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Cefalu, Wilson, Backinger named first-team All-State

One name on the All-State list is impressive. This year, the Vikings got three.Seniors John Cefalu, Kyante Wilson and Cale Backinger were all named to first team All-State this week. Cefalu was named first team quarterback and Wilson snagged first team split end on the Division I-A All-State roster this week. Cefalu was nationally ranked this year and led the state of Nevada in passing through regular season. He amassed 33 touchdowns, threw for 3,235 yards while limiting interception to five in 10 games.Wilson made first team split end. As a wide receiver, he caught 68 to collect more than 1,000 passing yards, record 10 touchdowns and average 107 yards a game. Wilson managed most of this while under double coverage. Backinger is first team tight end. He caught 617 yards this season, including a 72-yard touchdown pass, and found the end zone seven times for the Vikings. The three seniors led the Vikings to the first winning season the team has seen in nearly a decade. Division I-A All-State football teamFirst team offenseMVP: Graham Christian, LB/RB, TruckeeOffensive Player of the Year: Myloe Lewis, RB, CheyenneCoach of the Year: Bob Shaffer, TruckeeQuarterback: John Cefalu, South TahoeRunning back: Conner Mortensen, Moapa Valley; DJ Koopman, Boulder City; Brandon Okuma, LowryWingback: Sean McConnell, Moapa ValleySplit end: Kyante Wilson, South Tahoe; A. Pryatel-Farmer, Faith LutheranTight end: Cale Backinger, South TahoeTackle: Trevor Parsons, Fallon; Matthew McDermand, Moapa ValleyGuard: Victor Magana, Cheyenne; Benito Gurrola, TruckeeCenter: Cody Andersen, LowryReturn specialist: Tyler Griffin, TruckeeFirst team defenseDefensive Player of the Year: Zak Pettit, TruckeeLineman of the Year: Cody Tolbert, Moapa ValleyLinebacker: Kasen Hughes, Moapa Valley; Justin Hughes, Moapa Valley; Dalton Johnson, Fallon; Michael Arenas, LowryDefensive linemen: Dylan Power, Cheyenne; Terrance Newhauser, Cheyenne; Michael Billingsley, Lowry; Salyas Conner, FernleyCornerback: Marcus Hines, Mojave; Daniel Pollock, LowrySafety: Javier Virrey, Truckee; Sean Bischel, Faith LutheranPunter: Garrett Leavitt, Virgin ValleyKicker: Colby Patton, Spring CreekSecond team offenseQuarterback: Zack Arave, Mojave; Calvin Conners, LowryRunning back: Tyson Ernst, Fallon; Malik Davis, Desert Pines; Ty Flannagan, Mojave; Paul Bustamante, FernleyWingback: Dylan Tedford, FallonSplit end: JJ Harloff, Wooster; Marcus Hines, MojaveTight end: Michael Kelso, Boulder CityTackle: Josh Joyner, Dayton; Terry Dodd, CheyenneGuard: Mike Cisceros, Desert Pines; Travis Bodine, Spring CreekCenter: Mackae Barraza, Moapa ValleyReturn specialist: Malik Davis, Desert PinesSecond team defenseLinebacker: Julian Aguirre, Truckee; Jared Repp, Moapa Valley; Billy Murphy, Mojave; Erik Wilson, Fernley; Dee Bowler, Virgin ValleyDefensive linemen: Mike Cisneros, Desert Pines; Lorenzo Guerrero, Moajave; Benito Gurrola, Truckee; Ian Fitzpatrick, FallonCornerback: Anfernee Sloan, Fernley; Leon Flintroy, Desert PinesSafety: Skye Barton, Fallon; Iquan Corsey, Desert PinesPunter: Kevin Montgomery, FernleyKicker: Trent Dolby, Faith Lutheran


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