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Aiken, Flores receive honors

Austin Aiken has stood tall for the Douglas High football team the last two years.

And the 6-foot-3, 280-pound senior now stands as a first-team all-Sierra League defensive tackle for the second straight year. Aiken joined punter Chris Flores as first-team all-league and second-team all-region selections when the list was announced on Saturday.

Quarterback Hunter Hickey earned second-team all-league recognition at quarterback, behind Cade McNamara of Damonte Ranch, the Sierra's Player of the Year. Dakota Lowden was selected to the second-team as a running back, Cody Freitas at offensive guard, Andrew Williams at defensive back and Flores at kicker.

It was a tough season in which the Tigers compiled a 2-8 overall record (0-4 league) and missed the Northern 4A region playoffs for the first time since 2000.

Wins and losses, though, don't reflect the type of effort given by Aiken in playing all three down lineman positions in the Tigers' 3-4 defensive scheme.

"Austin is very deserving of recognition for his efforts and ability to hold down the line of scrimmage," Douglas coach Ernie Monfiletto explained. "Austin played full time on the defensive line and rotated in on the offensive line. His contribution to both groups was significant and at times dominant. I'm extremely proud of his efforts and recognition."

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Flores, a 6-foot, 204-pound junior, was voted to the all-league first-team as a punter. He averaged better than 38 yards punting the ball this season.

"Chris's ability to directionally punt the ball was important in establishing field position," Monfiletto said of Flores.

From a kicking standpoint, Flores converted 20 of 24 PAT attempts and was 3-for-4 on field goal attempts, with a long of 37 yards that proved to be important for Douglas in its 30-24 win at North Valleys on Sept. 15. He kicked a pair of first-half field goals that enabled the Tigers to move into a 21-21 tie at Bishop Manogue on Sept. 29 — a Sierra League game the Tigers eventually lost, 41-21.

Flores contributed double digit tackles from his linebacker position against North Valleys, Manogue and Galena. He was also 3-for-3 passing as the team's backup quarterback.

"Chris not only was a significant factor in special teams but held down the edge as an outside linebacker," Monfiletto said. "Chris was on the field a lot and he had a successful junior year. We look forward to him competing for the quarterback position in 2018."

Hickey, who was second-team all-league behind McNamara in 2016, put up solid numbers this fall for Douglas. The senior rushed for 971 yards on 177 carries, plus he threw for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"Hunter was a huge part of our offense and he is really the only double threat in the North," Monfiletto pointed out. "Hunter played in all 10 games and he led our team to be fifth in total offense in the North. He didn't do it alone, but he was a huge contributor."

Ten Douglas players received honorable mention all-league recognition: Jack Overton, senior, wide receiver; James Monroe, senior, offensive guard; Andrew Browning, junior, center; Ryan McIntosh, senior; Jose Ramirez, junior, defensive tackle; Chris Merritt, senior, linebacker; Jayden Foster, senior, linebacker; Kane Hoyopatubbi, senior, defensive back; Christian Gray, senior, defensive back; Luke Gansberg, junior, return specialist.

ALL-SIERRA LEAGUE

Player of Year: Cade McNamara, jr., Damonte Ranch

Offensive Player of Year: Abel Carter, sr., Carson

Defensive Player of Year: Richie Garcia, sr., Damonte Ranch

Lineman of Year: Ryan Madole, sr., Damonte Ranch

Coach of Year: Shawn Dupris, Damonte Ranch.

FIRST-TEAM

Quarterback: McNamara, Damonte Ranch

Running back: Abel Carter, Carson

Running back: Peyton Dixon, jr., Bishop Manogue

Running back: Tommy Corcoran, sr., Galena

Wide receiver: Dru Jacobs, sr., Damonte Ranch

Wide receiver: Tai Allison, jr., Damonte Ranch

Wide receiver: Colby Crisp, so., Bishop Manogue

Tight end: Hayden Werbeckes, sr., Galena

Guard: Josh Malafu, jr. Bishop Manogue

Guard: Dylan Angella, sr., Galena

Center: Ryan Madole, Damonte Ranch

Tackle: Dallin Shaffer, sr., Carson

Tackle: Ryan Miller, sr., Bishop Manogue

Kicker: Tanner Kalicki, sr., Carson

Punter: Chris Flores, jr., Douglas

DEFENSE

End: Hayden Werbeckes, Galena

End: Chandon Pierre, Bishop Manogue

Tackle: Austin Aiken, sr., Douglas

Tackle: Brock Roscover, sr., Damonte Ranch

Tackle: Andreus Alejo, sr., Galena

Linebacker: Abel Carter, Carson

Linebacker: Richie Garcia, Damonte Ranch

Linebacker: Michael Dennis, jr., Galena

Linebacker: Ryan Madole, Damonte Ranch

Defensive back: Kyle Glanzmann, sr., Carson

Defensive back: Tristen Smithers, sr., Galena

Defensive back: Angelo Reviglio, Bishop Manogue

Defensive back: Jake Polson, jr., Damonte Ranch

Return: Dru Jacobs, Damonte Ranch

SECOND-TEAM

Quarterback: Hunter Hickey, sr., Douglas

Running back: Dakota Lowden, sr., Douglas

Running back: Ryon Hurley, sr. Damonte Ranch

Running back: Angelo Reviglio, sr., Bishop Manogue

Wide receiver: Paul Vossen, jr., Bishop Manogue

Wide receiver: Kyle McNamara, so., Damonte Ranch

Wide receiver: Nolan Craddock, so., Galena

Tight end: Vinny Hershman, sr., Carson

Guard: Cody Freitas, sr., Douglas

Guard: Chandon Pierre, jr., Bishop Manogue

Center: Matt Gilbert, jr., Bishop Manogue

Tackle: Colton Willow, sr., Galena

Tackle: Cyrus Williams, sr., Damonte Ranch

Kicker: Chris Flores, Douglas

DEFENSE

End: Liam Desormier, sr., Carson

End: Cyrus Williams, Damonte Ranch

Tackle: Jon Acosta, jr., Carson

Tackle: Sam Kreins, jr., Damonte Ranch

Tackle: Aaron O’Connor, jr., Galena

Linebacker: Richie Romero, sr., Carson

Linebacker: Gilberto Aguilera, jr., Bishop Manogue

Linebacker: Ryan Miller, Bishop Manogue

Linebacker: Hunter Brooks, sr., Damonte Ranch

Defensive back: Andrew Williams, sr., Douglas

Defensive back: Austin Chu, sr., Galena

Defensive back: D.J. Jackson, jr., Bishop Manogue

Defensive back: Dru Jacobs, Damonte Ranch

Return: Abel Carter, Carson

HONORABLE MENTION

Douglas: Jack Overton, sr., wide receiver; James Monroe, sr., offensive guard; Andrew Browning, jr., center; Ryan McIntosh, sr.; Jose Ramirez, jr., defensive tackle; Chris Merritt, sr., linebacker; Jayden Foster, sr., linebacker; Kane Hoyopatubbi, sr., defensive back; Christian Gray, sr., defensive back; Luke Gansberg, jr., Douglas.

ALL-REGION

Player of Year: Brandon Kaho, sr., Reno

Offensive Player of Year: Cade McNamara, Damonte Ranch

Defensive Player of Year: Siaosi Finau, sr., Reno

Lineman of Year: Logan Hutcherson, sr., Reno

Coach of Year: Shawn Dupris, Damonte Ranch

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback: Cade McNamara, Damonte Ranch

Running back: Brandon Kaho, Reno

Running back: Abel Carter, Carson

Running back: Peyton Dixon, Bishop Manogue

Wide receiver: Isaac McCoy, Reed

Wide receiver: Dru Jacobs, Damonte Ranch

Wide receiver: Tai Allison, Damonte Ranch

Tight end: Alec Crosby, McQueen

Guard: John Keeley, Reed

Guard: Logan Hutcherson, Reno

Center: Ryan Madole, Damonte Ranch

Tackle: Ryan Miller, Bishop Manogue

Tackle: Vehekite Afu, Reed

Kicker: Tanner Kalicki, Carson

Punter: Brandon Kaho, Reno

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

End: Eric Schmitz, Reed

End: Brandon Kaho, Reno

Tackle: Charles Tuavao, Reed

Tackle: Logan Hutcherson, Reno

Tackle: Brock Roscover, Damonte Ranch

Linebacker: Abel Carter, Carson

Linebacker: Richie Garcia, Damonte Ranch

Linebacker: Siasosi Finau, Reno

Linebacker: Keegan Feroah, Reno

Defensive back: D.J. Beckum, McQueen

Defensive back: Angelo Reviglio, Bishop Manogue

Defensive back: Jack Polson, Damonte Ranch

Defensive back: George Moreno, Reed

Return: J.D. Kolb, McQueen

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback: Cameron Emerson, Reed

Running back: Josiah Schmidt, Reed

Running back: J.D. Kolb, McQueen

Running back: Gabby Ordaz, Spanish Springs

Running back: Tommy Corcoran, Galena

Wide receiver: Zane Barnard, Reno

Wide receiver: Jalen Weaver, North Valleys

Wide receiver: Colby Crisp, Bishop Manogue

Tight end: Siaosi Finau, Reno

Tight end: Hayden Werbeckes, Galena

Guard: Josh Malafu, Bishop Manogue

Guard: Dylan Angella, Galena

Center: Mike Delgado, Reed

Tackle: Michael Jefferson, Spanish Springs

Tackle: Dallin Shaffer, Carson

Kicker: Grey Paholke, Spanish Springs

Punter: Chris Flores, Douglas

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

End: Hayden Werbeckes, Galena

End: Chandon Pierre, Bishop Manogue

Tackle: Austin Aiken, Douglas

Tackle: Andreus Alejo, Galena

Tackle: Juan Lopez, North Valleys

Linebacker: Michael Dennis, Galena

Linebacker: Ryan Madole, Damonte Ranch

Linebacker: Matt Johnson, Reed

Linebacker: Jason Herman, McQueen

Defensive back: Kyle Glanzmann, Carson

Defensive back: Tristen Smithers, Galena

Defensive back: Colby Melton, Spanish Springs

Defensive back: Brendan Garner, Hug

Defensive back: Ty Silver, Reno

Return: Dru Jacobs, Damonte Ranch

Return: George Moreno, Reed