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Challengers steal spotlight in Sunset League

Top-ranked Cascade Christian swept through the Sunset League with little resistance.

It was no surprise, then, that the Challengers did the same when the Sunset all-league list was released recently.

Senior Cascade Christian running back Brandon Grissom was named offensive player of the year and defensive back Ben Joffer was dubbed co-defensive player of the year for the undefeated Challengers. Gold Beach senior linebacker Jake Shields shared the defensive accolade with Joffer.

For guiding his team to a 9-0 regular season — now 11-0 after two playoff victories — and a scoring differential of 569-75, Cascade Christian coach Andy Maurer shared co-coach of the year honors with Glide's Jeff Freeman.

Other seniors to join Grissom on the Sunset League's offensive first team were running back Tyler Stickler, tight end Colton Cochran and offensive lineman John Jessee.

Joffer, Grissom (linebacker), Cochran (defensive line) and Jessee (defensive line) also made the first team on defense. Senior defensive back Austin Wipf was also recognized as a first-teamer.

Joffer also made the second team as a wide receiver.

Rogue River junior Christian Reyes was a first-team running back and linebacker, while seniors Ty Darr (offensive line), Charles Waters (offensive line), Levi Watkins (linebacker) and Jon Garcia (punter) each made the second team.

Sunset All-League Selections

First Team


Quarterback — Connor Jackson, Bandon, Sr.

Running back — Brandon Grissom, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Joseph Harris, Coquille, Jr.; Christian Reyes, Jr., Rogue River; Tyler Stickler, Cascade Christian, Sr.

Tight end — Colton Cochran, Cascade Christian, Sr.

Line — Jonathan Binford, Coquille, Sr.; Garrett Hoffman, Gold Beach, Sr.; John Jessee, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Jack Lander, Gold Beach, Sr.; Chris Olson, Cascade Christian, Sr.

Wide receiver — Cory Christofferson, Reedsport, Sr.; Drew Vickery, Glide, Jr.

Kicker — Todd Martin, Gold Beach, Sr.


Line — Colton Cochran, Cascade Christian, Sr.; John Jessee, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Jack Lander, Gold Beach, Jr.; Joey Meil, Glide, Sr.; Ismael Osorio, Reedsport, Sr.

Linebacker — Nic Canaday, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Brandon Grissom, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Christian Reyes, Rogue River, Jr.; Jake Shields, Gold Beach, Sr.

Backs — Heston Altenbach, Coquille, Sr.; Levi Bonnell, Glide, Sr.; Ben Joffer, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Todd Martin, Gold Beach, Sr.; Drew Vickery, Glide, Jr.; Austin Wipf, Cascade Christian, Sr.

Punter — Connor Jackson, Bandon, Jr.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Brandon Grissom, Cascade Christian, Sr.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Ben Joffer, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Jake Shields, Gold Beach, Sr.

COACH OF THE YEAR — Andy Maurer, Cascade Christian; Jeff Freeman, Glide.

Second Team


Quarterback — Landon Weimar, Glide, Jr.

Running back — Brandon Lloyd, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Jimmy Mack, Bandon, Jr.; Hugo Rosa, Gold Beach, Sr.; Andy Santos, Bandon, Sr; Chris Cooper, Coquille, Jr.

Tight end — Brian Philpott, Glide, Sr.

Line — Ty Darr, Rogue River, Sr.; Kameron Henshaw, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Tyler Jacob, Bandon, So.; Kyle Rushby, Glide, Sr.; Charles Waters, Rogue River, Sr.

Wide receiver — Michael Bennett, Bandon, Jr.; Ben Joffer, Cascade Christian, Jr.

Kicker — Levi Bonnel, Glide, Sr.


Line — Nik Beiter, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Christian Clark, Glide, Sr.; Justin Fry, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Andy Santos, Bandon, Sr.; Simon Talcott, Glide, Sr.

Linebacker — Garrett Banks, Cascade Christian, Jr.; Thomas Kincheloe, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Cameron Tooker, Cascade Christian, Sr.; Levi Watkins, Rogue River, Sr.

Backs — Michael Bennett, Bandon, Jr.; Cory Christofferson, Reedsport, Sr.; Ryan Dannels, Coquille, Sr.; Kyle Davis, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Keelan McDuffy, Reedsport, Sr.

Punter — Jon Garcia, Rogue River, Sr.; Joseph Harris, Coquille, So.

Honorable Mention


QB — Heston Altenbach, Coquille, Sr.; Rogue Burman, Rogue River, Jr.; Jake Gettman, Cascade Christian, Sr.

Running back — Keelan McDuffy, Reedsport, Sr.; Travis Smith, Gold Beach, Jr.

Tight end — Ryan Hamilton, Myrtle Point, Sr.

Line — Alex Chase, Gold Beach, Jr.; Devin Damewood, Glide, Jr.; Wilson Hodge, Coquille, Fr.; Jordan McDonald, Gold Beach, Jr.; Cody Reynolds, Myrtle Point, Sr.; Jorden Richards, Bandon, Sr.; Joey Meil, Glide, Sr.

Wide receiver — Levi Bonnell, Glide, Sr.; Dylan Gomez, Rogue River, So.; Todd Martin, Gold Beach, Sr.; Richard Wallace, Gold Beach, Sr.

Kicker — Ryan Dannels, Coquille, Sr.


Line — Jonathan Binford, Coquille, Sr.; Joseph Bruner, Glide, Jr.; Chrystian Johnson, Rogue River, Sr.; Thomas Morris, Gold Beach, Jr.; Brook Scott, Cascade Christian, Jr.; Derek Shore, Reedsport, Sr.

Linebacker — Kole Freestone, Reedsport, Sr.; Gage Gant, Bandon, Sr.; Shawn Mattox, Coquille, Jr.; Ricky Schlitz, Reedsport, Jr.; Derrick Yarnell, Coquille, So.

Backs — Johnny Campbell, Myrtle Point, Jr.; Wes Litton, Cascade Christian, Sr.

Punter — Levi Bonnell, Glide, Sr.