Falcons’ solid rushing attack, and didn’t let up.
DL Patiole Pesefea – SR – Foss
Pesefea was the leader of a stout defensive front for the Falcons, as he overcame blockers to put up 7.5 sacks. The Narrows 3A defensive MVP also doubled as a bruising fullback, scoring five rushing touchdowns on the year.
DL A.J. Ruffin – SO – Wilson
Ruffin was a disruptive force for the Rams, making a living in the opposing backfield and registering several games with multiple sacks. At 6-foot-4, he doubled as an effective tight end, catching three touchdown passes.
DL Billy Greer – JR – Wilson
Another defensive stalwart for the Rams’ strong defense, which allowed just 14 points per game this season. It started up front, as Greer helped Wilson control the line of scrimmage with technique, instincts and speed.
DL Ben Faalavaau – JR – Foss
Another piece of the Falcons’ intimidating defensive line, Faalavaau seemed to step up in big moments. He dominated in a close contest against North Thurston, tallying three tackles for loss.
LB Tausaga Tusi – JR – Stadium
Playing in just the second half of the season, Tusi dominated defensively, collecting 83 tackles to place second on the team. He tallied an astounding 29 tackles against Shelton, and had 14 tackles for loss on the year.
LB Eric Glueck – SO – Bellarmine Prep
Glueck burst onto the scene this year for the Lions, flying to the ball and putting up a team-high 82 tackles in the regular season, including six tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
LB B.J. Hawthorne – JR – Lincoln
Hawthorne was a playmaker, and always found a way to be near the ball. He was a solid tackler, and had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown against Shelton and an 85-yard fumble return for a score against Eastside Catholic.
LB Taylor Roelofs – SR – Life Christian
Roelofs was the Eagles’ do-it-all man, as he put up a team-high 95 tackles from his linebacker spot. He also guided the attack offensively, passing for over 1,000 yards and rushing for nearly 800 yards and 12 touchdowns.
DB Dehonta Hayes – JR – Lincoln
Hayes was an excellent defender in space for the Abes, coming up with several touchdown-saving tackles as the last line of defense. But his speed led to great range in the defensive backfield as well, as he was a good cover man.
DB Tre Scott – SR – Stadium
Scott was everywhere on the field for the Tigers, putting up 41 solo tackles and adding 94 assisted tackles. He displayed great instincts and athleticism, and threw for nearly 900 yards and ran for over 500 more as the Tigers’ quarterback.
DB Marcus Johnson – Lincoln
Johnson was well-known for his ability to snuff out plays with bone-crunching hits. He was an intimidating presence at corner, and had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. He added 70 carries for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns.
DB Chris Reynolds – Foss
Reynolds used his 6-foot-4 frame to lock down opposing receivers, as he hauled in four interceptions in a span of five games. He was one of a number of hard-hitting Falcons defenders, and added 25 catches for 366 yards and five touchdowns.
DB Drew Griffin – SR – Bellarmine Prep
It was another solid year all-around for Griffin, as he was an excellent fundamental tackler and hauled in five interceptions for the Lions. But his contributions didn’t end there, as he added 34 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns.
PK Matthew Philichi – Bellarmine Prep
Philichi simply had a knack for coming through in the clutch, drilling three late game-winning field goals, including a 37-yarder in overtime against Bothell. He was 52-for-58 on points after touchdown and 8-for-10 on field goals.
P Alvin Johnson – Lincoln
Johnson averaged 35 yards on his 17 punts this season, and opponents had a total of just 16 return yards against the Abes. Oh, by the way, Johnson was also a dangerous receiver, tallying 16 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns.