Juneau-Douglas High School senior Demetrius Campos and Thunder Mountain senior Ben Jahn were among the top award recipients in the Southeast All-Conference football voting on Thursday.
Campos was chosen the SEC Offensive Player Of The Year and the Top Kick Returner Of The Year.
“He was certainly deserving of the honor,” Juneau-Douglas coach Rich Sjoroos said. “There was not a faster kid on the field when we played and a kid that made more of an impact on a game.”
Campos leads the Crimson Bears with 19 touchdowns (school record is 22) and 765 yards of total offense while touching the ball just 68 times. He is averaging 10.5 yards per carry (school record is 8.6) with 65 rushes and three receptions. Four of his five kick returns led to touchdowns.
“He is the single-most game-changer-type kid our program has ever had and has the ability to change the game whenever he touches the ball,” Sjoroos said. “Every 10 years or so you get a player like this. The thing is, we have guys who can take the pressure off him and ease his load and we have been managing his touches this year. When he is turned loose, watch out.”
Jahn received the SEC Defensive Player Of The Year and the Utility Player Of The Year.
Jahn led the Falcons in tackles, including three games of over 20, and averaged 17 tackles and 1 sack per game. Jahn’s athletic prowess was most evident against Viewpoint (Calif.) when he threw an interception 30 yards down field and then made the tackle 20 yards down field.
“Jahn is pretty versatile and pretty good,” Thunder Mountain coach Jeep Rice said of his senior captain. “We didn’t have very many guys to put forward, but the guys we put forward did well.”
Sjoroos praised Jahn as well, saying “The two games that I spent the most time prepping for one certain defender was when we played North Pole and No. 6 Lane Bonham, and I spent an equal amount of time prepping for ... Ben Jahn.”
Falcons’ freshman Riley Olson was selected Punter of the Year. Olson had one punt over 60-yards, three in the 50’s, several in the 40’s and averaged 39-yards per boot.
“He had lots of practice,” Rice said.
North Pole Patriots linebacker Andrew Risner was selected Lineman Of The Year. Teammates Ryland Ellis was chosen as Long Snapper Of The Year and Garrett Wollmann the Kicker Of The Year. Assistant Coach Of The Year was the Patriots’ Mike Hollett.
Ketchikan’s Les Silva was awarded Coach Of The Year. Silva has helped the Kings program gradually increase in strength over the years and the team earned their first playoff berth this season. Silva made the sidelines of their win at TMHS just a week after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and continues that battle. The Kings face the Patriots in North Pole on Saturday in the first round of the medium school playoffs. JDHS has a bye.
“Oh boy, I tell you what, it is very overwhelming,” Silva said. “I really don’t know what to say. All I can say is thank you. I really owe it to the players and the community and to everybody who has supported this team. I am just so proud of everybody.”
Southeast Conference coaches from JDHS, TMHS, Ketchikan and North Pole selected 12 offensive and 12 defensive players to determine the individual and team honors.
JDHS first team offensive selections were seniors Demetrius Campos (running back), George Sua (fullback), Kris Hill (wide receiver), JD Hudson (offensive guard), junior Dorian Isaak (quarterback) and sophomore Hunter Hickok (offensive tackle).
Hudson missed four games this season due to an injury but has returned to start in the past three. Hudson was also the runner-up for Lineman Of The Year.
“Obviously he has a good reputation around the league,” Sjoroos said. “That was exciting for him, and for us. We had a lot of seniors in the selections and that is cool for them to be recognized. With the amount of talent around the league there was just not enough spots.”
Falcons’ senior Austin Thomas was chosen first-team offensive center, chosen for his leadership on the line and flawless snaps. Both Thomas and Jahn are four-year lettermen with the Falcons.
Other first team selections were Ketchikan’s Connor Hicks (running back), and North Pole’s Andrew Risner (offensive tackle), Anthony Schwendner (offensive guard), Shane Hursh (tight end) and Lance Wright (wide receiver). Wright was the top receiver last season in all divisions.
JDHS first-team defensive selections were seniors Dartanan Campos (outside linebacker), George Sua and Derik Vance (inside linebackers), George Grummett (defensive line) and Demetrius Campos and Eric Nordgren (defensive backs).
Falcons’ first team defensive picks were senior Ben Jahn (defensive back) and junior Rick Johnson (defensive end).
Other first-team defensive selections were North Pole’s Lane Bonham (outside linebacker), Jordan Copeland (defensive back) and Ben Davis (lineman), and KTN’s Kage Zink (lineman).
“It was a very deep field this season,” Sjoroos said. “Just looking at the running back selections with Campos (JD), Hicks (KTN), Deaundre Campbell (NP) and Jahn (TM); those are four really good running backs, and to just pick two of those was hard. A lot of these positions had really good depth.”
NP’s Lane Bonham and JDHS’ Sua were also in consideration for the defensive POY.
First-team all-conference selections from all regions automatically are considered for the all-state selections at the end of the state playoffs on Oct. 27.
2013 SOUTHEAST FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:
Offensive 12 Demetrius Campos JDHS; Defensive 12 Ben Jahn TMHS; Lineman 11 Andrew Risner NP; Utility Player 12 Ben Jahn TMHS.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE (position, class, name, school):
Quarterback 11 Dorian Isaak JDHS; Running Back 12 Demetrius Campos JDHS; Running Back 11 Connor Hicks KTN; Fullback 12 George Sua JDHS; Wide Receiver 12 Kris Hill JDHS; Wide Receiver 12 Lance Wright NP; Tight End 11 Shane Hursh NP; Tackle 10 Hunter Hickok JDHS; Tackle 11 Andrew Risner NP; Guard 12 JD Hudson JDHS; Guard 12 Anthony Schwendner NP; Center 12 Austin Thomas TMHS.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE (position, class, name, school):
Outside Linebacker 12 Dartanan Campos JDHS; Outside Linebacker 12 Lane Bonham NP; Inside Linebacker 12 Derik Vance JDHS; Inside Linebacker 12 George Sua JDHS; Defensive Back 12 Demetrius Campos JDHS;
Defensive Back 12 Eric Nordgren JDHS; Defensive Back 12 Jordan Copeland NP; Defensive Back 12 Ben Jahn TMHS; Interior Lineman 12 George Grummett JDHS; Interior Lineman 12 Kage Zink KTN; Interior Lineman 12 Ben Davis NP; Interior Lineman 12 Rick Johnson TMHS.
FIRST TEAM SPECIALIST:
Punter 9 Riley Olson TMHS; Return Specialist 12 Demetrius Campos JDHS; Long Snapper 12 Ryland Ellis NP; Kicker 11 Garrett Wollmann NP.
COACHES OF THE YEAR:
Head Coach Les Silva KTN; Assistant Mike Holett NP.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE (position, class, name, school):
Quaarterback 10 Garrett Sommer NP; Running Back 11 Deaundre Campbell NP; Running Back 12 Ben Jahn TMHS; Fullback 10 Nate Fousel KTN; Wide Receiver 10 Kyle Schnur KTN; Wide Receiver 11 Noah Silva KTN; Tackle 11 Romney Tupou JDHS; Tackle 12 Garrett Bennett NP; Guard 12 David McLavey KTN; Center 10 Brian McClennen KTN.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE (position, class, name, school):
Outside Linebacker 10 Nate Fausel KTN; Outside Linebacker 12 Sheldon Innes NP; Inside Linebacker 12 Robert Williams KTN; Inside Linebacker 12 Nathan Angel NP; Defensive Back 12 Kris Hill JDHS; Defensive Back 12 Noah Silva KTN; Defensive Back 12 Connor Hicks NP; Interior Lineman 11 Jake Stoutt KTN; Interior Lineman 12 Jacob Davis NP; Interior Lineman 12 Stiehl Davis NP; Interior Lineman 12 Ryland Ellis NP.
SECOND TEAM SPECIALIST:
Punter 12 Justin Covault KTN; Return Specialist 11 Connor Hicks KTN; Long Snapper 12 Dartanan Campos JDHS; Kicker 11 Manase Maake JDHS.
HONORABLE MENTION (position, class, name, school):
Quarterback 12 Justin Covault KTN; Running Back 12 Eric Nordgren JDHS; Running Back 12 Brady Crane NP; Offensive Tackle 12 Kage Zink KTN; Outside Linebacker 12 Semisi Maake JDHS; Outside Linebacker 10 Kyle Schnur KTN; Interior Lineman 12 David McLavey KTN; Interior Lineman 11 Lorenzo Malacas TMHS; Punter 12 Brady Crane NP; Return Specialist 11 Deaundre Campbell NP; Long Snapper 10 Brian McClennen KTN; Kicker 10 Nate Fousel KTN.