Bulldogs fill 2A All-State football team
- Gary Lindberg
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
en Culver football players plus coach Kurt Davis are part of the 2007 2A All-State football team. The honors came after the Bulldogs won the state title, capping a 13-1 season.
"I'm glad to see so many of our guys earn recognition," Davis said.
Nevin Lewis is the 2A offensive player of the year, as well as the first-team quarterback. This was the junior Lewis' first season at quarterback after being a wide receiver.
"This shows how Nevin was able to elevate his game," Davis said. "He's a tremendous athlete and he showed it all season."
Lewis keyed Culver's 4-0 playoff run while playing on a muddy field at Pilot Rock (the quarterfinal) and rainy/windy conditions in the championship (at Hillsboro against Heppner).
During the playoffs, Lewis completed 55 percent of his passes (24 of 44) for 301 yards, gaining 12.5 yards a completion. He had two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
On the ground, Lewis averaged 3.5 yards a carry (139 yards on 40 carries) with two rushing touchdowns. Lewis is also an honorable mention kicker, converting two field goals in the playoffs (including a 28-yarder against Heppner for that game's first points).
Davis guided Culver to 25-3 record the past two seasons (32-7 the past three). That two-year mark includes a 6-1 playoff record with a 2006 semifinal playoff appearance.
Matt Zachary is a first-team lineman, anchoring the Bulldog line as a starting center. He helped Culver average 245 yards in the four playoff games.
Austin Alley is a first-team linebacker. The junior middle linebacker was involved in a combined 25 tackles during the semifinal win against Lost River and championship against Heppner. That total included 11 solo stops against Lost River and seven against Heppner. Alley helped limit Culver foes to an average of 199 yards a game while forcing 14 turnovers.
Tyler Warren is a first-team defensive back. The senior made the game-ending play in the semifinal by scooping up a fumble and returning it 68 yards against Lost River.
Warren was part of the Bulldog secondary limiting foes to just 28 percent passing (12 of 43 with seven interceptions).
Tight end Thomas Griffin and wide receiver Gerald Speas are second-team selections.
Griffin caught three passes for 51 yards in the playoffs along with helping Culver average 172 rushing yards throughout the playoffs.
Speas jumpstarted the Bulldog offense in the semifinal with a touchdown catch. Speas had two catches for 17 yards against Lost River along.
Garrett Mauritson is an honorable mention pick as a defensive lineman. Mauritson had two solo tackles in both the semifinal and championship game.