Moran selected to all league first team

Gregg DodderidgeDecember 13, 2012 

Yosemite High senior wide receiver Dillon Moran, who had a league-leading 48 receptions for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, has been named to the North Sequoia All League First Team.

Moran, who did not play football as a junior, finished the season ranked No. 2 in receiving yards in Division IV of the CIF Central Section.

In addition to his All League honors, Moran was also named the Badger's Offensive Player of the Year.

Head coach Kent Lincoln called Moran an athletic and dependable receiver.

The all league selections were announced by head coach Kent Lincoln Dec. 3 at the school's 36th football awards banquet.

An upbeat night considering the team had only the second winless season in the history of the school. Yosemite played a brutal schedule. All teams the Badgers faced made the playoffs, with Mendota and Liberty winning section titles. YHS is now a D-IV school, but based on student population, they are in reality a D-V program.

"I am proud of the foundation set this season by our team, especially our seniors," said Lincoln. "I realize it was a tough season, but all of us learned a lot. The adversity made us stronger and it teaches our kids valuable lessons going forward."

Lincoln stressed the future. "We will keep moving forward. We got better as the season progressed. From our youth programs on up, we will work hard, doing things the right way. It won't come easy. Our kids are working out every day in 'zero period' which is very early. Most of next year's players are working now for next season."

Named to the All League second team were sophomore Joey Woolsey at defensive back, senior Chris Kanaley at offensive lineman and senior Cameron Simonson at linebacker.

In addition to being the team's quarterback, Woolsey also played defense back, being moved to that position half way through the season and was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year.

"Joey is a great athlete and it was great to see him emerge as a team leader," Lincoln said. "He knows our offense as well as anyone and that includes our coaches."

"Chris was the heart of our offensive line and exhibited a lot of leadership during the season," Lincoln said. "He was dependable on and off the field, not missing any of our community service projects."

Linebacker Simonson finished the season with 24 tackles.

Badgers receiving All League honorable mentions were senior place kicker Luke Blate, who was also honorable mention as a wide receiver, junior linebacker Bobby McGee and Woolsey at quarterback.

As a place kicker and receiver, Blate accounted for 14 points kicking and 12 points with two TD catches for the season. He had 40 receptions (team leader) on the year for 336 yards. Despite his size (5-7, 145 pounds), Blate stood tall, absorbing hard shots going over the middle all season long.

McGee had 48 tackles on the season.

Woolsey completed 149 of 310 passes for 1,810 yards (181 yards a game average) and 15 TDs for the season. He also had one rushing TD. He was the top sophomore quarterback in the Central Section in passing yards. Throwing out the spread offense, he is well on his way to being the all-time passing leader at YHS.

Kanaley was the recipient of the Academic Excellence award for the team with a 4.5 grade point average and Blate received the Badger Booster Club Commitment to Community award.

Each senior on the team was presented with two 8 X 10 framed photos taken by Rick Slayton -- A game action shot and a shot of the player and his family from senor night.

JV team awards went to Anthony Moreno for Offensive Most Valuable Player, Brandon O'Brien, Defensive Player of the Year, Devin Bahramand, Academic Achievement Award, and Diamond McNalley, Community Service Award.

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