Crater’s Jordahl tops list of all-state honors
Crater senior lineman Jimmy Jordahl was a focus of attention for opponent’s game plans throughout the football season, and for good reason in an outlook supported recently by the state’s Class 5A football coaches in their annual all-state voting.
Jordahl received the lone first-team recognition of any local football player from the 6A to 4A levels after another stellar season at defensive end and on the offensive line to pave the way for the local honorees.
Along with second-team all-state linebacker Caden Lasater, Jordahl helped set the tone for a Crater defense that allowed only 12.3 points and 230 yards per game during the regular season to earn a spot on the 5A first team defense.
Offensively, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Jordahl was pivotal as an offensive tackle in giving his team a push that led to 20.1 points and 211.8 yards per game in gaining a second first-team honor.
Besides his defensive selection, Lasater also was chosen as an honorable mention running back after posting 860 yards and five touchdowns rushing on 161 carries to go with 21 receptions for 189 yards and two scores.
Also receiving honorable mention acclaim were Crater senior defensive back Miles Jennings, who helped the Comets post 20 takeaways, and Eagle Point senior receiver Jimmie Copeland, who caught 36 passes for 623 yards and seven TDs.
At the 6A level, North Medford scored the lone all-state selections with honorable mention nods to senior receiver Bryce Dyer, sophomore tight end AJ Pugliano and junior offensive lineman David Fuiava.
Dyer and Pugliano each highlighted the Black Tornado offense on the perimeter, with Fuiava (6-2, 300) anchoring an offensive line that helped produce 340.4 yards and 26.4 points per game.
Dyer (6-5, 200) finished as North Medford’s leading receiver for the second straight season with 41 catches for 622 yards and eight TDs despite gaining increased focus after Pugliano suffered a shoulder injury in the sixth game of the season.
Prior to landing awkwardly and missing the rest of the season out of precaution, Pugliano proved why he is one of the top tight end recruits in the Class of 2024 with 21 catches for 368 yards and three scores. The 6-4, 220-pounder already holds an offer from Oregon.
In Class 6A volleyball, North Medford senior Makayla Miller earned second-team all-state honors after the senior libero averaged 13.1 digs and 3.2 aces for the Black Tornado. The Southwest Conference’s defensive player of the year also held a 96% service completion rate for the season.
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