Ventura lands Channel League’s top awards

Ventura's Tyler Smith hands off to running back Broc (Presidio Sports Photo)

Ventura’s Tyler Smith hands off to running back Broc Mortensen. (Presidio Sports Photo)

Ventura’s Tyler Smith, Brandon Gooding and the Cougars coaching staff earned the Channel League’s top football awards along with Buena linebacker Dru Mathis.

Smith, who quarterbacked the Cougars to an undefeated league season, was named the Offensive MVP while Gooding and Mathis shared the Defensive MVP honors. Ventura head coach Tim Garcia and his assistants were recognized as Coaching Staff of the Year for leading a program that has won 13 consecutive league games dating back to 2012 and three straight league titles.

Among the three local schools, Santa Barbara High placed six players on the First Team. Dos Pueblos had five and San Marcos three.

First-team selections included Santa Barbara High quarterback Brent Peus, who led the league in passing stats with 1274 yards and 14 touchdowns in four games. His primary receivers, Christopher Jellison and Mason Bigelow, claimed two of the four First Team roster spots for pass catchers. Bigelow compiled 403 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Two-way player Junior Garcia, offensive lineman Andy Lopez, and defensive back Jeremiah Nicholson also made the First Team for the Dons.

Dos Pueblos’ Manny Nwosu totaled 399 yards rushing and 231 yards receiving while scoring six touchdowns in the Chargers’ four league games. The six TDs weren’t enough for the league lead in that department, however, as Ventura’s Broc Mortensen found paydirt seven times.

Dos Pueblos also had junior slot receiver Blake Erwin earn First Team honors along with linebacker Chris Noggle and linemen Erik Botello and Marcellous Gossett.

Representing San Marcos on the First Team are seniors Ivan Reyes, Paul Gularte and D’Shaun Vines.

FIRST TEAM

 Name Grade Position Team
OFFENSIVE MVP
Tyler Smith 12 QB Ventura
Co – DEFENSIVE MVP’s
Brandon Gooding 11 LB Ventura
Dru Mathis 12 LB Buena
VARSITY STAFF OF THE YEAR
Ventura
OFFENSIVE BACKS
Broc Mortensen 11 RB Ventura
Martin Mijares 12 QB Buena
Manny Nwosu 12 RB Dos Pueblos
Brent Peus 12 QB Santa Barbara
Ivan Reyes 12 RB San Marcos
RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Mason Bigelow 12 WR Santa Barbara
Blake Erwin 11 WR Dos Pueblos
Christopher Jellison 11 WR Santa Barbara
Christian Shaifer 12 WR Ventura
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Erik Botello 12 OL Dos Pueblos
Austin Litten 12 OL Ventura
Andy Lopez 12 OL Santa Barbara
Jacob Lyle 11 OL Buena
Ruben Santillan 12 OL Ventura
LINEBACKERS
Mason Beling 12 LB Buena
Junior Garcia 12 LB Santa Barbara
Paul Gularte 12 LB San Marcos
Connor McDermott 10 LB Ventura
Chris Noggle 11 LB Dos Pueblos
Justin Rios 11 LB Buena
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Jeremiah Nicholson 11 DB Santa Barbara
Tyler Oliveras 11 DB Buena
Rico Stubbs 11 DB Ventura
D’Shaun Vines 12 DB San Marcos
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Jaden Crawford 11 DL Ventura
Marcellous Gossett 11 DL Dos Pueblos
Robert Jansson 11 DL Buena

 

SECOND TEAM

Name Grade Position Team
OFFENSIVE BACKS
Sean Babcock 12 RB Santa Barbara
Juan Gaytan 11 RB Buena
Roan Moran 12 RB Ventura
Kellen Roberts 11 RB Dos Pueblos
RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Andrew Bergum 11 WR Buena
Jack Gutierrez 11 WR Ventura
Blake Kelley 11 WR Santa Barbara
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Erick Nisich 10 OL Dos Pueblos
David Orozco 11 OL Buena
Zeke Ortega 12 OL Ventura
Edwin Rivera 11 OL Santa Barbara
Jackson Steiner 12 OL Ventura
LINEBACKERS
Charles Acuna 12 LB San Marcos
Henry Hepp 10 LB Santa Barbara
Boomer Marin 12 LB Ventura
Carter Soto 12 LB Santa Barbara
Anthony Tennison 12 LB Buena
Carter Woodruff 12 LB Ventura
DEFENSIVE BACKS
Anthony Castillo 12 DB Buena
Cruz Conboy 10 DB Ventura
Josh Davila 12 DB Buena
Anthony Meza 11 DB Dos Pueblos
Donnavan Zavaleta 11 DB Santa Barbara
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
AJ Duffner 12 DL Buena
Josh Harrah 11 DL San Marcos
Josiah Swim 12 DL Ventura
Colton Takis 11 DL Santa Barbara

HONORABLE MENTION

Name Grade Team
Andrew Conchas 12 Buena
Xavier Jimenez 11
Ricky Lopez 11
Oscar Olmos 12
Grayson Rocha 11
Connor Sagendorf 12
Frank Sandoval 12
Brian Yanez 11
Kyle Biskner 12 Dos Pueblos
Orion Ehrlich 12
Josh Flores 12
Isahi Melendez 12
Irvin Miguel 11
Mark Carroll 12 San Marcos
Anthony Diaz 11
Roberto Miranda 12
Anthony Pico 12
Anthony Ramirez 12
Hugo Ronces 12
Abraham Barazza 11 Santa Barbara
Emmett Reese 11
Daniel Rivera 11
Angel Velasquez 11
Freddie Zavala
Aric Austin 12 Ventura
Daniel Castro 11
Ethan Godsey 12
Isaac Hernandez 12
Steven Hernandez 12
Justin Neathery 10
Keawe Pele-Mendoza 11
Zach Sourwine 12

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