Campaign 2012: The ballot for Mid-Columbia's best

By the Tri-City HeraldSeptember 1, 2012 

Here is a ballot listing those in the running for Mid-Columbia's best high school football player in 2012:

1. Joe Douglas, OL/DE, Hanford

2. Ryan Fassler, QB, Prosser

3. Kayden Maughan, OL, Chiawana

4. Jonah Hoe, RB/DB, Walla Walla

5. Alex Myrick, QB/DB, Royal

6. Alex Weber, LB, Chiawana

7. Danny Raap, WR, Prosser

8. Zach Whitby, QB, Richland

9. Joey Contreras, WR/DB, Sunnyside

10. Terro Bell, RB, Chiawana

11. Juston Lind, WR/DB, Othello

12. Cam Simpson, RB, Richland

13. Johnny Jansen, RB/LB, Kamiakin

14. Devven Ramos, RB/LB, Kennewick

15. Bodie Simpson, WR/RB/DB, Kennewick

16. Isaac Mitz, DB/K/P, Chiawana

17. Zack Gaston, OL/DL, Hanford

18. Zach Kreider, OL/LB, Pasco

19. Jake Oram, WR/DB, Hanford

20. Kevin Greager, OL/DL, Kamiakin

21. Damian Martinez, OL, Hermiston

22. Logan Reardon, OL/DL, Walla Walla

23. Trey Tutt, OL/DL, Southridge

24. Joey Zamora, QB, Chiawana

25. K Perrins, WR/DB, Kamiakin

26. Dean Atkinson, P/K, Walla Walla

27. Matt Melo, LB, Othello

28. Chandler Newell, OL, Chiawana

29. Jalen DeVine, RB, Hanford

30. Kylle Robertson, QB, Kamiakin

Quarterback

* Alex Myrick, Royal, Sr., 5-8, 175: Third-year starter for the Knights and first-team SCAC East selection, he is a threat with his arm and legs. Ran for 714 yards and 15 TDs last season and threw for 1,787 yards and 8 TDs. Completed 57 percent of his passes and was intercepted just six times on 198 throws. Might be area's most dynamic offensive player.

* Ryan Fassler, Prosser, Sr., 5-11, 170: A first-team CWAC selection last season, he continued the Mustangs' QB tradition by throwing for 2,058 yards and 22 TDs vs. 8 INTs. Favorite target Danny Raap also returns, which means Prosser will be in the hunt to repeat as league champion.

* Zach Whitby, Richland, Jr., 5-10, 180: A starter for about half a season, he still threw for 1,122 yards and earned all-league honorable mention. Low number of TD passes (5) was a product of the run-first offense -- also true for INTs (2). His numbers figure to blossom with a full season and a commitment to balance on offense.

* Joey Zamora, Chiawana Jr., 6-2, 197: As a sophomore with one of the state's dominant running backs, his job last season was not to lose games. This year, he is going to have to win some. His 1,123 yards and 12 passing TDs are tops among returners. A big factor will be how quickly he and his new receivers get on the same page.

* Kylle Robertson, Kamiakin, Jr., 6-2, 190: Gave the Braves a huge lift filling in for the injured starter in the first round of the state playoffs, using his legs to help move the offense. This year, it will be his arm that does the heavy lifting. Only threw for 136 yards last year -- he might have that by the first half of the season opener.

Running back

* Jonah Hoe, Walla Walla, Sr., 5-10, 175: Surprising league rushing leader (1,473 yards, 5 TDs, 6.4 ypc) on a winless team, could have a huge season as the Blue Devils find their footing.

* Terro Bell, Chiawana, Jr., 5-7, 155: Another late-season injury replacement, he ran for 665 yards and 7 TDs in limited duty. Defenses will get the full dose this season.

* Cam Simpson, Richland, Sr., 5-9, 190: After running for 657 yards and 11 TDs as the No. 2 option last season, the only thing that will hold him down is sharing the ball with his teammates.

* Devven Ramos, Kennewick, Sr., 6-2, 185: A Week 1 injury took away half the season and left him a back-up when he returned. A healthy Ramos will make the defense feel the pain.

* JalenDeVine, Hanford, Sr., 5-10, 170: Was among the league leaders in rushing and all-purpose yards before injuries derailed his season. He had most of his 518 yards in the first three weeks of the season.

Offensive line

* Joe Douglas, Hanford, Sr., 6-3, 240: Unanimous first-team CBBN 3A pick, he has cut some weight but still will be a force pulling down the line from his tackle position.

* KaydenMaughan, Chiawana, Jr., 6-3, 245: First-team CBBN 4A selection after marvelous sophomore season, helped Riverhawks lead the league in rushing despite playing nine games.

* DamianMartinez, Hermiston, Jr., 5-9, 255: The Columbia River Conference first-teamer is a rock at left guard. Has added 35 pounds to his frame since last summer.

* Logan Reardon, Walla Walla, Sr., 6-3, 245: An honorable mention CBBN 4A, was a bright spot on winless team as Wa-Hi was among the best in the league on the ground.

* Chandler Newell, Chiawana, Jr., 6-3, 200: Another reason Riverhawks backs will be smiling for the next two seasons, he was an honorable mention all-league pick.

Receiver/tight end

* Danny Raap, Prosser, Sr., 6-2, 190: Sister Claire made Raap a household name in Prosser, but Danny has kept it going as one of state's top returning wideouts (47 rec., 11 TDs).

* Juston Lind, Othello, Sr., 5-9, 170: Huskies usually are known as running team, but Lind (26 rec., 7 TDs) has helped change all that as part of strong WR tandem.

* Bodie Simpson, Kennewick, Sr., 5-8, 160: Among league's best as a sophomore before numbers tailed off last year, figures to get a lot of carries/receptions as Lions spread the offense around.

* Joey Contreras, Sunnyside, Sr., 5-8, 165: Grizzlies don't pass a ton out of their wing-T, but when they do, it likely will be coming Contreras' way (33-664, 4 TD, 20.1 yards per catch).

* K Perrins, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-2, 160: Has waited his turn to be the deep threat on Kamiakin's big-play offense. Only caught 9 balls last year -- 3 TDs -- but averaged nearly 20 yards a catch.

Defensive line

* Joe Douglas, Hanford, Sr., 6-3, 240: Didn't play defense last year, but wowed Eastern Washington coaches over the summer and likely will crunch a few quarterbacks this fall.

* Zack Gaston, Hanford, Sr., 5-11, 220: Second-team CBBN 3A pick, could easily put teammates Cody Kowalski and Xavier Johnson on the ballot as the Falcons' formidable front line.

* Kevin Greager, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-0, 225: Second-team CBBN 3A pick, he was the beast in the middle for the area's best defense. A big reason DEs stack sacks and LBs pile up tackles.

* Trey Tutt, Southridge, Jr., 6-3, 280: Honorable mention CBBN 3A as a sophomore, plugged up the middle for the Suns and will be a key veteran in defense's ability to stop the run.

* Jeremy Larson, Walla Walla, Sr., 6-0, 252: Was an all-league offensive lineman last year while playing both ways. This season, will concentrate on defensive side of the ball.

Linebacker

* Alex Weber, Chiawana, Jr., 6-0, 205: Second-team CBBN 4A selection, established himself as a budding star when Jordan Downing was injured for last month of season. Already drawing Division I interest.

* Johnny Jansen, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-0, 185: Second-team CBBN 3A pick, likely to be the next in a long line of star 'backers in Braves defense. Great athlete with ability to sniff out tackles all over the field.

* Devven Ramos, Kennewick, Sr., 6-2, 185: Playmaker on both sides of the ball, figures to play a lot in the other team's backfield. Ramos, Jeremiah Sprague, Alex Rivera and Ben Rutledge give the Lions a rangy set of 'backers.

* Zach Kreider, Pasco, Sr., 6-0, 190: A second-team CBBN 3A pick to go with honorable mention on the O-line, was one of the Bulldogs' MVPs last season because of steady play, durability.

* Matt Melo, Othello, Sr., 5-10, 185: A first-team CWAC pick last season, he can cover the field sideline-to-sideline and has a knack for getting to the ball.

Defensive back

* Joey Contreras, Sunnyside, Sr., 5-8, 165: First-team CBBN 3A pick, tied for the league lead with five INTs. Coverage ability gives safeties freedom to cheat up on the run.

* Juston Lind, Othello, Sr., 5-9, 170: A first-team CWAC pick, he's as good at defending passes as he is catching them. A big reason the Huskies gave up just 74 points in regular season.

* Bodie Simpson, Kennewick, Sr., 5-8, 160: Honorable mention CBBN 3A pick, has been taking on tough assignments for three seasons. Not afraid to lower the shoulder, either.

* Jake Oram, Hanford, Sr., 6-1, 185: Second-team CBBN 3A pick, he has a safety's build and can cover like a corner. Football IQ like you would expect from coach's kid.

* Javan Williams, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-2, 185: Defensive player of the year on basketball court, finally gave in to coach's pleas to get back on the football field. If you can guard a point guard, you can guard a receiver.

Special teams

* Isaac Mitz, Chiawana, Jr., 6-0, 195: Second-team CBBN 4A pick as a punter and kicker, was 28-for-32 on extra points and 5-for-8 on FGs in his first season. All-league DB can cover his own kickoffs and punts as well.

* Conner Mertens, Southridge, Sr., 5-10, 165: Takes over full time after splitting kicks with his brother, gives Suns an automatic leg on extra points (15-for-15) and a shot from 40-plus on FGs. Deep kickoffs should help with field position.

* Dean Atkinson, Walla Walla, Sr., 5-11, 150: Honorable mention CBBN 4A pick, was 5-of-7 on field goals and 11-for-13 on extra points. Also gives the Blue Devils a strong punter.

* Ryan Gibson, Pasco, Jr., 6-1, 165: Honorable mention CBBN 3A selection, he hit on 15 of 18 extra points and 3 of 6 field goals.

* Bryce Kennedy, Umatilla, Sr., 5-10, 200: Entering his third year at kicker, he has a knack for placing the ball well on kickoffs and going for distance. He also will take over punting duties.

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