The Olympian's 2013 all-area football team

Staff writerNovember 28, 2013 

About the team

With staff observations and input from area coaches, each year The Olympian selects its all-area football team, which traditionally publishes on Thanksgiving Day.

This year, 13 different South Sound teams are represented on the all-area team. The 28 spots, plus a coach of the year, are broken down by league’s: 2A EvCo (14), 3A Narrows (7), 4A Narrows (4), 1A SWW Evergreen (4).

All published statistics are through the nine-game regular-season and playoffs.

Tumwater coach Sid Otton calls Cummings one of the top running backs he has had in his 40-year tenure. Enters this weekend’s semifinal game with 1,956 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns — three TDs from breaking Kyle Warner’s single-season school record of 32, set in 2010.

Tanner Gueller / Chehalis

Tanner Gueller

W.F. West
Quarterback, 6-3, 225, sr.

With Gueller’s size and athleticism, few teams could contain the Bearcats’ signal caller. The 2A EvCo MVP set school records in passing touchdowns (36) while throwing for 2,378 yards. He also rushed for 730 yards on 139 carries and nine touchdowns.

Derrick Becker / Olympia

Derrick Becker

Quarterback, 6-0, 190, sr.

Becker lifted the Bears’ offense in his first season at Olympia, on his way to earning 4A Narrows offensive MVP honors. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,886 yards and 23 touchdowns, a school record. Also rushed for 518 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyler Yarber / Rochester

Tyler Yarber

Running back, 5-7, 160, sr.

The Warriors’ workhouse in the backfield, Yarber was a big reason for the program’s one-season turnaround. The 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen offensive MVP ran for an area-high 1,926 yards on 288 carries and scored 20 touchdowns in guiding Rochester to the district playoffs.

Zach Chamberlain / Tenino

Zack Chamberlain

Running back, 5-10, 180, sr.

Chamberlain did it all for the Beavers as the team’s leader in rushing (1,207 yards), touchdowns scored (16) and tackles at linebacker (115), earning 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division MVP honors.

Andrew Paquin / Timberline

Andrew Paquin

Running back, 5-10, 170, sr.

Injuries resulted in Paquin being the Blazers’ No. 1 back in Week 2, and he didn’t disappoint. He rushed for 1,085 yards on 140 carries and 11 touchdowns to help the Blazers win the 3A Narrows League title.

Mitch Fettig / Olympia

Mitch Fettig

Wide receiver, 6-0, 175, sr.

Leaves with school records for touchdowns in a career and a season, highlighted by 12 touchdown receptions this fall. A first-team all-4A Narrows selection on offense and defense, he finished with 674 yards on 39 catches and also had 33 tackles.

Bryan Moon / Chehalis

Bryan Moon

W.F. West
Wide receiver, 5-11, 180, sr.

Part of a talented Bearcats receiving corps, Moon led South Sound in receiving with 882 yards on 47 catches and 10 touchdowns.

Elijah Hill / Tumwater

Elijah Hill

Punter, 6-3, 190, jr.

Rarely has Tumwater needed to punt, but when it does, Hill has been efficient. He has averaged 37.6 yards over 23 punts (with a season high of 50 yards) and hit three inside the 20. Also has converted 59 of 64 PATs and is 7 of 9 on field goals.

JP Forbord / Olympia

J.P. Forbord

Offensive line, 6-1, 240, sr.

Coach Bill Beattie called his left tackle the team’s best blocker as he helped the offense set school records this season.

Riley Haub-McElreath / Capital

Riley Haub-McElreath

Offensive line, 6-4, 235, sr.

No matter the ballcarrier, Haub-McElreath made sure the Cougars’ 1,000-yard rushers — Conner Kennedy and Ryan Rieta — had holes to run through.

Korye Trejo / Tumwater

Korye Trejo

Offensive line, 6-1, 240, sr.

First-time center and two-way starter on offense and defense helped anchor an offensive line that opened mammoth holes, and is a big reason for the T-Birds’ success in the run game.

Ricky Escalante / Elma

Ricky Escalante

Offensive line, 5-8, 190, sr.

Escalante, the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division’s defensive MVP, was a difference maker at offensive guard and linebacker. Despite an October knee injury, he finished with 86 tackles (seven for loss) on defense and nine “pancake” blocks at guard.

Dylan Reinhlold / Timberline

Dylan Reinhold

Offensive line, 6-3, 285, sr.

Two-year starting center and three-year long snapper was perfect on snaps and a key to the Blazers’ ground attack.

Hayden Maliska / North Thurston

Hayden Maliska

North Thurston
All-purpose, 5-11, 190, sr.

Multidimensional player rarely left the field for the Rams, seeing time on offense, defense and special teams. Finished career with more than 300 tackles as a linebacker and more than 2,000 yards of total offense.

Vernon Parker / Yelm

Vernon Parker

Kicker, 5-10, 190, so.

Known for his booming kicks, Parker was near-perfect on PATs and also put 17 kickoffs into the end zone.

Jake Grantham / North Thurston

Jake Grantham

North Thurston
Defensive line, 6-2, 220, sr.

Grantham set the tone for the Rams up front on both sides of the ball. Was the only 3A Narrows League lineman to earn two-way first-team all-league honors.

Zach Grate / Black Hills

Zach Grate

Black Hills
Defensive line, 6-1, 250, sr.

A two-way starter on the line, the 2A EvCo’s co-defensive MVP was an opponent’s nightmare. Of his 85.5 tackles, 19 were for loss, including six sacks. Also forced 10 fumbles and recovered four.

Nick Forstel / Tumwater

Nick Foerstel

Defensive line, 6-4, 220, sr.

Coach Sid Otton said Foerstel, an excellent pass rusher with a quick first step, reminds him of lineman Jamie Land, who was on Tumwater’s 1987 state championship team. Tied for team high with seven sacks.

Sean Roberts / River Ridge

Sean Roberts

River Ridge
Defensive line, 6-2, 260, sr.

Injuries cut Roberts’ past two seasons short, but he rebounded in a big way his senior year. Led the Hawks with 62 tackles (11 for loss).

Addison Barrett / Tumwater

Addison Barrett

Linebacker, 5-11, 180, jr.

Called the leader of the defense by Otton, Barrett has 130 tackles (an average of 10.8 per game), including 17 in a state quarterfinal win over White River. His tackle total is 61 more than the second-place player.

Trevor Davis / Tumwater

Trevor Davis

Linebacker, 6-2, 200, jr.

Davis is gentle and soft-spoken, but when the Friday night lights come on, so does his unmatched competitive fire. Not much gets by the two-year starter, who is tied for a team-high seven sacks.

Brennon Kaleiwahea / Timberline

Brennon Kaleiwahea

Linebacker, 6-1, 210, sr.

One of the hearts and souls of the Timberline defense, Kaleiwahea used his strength and speed to tally a team-high 74 tackles, including three games of 10-plus tackles.

Gabe Gleizes / Tumwater

Gabe Gleizes

Defensive back, 5-11, 170, sr.

A lockdown player in the T-Birds’ secondary, Gleizes has 69 tackles and five interceptions entering Saturday’s Class 2A state semifinal game against Prosser. Of Tumwater’s 11 touchdowns scored by the defense, he has three of them.

Malachai Hicks / North Thurston

Malachai Hicks

North Thurston
Defensive back, 5-10, 175, jr.

The unanimous all-3A Narrows player always had the tough task of covering the opponent’s top receiver, and his speed and athleticism showed in the secondary.

Jeff Winstead / Timberline

Jeff Winstead

Defensive back, 5-7, 195, sr.

His stature might fool some, but Winstead let his play do all the talking. The strong safety registered 56 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions.

Toby Johnson / Chehalis

Toby Johnson

W.F. West
Defensive back, 5-8, 165, sr.

The first-team 2A All-EvCo cornerback had a team-high five interceptions and was part of a talented wide receiver trio.

Jacob Racimo / Capital

Jakob Racimo

Tight end, 6-2, 210, sr.

As impressive as the 2A EvCo’s co-defensive MVP was as a linebacker, he was equally impressive at tight end, becoming one of quarterback Cody Jenkins’ top targets with 255 yards on 14 catches. Also known for his punt-blocking skills on special teams.

Chrisitan Cummings / Tumwater

Christian Cummings

All-Area player of the year

Running back, 5-10, 180, sr.

Jeff Zenisek / coach-Tenino

Jeff Zenisek

All-Area coach of the year

Zenisek led the Beavers to their first league title since 1986 and their first Class 1A state playoff game since 2007.


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