Ben Seymour, Ryan Camacho share prep football Player of the Year honors

This season’s Foothill League prep football co-players of the year come from programs that are different in a big way. Ben Seymour and Valencia are coming off their 10th straight league title and another undefeated league season, while Ryan Camacho and West Ranch are coming off a historic season in their own right; a season that began with the best start in program history and concluded with the program’s first-ever playoff win. Completing the “10-peat” was the highlight of the season for Seymour, who recorded 27 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, three pass deflections, a fumble recovery and a caused fumble. He also rushed for one touchdown. Although his personal stat line is impressive, even after switching from defensive end to linebacker, Seymour was quick to give credit to those around him. “I worked so hard and all these people that have helped me like my coaches, all the teammates that have impacted me, they truly helped me out a lot and they got me to where I am today,” Seymour said. Camacho, who had played on both sides of the ball last season, picked up a heavier offensive load after volunteering to play running back this season. The result couldn’t have been any better: Camacho rushed for 1,919 yards and 28 touchdowns on 193 carries. He produced on defense, too, with 18 total tackles. “I feel like at running back, I was hitting the holes harder than I was before,” Camacho said. “Last year I was a little hesitant, this year not so much. Just getting more yards every day.” As Camacho improved on a regular basis at his position, the Wildcats are slowly climbing as a team, too. “West Ranch is moving up,” he said. “We’re just going to continue to get better and with all the hard work they’re going to get there eventually.” Camacho’s brother, Jovan, was named the league’s offensive player of the year after a season that included 1,344 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 63 catches. Seymour’s teammate, Luring Paialii, was named defensive player of the year with 19 total tackles, 16 of which were tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. Valencia’s Tanner Miller was also named lineman of the year. Miller was part of an offensive line that cleared the way for the Vikings to collect 1,952 total passing yards and 1,982 rushing yards.

First Team Offense

Johnathan Kaelin, WR, Jr., Golden Valley Zach Johnson, QB, Jr., Hart Drew Munoz, WR, Jr., Hart Jacob Montes, WR, Sr., Hart Cole Gallagher, QB, Sr., Saugus Trevor Girch, WR, Sr., Saugus Jake Santos, RB, Jr., Valencia Davis Cop, QB, Sr., Valencia Cade Erickson, WR, Sr., Valencia Kohler Shockley, WR, Sr., Valencia Weston Eget, QB, Sr., West Ranch John Collier, OL, Jr., West Ranch Colton Dolder, K, Sr., Saugus

First Team Defense

Derrese Morganfield, LB, Sr., Golden Valley Michael Colangelo, DB, Sr., Hart Ashton Thomas, DB, Jr., Hart Blake Adams, LB, Sr., Saugus Matt Ballentine, DB, Sr., Saugus Myles Garrett, LB, Sr., Saugus Owen Hand, LB, Jr., Valencia JimE DeYoung, LB, Jr., Valencia Josh Doyle, DB, Sr., Valencia Justice Forbes, DL, Sr., Valencia Zach Van Bennekum, LB, Jr., West Ranch Joseph Tempesta, LB, Sr., West Ranch Aaron Rodriguez, P, Sr., Hart

Second Team Offense

Max Graham, OL, Sr., Canyon Zachary Chevalier, QB, Sr., Golden Valley Logan Morrison, WR, Sr., Golden Valley Diego Montes, OL, Sr., Hart Reid Huseman, RB, Sr., Saugus James Sumpter, WR, Sr., Saugus Jaden Holmes, WR, Sr., Valencia Hunter Koch, WR, Jr., Valencia Ethan Eichten, OL, Sr., West Ranch Brenden Cho, OL, Sr., West Ranch Mason James, R, Sr., West Ranch Ryan Guluzza, K, Sr., Canyon

Second Team Defense

Henry Vera, DB, Sr., Canyon Tyler Walker DB, Jr., Golden Valley Pablo Duran, DB, Jr., Golden Valley Leighton McCarthy, LB, Jr., Hart Jack McBride, LB, Sr., Hart Jacob Jaramillo, DL, Sr., Hart Carson Smith, DL, Sr., Saugus Devin Thompson, LB, Sr., Saugus Robert Brymer, DL, Sr., Valencia Mitchell Torres, SS, Jr., Valencia Brandon Wyre, S, Jr.,West Ranch Bryce Buchanan, LB, Jr., West Ranch Luke Fowble, P, Sr., Valencia

Honorable Mention

Shawn Gallagher, Sr., Canyon Antonio Abrego, So., Golden Valley Tyler Thompson, Jr., Hart Angelo Bornn, Sr., Saugus Jacques Derderian, Sr., Saugus Austin Schanks, Sr., West Ranch

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Haley Sawyer

Haley Sawyer

A Pennsylvania native, Haley Sawyer has covered sports across the country. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and is the sports editor at The Signal.