Success leads to slew of awards for Honker football

League award winners for the Honker football team were: front row, Riley Shullanberger, l-r, Nolan Peterson and Jace Brazeal. Back row, Kaden Greenfield, l-r, Keegan Decker, Wyatt Gustaveson, Dayton Alves and Jerry Patzke. Not pictured: Spencer Vance.

LHS Honker football team gathered in the Lakeview High School cafeteria on Monday, Nov. 19 for their end of year banquet and desserts. 

Under first year coach Lane Stratton, the Honkers got off to a slow start, losing their first three games. That stat is a little mis-leading because those three losses were to teams that were in 3A and all were state playoff teams. A 14-6 victory against Rogue River in September jumpstarted their season as they won four of their final five games including a thrilling 21-20 over Glide on the last day of the season to capture the league title.

     The team won their first playoff game versus Jefferson, before losing to top ranked Monore in the second round of the playoffs.

Stratton was honored as coach of the year and senior Jace Brazeal was this year’s offensive player of the year as he was one of the focal points in the read option style offense that the Honkers featured. 

Brazeal was a first team selection as an all-purpose back, along with running back Riley Shullanberger and receivers/seniors Jerry Patzke and Kaden Greenfield. On the defensive side, junior defensive lineman Wyatt Gustaveson, Keegan Decker, along with linebackers Nolan Peterson, Greenfield and Shullanberger were first team selections. Brazeal was a first team selection as a kick returner for the second year in a row. Defensive lineman Spencer Vance was an honorable mention selection. 

The Lakeview squad had many scholar athletes including Greenfield, Shullanberger, Zach Reese, Austin Philibert, Evan Reese, Miller Jasper, Noah Schutt, Cheyenne Gaus and Ashley Woolen. All those athletes maintained at least a 3.5 GPA during the season. 

The Honkers may be losing a slew of seniors including Patzke, Brazeal, Reese, Peterson, Greenfield, Jasper, Fernando Inzunza and Dylan Still but they have several key pieces returning next year, as they will look to make another run at the division title.

For more information on the season’s banquet, contact Lakeview High School at 541-947-2287.

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