Kraw’s 50-yarder goes a long way
Ryan Kraw never saw his longest field goal in a game sail over the crossbar — a kick that ultimately landed him on the All-Sierra Division football team. He was on his back, looking for a yellow flag.
“It nearly got blocked and then I was plowed over up the middle. I was looking for a flag while the refs were watching the ball,” said Kraw, a junior, who made a 50-yard field goal against Reno in the Vikings’ division opener.
Some observers predicted the kick would have been good from 57 yards. So it was no surprise that Kraw made second-team kicker, even though he missed the final four games of the season.
“There were four other coaches at the game when he kicked that 50-yard field goal,” said STHS interim co-head coach Chris Morgan. “That 50-yarder got him a lot of votes.”
In the ensuing game at Carson, Kraw ruptured his spleen during the game. Kraw was unable to get out of bed the next morning, and he was rushed to the hospital.
“I wish I could have played the whole season. I might have done better,” he said.
Kraw is looking forward to next season when he and strong-legged junior varsity kicker Matt Bobman will duel for the kicking duties.
“There’s going to be a competition between Matt and I. It’s pretty cool,” Kraw said.
Kraw also earned honorable mention for his work as a defensive back. He also played sparingly at wide receiver.
The Vikings also had a large contingent of juniors earn honorable mention, including running back Grant Swinney, offensive guard Renne Rodriguez, offensive tackle Adam Fountain, defensive back Colin Griffin and wide receiver Dan gomez.
“That’s a positive sign and something to build on as well,” said Morgan of the Vikings’ award-winning junior class.
Swinney was one of only five players to score a touchdown against McQueen this season. He was the Vikings’ most consistent rusher and eclipsed the 100-yard mark on several occasions.
“Grant’s capable of doing some great things,” Morgan said.
Fountain and Rodriguez anchored a young offensive line that won’t be affected by graduation. Griffin and senior Kory Collins were “the field generals” on defense, according to Morgan.
Gomez was the team’s most versatile player, Morgan said. In addition to giving the Vikings’ a deep threat at receiver, Gomez played defensive back and handled a majority of returns on special teams.
Former Whittell athlete Nick Summers was picked first-team defensive end.
Josh Barrett of division champion Reno was voted the Player of the Year. Luke Rippee of Douglas was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, while Trevor Puryear was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year. Lineman of the Year went to Grant Hall of Douglas.
Reno rookie coach Dan Avansino, a former McQueen star, was selected as Coach of the year after leading the Huskies to unbeaten regular season and into the regional championship game.
Player of the Year: Josh Barrett, sr., Reno.
Offensive Player of the Year: Luke Rippee, jr., Douglas.
Defensive Player of the Year: Trevor Puryear, sr., Reno.
Lineman of the Year: Grant Hall, sr., Douglas.
Coach of the Year: Dan Avansino, Reno.
Quarterback: Luke Rippee, Douglas. Running back: Evan Bill, sr., Douglas; Chris Kotter, sr., Carson; Nate Dolan, sr., Reno. Wide receiver: Andy McIntosh, jr., Douglas; Barrett, Reno. Tight end: Nick Shine, jr. Carson. Tackle: Anthony Murray, sr., Hug; Danny Jin, sr., Reno. Guard: Allen Wooldridge, sr., Carson; Brandon Wright, sr., Reno. Center: Craig Andersen, sr., Reno Kicker: McIntosh, jr., Douglas.
End: Nick Summers, jr., Douglas; Puryear, Reno. Tackle: Hall, Douglas; Jose Soriano, sr., Hug; Jin, Reno. linebacker: Shine, Carson; Jake Peterson, jr., Douglas; Nate Dolan, Reno; Fernando Benitez, jr., Wooster. Backs: Zac Bryson, sr., Wooster; Barrett, Reno; Mitchell Moore, jr., Hug; Rippee, Douglas. Return: Barrett, Reno. Punter: Tim Haycock, sr., No. Valleys.
Quarterback: Brady Dolan, sr., Reno. Running back: Moore, Hug; Vince Knight, sr., No. Valleys; Jeff Odom, sr., Wooster. Receiver: Trevor O’Sullivan, sr., Wooster; Craig Bell, sr., Douglas. Tight end: Stormy Herald, jr., Douglas. Tackle: Carey Cleland, jr., No. Valleys; Chris Rasmussen, jr., Wooster. Guard: Danilo Aguilera, sr., Douglas; Mickey Powell, sr., Hug. Center: Ryan Atkinson, sr., Wooster. Kicker: Ryan Craw, jr., So. Tahoe.
End: Jack Brooks, sr., Carson; Wes Evans, sr., Reno. Tackle: Reece Freeman, sr., No. Valleys; Brandon Wright, sr., Reno. Linebacker: John Stewart, jr., Carson; McIntosh, Douglas; Matt McKnight, sr., Hug; Ryan McKinley, jr., Reno; David Gonzales, jr., Wooster. Backs: Collin Black, sr., Wooster; Brady Dolan, Reno; Kyle Hanson, sr., No. Valleys; Bell, Douglas. Return: Matt Waterman, sr., Carson; O’Sullivan, Wooster. Punter: Alan Thomas, sr., Hug.
Quarterback: Hanson, No. Valleys; Bryson, Wooster. Running back: Isaac Porter, Hug; Alex Herrera, No. Valleys; Barrett, Reno; Grant Swinney, So. Tahoe. Receiver: George Pincock, Carson; Jose Garcia, Reno; Dan Gomez, So. Tahoe; Ishmael Velasquez, Wooster. Tight end: Puryear, Reno. Tackle: Nathan White, Carson; Zach Johnson, Douglas; Sean Bingham, Reno. Guard: Elliott Mann, No. Valleys; Rodriguez, So. Tahoe; Black, Wooster. Center: Mark Butti, Douglas; Apollo Leighton, Hug. Kicker: Haycock, No. Valleys.
End: Herald, Douglas; Alfonso Cuarda, Hug; Mann, No. Valleys. Tackle: Nate Walsh, Douglas. Linebacker: James Bunting, Douglas; Thomas, Hug; Dave Brown, No. Valleys. Backs: Ryan Kraw, So. Tahoe; Sean Annan, Hug; Drew Bateman, Douglas; Pincock, Carson. Return: Garcia, Hug. Punter: Puryear, Reno; Black, Wooster.
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