Indians, Tigers, Wildcats gain Minuteman Athletic Conference football honors
     2014-12-04      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Five football players from Minatare and three each from Bayard and Banner County were selected for honors by the Minuteman Athletic Conference for the 2014 season.

From Minatare (6-4), which made the semifinals of the Six-Man state playoffs, senior Juan Garfio was a first-team defensive selection; senior Chance McAllister and junior Yovan Perez were special teams honorees; and senior Tyler Koke and junior Dominic Longoria were named honorable mention.

Garfio led Minatare’s defense with 120 total tackles, including 67 solo shots, had five interceptions and seven pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, one caused fumble and one blocked field goal.
Offensively, Garfio had 382 rushing yards and seven touchdowns and made 16 receptions for 456 yards and 10 TDs. He also converted 19 extra-point kicks, scoring a team-high 152 total points.

McAllister made the special teams list as the MAC’s top punter, with an average of about 41 yards per kick. Offensively, McAllister had seven receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, McAllister made 97 total tackles (33 solo) and had five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, five pass deflections, three interceptions and one quarterback sack.

Perez was named as the top kick returner after he made six returns for a 41.8-yard average.
Offensively, Perez also completed 22 passes for 594 yards for 14 touchdowns with three interceptions, rushed for 979 yards and five TDs on 152 carries and three PAT conversions, and had five receptions for 98 yards.

Defensively, Perez made 36 total tackles with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, five pass deflections and two quarterback sacks.
Koke was a versatile offensive weapon, completing 27 passes for 452 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions, catching 11 passes for 290 yards and six TDs and rushing 10 times for 55 yards.

Defensively, Koke had a team-high four quarterback sacks along with 35 total tackles (18 solo), caused two fumbles and deflected one pass.

Longoria had 12 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns offensively, while on defense he had 64 total tackles (20 solo), two interceptions for 20 return yards, one quarterback sack, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery.

For Bayard (2-7), senior Bryce Hargens made the first-team offensive group; junior Ethan Marker was a first-team defensive selection; and senior Tristan Hunter was named honorable mention.
Hargens had 49 receptions for 818 yards, an average of 90.9 per game, and scored seven touchdowns and two 2-point conversions in scoring a team-high 46 points. Defensively, Hargens had a team-high 92 total tackles (25 solo), including one quarterback sack.

Marker had six quarterback sacks, half the Tigers’ sack total, with 71 total tackles (18 solo) in gaining defensive honors.
Hunter led Bayard in rushing with 419 yards and three touchdowns on 94 carries and added four rushing 2-point conversions. Hunter was second to Hargens in receptions with 27 for 190 yards and one TD. Defensively, Hunter had 66 total tackles (20 solo) and also had one interception.

From Banner County (2-6), senior Mike McKown made the first-team offense; senior Tyson Dahlgrin was selected to the first-team defense; and senior Bryce Olsen was named honorable mention.
McKown led the Wildcats offensively in their first season of competing at the Six-Man level. He completed 87 of 156 passes (55.8 percent) for 1,191 yards and 19 touchdowns with five interceptions, rushed for team-highs of 1,040 yards on 122 carries and scored eight TDs. He also had two receptions for 4 yards.

Defensively, McKown had 21 total tackles, including 13 solo efforts, and had three interceptions and five pass deflections.
Dahlgrin led Banner County’s defense with 135 total tackles, including 72 solo stops, with one tackle for lost yardage and five quarterback sacks. Dahlgrin also had six pass deflections, two fumble recoveries with one forced fumble and two blocked punts.

Offensively, Dahlgrin scored a team-high 130 points on 12 rushing touchdowns, eight TD receptions and 10 PATs (eight rushes and two receptions). He had 631 yards 66 rushes and 33 receptions for 561 yards. Dahlgrin also completed eight passes for 60 yards.
Olsen had four touchdown receptions on 19 catches for 158 yards. Defensively, Olsen had three quarterback sacks, two interceptions, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery to go with 43 total tackles (12 solo).

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