By Shain Gillet
I was excited, to say the least, when the 4A and 5A All-State football teams were released mid-week last week.
I had been waiting for a long time to find out just how many county players made the first team in both classifications. I also wanted to narrow down the list a little so that you, the reader, are aware of which local players made the list as well.
If you don’t already know, I’ve put together all the names that made the list this year, and you’ll see it somewhere on this page.
But I was a bit shocked that no one ... not a single player from Davis High School made the 5A first team list.
In fact, not a single Darts player is named on the 5A list until you get to the second team defense, and only two Darts were listed there.
Roughly a handful of Davis players made the list in all, and even more from Woods Cross and Bountiful are on the 4A list as well.
Seeing the list so stacked with other talents from schools way outside our county lines, I feel compelled to ask this question:
How many coaches actually voted for this thing, and how could so many of Davis’ players get overlooked on the first team?
The Darts were a perfect 9-0 during the regular season, something that hadn’t been at Davis since 1985, and were one of the teams to watch until a bad draw put them up against Pleasant Grove in the opening round of the playoffs.
Colton Chronister, who only made an honorable mention, had 2,350 total yards and 22 total touchdowns against five interceptions.
While not exactly the flashy numbers posted by Austin Kafentzis and Kyle Gearig, who earned first and second team honors for Jordan and Bingham, respectively, they should have been enough to at least push him into a second team mention.
Davis as a team isn’t flashy, and even the players know that. Those that follow the Darts are aware of that as well, but the Darts got the job done when the clock hit all naughts.
For nine games in a row they were able to do that, and the only Dart player to even sniff a first team mention was Kawika Tupuola, who earned second team honors after getting 51 tackles and 4.5 sacks this season.
Even Matt Morrell, who intercepted six passes and was third on the team in tackles, only earned a second-team listing.
Morrell was tied for second with the most interceptions in 5A, yet was bumped for the final defensive back spot by someone who had only 11 more tackles, but two less interceptions, than the senior.
The kids on this list have earned it, there’s no doubt about that and I applaud their efforts during one of the best football seasons to date.
But I’m a little concerned when, in such a numbers-driven game like football, people don’t get the proper recognition they deserve.
Congratulations certainly are in order for the players that made the list altogether. For some, it’s an honor to even make it, and a lot of them are very humbled that they were voted by other coaches at all.
But I’d like to see the raw data on those votes. If all the coaches did vote, then the list can at least be justified by that fact.
I get the feeling, however, that they may be a little bit biased towards the teams that went further into the state playoffs than others.
No conspiracy theories here, I’m just saying.