PREP FOOTBALL: Bear River has 6 players earn all-league honors
November 15, 2016
The All-Pioneer Valley League football teams have been announced and six Bear River Bruins made the cut.
Earning spots on the All-PVL First Team were Luke Baggett, Landen Clark, Stephen Taylor, Ryan Tantum and Kyle Wooner. Making the All-PVL Second Team was Shane Flores.
Baggett, a junior defensive back, led the Bruins with 95 tackles to go with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
"He's an intense young man," Bear River co-head coach Scott Savoie said. "He's a real smart player. A real cerebral kid. Good athlete with great football knowledge."
Clark, a senior defensive lineman, was a force in the trenches all season with 61 tackles and a team-best six sacks. Clark also played tight end for Bear River, grabbing 12 balls fro 111 yards and two touchdowns.
"I really feel like Landen grew up a lot this year — as a young man and as a football player" said Savoie. "I saw a lot of maturity and development from him and it showed on the field."
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Wooner, a senior linebacker, wrapped up 61 tackles to go with an interception, a blocked kick and two fumble recoveries this season.
"(Wooner) is one of those quiet guys who leads by example," said Savoie. "He's a hard-nosed kid that prepares well and plays hard. Week in and week out, he was making plays."
Taylor, a junior running back and receiver, led the Bruins in offensive yards with 657 (314 rushing, 347 receiving) and total touchdowns with 10 (six receiving, four rushing).
"I don't think people know just how fast he is. That kid can really move," said Savoie. "I'm excited for him. He worked hard this season and it paid off."
Tantum, a senior offensive lineman, earned his spot on the First Team for his pass blocking prowess.
"He was probably the top pass blocker in the our league," said Savoie. "I don't think he gave up a sack all season long. He was really important to us."
Flores, a senior linebacker, wrapped up 80 tackles to go with an interception and a fumble recovery this season.
"What Shane brings to the table is intensity," Savoie said. "He's going to get after it."
Flores also started at offensive guard and took on some kicking duties during the season.
"He's an unselfish kid that puts team first," added Savoie.
The PVL Offensive Player of the Year Award went to Lincoln's Ryan Graham, who rushed for 1,475 yards and 25 touchdowns during the regular season. He also caught 25 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns.
The Bruins finished the season 3-8 overall and in fifth place in the PVL with a 1-4 league record.
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