2015 All-Region Football Team

QUARTERBACK

Peter Mendazona

Central

The 6-foot, 165-pound sophomore quarterback got off to a rough start in the 2015 season, throwing for one completion for 67 yards and two interceptions against Bend. Since then, he’s progressed at a rapid pace. Mendazona earned all-league honorable mention after finishing the year throwing for 1,926 yards and 22 touchdowns. Although there were growing pains early, Mendazona figures to give Central a steady and proficient quarterback over the next two years.

RUNNING BACK/LINEBACKER

Zach Weems

Falls City

The senior running back/linebacker was a major force for the Mountaineers during the 2015 season. Weems had 81 carries for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns — all team highs — on offense. He also recorded 28 total tackles on defense. Weems earned first team all-Special District 3 honors for his performance during the season.

RUNNING BACK

Alvin Berroa

Central

The junior running back was Central’s workhorse in the backfield. Berroa did not disappoint. He rushed for 1,606 yards and 15 touchdowns to anchor the Panthers’ run game. He also had 10 receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown through the air. Berroa, who earned first team all-Mid-Willamette Conference honors, was a major part of Central’s success. The senior ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns during the Panthers’ 46-28 win over Hillsboro in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.

LINEBACKER/RUNNING BACK

Keenan Bailey

Perrydale

The senior running back/linebacker was the Pirates’ go-to runner during the 2015 season.“He’s a battler,” Perrydale coach Chris Gubrud said. “I love that kid. He’s hard to tackle and he’s got good vision.” On defense, he helped anchor a unit that gave up 21.4 points per game — the fewest of any team in Special District 4. Bailey was one of eight Pirates to earn first team all-league honors.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

Marlon Tuipulotu

Central

The junior lineman was a dominant force for the Panthers. Tuipulotu was named the conference’s Defense Player of the Year and earned first team all-MWC honors on the defensive and offensive lines. As a defensive tackle, Tuipulotu recorded a team-high 78 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He also grabbed two interceptions. On offense, he helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 38.7 points per game over the team’s final seven contests.

RECEIVER/DEFENSIVE BACK

Peter Mason

Central

The junior wide receiver/defensive back was a dual threat for the Panthers. On offense, he was Mendazona’s favorite target, grabbing a team-high 40 catches for 843 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 31 tackles and two interceptions and had three fumble recoveries, helping to shut down opposing receivers in the process. Mendazona earned first team all-conference honors on both offense and defense for his efforts during the season.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

Opeti Tuipulotu

Central

The senior defensive lineman gave opponents fits from the defensive end position. Tuipulotu recorded 30 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and six sacks during the 2015 season, despite missing three games. He also had two fumble recoveries. The senior earned first team all-conference honors for his performance for the Panthers.

LINEBACKER

Luke McBeth

Central

The senior linebacker helped give the Panthers one of the most potent front seven units in all of 5A. McBeth recorded 34 tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack during the 2015 campaign. He also had an interception. McBeth was named to the first team all-conference.

RUNNING BACK/LINEBACKER

Tanner Earhart

Dallas

The junior running back/linebacker played a major role in Dallas’ late season resurgence. Once the Dragons returned to the ground and pound, Earhart was one of the centerpieces of Dallas’ offense. That included a 117-yard, three touchdown performance during Dallas’ 20-0 victory over Crescent Valley on Oct. 16. Earhart earned second team all-MWC recognition on offense, while earning an honorable mention on defense.

TIGHT END/LINEBACKER

Brant Barnes

Perrydale

The senior tight end/linebacker was one of the Pirates’ most dependable players on both sides of the ball. Barnes earned first team all-Special District 4 honors on offense, while receiving second team recognition on defense. Barnes became a major player during the postseason, Gubrud said. “Brant was our best defensive player throughout our playoff run,” Gubrud said. “He played the run and the pass very well.”

RECEIVER/DEFENSIVE BACK

Haylen Janesofsky

Perrydale

The junior joined the football team midway through the season after watching the Pirates’ 36-34 win over Dufur. Against Ione, Janesofsky scored six touchdowns — three through the air, two on the ground and one on an interception.

COACH

Chris Gubrud

Perrydale

Gubrud helped make Perrydale’s return to Class 1A a highly successful one. The Pirates finished the regular season undefeated, winning the Special District 4 title and advancing to the state semifinals, where Perrydale came within a play of advancing to the state title game.

The All-Region football team was selected by the Itemizer-Observer Sports Editor Lukas Eggen along with heavy input from area coaches.

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