Warriors bring home loads of all-league awards
The Whittell High Warriors didn’t know what kind of team they had at the beginning of the 2000 football season.
But, now after a third-place finish and their first trip to the postseason in four years, the rest of the league is realizing how good the Warriors were by heaping piles of all-league honors upon them.
Led by a trio of seniors, the Warriors had a total of nine players earn Nevada 2A All-League awards.
Seniors Matt Lincoln and Luke Forvilly made the first team on both offense and defense. Lincoln made it as an offensive lineman and a defensive end, while Forvilly earned spots as a flanker, kicker (punter and place) and a safety.
In fact, Forvilly was only one vote away from being tabbed as the 2A Most Valuable Player.
“I think the coaches felt that Luke was the most dangerous player in the league when he got his hands on the ball,” Warrior coach Larry Reilly said. “That’s pretty impressive coming from a third-place team.”
Lincoln played positions seldom noticed by the average fan, but coaches still noticed him.
“I was surprised the other guys (coaches) in the league thought that much of his play,” Reilly said. “It’s a nice way for him to go out as a senior.”
On defense, Joel Warnick joined Forvilly and Lincoln on the first team. At the linebacker position, Warnick intercepted two passes for touchdowns during his final campaign as a Warrior.
“Every coach voted for Joel on both offense and defense,” Reilly said.” He was only one vote from making it as a tight end.”
Whittell also had three members of the second team as well. Senior center Mike Kiger, sophomore guard Jake Summers and tight end Warnick all made the team.
Kiger was one vote away from making the first team and Warnick rounded out his resume with the second-team nomination.
The Warriors who made honorable mention were quarterback Keith Truswell, running back Joey Massa, defensive ends Nick Summers and Nick Gant and Chauncey Lane as a defensive back.
“Nick (Summers) would have made the second team if it weren’t for his age,” Reilly said of his freshman. “One coach asked me what year he was and when he found out he was only a freshman, I couldn’t get that other vote to get him on the second team.”
All in all, the honors gained by the Warriors are a fitting finish to one of the best seasons on the gridiron for Whittell since the mid-1990s.
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