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Spencer Curtis, Jordan

Here's a look at the Deseret News 5A All-State football team as voted on by the coaches:

5A MVP

Austin Kafentzis, Jordan

Sr., 6-1, 205, Sr.

221-394, 56.0%, 3,862 yards, 40 TDs, 14 INTs … 273 carries, 1,842 yards, 25 TDs

5A First Team

QB: Kyle Gearig, Bingham

Sr., 6-1, 185

113-210, 53.8%, 1,625 yards, 25 TDs, 2 INTs … 262 rush yards, 6 TDs

RB: Zach Katoa, American Fork

Sr., 6-1, 190

284 carries, 1,653 yards, 25 TDs … 44 rec., 576 yards, 5 TDs

RB: Joseph Tiatia, Hunter

Sr., 5-10, 195

250 carries, 2,205 yards, 18 TDs

WR: Simi Fehoko, Brighton

Jr., 6-5, 180

63 rec., 1,644 yards, 24 TDs

WR: Spencer Curtis, Jordan

So., 6-2, 165

79 rec., 1,401 yards, 15 TDs

TE: Paxton Merrill, Fremont

Sr., 6-3, 212

85 rec., 974 yards, 10 TDs

OL: James Empey, American Fork

Sr., 6-4, 265

“Dominated both sides of the O and D line. Offers to Utah, USU, BYU, Boise, Wash, etc.”

OL: Andre James, Herriman

Sr., 6-5, 285

“3-year starter. Graded out above 90% in all 12 games.”

OL: Nate Wadsworth, Fremont

Sr., 6-3, 240

“Far and away our best O and D lineman. Never came off field, a true iron man. 15 Pancakes.”

OL: Daniel Gasio, Bingham

Sr., 6-1, 230

“Our only two-way starter and best O-lineman.”

OL: Demetrius Davis, Pleasant Grove

Sr., 6-4, 275

“3-year starter on OL”

DL: T.J. Fehoko, Cottonwood

Sr., 6-2, 270

121 tackles, 21 sacks

DL: Langi Tuifua, Bingham

So., 6-3, 210

82 tackles, 5 sacks

DL: Stetson Clapp, Weber

Sr., 5-10, 200

94 tackles, 13.5 sacks

DL: Kalisi Moli, Herriman

Sr., 6-2, 250

60 tackles, 7.5 sacks

LB: Daniel Langi, Bingham

Sr., 6-0, 225

116 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 INTs

LB: Osa Masina, Brighton

Sr., 6-4, 235

94 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 1 INT

LB: Nate Honey, American Fork

Jr., 6-1, 185

121 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 INTs

LB: Simeon Page, Riverton

Jr., 5-11, 195

169 tackles, 9 sacks

DB: Kade Cloward, Bingham

Sr., 5-10, 170

97 tackles, 5 INTs

DB: Cody Barton, Brighton

Sr., 6-3, 210

90 tackles, 1 sack, 4 INTs

DB: Ty Hinds

Sr., 6-0, 180

79 tackles, 2 INTs

K: Chayden Johnston, Bingham

Sr., 6-0, 160

16 FGs, 58 PATs

SPEC: Dayan Lake, Northridge

Sr., 5-11, 185

Averaged 164.4 rush/receiving yards … 41.5 KR average .. Shutdown CB only allowed 4 completions. Blocked 8 kicks.

5A Second Team

QB: Tanner Smith, American Fork, Jr.

QB: Robbie Hutchins, Brighton, Sr.

RB: Cameron Smith, Bingham, Sr.

RB: Cameron Christensen, Riverton, Sr.

RB: Caden Calton, Lehi, Sr.

WR: AJ Townsend, Jordan, Sr.

WR: Coleson Worley, American Fork, Jr.

TE: Nate Heaps, American Fork, Sr.

OL: Moses Tauteoli, Brighton, Jr.

OL: Preston Holfautz, Jordan, Sr.

OL: Tevita Tauteoli, Hunter, Sr.

OL: Alex Harris, Syracuse, Sr.

OL: Myles Tapusoa, West, Sr.

DL: Jay Tufele, Bingham, So.

DL: Mufi Hunt, Taylorsville, Sr.

DL: Robert Schwenke, Brighton, Sr.

DL: Riley Phillips, American Fork, Sr.

LB: Zack Moreton, Alta, Sr.

LB: Sione Heimuli-Lund, Brighton, So.

LB: Parker Workman, Bingham, Jr.

LB: Tyler Hale, Syracuse, Sr.

DB: Kody Jarvis, Herriman, Sr.

DB: Dominieke Jones, Bingham, Sr.

DB: Keaton Kimball, Riverton, Sr.

DB: Daniel Loua, Jordan, So.

DB: Dallas Moklebust, Northridge, Sr.

K: Romney Harker, Syracuse, Sr.

5A Honorable Mention

QB: Justin Shaw, Fremont, Sr.

QB: Toa MauMau, Taylorsville, Sr.

QB: Tanner Thompson, Hillcrest, Sr.

RB: Mason White, Davis, Sr.

RB: Josh Davis, Alta, So.

RB: Kayden Strasters, Herriman, Jr.

WR: Will Unutoa, Copper Hills, Sr.

WR: Haze Hadley, Fremont, So.

WR: Mike Green, Bingham, Sr.

TE: Noah Togiai, Hunter, Sr.

OL: Cole Clemens, Bingham, So.

OL: McKay Dailey, American Fork, Sr.

OL Brock Ballard, Riverton, Sr.

OL: Brackin Stringam, Lehi, Sr.

OL: Josh Souifua, Alta, Sr.

OL: Tryce Leuluai, West Jordan, Jr.

DL: John Penisini, West Jordan, Sr.

DL: Jake Christiansen, Davis, Sr.

DL: Zach Crump, Riverton, Sr.

DL: Mason Warr, Riverton, Sr.

DL: Harris LaChance, Herriman, Sr.

LB: Connor Taylor, Davis, Jr.

LB: Fua Pututau, Cottonwood, Jr.

LB: Brantzen Romander, Fremont, Sr.

LB: Nick Bernardo, American Fork, Sr.

LB: Samoa Toiaivao, Riverton, Sr.

LB: David Lake, Lone Peak, Sr.

DB: Tanner Call, Cottonwood, Jr.

DB: Hunter Burt, Viewmont, Jr.

DB: David Lutui, Hunter, Sr.

K: Jackson Nadauld, American Fork, Sr.

SPEC: Connor Forsyth, Westlake, Sr.

Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.