Liberty, Century gridders get spots on All-Metro squads
In Liberty's second — and, as it turns out — final year in the rough-and-tumble Metro League, the Falcons finished 7-3, 5-2 in conference and advanced to the state playoffs, where they were defeated by Sherwood 49-28.
Century, in the onset of a new regime led by first-year coach Sean McMenomy, finished with a 1-8 record and placed seventh in the eight-team league. But while the Jags struggled through the early stages of a rebuilding program, the Falcons are proof of what a year of experience can do for a young team on the rise.
And the All-Metro teams reflect that.
Liberty had 15 different athletes recognized and 19 positions on the list of honorees, including seven first-teamers, five second, four third and three honorable mention.
The Falcons were led by first-team senior offensive lineman Alejandro Antillon, linebacker Yousef Koborsi and defensive lineman Dylan Thygersen, as well as junior fullback Bryan Bafaro, slotback Aidan Maloney, defensive back Nikolaus Reitzug and punter Bradley Norman.
Second-teamers included senior offensive lineman Cruz Hulsey and junior running back Samuel Romeo, defensive lineman Jed Steinhoff, Maloney again at defensive back and Norman again at the quarterback position.
Third-teamers were seniors Jose Benitez at center and wide receiver Sam Schoch, as well as junior offensive lineman Diego Rodriguez coupled with fellow junior defensive back Isaac Tsolak.
In addition, junior linebackers Jacob Clark and Andrew Records, along with Tsolak again, this time at receiver, were recognized as honorable mention.
Century, despite their challenges, were represented by four players and five positions as a whole, led by sophomore receiver Chance Sparks.
"Chance is setting himself up to be the best football player in the area," said McMenomy. "As a sophomore, to do what he's done has been amazing."
Sparks was joined on the list of honorees by several second-teamers, including senior defensive lineman Adrian Rodriguez and slotback Tysen Tippetts and junior punter Preston Strauss. And Tippetts again, this time as a defensive back on the list of honorable mention athletes.
Liberty and Century will reset their budding rivalry in the newly formed Pacific Conference next season, along with Glencoe, Sherwood, Newberg, McMinnville and Forest Grove.
Jesuit's Trey Lowe and Isaiah Henderson-Brazie were the league's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.