Jon Johnson and Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: From left, Morenci head coach Joe Garcia was named 2A San Pedro Region Coach of the Year, and Michael Casillas was named the Region Offensive Player of the Year.
By Jon Johnson
MORENCI – While the Morenci Wildcats came just short of their goal of a state title, losing in the championship game 14-28 to Arizona Lutheran Academy, a host of Wildcats have been recognized on the 2A San Pedro Region’s All-Region Team.
Third-year Morenci head coach Joe Garcia was named Region Coach of the Year. Morenci finished second in the region behind Benson and made it all the way to the state championship.
Another big award went to Morenci Sophomore Michael Casillas, who was named Region Offensive Player of the Year. Heading into the championship game, Casillas had already amassed 1,846 yards on 192 carries in 12 games, with eight games of 100 yards or more and 26 touchdowns.
All-Region 1st Team
From Morenci: Derek Saenz, defensive back and kickoff returner; Tristen Sanchez, defensive lineman; Brendon Enriquez, linebacker; Kaden Summer, long snapper; Shawn Hudman, offensive lineman; Jericho Sanchez, offensive lineman; Tony Roybal, punt returner and tight end; Daylen Johnson, quarterback; and Michael Casillas, running back.
From Pima: Brody Brown, defensive back; Seth Russell, defensive lineman; Tucker Wilkins, linebacker; Pepper Hughes, offensive lineman; Wyatt Wiltbank, offensive flex; and Grant Ashby, receiver.
All-Region 2nd Team
From Morenci: Patrick Chavez, defensive lineman; Shawn Hudman, linebacker; Dominick Chavez, offensive lineman; Austyn Nelson, placekicker; Tristen Sanchez, tight end; and Gavin Baca, receiver.
From Pima: Leland Thompson, defensive back; Chris Serna, defensive lineman; and Chris Edgmon, offensive lineman.
From Morenci: Andrew Chavez, defensive lineman; Jalen Kitcheyan, offensive lineman; Richard Trott III, defensive lineman; and Donovan Vozza, defensive lineman.
From Pima: Hayden Blair, running back; Owen Lunt, defensive flex; and Tuddy Smart, offensive lineman.
The Region Player of the Year is Devin Bowling, of Benson, and the Region Defensive Player of the Year is Ryan Francione, of Benson.