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Capping a football career unlike any before him at Cascade Christian, senior running back Brandon Williams was named the Class 3A co-offensive player of the year.
Meanwhile, senior teammate Dane Scott was honored as the co-defensive player of the year. Six others made all-state lists for the Challengers, who finished 13-1 and lost to Dayton 34-28 in the 3A championship on Dec. 1.
"I think Brandon and Dane are both very deserving," Cascade Christian head coach Jon Gettman said. "They put together a tremendous season. More importantly, as far as character and dedication, you couldn't ask for more or be more excited for them."
Williams, who was also the Southern Cascade Hybrid player of the year, broke every major offensive career and individual-season record at the school. He wrapped up his time as a Challenger with 4,381 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns on 332 carries and 792 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 28 receptions. Williams added 12 special teams TDs and four defensive scores.
This fall, he finished with 2,337 rushing yards, 151 carries and 31 rushing touchdowns, averaging 195 yards per game. Receiving, Williams had 18 catches for 445 yards and four TDs, and he also had five returns for scores.
Williams averaged 16.5 yards per offensive touch this season and, with 80 career touchdowns to his name, he scored every 5.6 times he touched the ball on offense during his career.
Williams shared the state offensive player of the year accolade with Dayton senior Forrest Garcia.
Williams also made the defensive first team after turning in 48 tackles, five interceptions, a fumble recovery and three defensive touchdowns.
"It was a blessing to coach (Williams)," Gettman said. "He was an unbelievable talent. The spirit with which he played, he was a kid who played hard and gave it everything he had."
Scott, who was also the SCH defensive player of the year, recorded 45 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble this year at linebacker. He and Dayton senior Jered White shared the state defensive player of the year award.
Scott was a second-team honoree on offense.
Senior Daniel Grissom made the first team on offense and defense. The defensive lineman had 27 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumbled, eight tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.
On the state second team on offense and defense was senior running back and defensive back Levi Girardot.
Senior quarterback Daniel Scottow was a second-team offensive selection, and junior defensive lineman David Sellers and sophomore linebacker Dante Olson landed spots on the second team.
Senior offensive lineman Trenton Greisen made honorable mention.
Illinois Valley senior Jovany Sanchez was named the state's first-team kicker.
Dayton's Brodie Unger was picked as the 3A coach of the year. Scio senior Josh Parazoo was given offensive lineman of the year honors and Dayton junior Kevin Castillo defensive lineman of the year recognition.
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