As of Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The senior quarterback directed the Panthers’ offense to success during the 2017 season. Mendazona threw for 1,341 yards and 16 touchdowns, but was also a threat to scramble, rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Mendazona earned an all-Mid-Willamette Conference honorable mention for his performance.
The senior running back/linebacker was a leader for the Pirates during the 2017 season. Butler gained 956 yards on the ground and had 268 receiving yards with 13 total touchdowns. On defense, he had 78 tackles, four forced fumbles and three interceptions and earned second team all-league honors at running back and linebacker. “Cooper was the unsung hero for the team,” coach Steve Mabry said. “He is a tough runner with breakaway speed, has great field vision and can make defenders miss repeatedly. He is a selfless player.”
Abraham made the most of his senior season. He led the Panthers in receiving with 22 catches for 435 yards and six touchdowns, but Abraham was a star on defense. He was third on the team in tackles with 58 and was tied for first with four interceptions. He also had 10 pass defenses and two fumble recoveries. Abraham was named first team all-league at defensive back and received an honorable mention at receiver.
Sedlacek, a senior, was an anchor on both the offensive and defensive lines. He could always be counted on to fire up his teammates on the sidelines and was a leader any time he was on the field. Sedlacek recorded 48 tackles on defense and was tied for second on the team in sacks with three. The senior was named first team all-league on the offensive line and second team all-MWC on defense.
The senior was a dual threat for the Dragons. Earhart earned first team all-MWC honors at linebacker and received honorable mention as tight end. The four-year starter was a critical piece on both sides of the field and was a leader throughout his career. “He was a big boost for the defense,” coach Tracy Jackson said.
The junior running back came on strong during league play. Chase finished the season as the team’s leading rusher with 961 yards and eight touchdowns. During MWC play, Chase averaged 8.9 yards per carry. He also rushed for more than 200 yards in each of the Panthers’ final two games. Chase receivedsecond team all-MWC honors.
The senior was a key player on both sides of the ball for the Panthers. On offense, Cedillo had 21 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Cedillo led the team in tackles with 81 and recorded two interceptions and one sack. Cedillo was named second team all-MWC on defensive and earned an honorable mention on offense.
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Labrado, a senior, was one of the Mountaineers’ most versatile athletes. Labrado made plays as a running back, receiver, quarterback and defensive back. His speed and elusiveness made him tough to bring down and helped Falls City’s offense score 58 or more points in all but three of the team’s games.
Cable made his presence felt no matter where he was on the field during the 2017 season. Cable had 26 catches for 390 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver on offense and 78 tackles and four interceptions on defense. The senior earned second team all-league honors at both receiver and linebacker and played a critical role in Central’s success on both sides of the ball during the 2017 season.
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The junior transfer had never played football prior to this fall. It didn’t take long for Canfield to catch on. Canfield led the Pirates in rushing with 1,098 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He also had 289 receiving yards and four scores. As a defensive back, Canfield recorded 57 tackles and three interceptions and earned all-league honorable mentions on both offense and defense. Not bad for his first season.
The senior helped anchor the Dragons’ defensive line. “He’s big, physical, and strong,” Jackson said. Ingram not only put constant pressure on opposing running backs and quarterbacks, he was a dependable worker, Jackson said. Ingram earned second team all-league honors for his efforts.
Cook has helped transform Falls City’s football program during his tenure.
The Mountaineers lost their first game of the season before reeling off nine wins in a row and advancing to the OSAA 1A state semifinals, despite only having 13 players.
The All-Region football team was selected by the Itemizer-Observer Sports Editor Lukas Eggen along with heavy input from area coaches.