Nikiski, Monroe, Eielson share bulk of small-schools all-state honors

Nikiski, Monroe Catholic and Eielson shared the Greatland Conference football title this year.

In the Small-Schools All-State Football Team announced Monday, the Bulldogs, Rams and Ravens shared the bulk of the honors as well.

Monroe and Nikiski each had four players on offense, while Eielson had three. On defense, the Bulldogs, Ravens and Rams had three players apiece, while Valdez had one player.

Specialists saw two Rams, plus one player each from Nikiski, Seward and Valdez.

The coach of the year went to Bobby Pace of Monroe Catholic.

There were just two players to get the nod on offense, defense and special teams. Sophomore Luke Johnson of the small-schools state champion Bulldogs made the grade at guard, linebacker and punter. Monroe Catholic’s Roderick (Scooter) Bynum was honored at receiver, defensive back and return man.

The Bulldogs had a pair of players get honored on offense and defense.

Junior Christian Riddall made it at running back and linebacker, while senior Michael Stangel was tabbed at fullback and defensive back.

In the regular season, Stangel was second on the Kenai Peninsula with 842 rushing yards on 121 carries. He had 11 rushing touchdowns. Stangel also caught 16 balls for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Riddall rushed 50 times for 540 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught six balls for 94 yards.

Nikiski’s other offensive honoree was senior tackle Tanner Jackson. On defense, sophomore Jon McCormick also got the nod at lineman.

Seward’s lone honoree was long snapper Christian Tofson.

Alaska Small-Schools All-State Football Team

Coach of Year — Bobby Pace, Monroe Catholic.

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Tyler Wells, Monroe Catholic.

Running backs — Anthony Griffith, Eielson; Christian Riddall, Nikiski.

Fullback — Michael Stangel, Nikiski.

Receiver — Roderick (Scooter) Bynum, Monroe Catholic.

Tight end — Michael Neville, Monroe Catholic.

Guards — Keyan Kincaide, Eielson; Luke Johnson, Nikiski.

Tackles — Ryan Crooks, Eielson; Tanner Jackson, Nikiski.

Center — Peter Button, Monroe Catholic.

Defense

Defensive backs — Michael Stangel, Nikiski; Kalib Dunlap, Eielson; Roderick (Scooter) Bynum, Monroe Catholic.

Linebackers — Dean Priolou, Eielson; Christian Riddall, Nikiski; Dylan Gavora, Monroe Catholic; Luke Johnson, Nikiski.

Linemen — Brandon Derifield, Valdez; Jon McCormick, Nikiski; Michael Neville, Monroe Catholic; Keyan Kincaide, Eielson.

Specialists

Kicker — Alex Callahan, Monroe Catholic.

Punter — Luke Johnson, Nikiski.

Return man — Roderick (Scooter) Bynum, Monroe Catholic.

Long snapper — Christian Tofson, Seward.

Utility player — Zach Howard, Valdez.

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