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Jensen earns third straightall-league award for Vikings

Forest Grove quarterback Taylor Jensen is a first team all-star pick in the GVC


Taylor Jensen’s Forest Grove football career may be over, but the senior added some more accolades to his already impressive resume.

Jensen became the first Forest Grove player to be honored with a first team selection to the Greater Valley Conference all-star football squad when it was released late last month, and he also became one of just a handful of Vikings in history to earn all-league honors in three straight seasons.PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: JOSH KULLA
 - Forest Grove quarterback Taylor Jensen winds up to throw a pass during the Vikings' nonleague game against David Douglas on Sept. 4.

Meanwhile, 10 other Forest Grove players were chosen for the all-GVC team after a resilient season that included the program’s first Class 6A state playoff berth since 2010.

Jensen was one of two quarterbacks chosen for first team all-conference honors along with South Salem senior Gabe Matthews, who was voted as the league’s offensive player of the year.

South Salem teammate Vincent Villarreal, a senior defensive lineman, was chosen as the league’s defensive player of the year and Saxons boss Scott Dufault was named coach of the year.

In 10 games this season, Jensen completed 136-of-231 pass attempts (59 percent) for 2,035 yards and 21 touchdowns. A three-year starter at quarterback, Jensen completed 57 percent of his passes for 6,787 yards and 60 TDs in his career. He was chosen as the team’s offensive MVP for the thid year in a row.

Forest Grove opened GVC play with four losses in its first five games, but the Vikings rallied to win their last three regular season games and earn a spot in the 32-team state playoff field. They lost 63-7 in the first round against Grants Pass, but it was a solid building block for a program that hadn’t been to the playoffs in five years.

In addition to Jensen’s first team honors, Forest Grove had six players selected to the all-league second team, plus five honorable mention picks.

Senior Ronnie Thompson was a second team selection as a defensive back and also earned honorable mention status at wide receiver. Thompson had 18 tackles and a team-leading three interceptions, plus two pass breakups. On offense, he caught 26 passes for 481 yards and three touchdowns.

Junior Bailey Evers was a second team all-league selection at wide receiver after compiling 37 receptions for a team-high 506 yards and six touchdowns.

Additionally, senior offensive lineman Ben Godfrey was a second team all-league pick, while junior lineman Austin Brown earned honorable mention status.

Defensively, Forest Grove had six players honored by the league, including Thompson.

Senior Bobby Taylor was a second team pick on the defensive line. He had 49 total tackles, including 38 solo stops and six tackles for loss. He also had four sacks and five quarterback knockdowns.

Fellow senior A.J. Turner was a second team pick as a linebacker with 66 total tackles (49 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and three QB knockdowns.

Junior Tanner Heikes joined Thompson as a second team all-league selection at defensive back. Heikes had 51 total tackles (34 solo), two interceptions, two pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.

Freshman defensive back Chino Davis and junior linebacker Trevor Rhorer were honorable mention selections. Davis had 29 total tackles, including two for loss. Rhorer led the team with 84 total tackles (58 solo), and he had four sacks, five quarterback knockdowns and three tackles for loss. He also had four forced fumbles and one recovery.

Wyatt Andresen added an honorable mention selection as a punter after averaging 25.1 yards per kick.