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Best of the Best: 2022 All-Valley Football Team

By Jared Lloyd - | Dec 3, 2022
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Skyridge senior defensive back Smith Snowden (3) intercepts a Bingham pass during a 6A state football semifinal game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Snowden returned the ball for a 92-yard touchdown.
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Lehi senior Jackson Brousseau throws a pass during the 5A quarterfinal game against Box Elder in Lehi on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
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Lehi head coach Ed Larson talks to his team after the 5A quarterfinal game against Box Elder in Lehi on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
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Timpview junior wide receiver Isaiah Vaea gets tackled by Lehi senior safety Kadiyon Sweat during the 5A state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
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Skyridge coach Jon Lehman walks the sidelines at the 6A state football championship game against Corner Canyon at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Here are the top high school football players in Utah Valley in 2022:

Player of the Year: Kadiyon Sweat, Sr. DB, Lehi

Sweat proved to be a jaw-dropping combination of flair, leadership and athleticism who regularly changed games as both a safety and in special teams as a punt returner. He finished with 10 interceptions and was a huge force for the Pioneer defense both with his playmaking and his on-field presence.

Offensive MVP: Jackson Brousseau, Sr. QB, Lehi

Brousseau showed himself to be an accurate, consistent passer who could also take off and run when there was a lane. He finished the season 274-of-393 for 3,281 yards with 36 TD and nine interceptions while coming up big in key moments as he led the Pioneers to their second consecutive 5A title.

Defensive MVP: Smith Snowden, Sr. WR/DB, Skyridge

Smith was an incredible shutdown corner who quarterbacks often didn’t even want to test because he was so dynamic. He would make the best receivers work for every catch and even with few opportunities still grabbed six interceptions.

Co-Coaches of the Year: Ed Larson, Lehi, and Jon Lehman, Skyridge

Both Lehi and Skyridge entered the 2022 season with high expectations, which are often tough to live up to. Instead, Larson and Lehman guided their respective teams through numerous challenges and tough times, eventually emerging as state champs. Their two teams combined to go 27-1, which is an achievement for the entire city of Lehi to be proud of.

2022 All-Valley Football First Team (alphabetical order)

Tausili Akana, Sr. LB/DL, Skyridge

Elite athlete who gave nightmares to opposing linemen with his quickness and power, finishing with 12.5 sacks.

Micah Beckstead, Sr. RB, Timpview

Workhorse runner who could get the tough yards up the middle or explode for big gains (204 carries, 1,957 yards, 15 TDs).

Austin Boyd, Sr. OL, Lehi

Rock-solid anchor for the excellent Pioneer offensive line who was key both as a communicator and a big-time presence.

Cole Christensen, Sr. WR, Lone Peak

Dynamic playmaker who came up big in both the Knight passing game (51 receptions, 682 yards, 9 TDs) and as a returner.

Hunter Clegg, Sr. DL, American Fork

Powerful defender who could disrupt the backfield (9 sacks) or come up big in pursuing ball carriers on the edges.

Tyler Denney, Sr. LB, Lone Peak

Tremendous presence in the middle who was excellent at getting to the ball and making stops (100 total tackles, 10 TFLs, 4.5 sacks).

Siale Tuite’elagi Esera, Sr. LB/DL, Timpview

Incredible combination of strength and athleticism that allowed him to spearhead the T’Bird defensive efforts (76 total tackles, 6 TFLs).

Spencer Fano, Sr. OL/DL, Timpview

Highly-sought-after player who was always willing to excel in any role the T’Birds needed him to take on, especially in the trenches.

Jarvis Griffiths, Sr. OL, American Fork

Strong blocker who set the tone for the Caveman offense with his ability to keep the line organized and open holes for ball carriers.

Dallin Johnson, Jr. DL/OL, Springville

Monster performer who came up with big blocks on offense and big stops on defense for the Red Devils (9 sacks).

Hema Katoa, Sr. LB, Lehi

Defender who showed amazing range, whether making tackles for a loss or chasing down opposing receivers (94 total tackles, 5.5 TFLs).

Lance Reynolds III, Jr. QB/WR, Orem

Tough, gritty athlete who stood up to the pressure and consistently made plays for the Tiger offense (228-of-348, 3,177 yards, 25 TDs, 16 Ints)

Trey Roberts, Sr. WR, American Fork

Focal point of opposing defenses but still a big-time performer (38 receptions, 496 yards, 5 TDs) and a key leader for the Cavemen.

Adam Stephens, Sr. OL, Skyridge

Steady presence for the Falcon offense who opened holes in the run game and give the QBs time to find receivers down field.

Isaac Terrell, Sr. DL, Lehi

Powerful aggressive lineman who was nearly unblockable, nearly living in opposing backfields and ended up with 76 total tackles and 10.5 sacks.

Tevita Valeti, Jr. RB, Springville

Go-t0 offensive performer for the Red Devils who always answered the call for his team (259 carries, 1,744 yards, 22 TDs).

Quezon Villa, Jr. QB, Timpview

Versatile performer who was always a threat to score whether as a QB, a ball carrier or a receiver (91 carries, 952 yards, 11 TDs)

Sione Westover, Sr. LB, Skyridge

Critical leader for the incredible Falcon defense who led by example (57 tackles, 6 TFLs, 3.5 sacks) but also inspired the rest of the unit.

2022 All-Valley Football Second Team (alphabetical order)

Evan Agor, Sr. LB, American Fork

91 total tackles, 5 TFLs, dynamic leader

Joshua Buck, Sr. RB/S, Spanish Fork

246 carries, 1,315 yards, 11 TDs

Ryder Burton, Sr. QB, Springville

105-of-201, 1,972 yards, 21 TDs, 6 Ints

Helaman Casuga, Fr. QB, Timpview

151-of-214, 2,330 yards, 26 TDs, 7 Ints

Jared Esplin, Sr. WR, Timpview

47 receptions, 838 yards, 11 TDs

Trevyn Gates, LB/RB, Pleasant Grove

145 total tackles, impressive defensive instinct

Carson Gonzalez, Sr. RB, Lehi

125 carries, 973 yards, 15 TDs

Jamison Harward, Sr. RB, Provo

142 carries, 974 yards, 10 TDs

McCae Hillstead, Sr. QB, Skyridge

Amazing leader and big-moment performer who could succeed running or passing but had his season limited due to injury.

Clayson Jakins, Sr. RB, Cedar Valley

206 carries, 1,202 yards, 10 TDs

La’akea Kalama, Jr. WR/DB, Skyridge

81 receptions, 901 yards, 9 TDs

Luke Livingston, Jr. WR, Timpanogos

56 receptions, 986 yards, 13 TDs

Crew McChesney, Sr. WR, Lone Peak

46 receptions, 876 yards, 6 TDs

Bryce Paulson, Sr. OL/DL, Pleasant Grove

Key blocker who was a physical presence for the Vikings

Roger Saleapaga, Sr. TE/WR, Orem

78 receptions, 1,267 yards, 14 TDs

Nic Staffieri, Sr. QB, Pleasant Grove

233-of-381, 2,926 yards, 28 TDs, 14 Ints

Cooper Swasey, Jr. WR/FS, Payson

92 receptions, 1,356 yards, 16 TDs, 3 interceptions

Tate Walker, Sr. RB, Skyridge

154 carries, 738 yards, 12 TDs

2022 All-Valley Football Third Team (alphabetical order)

Nathan Anderegg, Sr. DB, Lehi

6 interceptions, 54 total tackles, key defensive performer

Jaxon Bulkley, Sr. RB/LB, Payson

133 carries, 933 yards, 10 TDs

Trent Call, Jr. QB, Skyridge

Kept Falcons winning after starter injury, 120-of-182, 1,319 yards, 15 TDs, 4 Ints

Kyson Condie, Sr. QB, Provo

166-of-272, 1,874 yards, 18 TDs, 5 Ints

Chris Cook, Sr. RB, Wasatch

208 carries, 1,126 yards, 19 TDs

Kade Edwards, Jr. QB, Payson

190-of-302, 2,488 yards, 26 TDs, 14 Ints

Kinilau Fonohema, Jr. DL/OL, Springville

10.5 sacks, big-time player in the trenches

Saxon Higbee, Sr. DB, Skyridge

7 interceptions, great at playing the ball in the air

Alan Jackson, Sr. QB, Juab

243-of-297, 4,105 yards, 54 TDs, 5 Ints

Blake Jenkins, Sr. LB, Lehi

105 total tackles, 5 TFLs

Mack Kelson, So. QB/SS, Wasatch

280-of-451, 3,278 yards, 25 TDs, 16 Ints

Messi Pahulu, Sr. RB, Mountain View

134 carries, 874 yards

Jaxon Pilgrim, Sr. OL/DL, Westlake

128 total tackles, 11 TFLs

Chase Riggs, Jr. QB, Timpanogos

153-of-262, 1,918 yards, 20 TDs, 7 Ints

Collin Sheffield, Sr. LB, Skyridge

8 interceptions, 38 tackles, 9.5 TFLs

Kolton Tanner, Sr. WR, Lehi

40 receptions, 627 yards, 9 TDs

Cooper Thomson, Sr. QB, Cedar Valley

197-of-314, 2,572 yards, 24 TDs, 13 Ints

Devoux Tuataga, Jr. DL, Cedar Valley

11 sacks, solid defender in the trenches

Honorable Mention

American Fork: Caleb Peterson, Davis Andrews, Cale Burrows, Maximos Edwards, Champion Edwards, Lincoln Jackson, Dax Watts, Jett Nelson, Jace Hull, Drew Dickey, Payton Rees, Jake Greenwood

ALA: Mason Bullock, Gabe Huff, Noah Swarnes, Christopher Marble, Trenton Henstra

Cedar Valley: Kekai Baker, Joe Lomu, Taygen Hansen, Bucky Seely, KJ Fisher, Bryan Vogl

Juab: Payton Park, Justin Stevens, Wes Nielsen, Chase Ingram, Ryker Richards, Keagan Hall, Treyveon Marshall, Aisea Langi-Mafuahingano, Ryan Robison

Lehi: Jace Johns, Chanse Miller, Hank Griffin, Isaiah Allen, Devaughn Eka, Koby Moore, Grayson Brousseau, Maka Havea, Camden Williamson, Alema Tamala, Nate Shepherd, Ben Jeppesen, Cooper Skidmore

Lone Peak: Kaden Hodson, Seth Dahl, Luke Smith, Brooks Wilde, Kyle West, Corbin Baumgartner, Alex Passey, Nathan Darrington, Ian Sanches, Cooper Mumford

Maple Mountain: Joshua Beisinger, Brogan Miles, Jaxson Denton, CJ Fairbourne, Quinn Burtenshaw

Mountain View: Lotoa Lesa, Kalvin Floyd, Dustin Havea, Austin Atwood, Isaiah Ugapo, Logan Lunt

Orem: Asher Young, Andrew To’a, Feleti Iongi, Eniasi Matina, Tim To’a, Cole Johnson, Boston Hendry, Ammon Aiono

Payson: Dylan Wall, Rett Robinson, Kamden Schimpf, Owen Cottle, Jaxton Howerd, Josh Webber, Zayden Cook, Trey Worthen

Pleasant Grove: Cannon Hale, Tu’alau Wolfgramm, Shawn Cottle, Bronco Winterton, Ryker Mikkelsen, Thatcher Coon, Wade Christiansen, Jaeden Wright, Kael McCoy

Provo: Drew Deucher, Hutch Fale, Sosaia Hifo, Kyle Larsen, Tagai Lesa, Tomasi Hifo, Moses Vaenuku, Lanitalo Takitaki, Kaejay Brady

Salem Hills: Garrett Holt, Jackson Nelson, Aiden Haskell, Vandin Fusselman, Jed Hughes, Kort Stewart

Skyridge: Brady Beers, Jace Doman, Cannon Jensen, Kyle Valdez, Ian Keeslar, Mason Anderson, Dalton Young, Ian Mariner, Iakopo Malufau, Elijah Teriipaia, Deshawn Toilolo, Willy Launoa, Ami Fifita, Ben Howard

Spanish Fork: Will Dart, Teni Worthen, Ty Bona, Sai Mauga, Grant Barney, Easton Kojima, Eli Mauga, Gabe Ashworth

Springville: Luke Nadauld, Walker Deede, Will Monney, Sifa Kolomalu, Tisi Valeti, Tyson Naufahu

Timpanogos: Easton Bretzing, Tyler Hunter, Tyson Miller, Joe Vance, Josh Graf, Brighton Tate, Nash Price, Jesse King

Timpview: Tei Nacua, Haven Halliday, Kerve Tua’one, Isaiah Vaea, JJ Tuha, Paka Haunga, Tanniela Makasini, Mote Mounga, Ephraim Muavesi, Aisa Galea’i

Wasatch: Crew Erickson, Caden Luke, Tavian Edwards, Colton Bassett, Max Madson, Carter Bucad, Kolton Brisk, Josh Davis

Westlake: Aiden Bayless, Carter Quiring, Coleson Quiring, Drake Youngberg, Aidan Hammond, Manasseh Te’o, Nusi Taumoepeau, Maverick McManus, Jace McKay

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