Kasen Williams, Chandler Jenkins lead cadre of all-league selections

November 30, 2010

By Bob Taylor

r Chandler Jenkins (right), Liberty HIgh School senior, beats a Kennedy defender to the end zone for a touchdown last month. By Greg Farra

In terms of physique, Kasen Williams, of Skyline High School, and Chandler Jenkins, of Liberty High School, are contrasts. Williams is a muscular 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. Jenkins is a compact 5-10, 175-pounds.

Yet, the two seniors had something in common this fall — both were dominating forces in their respective KingCo conferences. Williams, a wide receiver, and Jenkins, a running back, were selected by KingCo coaches as the offensive players of the year.

Williams, a future University of Washington Husky, again earned all-4A KingCo Crest Division honors for the league champion Spartans. He caught 14 touchdown passes during the regular season to lead 4A KingCo. He was also second in receptions with 55 and in yardage with 950. In addition, Williams ranked fourth in the league in all-purpose yardage with 1,278 yards.

“I think the biggest thing was if you asked every coach in the league what player they would like to draft No. 1, it would be Kasen Williams,” Skyline coach Mat Taylor said.

Williams, a four-year starter, has 83 receptions for 1,550 yards and 21 touchdowns for the entire season.

“He has shattered every school record we have in receiving,” Taylor said.

What impressed many KingCo coaches was Williams’ performance during crunch time.

“He could take over a game like no other player could. He is phenomenal,” Issaquah High School football coach Chris Bennett said. “When it was time, when his team needed him the most, he would come through for them.”

There wasn’t a more dominating player in 3A KingCo than Jenkins. He led the league in rushing with 1,402 yards, scoring with 114 points and all-purpose yardage with 2,302. He averaged 37.9 yards on kickoff returns, and ranked fourth in receiving with 26 catches for 453 yards.

Jenkins’ efforts helped the Patriots reach the 3A state playoffs for the third straight year.

“He had a great senior year. We put a lot on him. We relied on him to carry the load,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “He is not just a great athlete, he is an amazing competitor. I don’t think I will see one like him for a while.”

Both Williams and Jenkins had talented teammates, who also earned top honors this fall.

Best of 4A KingCo Crest

Joining Williams on the 4A KingCo Crest Division first team offense were Skyline teammates Max Browne, Jordan Simone and Chris Torres.

Browne, a 6-5, 200-pound sophomore, continued Skyline’s legacy of talented quarterbacks. For the regular season, he led 4A KingCo in passing with 2,701 yards and 33 touchdown passes.

“He is so poised for a sophomore,” Taylor said. “He just continues to improve and improve. He just wants to be the best quarterback he can be.”

Simone, a receiver, ranked fourth in the league with 43 receptions for 921 yards. He also caught 13 touchdown passes.

Issaquah had four first-team selections on offense, too.

Running back Taylor Wyman, a senior, led 4A KingCo in scoring with 121 points and ranked fourth in rushing.

“He was our all-everything guy. He kicked, punted, played safety and was our No. 1 running back. We depended on him for so much and he did a great job of responding and leading the way,” Bennett said.

Receiver Evan Peterson, a senior, topped the league in receiving again. Peterson snagged 63 passes for 1,103 yards. He also caught 10 touchdown passes.

“When we needed a big play, he made it even when the other team knew the ball was coming his way. There were times when teams triple teamed him. That’s the kind of respect he had around the league,” Bennett said.

Junior tight end Eric Lemke, 6-4, 230, and senior guard Jay Deines were other first team selections.

Deines, who also earned first-team honors on defense, and Eastlake High School tackle Gino Bresolin were selected as the Crest Division’s co-linemen of the year.

“Jay came a long way. He originally started at tight end but because he kept on growing, we moved him to guard last spring. He was our best lineman. Getting the lineman of the year award was a great tribute to how hard he worked,” Bennett said.

Other first team players were running backs James Dupar, of Newport High School, and Kyle Lappano, of Eastlake; fullbacks Eric Rodan, of Newport, and Sam Gillis, of Eastlake; tight end Nick Clifford, of Newport; tackle James Boker, of Redmond High School; center Al Gray, of Eastlake; kicker John Kilburg, of Eastlake; kick returner Kevin Martin, of Newport; and punter Danny Braun, of Eastlake. Lappano led KingCo in rushing with 1,730 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.

Simone, who excels at safety, was selected as the Crest Division defensive player of the year.

“He was our leader on defense and was just really intense out there on the field,” Taylor said.

Joining him on the 4A KingCo first team form Skyline were Cree, a senior lineman; inside linebacker Peyton Pelluer and cornerback Mike Ford.

Ford intercepted six passes to share the league lead.

“Michael is as good as there is in the state. He is all heart, and a tremendous cover guy,” Taylor said.

Pelluer topped KingCo in tackles with 86. Of those tackles, 71 were solos, which also led the league.

Deines, a lineman, Landdeck, an inside linebacker, Richert, an outside linebacker; and Wyman, a safety, earned first-team defensive honors for Issaquah.

Landdeck was a four-year starter for the Eagles. He led Issaquah in tackles the past three years.

“He was the emotional leader on defense. There was no more intense player in the league than Nik. He had a fantastic career,” Bennett said.

Rounding out the all-league defense were lineman Kepa Hughes, of Eastlake, and Patrick Taiwo, of Newport; inside linebacker Mike Harper, of Eastlake; outside linebackers Clifford, of Newport, and Matt Uhlar, of Eastlake; cornerback Rob Sharps, of Eastlake; and safety Martin.

Crest Division coach of the year was Gene Dales, of Eastlake.

Glittering 3A/2A stars

Joining Jenkins on the 3A/2A KingCo first team offense were quarterback Trey Wheeler, wide receiver Jake Bainton, tackle Anthony Olobia and guard Kylan Marlow.

Wheeler finished the league season second in passing with 1,329 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“He is the best quarterback I’ve ever had. He was so calm under pressure. His composure just rubbed off on everyone,” Valach said.

Bainton missed most of the season with a dislocated shoulder injury. However, when he played, Bainton was a force for the Patriots. He caught 19 passes for 263 yards.

“He didn’t have the senior year he envisioned he would have because of the injury,” Valach said. “Jake is an aggressive, fearless kind of player.”

Olobia, a junior, and Marlow, a senior, both returned to the Patriots this season after missing the previous year.

“Anthony had a great year after missing all last year because of a knee injury,” Valach said.

Marlow started some as a freshman and sophomore, but decided not to play as a junior.

“When he decided to come out for the team this year, it was a great gift for us. He was our most consistent lineman. He was so strong that he was a tough guy for other teams to move around,” Valach said.

Other first team selections were quarterback Jeff Lindquist, of Mercer Island High School; running back Jerimiah Laufasa, of Juanita High School; wide receiver Connor Bernal, of Mercer Island; tight end Joe Farmer and tackle Josh Mitchell, of Mount Si; guard Marcus Henry, of Bellevue High School; center Cody Treddenbarger, of Juanita; and kicker Kameron Van Winkle, of Mount Si High School.

The all-KingCo defensive first team was composed of ends Jarrett Adams, of Mount Si, and Dom Chadwick, of Juanita; tackles Henry and Treddenbarger, inside linebackers Siti Tamievina, of Juanita, and Taylor Ragan, of Sammamish High School; outside linebackers Taylor Mitchell, of Mount Si, and Jarrret Finau, of Juanita; cornerbacks Mitchell Foreman, of Bellevue, and Laufasa, and safeties Kendrick Van Ackeren, of Bellevue, and Jenkins.

Van Ackeren was tabbed as the league’s defensive player of the year.

4A All-KingCo Crest Team

First Team

  • OG-DL Jay Deines (Issaquah), 6-4, 210, Sr. *
  • ILB Nik Landdeck (Issaquah), 6-1, 215, Sr.
  • TE Eric Lemke (Issaquah), 6-4, 230, Jr.
  • WR Evan Peterson (Issaquah), 6-1, 180, Sr.
  • OLB Austin Richert (Issaquah), 6-2, 215, Jr.
  • RB-S Taylor Wyman (Issaquah), 5-9, 185, Sr.*
  • QB Max Browne (Skyline), 6-5, 200, Soph.
  • DL Conner Cree (Skyline), 6-4, 230, Sr.
  • CB Mike Ford (Skyline), 5-9, 160, Sr.
  • ILB Peyton Pelluer (Skyline), 6-1, 195, Soph.
  • WR-S Jordan Simone (Skyline), 6-0, 185, Sr.*
  • OG Chris Torres (Skyline), 5-11, 210, Sr.
  • WR Kasen Williams (Skyline), 6-2, 210, Sr.

*First team offense & defense

3A/2A All-KingCo Team

First Team

  • WR Jake Bainton (Liberty), 6-4, 225, Sr.
  • RB-S Chandler Jenkins (Liberty), 5-10, 175, Sr.*
  • OG Kylan Marlow (Liberty), 6-1, 215, Sr.
  • OT Anthony Olobia (Liberty), 6-5, 225, Jr.
  • QB Trey Wheeler (Liberty), 6-2, 205, Sr.

*First team offense & defense

Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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