Lehi Jackson quarterback Brousseau throws a pass during the 5A State Championship game against Springville at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 19, 2021 (Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald)
Running back Orem Kolton Brown gets tackled during the 5A Semi-Final game against Springville at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 11, 2021 (Harold Mitchell, Special to the Herald)
Lone Peak coach Bart Brockbank (center) is sprayed with water from a Powerade container after the Knights won the 6A State Soccer Championship with a 49-42 victory over Corner Canyon at the stadium Rice-Eccles of Salt Lake City on Friday, November 19. 2021. (Darnell Dickson / Daily Herald)
Here are the best Utah Valley soccer players in 2021:
Player of the Year: Luke Durfey, Sr. LB / RB, Lone Peak
A versatile star who has won on both sides of the ball for the Knights. He was relentless in chasing opposing backers (122 tackles, 11 TFL, 3.5 sacks) but was also the go-to performer in tough attacking situations (71 carries, 259 yards, 10 touchdowns, 2 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD) as Lone Peak won the 6A Championship.
Offensive MVP: Jackson Brousseau, Jr. QB, Lehi
Calm and steady gun that distributed the ball efficiently and didn’t let mistakes get in the way. He finished the season 295 of 446 for 3,255 yards with 36 touchdowns and just five interceptions as he led the Pioneers to the 5A title.
Defensive MVP: Porter Small, Sr. DL / OL, Springville
A high-powered star who embodied the tenacity and determination of the Red Devil. He would face blockers on the line or chase down opposing running backs in the secondary. He tallied 76 tackles, 20.5 TFL and 14 sacks as Springville reached the 5A Championship game.
Coach of the Year: Bart Brockbank, Lone Peak
No one in the state thought there was a team that could defeat the mighty Corner Canyon in 2021 – except at Lone Peak. Brockbank made his Knights believe they could do it not once but twice, an impressive accomplishment. His plans and strategies got the most out of his players throughout the season, earning him the 6A crown.
First team from the whole valley
Tapuvae Amaama, Sr. OL, Skyridge
Skillful giant of a lineman who has been the key to the Falcon’s offensive success, both in ground play and in pass blocking.
Liu Aumavae, Senior QB, Timpview
Dynamic playmaker who has set the tone for the talented T’Birds throughout the year, scoring 180 of 305 for 2,971 yards with 28 TD and 13 INT.
Takeao Hansen, Sr. DB, Lone Peak
Imposing presence in the defensive backfield which forced the quarterbacks to avoid throwing his direction, even if he still won four picks over the season.
McCae Hillstead, Jr. QB, Skyridge
Classic double threat signal caller who succeeded both in the air (195 of 353, 2,494 yards, 24 TD, 11 INT) and on the ground (122 carries, 814 yards, 13 TD).
Matu Holdaway, Senior QB, Timpanogos
Spearheading the resurgence of Timberwolf, setting the tone by passing 179 of 290 in the air for 2387 yards with 32 TD and 10 INT.
Luke Hyde, Sr. WR, Lone Peak
A super-fast receiver who drew a lot of attention but still finished with 41 catches for 551 yards and seven touchdowns.
Fisher Ingersoll, Sr. WR / DB, American Fork
A nightmare of a match that had an excellent combination of size, speed and hands (56 catches, 727 yards, 7 TD).
Logalima Lesa, Sr. LB / TE, Provo
A workaholic tackle who always made plays (116 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks) while leading the Bulldog defense.
Maddox Madsen, Senior QB, American Fork
An accurate passer who completed an incredible career as a caveman, scoring 264 of 400 for 3,004 yards with 38 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 2021.
Trevor Pay, Sr. OL, Lone Peak
Leader who set the tone for the Knight offense with his physical play and love of the game, pushing everyone around him to be at his best.
Taysen Reid, Sr. RB / LB, Spanish fork
An unstoppable force for the Dons (85 tackles, 30.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks) who played a key role in bringing the Dons to the top of Region 9.
Seth Rigtrup, Sr. RB / LB, Springville
An incredibly tough, resilient athlete who rarely left the field and not only carried the charge on offense (217 carries, 1,543 yards, 21 TDs), but was also a key defenseman.
Zion Saleapaga, Sr. DL, Orem
An explosive lineman who wreaked havoc on opposing blocking plans (36 tackles, 9 TFL, 6 sacks) and played a big part in Tiger’s final wave.
Smith Snowden, Jr. WR / DB, Skyridge
Consumed stopping wedge who enjoyed taking on the best receivers in the state, making them work for every capture (4 INT).
Kadiyon Sweat, Jr. DB, Lehi
A brilliant and revolutionary punt turner who was also a crucial defensive performer for the Pioneers (9 INT, 73 tackles).
Isaac Terrell, Jr. DL, Lehi
Powerful aggressive lineman who was almost unblockable, living almost in opposing backfields (95 tackles, 22 TFL, 23.5 sacks).
Second All-Valley Team
Teague Andersen, Sr. OL, Lehi
Powerful presence that has rarely been beaten
Joe Brown, Sr. OL, Lone Peak
Physical blocker who opened up great racing lanes
Cole Clement, Sr. WR / LB Springville
82 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, 5 INT, 41 receptions, 760 yards, 9 TD
Micah Beckstead, Jr. RB, Timpview
150 runs, 986 yards, 10 TD
Ryder Burton, Jr. QB, Springville
144 of 241, 2,301 yards, 24 TD, 12 INT
Easton Comer, Senior QB, Lone Peak
183 of 327, 2,637 yards, 25 TD, 11 INT
Jeter Fenton, Sr. RB / LB, Skyridge
193 carries, 814 yards, 10 TD
Braxton Fely, Sr. DL, Timpview
60 tackles, 28 TFL, 13.5 sacks
Carson Gonzalez, Jr. RB, Lehi
174 carries, 1,226 yards, 15 TD
Duncan Henstra, Sr. TE / LB, ALA
133 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 sacks, 6 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD, 60 catches, 704 yards, 4 TD
Mack Hixon, then. RB / DB, Orem
137 carries, 1,006 yards, 9 TD
Dallin Johnson, then. Dl / OL, Springville
69 tackles, 12 TFL, 8 sacks
Luke Livingston, then. WR, Timpanogos
82 catches, 1,589 yards, 23 touchdowns
Noah Moeaki, Sr. TE / LB, American Fork
Dangerous athlete who could catch, run and block
River Moore, Sr. DB, Lehi
Shutdown defender who always made big plays (6 INT)
Tristan Royce, Sr. LB, Lehi
114 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2.5 bags
Easton Shank, Senior QB / DB, Cedar Valley
66 of 117. 826 yards, 9 TD, 11 INT, 199 carries, 1,017 yards, 14 TD
Nick Siri, Sr. DL, Lone Peak
A powerful rusher that also gave seizures from opposite lines
Jace Welsch, Senior QB, Provo
150 of 267, 2,117 yards, 12 TD, 8 INT, 135 carries, 851 yards, 18 TD
Third All-Valley Team
Hezekiah Anahu-Ambrosio, Jr. LB, Timpview
94 tackles, 21 TFL, 9 sacks
Joshua Buck, Jr. RB, Spanish Fork
152 carries, 1,054 yards, 9 TD
Cole Christensen, Jr. WR, Lone Peak
42 catches, 735 yards, 5 TD
Jaxon Christensen, Sr. WR, Lehi
73 catches, 732 yards, 13 TD
Tanner Evans, Sr. LB, Cedar Valley
130 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 sacks
Spencer Fotu, Sr. DB, Lone Peak
Impressive coverage capacity
Pokai Haunga, Jr. WR, Timpview
67 catches, 1,221 yards, 14 TD
Gavin Ivie, Sr. LB / RB, Pleasant Grove
Excellent pursuit, 83 tackles
Kenny James, Sr. LB, Orem
50 tackles, 4 TFL
Hema Katoa, Jr. LB, Lehi
130 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 bags
Jackson McCarty, Jr. QB, Mountain View
163 of 308, 2,372 yards, 21 TD, 7 INT
Bradey Mortensen, Sr. WR / DB, Springville
46 carries, 819 yards, 10 TD
Helaman Ofahengaue, Sr. DL, Lehi
75 tackles, 9 TFL, 12 sacks
Sterling Sanders, Sr. LB, Timpanogos
120 tackles, 4 TFL
Austin Stevenson, QB / LB / K senior, Spanish fork
93 of 169, 1,403 yards, 11 TD, 7 INT
Stanley Raass, Jr. DL, Skyridge
Foolproof performer in the middle of the line
Chase Tuatagaloa, Sr. QB, Orem
182 of 298, 2,282 yards, 19 TD, 10 INT
Jaxson Willits, Sr. RB, Lone Peak
167 carries, 916 yards, 5 TD
American fork: Preston Dailey, Hunter Clegg, Kyle Moore, Trey Roberts, Davis Andrews, Dallin Kartchner, Spencer Clegg
TO THE: Tyrell Robertson, Isaac House, Zayne Thornton, Kyle Guynes, Blake Huff, Gabriel Huff
Cedar Valley: CJ Proctor, Payton Weber, Cooper Thomson, Lucas Peck, Taygen Hansen, Grant Salter
Juab: Wes Nielsen, Payton Park, Will Harmon, Porter Anderson, Ryker Richards
Lehi: Blake Jenkins, Austin Boyd, Zane Goodrich, Nate Anderegg, Steele Cooper, Kimball Tamala, Ben Jeppesen, Will McCleary, Boston Bingham
Lonely woodpecker: Saveaalii Malietoa Fitisemanu, Crew McChesney, Conner Kelley, Mason Patane, Braden Carr
Maple mountain: Hunter Bezzant, Jaxson Denton, Sean Persson, Andrew Jensen, Cole McAllister, Matt Hess, Fisher Stokes, Carson Golding
mountain view: Jaemon Hill, Kyler Copeland, Daitrez Johnson, Ryder Hill, Dustin Havea, Anoakekai Ballard, Peni Pahulu,
Orem: Roger Saleapaga, Lance Reynold III, MoÃ¯se Kivalu, Shaun Niu, Jaxon Beckstrom, Isaac Yakota
Payson: Luke Ivers, Kelton Smith, Cooper Swasey, Layne Osborn, Josh Webber, Taysen Houser, Cash Muir, Rett Robinson
Pleasant Grove: Nic Staffieri, Kael McCoy, Jaeden Wright, Wade Christiansen, Kolton Tanner, Tyson Downs, Bronco Winterton
Provo: Rock Magleby, Emmett Pan, Daniel Asisi, Nilo Rosales, Lincoln Leuva, Stranz Mangisi, Masi Hifo
Salem Hills: Luke DeGraffenried, Clay Lyman, Easton Cook, Kort Stewart, Zaylunn Fenn, Garrett Holt, Grant Barney
Skyridge: Carver Cole, Sione Westover, Teagen Calton, Tausili Akana, Dalton Young, Saxon Higbee, Joseph Brandt, Jack Hadfield, Collin Sheffield
spanish fork: Curtis Hernandez, Cade Olsen, Darian Harrison, McKay Peery, Teni Worthen, Jason Lukins, Isaac Ruepena, Bow Bow Schwenke, Jace Gunter
Springville: Cole Clement, Wyatt Deede, Will Penrod, Will Udall, Ryder Poulsen, Bryan Gordon, Tyson Naufahu
Timpanogos: Jaxon Vanchiere, Josh Jones, Chase Riggs, Matthew Torgersen, Tyler Hunter, Tyson Miller, Joe Vance, Tanner Baldwin
Timpview: Kerven Tua’one, Tei Nacua, Jared Esplin, Taylor Malo, Paea Alatini, Siale Esera, JJ Tuha, Will Lohner
Wasatch: Quezon Villa, Chris Cook, Laakea Kalama, Jarinn Kalama, Josh Sanders, Breken Bowen, Alden Rowser
West Lake: Kanyon Lee, Garrison Higgins, Bonden Taylor, Cooper Cowan, Lance Benham, Spencer Heimuli, Zack Heimuli