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Gridders big part of All-Metro, All-KNG team

Chris Bell earned All-Metro and All-KNG honors for his play across three positions this season. - Brad Camp/file photo
Chris Bell earned All-Metro and All-KNG honors for his play across three positions this season.
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The Bainbridge football team had a thriller of a 2010 season.

Four of its 10 games were decided by seven points or less. The Spartans won three of them to help propel them to a second straight district playoff appearance.

For their efforts this season, 10 Spartans made the All-Metro Mountain Division team.

Carson Zajonic was a second team selection at safety and a honorable mention at cornerback. Alex Coplan was a second team selection at cornerback, while Connor Kenyon was a honorable mention at defensive end.

Eight Spartans also made the All-Kitsap News Group football team for the 2010 season.

The team was compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and the Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team are nominated by the writers for their respective areas.

The nominees are then voted on by the writers; the top players make the teams. Two honorable mentions are also selected from each school for each sport.

The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team.

The offense

QB — Brett McDonald, Central Kitsap, senior: McDonald anchored the Cougars’ offense this season with 1,265 passing yards, seven touchdowns and a 58.1 completion percentage. McDonald was a huge piece for the Cougars, who finished 6-4, including a 4-3 record in the Narrows League. He nearly led Central Kitsap to an upset against No. 1 Skyline in the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs. He completed 10-of-14 passes with 166 total yards and two rushing touchdowns against the powerhouse Spartans.

RB — Lou Hecker, Kingston, senior: Hecker lead the Olympic League in rushing yards with 1,963 yards on 300 carries, breaking the previous record of 1,033 set by Travis Schriner. He also had 22 touchdowns to help the team reach its first playoff berth.

RB — Kyle Kennedy, Bremerton, senior: Kennedy had a breakout year in 2010, totaling 1,871 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in 10 games for the resurgent Knights. Kennedy averaged 7.7 yards per carry and rushed 243 times for Bremerton. Kennedy already has earned several honors for leading the Olympic League in every major rushing category. He dropped 30 pounds during the offseason, and the results were evident when he rushed for at least 200 yards in seven games this season.

“Kyle is not only a great football player, but also a great kid,” Bremerton coach Nate Gillam said. “I’ve never met a kid as good as Kyle with such little ego.”

WR — Sam Gesicki, Olympic, junior: Gesicki had a breakout year for the Trojans this season. He led the team with 43 catches for 650 yards and four touchdowns this season.

WR — Will Nguyen, North Kitsap, senior: Nguyen finished with a team-high 449 yards on 34 receptions this year. He also averaged 13.2 yards per catch and had two touchdowns.

TE — George Marinan, North Kitsap, junior: Marinan was the team’s top tight end option with 17 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Marinan also ended the season with 37 tackles and 19 assists along with four sacks.

OL — Lance Beisley, North Kitsap, senior: Even though the Vikings finished with a 1-9 record, Beisley held his own with 18 pancake blocks on offense during the season. With his strength as an offensive lineman, Beisley showed his potential as a key player on the team. He averaged nine primary tackles this season, causing one fumble and recovering one fumble.

OL — Alec Grimm, Bainbridge, senior: He may be the coaches’ son, but Grimm has handled the center position well since his sophomore season, when he took over the position because of injury. Grimm helped lead the offensive line as they created holes for Spartan runners to gain 2,358 yards and 90 first downs. Grimm also started as a defensive tackle and registered 44 total tackles and recovered three fumbles.

He was a All-Metro Mountain Division first team selection at center and a second team selection at nose tackle.

OL — Ben Hanson, Kingston, senior: Hanson took to the role of a road grater early on as he helped push the team down the field. He ended the season with 24 pancake blocks and his strength and agility allowed team to focus offensive plays on the left side. The team had a total of 2,705 rushing yards, which head coach Dan Novick said was made possible with Hanson's consistancy. Hanson also averaged five tackles per game defensively.

OL — Charlie Murray, South Kitsap, senior: Murray has been a fixture on both the offensive and defensive lines for two seasons. On the defensive side, he had 23 tackles and four tackles for loss.

OL — Freddy Rodolf, Kingston, senior: A two-way standout, Rodolf finished with 40 tackles and 17 assists this year. He also had 5.5 sacks, which put him in fourth overall in the league. On offense, Rodolf had 25 pancake blocks and was a key player in adding to the 3,679 total yards on the team. Rodolf was a consistent lineman for the team, which he dedicated his time to for four years.

The defense

DL — Jake Brouker, Central Kitsap, senior: Brouker finished 2010 with 27 primary and 29 assisted tackles for the Cougars, who looked to their defense in a big year for the Narrows League. Brouker added 16.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

DL — Austin Levi Cook, South Kitsap, senior: Defensive line rarely are among team leaders when it comes to tackles, but Cook finished second on the Wolves in that statistic with 42.

DL — Logan Dieterich, Bainbridge, junior: Dieterich was a big part of the Spartans’ running game as a tackle, but he dominated as a defensive tackle. He recorded 69 total tackles, 18 of which he was the primary tackler. Dieterich also had two sacks and recovered a fumble.

He earned an All-Metro second team selection as a defensive tackle and a honorable mention as a tackle.

DL — Josh Molskness, Bainbridge, junior: Another workhorse on the offensive line, Molskness was a big threat at defensive end to blow up a play. He had 44 total tackles, 20 of them primary, and 4.5 sacks.

Molskness also earned a All-Metro Mountain Division honorable mention on defense.

LB — DeDe Harris, Bremerton, senior: Harris totaled 69 primary tackles and 27 assisted tackles for the Knights in their rebound season. He also was known for introducing quarterbacks to the ground when he totaled four sacks on the season. His three fumble recoveries and an interception made the difference for the Bremerton defense.

LB — Andrew Shadle, Bremerton, sophomore: Shadle was a nuisance for opponents this season. He led the Knights’ defense with 107 primary tackles and 31 assisted tackles this season, helping propel the school to its best season in eight years.

“Andrew is a good, hard-nosed football kid and a great student,” Gillam said. “We’re really looking forward to two more solid years in him.”

LB — Cody Tester, South Kitsap, senior: Tester was South’s most active defender, finishing with a team-best 46 tackles. He also had four tackles for loss.

DB — Jordan Ashton, Bainbridge, junior: Ashton was key in the secondary for the Spartans this season. He could come up and take down a runner or keep opponents from capitalizing on the long pass.

Ashton finished with 39 tackles – 18 of them with him as the primary tackler — and one interception.

DB — Isaiah Davis, South Kitsap, senior: Davis arguably was the Wolves’ biggest playmaker in all facets — offense, defense and special teams — of the game. He had a team-high four interceptions and tied Cook for second on the team with 42 tackles. As a wide receiver, he had 430 yards and three touchdowns on 22 receptions.

DB — Trey Fullilove, Olympic, junior: Fullilove was a terror for quarterbacks this season. The junior is a dual threat at wide receiver, but Fullilove made a name for himself on defense with 47 primary and 19 assisted tackles in 2010. Fullilove also tallied a sack and an interception.

DB — Sabian Perrigo, Bremerton, senior: Perrigo was a product of his environment this season. The environment being a sound defense for the Knights. Perrigo led a stout secondary with five interceptions for 105 yards, including two for touchdowns that were the difference for his team. He also added 19 primary and two assisted tackles.

Specialist: Will Devereaux, Bainbridge, senior: A standout for the boys’ soccer team, Devereaux transferred his talent to the gridiron. He was 29 of 31 on extra points and connected on five of seven field goals, with a season long of 37.

As a punter, he got off 28 of them for 835 yards, with his longest kick at 50 yards.

Devereaux was an All-Metro Mountain Division first team selection at kicker.

Also stellar

QB/WR — Chris Bell, Bainbridge, junior: Bell was a standout wherever he was needed. As a wide receiver, he caught 15 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns. He also filled in for Carson Zajonic at quarterback when he was out injured and passed for 559 yards and five touchdowns. Bell also rushed for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

Bell earned an All-Metro Mountain Division second team selection at quarterback and first team selection at cornerback.

Alex Crane, Bainbridge, senior, all-purpose: Crane was a threat whenever he touched the ball.

As a runner, he rushed for 554 yards and four touchdowns, as a receiver he caught 10 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns and as a kickoff returner, he ran for 362 yards and a touchdown.

Crane earned an All-Metro honorable mention at running back.

FB — Corey Touchette, Bainbridge, senior: Touchette continued the strong lineage of running backs at Bainbridge. He rushed for 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Touchette earned an All-Metro Mountain Division first team selection at running back.

RB Dominic Boddie, South Kitsap, junior; WR Tucker Bowman, Kingston, senior; RB Shawn Brown, Olympic, senior; QB Sam Byers, Kingston, junior; LB Adam Gascoyne, South Kitsap, sophomore; QB Willie Kudera, Olympic, senior; RB Devon Lewis, Central Kitsap, senior; OL AJ Milyard, North Kitsap, junior; QB Alex Nettleton, North Kitsap, senior; DL Ezra Timateo, Olympic, senior.

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