Best of the Best: 2021 All-Valley Football Team
Here are the top football players in Utah Valley in 2021:
Player of the Year: Luke Durfey, Sr. LB/RB, Lone Peak
Versatile star who came up big on both sides of the ball for the Knights. He was relentless in getting after opposing ball carriers (122 tackles, 11 TFL, 3.5 sacks) but also was the go-to performer in tough-yardage situations on offense (71 carries, 259 yds, 10 TDs, 2 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD) as Lone Peak won the 6A championship.
Offensive MVP: Jackson Brousseau, Jr. QB, Lehi
Calm, steady gunslinger who distributed the ball effectively and didn’t let mistakes phase him. He finished the season 295-of-446 for 3,255 yards with 36 TD and just five interceptions as he led the Pioneers to the 5A title.
Defensive MVP: Porter Small, Sr. DL/OL, Springville
High-motor star who epitomized Red Devil toughness and determination. He would take on blockers at the line or chase down opposing ball carriers in the secondary. He tallied 76 tackles, 20.5 TFL and 14 sacks as Springville reached the 5A championship game.
Coach of the Year: Bart Brockbank, Lone Peak
No one in the state thought there was a team who could defeat mighty Corner Canyon at all in 2021 — except at Lone Peak. Brockbank got his Knights believing they could do it not once but twice, an impressive accomplishment. His schemes and strategies got the most out of his players all season long, resulting in the 6A crown.
All-Valley First Team
Tapuvae Amaama, Sr. OL, Skyridge
Skilled giant of a lineman who was key to the Falcon offensive success, both in the ground game and in pass blocking.
Liu Aumavae, Sr. QB, Timpview
Dynamic playmaker who set the tone for the talented T’Birds all year long, going 180-of-305 for 2,971 yards with 28 TD and 13 INT.
Takeao Hansen, Sr. DB, Lone Peak
Imposing presence in the defensive backfield who forced quarterbacks to avoid throwing his direction, although he still snagged four picks on the season.
McCae Hillstead, Jr. QB, Skyridge
Classic dual-threat signal-caller who succeeded both through the air (195-of-353, 2,494 yards, 24 TD, 11 INT) and on the ground (122 carries, 814 yards, 13 TD).
Matu Holdaway, Sr. QB, Timpanogos
Spearhead of the Timberwolf resurgence, setting the tone by going 179-of-290 through the air for 2,387 yards with 32 TD and 10 INT.
Luke Hyde, Sr. WR, Lone Peak
Lightning-fast receiver who drew a lot of attention but still finished with 41 catches for 551 yards and seven touchdowns.
Fisher Ingersoll, Sr. WR/DB, American Fork
A nightmare of a matchup who had a great combination of size, speed and hands (56 catches, 727 yards, 7 TD).
Logalima Lesa, Sr. LB/TE, Provo
Workhorse tackler who consistently made plays (116 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks) as he led the Bulldog defense.
Maddox Madsen, Sr. QB, American Fork
Pinpoint passer who completed an amazing career as a Caveman by going 264-of-400 for 3,004 yards with 38 TD and only six interceptions in 2021.
Trevor Pay, Sr. OL, Lone Peak
Leader who set the tone for the Knight offense with his physical play and love of the game, driving everyone around him to be at their best.
Taysen Reid, Sr. RB/LB, Spanish Fork
Unstoppable force for the Dons (85 tackles, 30.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks) who played a key role in getting the Dons to the top of Region 9.
Seth Rigtrup, Sr. RB/LB, Springville
Incredibly tough and resilient athlete who rarely left the field and not only carried the load on offense (217 carries, 1,543 yards, 21 TD) but was a key defender as well.
Zion Saleapaga, Sr. DL, Orem
Explosive lineman who wreaked havoc on opposing blocking schemes (36 tackles, 9 TFL, 6 sacks) and played a big role in the late Tiger surge.
Smith Snowden, Jr. WR/DB, Skyridge
Consummate shutdown corner who loved taking on the best receivers in the state, making them work for every catch (4 INT).
Kadiyon Sweat, Jr. DB, Lehi
Brilliant, game-changing punt returner who also was a crucial defensive performer for the Pioneers (9 INT, 73 tackles).
Isaac Terrell, Jr. DL, Lehi
Powerful aggressive lineman who was nearly unblockable, nearly living in opposing backfields (95 tackles, 22 TFL, 23.5 sacks).
All-Valley Second Team
Teague Andersen, Sr. OL, Lehi
Powerful presence who rarely got beat
Joe Brown, Sr. OL, Lone Peak
Physical blocker who opened up big run lanes
Cole Clement, Sr. WR/LB Springville
82 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, 5 INT, 41 receptions, 760 yards, 9 TD
Micah Beckstead, Jr. RB, Timpview
150 carries, 986 yards, 10 TD
Ryder Burton, Jr. QB, Springville
144-of-241, 2,301 yards, 24 TD, 12 INT
Easton Comer, Sr. QB, Lone Peak
183-of-327, 2,637 yards, 25 TD, 11 INT
Jeter Fenton, Sr. RB/LB, Skyridge
193 carries, 814 yards, 10 TD
Braxton Fely, Sr. DL, Timpview
60 tackles, 28 TFL, 13.5 sacks
Carson Gonzalez, Jr. RB, Lehi
174 carries, 1,226 yards, 15 TD
Duncan Henstra, Sr. TE/LB, ALA
133 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 6 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD, 60 catches, 704 yards, 4 TD
Mack Hixon, So. RB/DB, Orem
137 carries, 1,006 yards, 9 TD
Dallin Johnson, So. Dl/OL, Springville
69 tackles, 12 TFL, 8 sacks
Luke Livingston, So. WR, Timpanogos
82 catches, 1,589 yards, 23 TD
Noah Moeaki, Sr. TE/LB, American Fork
Dangerous athlete who could catch, run and block
River Moore, Sr. DB, Lehi
Shutdown defender who always made big plays (6 INT)
Tristan Royce, Sr. LB, Lehi
114 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks
Easton Shank, Sr. QB/DB, Cedar Valley
66-of-117. 826 yards, 9 TD, 11 INT, 199 carries, 1,017 yards, 14 TD
Nick Siri, Sr. DL, Lone Peak
Powerful rusher who also gave opposing o-lines fits
Jace Welsch, Sr. QB, Provo
150-of-267, 2,117 yards, 12 TD, 8 INT, 135 carries, 851 yards, 18 TD
All-Valley Third Team
Hezekiah Anahu-Ambrosio, Jr. LB, Timpview
94 tackles, 21 TFL, 9 sacks
Joshua Buck, Jr. RB, Spanish Fork
152 carries, 1,054 yards, 9 TD
Cole Christensen, Jr. WR, Lone Peak
42 catches, 735 yards, 5 TD
Jaxon Christensen, Sr. WR, Lehi
73 catches, 732 yards, 13 TD
Tanner Evans, Sr. LB, Cedar Valley
130 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 sacks
Spencer Fotu, Sr. DB, Lone Peak
Impressive coverage ability
Pokai Haunga, Jr. WR, Timpview
67 catches, 1,221 yards, 14 TD
Gavin Ivie, Sr. LB/RB, Pleasant Grove
Excellent pursuit, 83 tackles
Kenny James, Sr. LB, Orem
50 tackles, 4 TFL
Hema Katoa, Jr. LB, Lehi
130 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks
Jackson McCarty, Jr. QB, Mountain View
163-of-308, 2,372 yards, 21 TD, 7 INT
Bradey Mortensen, Sr. WR/DB, Springville
46 carries, 819 yards, 10 TD
Helaman Ofahengaue, Sr. DL, Lehi
75 tackles, 9 TFL, 12 sacks
Sterling Sanders, Sr. LB, Timpanogos
120 tackles, 4 TFL
Austin Stevenson, Sr. QB/LB/K, Spanish Fork
93-of-169, 1,403 yards, 11 TD, 7 INT
Stanley Raass, Jr. DL, Skyridge
Rock-solid performer in the middle of the line
Chase Tuatagaloa, Sr. QB, Orem
182-of-298, 2,282 yards, 19 TD, 10 INT
Jaxson Willits, Sr. RB, Lone Peak
167 carries, 916 yards, 5 TD
American Fork: Preston Dailey, Hunter Clegg, Kyle Moore, Trey Roberts, Davis Andrews, Dallin Kartchner, Spencer Clegg
ALA: Tyrell Robertson, Isaac House, Zayne Thornton, Kyle Guynes, Blake Huff, Gabriel Huff
Cedar Valley: CJ Proctor, Payton Weber, Cooper Thomson, Lucas Peck, Taygen Hansen, Grant Salter
Juab: Wes Nielsen, Payton Park, Will Harmon, Porter Anderson, Ryker Richards
Lehi: Blake Jenkins, Austin Boyd, Zane Goodrich, Nate Anderegg, Steele Cooper, Kimball Tamala, Ben Jeppesen, Will McCleary, Boston Bingham
Lone Peak: Saveaalii Malietoa Fitisemanu, Crew McChesney, Conner Kelley, Mason Patane, Braden Carr
Maple Mountain: Hunter Bezzant, Jaxson Denton, Sean Persson, Andrew Jensen, Cole McAllister, Matt Hess, Fisher Stokes, Carson Golding
Mountain View: Jaemon Hill, Kyler Copeland, Daitrez Johnson, Ryder Hill, Dustin Havea, Anoakekai Ballard, Peni Pahulu,
Orem: Roger Saleapaga, Lance Reynold III, Moses Kivalu, Shaun Niu, Jaxon Beckstrom, Isaac Yakota
Payson: Luke Ivers, Kelton Smith, Cooper Swasey, Layne Osborn, Josh Webber, Taysen Houser, Cash Muir, Rett Robinson
Pleasant Grove: Nic Staffieri, Kael McCoy, Jaeden Wright, Wade Christiansen, Kolton Tanner, Tyson Downs, Bronco Winterton
Provo: Rock Magleby, Emmett Pan, Daniel Asisi, Nilo Rosales, Lincoln Leuva, Stranz Mangisi, Masi Hifo
Salem Hills: Luke DeGraffenried, Clay Lyman, Easton Cook, Kort Stewart, Zaylunn Fenn, Garrett Holt, Grant Barney
Skyridge: Carver Cole, Sione Westover, Teagen Calton, Tausili Akana, Dalton Young, Saxon Higbee, Joseph Brandt, Jack Hadfield, Collin Sheffield
Spanish Fork: Curtis Hernandez, Cade Olsen, Darian Harrison, McKay Peery, Teni Worthen, Jason Lukins, Isaac Ruepena, Bow Bow Schwenke, Jace Gunter
Springville: Cole Clement, Wyatt Deede, Will Penrod, Will Udall, Ryder Poulsen, Bryan Gordon, Tyson Naufahu
Timpanogos: Jaxon Vanchiere, Josh Jones, Chase Riggs, Matthew Torgersen, Tyler Hunter, Tyson Miller, Joe Vance, Tanner Baldwin
Timpview: Kerven Tua’one, Tei Nacua, Jared Esplin, Taylor Malo, Paea Alatini, Siale Esera, JJ Tuha, Will Lohner
Wasatch: Quezon Villa, Chris Cook, Laakea Kalama, Jarinn Kalama, Josh Sanders, Breken Bowen, Alden Rowser
Westlake: Kanyon Lee, Garrison Higgins, Bonden Taylor, Cooper Cowan, Lance Benham, Spencer Heimuli, Zack Heimuli