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Top Shelf: Hennessey, Berry Lead Football All-GNAC Team
Reilly Hennessey finished the season among the Division II leaders in passing yards, total offense and points.
Reilly Hennessey finished the season among the Division II leaders in passing yards, total offense and points.
Aaron Berry finished third in the GNAC with 8.5 tackles per game and was among the Division II leaders in sacks.
Aaron Berry finished third in the GNAC with 8.5 tackles per game and was among the Division II leaders in sacks.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – A pair of seniors, one a transfer who proved an offensive spark plug and the other a home grown defensive standout, top the selections for the 2018 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Football All-Conference Team.

Central Washington senior quarterback Reilly Hennessey was the unanimous selection of conference coaches as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year while Azusa Pacific senior linebacker Aaron Berry topped a close vote to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.

A transfer from Division I-FCS power Eastern Washington prior to the 2017 season, Hennessey earned his second-straight First Team All-GNAC selection after leading the Wildcats to an 8-3 overall record and a share of the GNAC title with Azusa Pacific. He led the conference and is ranked 11th in Division II with a 161.9 efficiency rating while his 2,705 passing yards ranks 27th nationally. Hennessey completed 183 of 290 passes on the season, averaging 245.9 yards per game while leading the GNAC and ranking 15th in Division II in total offense with 289.3 yards per game.

Berry, a three-year starter at linebacker for Azusa Pacific, was also named first team for the second consecutive season after earning second-team honors in 2016. Berry finished third in the GNAC with 8.5 tackles per game (93 total) and spent much of the season among the NCAA Division II leaders in solo tackles with 55. He tied for first in the GNAC with 1.45 tackles for loss per game and also had three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to lead the Cougars as they finished at 8-3 overall and qualified for the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second time in three years.

Hennessey leads three Central Washington players selected to receive special honors. Senior offensive lineman James Moore was the coaches’ unanimous selection for Offensive Lineman of the Year while sophomore running back Michael Roots was named the Newcomer of the Year.

Moore led a Wildcats’ offensive line that took three of five of the first-team lineman positions. The crew allowed Central Washington to finish second in Division II in total offense with 540.9 yards per game and seventh with 47.7 points per game while allowing just 3.91 tackles for loss per game, ranking the Wildcats 13th nationally.

Roots, who joined the CWU program after a season at NAIA power Southern Oregon, was part of a powerful one-two punch for the Wildcats at running back. He led the GNAC with 97 rushing yards per game and finished fourth in Division II with 7.68 yards per carry and 23rd with 1,067 rushing yards. Roots had 10 touchdowns on the season, including three on Oct. 6 at Azusa Pacific.

Berry is joined by his teammate Ma’ake Muti, who was named the GNAC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. Muti played in all 11 regular season games and finished with 55 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery. Muti was part of an APU defensive line that enters the Division II Playoffs ranked third nationally with 3.27 sacks per game.

Hennessey and Roots are among 11 First Team All-GNAC honorees for Central Washington, including seven of the team’s 13 offensive positions. The duo is joined by senior running back Cedric Cooper, freshman wide receiver Quinton Lewis, offensive linemen Nicholas Streubel and Luke Asbjornsen, junior defensive linemen Elisha Pa’aga and Billy Greer, junior linebacker Donte Hamilton and junior defensive back Tevin Gray.

Berry and Muti lead a list of 10 first-team honorees for Azusa Pacific. Joining the pair is senior wide receiver Weston Carr, junior tight end Lucas Widmer, offensive lineman Sakalaia Hungalu, senior punter and kicker Jacob Hall, junior linebacker Willie Fair and sophomore defensive backs Josh Olave and Quentin Frazier.

In Humboldt State’s final season on the gridiron, freshman linebacker Moses Finau shined to become the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Finau finished fourth in the GNAC with eight tackles per game, was third with 1.30 tackles per game (13 total) and fifth with 0.45 sacks per game (4.5 total). Finau led the Lumberjacks with 82 tackles and had one of the team’s nine interceptions.

Humboldt State had one first-team selection in sophomore return specialist Adam Herrera.

First-year Simon Fraser head coach Thomas Ford was honored as the Coach of the Year for his efforts in starting the rebuilding process for the Clan football program. Ford opened his career with a 54-7 win over Division III Willamette, which snapped a 23-game losing streak.

Western Oregon rounded out the First Team All-GNAC with five honorees. Senior linebacker Bo Highburger received his third first-team selection and is joined by junior offensive lineman Aaron Turner, senior defensive lineman Isaiah Molden, sophomore defensive back Curtis Anderson and junior return specialist Ryan Reynolds.

2018 GNAC FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year: Reilly Hennessey, Central Washington
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Berry, Azusa Pacific
Coach of the Year: Thomas Ford, Simon Fraser
Offensive Lineman of the Year: James Moore, Central Washington
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Ma’ake Muti, Azusa Pacific
Freshman of the Year: Moses Finau, Humboldt State
Newcomer of the Year: Michael Roots, Central Washington

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE          
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
*+ Reilly Hennessey Central Washington QB 6-3 215 Sr. Camas, Wash.
(Eastern Washington Univ.)
* Cedric Cooper Central Washington RB 5-11 185 Sr. Seattle, Wash.
(SW Oklahoma St. Univ.)
* Michael Roots Central Washington RB 5-10 200 So. Sacramento, Calif.
(Southern Oregon Univ.)
*+@ Weston Carr Azusa Pacific WR 6-2 200 Jr. Benicia, Calif. (Benicia)
* Quinton Lewis Central Washington WR 6-0 159 R-Fr. Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea)
* Lucas Widmer Azusa Pacific TE 6-4 240 Jr. Lathrop, Calif. (Sierra)
*+@ James Moore Central Washington OL 6-5 300 Sr. Tacoma, Wash. (Bethel)
*+ Nicholas Streubel Central Washington OL 6-3 305 Jr. Oak Harbor, Wash. (Coupeville)
*+@ Sakalaia Hungalu Azusa Pacific OL 6-2 290 Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii (McKinley)
*# Luke Asbjornsen Central Washington OL 6-5 290 Sr. Graham, Wash. (Graham-Kapowsin)
* Aaron Turner Western Oregon OL 6-7 300 Jr. Portland, Ore. (Gresham)
* Jacob Hall Azusa Pacific K 6-2 195 Sr. Greenville, Ill (Greenville)
* Adam Herrera Humboldt State KR 5-11 205 So. Los Banos, Calif. (Los Banos)
             
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
*#! Ma’ake Muti Azusa Pacific DL 6-0 280 Sr. Wahiawa, Hawaii (Leilehua)
*& Elisha Pa’aga Central Washington DL 5-10 260 Jr. Tukwila, Wash. (Eastside Catholic)
* Isaiah Molden Western Oregon DL 6-3 300 Sr. Portland, Ore. (West Linn)
*# Billy Greer Central Washington DL 6-1 237 Jr. Tacoma, Wash. (Wilson)
*+$ Aaron Berry Azusa Pacific LB 6-2 225 Sr. Perris, Calif. (Perris)
*+@ Bo Highburger Western Oregon LB 6-0 220 Sr. Veneta, Ore. (Elmira)
* Donte Hamilton Central Washington LB 6-2 215 Jr. Mukilteo, Wash. (Saddleback CC)
*# Willie Fair Azusa Pacific LB 6-1 240 Jr. Chula Vista, Calif. (Steele Canyon)
* Josh Olave Azusa Pacific DB 5-10 180 So. San Ysidro, Calif. (Mission Hills)
* Tevin Gray Central Washington DB 5-11 195 Jr. Lake Stevens, Wash.
(Lake Stevens)
* Curtis Anderson Western Oregon DB 6-2 205 So. Klamath Falls, Ore. (Mazama)
* Quentin Frazier Azusa Pacific DB 6-0 195 So. San Diego, Calif. (Mater Dei)
*+ Jacob Hall Azusa Pacific P 6-2 195 Sr. Greenville, Ill (Greenville)
* Ryan Reynolds Western Oregon PR 5-7 155 Jr. Monterey, Calif. (Galivan JC)
             
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Tyrone Williams, Jr. Azusa Pacific QB 6-4 223 So. Merced, Calif. (Merced)
Tyree Marzetta Humboldt State RB 6-0 205 Sr. Hunter’s Point, Calif.
(CC of San Francisco)
Omari Land Western Oregon RB 5-11 185 R-Fr. Oakland, Calif. (San Leandro)
Brandon Jackson Azusa Pacific WR 6-4 210 So. Sutter, Calif. (Sutter)
Rysen John Simon Fraser WR 6-7 220 Jr. Vancouver, B.C.
(Vancouver College)
# Samuel Sanchez Central Washington TE 6-4 220 So. Poulsbo, Wash. (O’Dea)
Joe Murphy Azusa Pacific OL 6-4 310 Jr. Downey, Calif. (St. John Bosco)
Tyler Wood Simon Fraser OL 6-3 275 Jr. Fresno, Calif. (Fresno CC)
Nathan Trent Humboldt State OL 6-2 310 Sr. La Palma, Calif. (Fullerton JC)
Jakob Pruitt Western Oregon OL 6-2 285 So. Beaverton, Ore. (Valley Catholic)
Clint Schallberger Humboldt State OL 6-3 300 Jr. Lodi, Calif. (San Joaquin Delta JC)
Adrian Saldana Western Oregon K 5-10 175 Sr. West Covina, Calif. (Cerritos JC)
Kyler Ooley Central Washington KR 5-10 165 Jr. Tacoma, Wash. (Rogers)
             
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Tevin Krall Azusa Pacific DL 6-1 260 Sr. Ventura, Calif. (Ventura)
Court Hammond Western Oregon DL 6-6 290 Jr. Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley)
Tariq Wright Humboldt State DL 6-0 265 So. Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg)
Isaac Evans Simon Fraser DL 6-3 230 So. Coquitlam, B.C. (Terry Fox)
Demetrick Watts Humboldt State LB 6-0 225 So. Riverside, Calif. (Hillcrest)
# Adrian Shocks Azusa Pacific LB 6-1 220 Sr. Federal Way, Wash. (Todd Beamer)
Moses Finau Humboldt State LB 6-2 240 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. (Luther Burbank)
Uli Ma’ae Central Washington LB 6-0 220 Jr. Lacey, Wash. (Butte JC)
Tyren Sams Central Washington DB 6-0 180 Jr. Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue)
Evan Camarena Humboldt State DB 6-0 185 Fr. Modesto, Calif. (Gregori)
Shea Carstens Simon Fraser DB 5-11 190 So. Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea)
Derek Parnell Western Oregon DB 5-11 185 Jr. Portland, Ore. (Southridge)
Colin Manners Central Washington P 6-5 190 Fr. Spanaway, Wash.
(Graham Kapowsin)
Cedric Cooper Central Washington PR 5-11 185 Sr. Seattle, Wash.
(SW Oklahoma St. Univ.)
             
HONORABLE MENTION           
Name School Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Gaige Allen Azusa Pacific WR 5-8 180 Sr. Tracy, Calif. (Kimball)
Matt Orzech Azusa Pacific TE 6-4 245 Sr. Menifee, Calif. (Paloma Valley)
Lavell Thomas Azusa Pacific DB 5-11 185 Sr. Riverside, Calif. (Riverside CC)
+ Tyler Hasty Central Washington DB 65-0 190 Sr. Bellevue, Wash.
(Oregon State Univ.)
Will Ortner Central Washington OL 6-5 295 So. Vancouver, Wash. (Hockinson)
Chandler Streuli Central Washington OL 6-3 305 Sr. Enumclaw, Wash. (Enumclaw)
Connor Cox Humboldt State LB 6-3 225 Sr. Arcata, Calif. (Arcata)
Kaleo Garrigan Humboldt State WR 6-3 185 Jr. Petaluma, Calif. (Casa Grande)
Jose Morales Humboldt State K 6-4 240 Sr. Lompoc, Calif. (Allan Hancock Coll.)
Gabe Lopes Simon Fraser LB 6-2 205 Sr. Camas, Wash. (Camas)
Brad Lyons Simon Fraser DE 6-3 250 Sr. Port Coquitlam, B.C.
(South Dakota St. Univ.)
Miles Richardson Simon Fraser QB 6-2 210 Sr. Burien, Wash. (Pima JC)
Joseph Gonzales Western Oregon OL 6-6 310 Jr. Springfield, Ore. (Thurston)
Nathaniel Proctor, Jr. Western Oregon LB 6-2 235 Jr. Seattle, Wash. (O’Dea)
Ron Rose Western Oregon OL 6-3 305 Sr. Klamath Falls, Ore. (Mazama)


* - Unanimous Selection    
+ - First Team Selection In 2017  
# - Second Team Selection In 2017  
& - Honorable Mention Selection In 2017
@ - First Team Selection In 2016  
$ - Second Team Selection In 2016  
! - First Team Selection In 2015
^ - Second Team Selection In 2015

 

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