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Football: Cornell earns newcomer of the year

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 9, 2017
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ARRIVING ON THE SCENE – Alvord’s Corbyn Cornell earned the offensive newcomer honor in District 5-2A Division I after leading the Bulldogs to the playoffs as a freshman. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Corbyn Cornell faced a large learning curve, taking over at quarterback as a freshman for the Alvord Bulldogs.

Cornell led the Bulldogs to a 2-9 record and the playoffs, throwing for 732 yards and 10 touchdowns, completing 67 of his 146 attempts. He added 286 yards on the ground with a pair of scores.

Cornell earned District 5-2A Division I’s top offensive newcomer honor.

He was one of several Bulldogs to earn league honors.

Seymour’s David Watson was the district’s MVP. Windthorst’s Koy Pennartz was the top offensive player and Collin Gann of Seymour took the honor as the best defensive player.

Alvord running back Tanner Richey, offensive lineman Cason Rangel and receiver Karson Parker made the first-team offense with Chico quarterback and punter Jerod Blanks and running back Nico Starnes. Richey rushed for 648 yards and four touchdowns. Parker caught 21 passes for 302 yards and four scores. Rangel graded out at 81 percent with 16 pancake blocks. Blanks threw for 956 yards and eight scores and ran for 794 yards and 12 touchdowns. Starnes had 973 yards and 10 scores.

Alvord defensive lineman Zach Brown, linebacker Shae Buckaloo, and defensive backs Blake Jones and Karson Parker made the first-team defense. They were joined by Chico defensive lineman Isaac Parr and linebacker Logan Ellis.

Buckaloo made 111 tackles with six for losses. Brown had 72 stops with a sack and caused two fumbles. Jones picked off three passes and forced three fumbles with 66 tackles. Parker made 74 tackles and forced three fumbles.

Ellis had 109 tackles, two interceptions and forced four fumbles. Parr recorded 12 sacks and seven tackles for losses.

2017 DISTRICT 5-2A DIVISION I FOOTBALL TEAM

MVP: David Watson, senior, Seymour

OFFENSE MVP: Koy Pennartz, senior, Windthorst

DEFENSE MVP: Collin Gann, senior, Seymour

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Preston Guerra, senior, Seymour

OFFENSE NEWCOMER: Corbyn Cornell, freshman, Alvord

DEFENSE NEWCOMER: Nick Slaggle, sophomore, Seymour

PUNTER: Jerod Blanks, senior, Chico

KICKER: Cain Schoonover, senior, Seymour

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Cade Holden, junior; Hunter Wolf, junior, Windthorst; Jerod Blanks, senior, Chico

Running back: Tanner Richey, sophomore, Alvord; Nico Starnes, junior, Chico

Offensive line: Cole Schoonover, senior, Seymour; Kyle Heuchert, junior, Seymour; Coby Schroeder, senior, Windthorst; Brayden Armstrong, senior, Windthorst; Cason Rangel, senior, Alvord

Wide receiver: Garrett Siegert, junior, Seymour; Aaron Ermis, senior, Seymour; Nathan Bales, junior, Windthorst; Colton Bates, junior, Windthorst; Karson Parker, sophomore, Alvord

DEFENSE

Line: Heath Martinez, junior, Seymour; Cole Schoonover, senior, Seymour; Zach Brown, junior, Alvord; Isaac Parr, junior, Chico;

Linebacker: Jake Carter, junior, Seymour; Devon Hall, senior, Seymour; Sam McQuerry, junior, Windthorst; Coby Schroeder, senior, Windthorst; Logan Ellis, junior, Chico; Shea Buckaloo, junior, Alvord; Corben Reynolds, senior, Windthorst

Secondary: Garrett Siegert, junior, Seymour; Nathan Bales, junior, Windthorst; Blake Jones, senior, Alvord; Karson Parker, sophomore, Alvord

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Parker Mayers, junior, Olney

Running back: Ransom Klein, sophomore, Alvord

Offensive line: Jake Carter, junior, Seymour; Jonathan Goodner, junior, Seymour; Ace Hand, senior, Windthorst; Gio Alvarez, senior, Alvord; Jose Gam, sophomore, Alvord; Gene Pardue, junior, Chico

Wide receiver: Heath Martinez, junior, Seymour; Jayden Haumessor, junior, Seymour; Awtry Blagg, sophomore, Windthorst; Kolton Forbus, senior, Chico

DEFENSE

Line: Jayce Hudson, junior, Seymour; Ace Hand, senior, Windthorst; Tyler Estep, sophomore, Alvord; Chandler Lawing, senior, Chico; Willie Payne, senior, Chico

Linebacker: Cesar Flores, junior, Olney; Koy Pennartz, senior, Windthorst; Chase Deweese, junior, Alvord; Clayton Machal, junior, Alvord; Caden Gilbreath, freshman, Seymour

Secondary: Gunnar Rose, senior, Seymour; Will Harper, senior, Seymour; Rafael Llamas, senior, Windthorst; Ruben Nigo, sophomore, Alvord

HONORABLE MENTION

Alvord: Dain Warnick, junior, defensive line; Ransom Klein, sophomore, defensive line; Reece Sillettie, freshman, defensive back; Wyatt Lindley, senior, offensive line

Chico: Logan Ellis, junior, running back; Gabriel Byrne, junior, offensive line; Willie Payne, senior, offensive line; Chandler Lawing, senior, offensive line; Billy Morgan, sophomore, linebacker; Brodie Fitzgerald, junior, defensive line; Ben Martinez, junior, linebacker; Arnold Espinosa, senior, defensive line

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