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Evans, warriors receive 2A honors

Jim GrantIn his first year as Whittell High football coach, Mike Evans transformed the Warriors from a winless team into a playoff qualifier

In his first year as head coach of the Whittell Warriors, Mike Evans received 2A co-coach of the year honors for football along with the Pershing County Mustangs’ Joe Yanni.

Evans, who was an assistant coach for Bishop Manogue football for nearly 10 years, took the helm at Whittell after the Warriors went 0-9 in 2001. He brought the team back to the playoffs with a league record of 2-4 and 4-6 overall.

Whittell senior Brian Jones was the only Warrior to receive 2A first-team, all-league honors as wide receiver. According to the Web site Nevadaprep.com, Jones was sixth in Nevada for yards receiving. He had 31 catches during the regular season for 394 yards and 38 catches for 510 yards overall.

Senior Alex Swearingen, after playing only five regular-season games due to a dislocated shoulder, made second-team wide receiver.

Senior quarterback Nick Lowe received honorable mention. According to Nevadaprep.com, Lowe was 14th in Nevada for passing yards with 60 completions for 814 yards in the regular season and 67 completions for 930 passing yards overall. He also made second-team all-league defensive back.

Senior Jake Summers received second-team, all-league recognition at linebacker. He was the Warriors leading defender with an average of 20 tackles per game.

Senior Ian Haessly received second-team, all-league defensive lineman. He led the team in sacks.

Joe Ilk also made second-team all-league as offensive tackle. He allowed only one sack and had a strong, positive rating on the line.

Casey Canto and Parker Fox also received honorable mention as defensive lineman and tight end/linebacker, respectively.

Evans said Tommy Esquivel and Chris Anton were the only two sophomores in 2A to receive honorable mention. Esquivel played offensive lineman and defensive end. Anton played running back and defensive back.

In other news, Jeremy Hudson, the star rusher from Pershing County, received 2A MVP. According to the Web site Nevadaprep.com, he is the fourth-leading rusher in Nevada with 1,287 yards.

Battle Mountain’s Tim Andersen earned 2A Offensive Player of the Year. Pershing County’s Joe Belanger made 2A Defensive Player of the Year. West Wendover’s Rolando Rodriquez was 2A Lineman of the Year.

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