WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Following a stellar season in their second year of 8-man football, nine Vikings were selected for the All-Conference first and second teams Dec. 2.
Vikings 2016 All-Conference selections
Martin Soria, Daniel Lopez, Tate Grantham, Emmanuel Flores, Zack Perkins and Chance Pearson were selected for the All-Conference first team. Tyler Smith, Josh Sanders, Ethan Johnson, Soria and Lopez were selected for the All-Conference second team.
Soria was selected as first team defensive back and second team quarterback. Soria had 25 solo tackles and 21 assisted tackles to end the season with 46 total tackles. He made one interception, one fumble recovery and two pass deflections. Offensively Soria carried the ball 101 times for 981 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had 99 pass completions for 1,548 yards.
Lopez was selected first team defensive back and second team offensive flex player. He had 25 solo tackles and 29 assisted tackles to end the season with 54 total tackles. Offensively, he had 23 carries for 144 yards and four touchdowns. He caught 25 passes for 371 yards and five touchdowns.
Grantham was selected as linebacker for the first team. He had 48 solo tackles and 63 assisted tackles for a total of 111 tackles this season. He had two tackles for losses, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions, which he ran for 40 yards.
Flores was selected as offensive lineman for the first team. He had 10 solo tackles and 13 assisted tackles for a total of 23 tackles for the season. Flores had one sack for a loss of 10 yards and five hurried passes.
Perkins was selected for first team defensive end. He had 23 receptions with 409 yards this season. He made six touchdowns. Perkins also made 32 solo tackles, 37 assisted tackles, seven sacks and nine hurried passes. He also recovered three fumbles.
Pearson was selected first team kick returner. He carried the ball 28 times for 155 yards and made two touchdowns. He caught two passes for 18 yards and six punt returns for 46 yards. On defense he made 13 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, two hurried passes, four interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Smith was selected second team running back. He carried the ball 91 times for 869 yards with 17 touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns. He had 11 kickoff returns for 274 yards and two punt returns for 388 yards. Defensively he made 23 solo tackles and assisted with 18. He also made five interceptions.
Josh Sanders was selected second team offensive lineman. Sanders had eight assisted tackles.
Ethan Johnson was selected second team linebacker. He had five carries for 16 yards and one touchdown. He caught one pass for three yards. He had 21 solo tackles with 47 assists and two tackles for losses. He had one sack and two hurried passes.
The Vikings also had players make the AZ Republic’s All-State team.
Sanders (offensive lineman), Grantham (linebacker) and Soria (defensive back)made the first team and Lopez (running back), Flores (offensive lineman), Soria (all purpose offensive player) and Perkins (defensive end) made the second team.
“It’s a good representation of our season and the hard work of our players,” said Head Coach Jeff Brownlee.
Brownlee said the AZ Republic selections are unique in that none of the coaches are involved with the picks, only the newspaper’s sports writers.
“With this many kids selected it just represents the hard work these kids did all year,” Brownlee said.
Brownlee said the toughest part of the award selections are the players who are left out.
“Unfortunately there’s always somebody who is left out,” he said. “Francisco (Ortiz) didn’t make the cut but he played well for us. He just didn’t have the numbers.”
Brownlee said several seniors received awards who contributed to the team.
“We are gong to miss them, but every year we have kids step and do well,” he said. “We’re excited for these awards and we can’t wait for next year.”