Minarets High School held its football awards banquet last Friday after completing its first year in the West Sequoia League.
The Mustangs Sam Reyes was named to the All-League first team and five players were selected to the All-League second team following the 1-9 season.
Junior receiver/safety Reyes was also the recipient of the team MVP award. He was second in receiving yardage (542) for Division VI and led the division with six safeties and 38 tackles.
The Mustangs offensive MVP award went to junior quarterback Keenan Reardon, who led the team in scoring and was No. 1 in Div. VI quarterbacks in rushing yards (613) and third in passing (854 yards), impressive considering the Mustangs didn't go to the passing game until late in the season.
Primarily a running team, the Mustangs had 54 attempts in their first 7 games,(7.7 per game). They finished the season from the spread with Reardon throwing for 586 yards in the teams last three games (62 attempts), throwing for nearly 200 yards a game. With 1,467 total yards the Mustangs QB ended the season ranked third among Div. VI quarterbacks. He was selected to the All-League second team on offense.
Junior Matt Niblett, 6-foot, 200 pounds, received the teams MVP lineman award. He was fifth in tackles in the division with 80. He received second team honors at two positions, lineman and linebacker.
Senior Copper Manley, won team MVP for defense. The 5-foot-6, 140 pound nose guard was a second year player and averaged 6.6 tackles a game and led the team in sacks with five. He also received All-League second team honors.
The Mustangs Most Improved award went to junior Matt Koen who recorded 22 tackles in seven games.
The Coaches Award went to junior Vince Domingo for his hard work and dedication throughout the season. Domingo was lost to injury for a couple games but still had 22 tackles and two sacks in seven games. He was selected to the All-League second team.
The sixth recipient of second team All-League honors was junior 145-pound running back/defensive back Kyle Reed, who averaged 8.89 yards a carry during the season (160 yards on 18 carries). On the defensive side of the ball Reed had 23 tackles.
The team compiled 2,650 yards of offense on the season (265 a game average) and averaged 20 points per game.
The team could have easily finished the season with four wins instead of one. A 29-20 loss Avenal in which they turned the ball over three times inside the Buccaneers red zone. The 1 point loss to Farmersville, deciding to go for the two point conversion with seconds left in regulation instead of a tie. And the teams last game a 20-15 loss to Laton in a game that they dominated for three quarters of play, only to have it slip away in the closing seconds.
The JV team finished the season 5-5 under first year coach Steve Cordel. The team was more of a Freshman team with just four sophomores.
The backfield ran for more than 1,000 yards on the season.
JV awards went to quarterback Justin Black (Offensive MVP). Bubba Ward (Defensive MVP), Justin McLoed Most Improved and Sam Smith Coaches Award. Receiver' defensive end Mason Ellis was named the teams Most Valuable Player. He lead the team in touchdowns and sacks.