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HRV Football this year finished with 7.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, HRV totaled 2,269 yards, 1,143 passing and 1,126 rushing, and 20 touchdowns.
As of Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Despite a 2-6 record this season, HRV football had several players receive All-League status this year.
Senior linebacker Patrick Estes was awarded first team All-League this season after not only leading the team, but the conference and state across 5A schools with 134 tackles in eight games. Last year, Estes received second team All-League.
Estes was the only Eagle this year to make first team All-League.
HRV had two players earn second team honors this year: Michael Jones and Wade Pickering.
Jones, a senior halfback, ran for 493 yards and four touchdowns, both team-leading. The versatile back also had 185 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions on the season.
Another dynamic player on this year’s roster for HRV was senior offensive and defensive lineman Pickering. A talented pass and run blocker, with a strong presence on the defensive line all season helped Pickering earn second team All-League.
HRV’s Tanner Wells and Beto Rojas received honorable mentions.
Wells, the senior wideout and defensive back, led the team this year in receiving with 276 yards and two touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the football for HRV, Rojas led the Eagles in sacks with five on the season. Rojas, a junior at the linebacker position, is one of the five athletes awarded with All-League or an honorable mention this season that’ll be back next year for the Eagles.
Junior quarterback Caden Leiblein gained a total of 1,133 passing yards this season and tallied in 10 touchdowns to only five interceptions. Leiblein ended the season with a quarterback rating of 111.20, which is an area you would like to be in at this position. Another element to Leiblein’s game is his ability to run the ball, as he notched in 91 yards on the season.
Jones led HRV in rushing with 493 yards and four touchdowns. Behind Jones in the running attack for the Eagles were Bailey Holste and Brandon Rivera. Holste gained 152 yards and two touchdowns on only 36 touches this season. Rivera, who was out for a couple games earlier this season after injuring his arm in the first game of the season, was able to tally in 189 yards and two touchdowns on only 31 touches from the backfield. As vital as Estes was on the defensive side of the football this season, he was also a bright spot in the running game for HRV this season as he ran for 144 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.
Tanner Wells with his 26 catches on the season for 276 total receiving yards and two touchdowns was Leiblein’s go-to target through the air. Greyson Loose, a sophomore receiver and defensive back for the Eagles, was second to Wells this year in receiving yards as he brought in 203 yards on six catches; and he led the team in receiving touchdowns with three. Senior wide receiver and linebacker Trenton Hough averaged over nine yards per catch this season hauling in 10 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Zack Christian and Matthew Tichenor also brought in one touchdown each this season and respectively had 93 and 80 yards receiving.
On the defensive side, Estes led the team this year with 134 tackles, with three of those bring tackles for loss. Hough with 2.5 sacks on the season and a team leading six tackles for loss was a player for HRV who continued to wreak havoc this season behind the opponent’s line of scrimmage. With five sacks and half a tackle for loss, Rojas will be a returning leader next year for HRV on the defensive side of the football. Jason Shaner, a linebacker for the Eagles, tallied in five sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss on the season.
Although the team finished with a 2-6 overall record, it was a season that pushed this team forward in the right direction as they were coming off a 0-9 season the year before.