FARMINGTON – The Piedra Vista football team was well represented when the 2015 All-State football teams were revealed last week.
Five Panthers combined to take six spots on the first- and second-team rosters.
Offensive lineman Dylan Weaver and defensive back Elijah Gamboa, both juniors, cracked the first-team All-State rosters.
Senior Scott Ramirez was named to the second team at both running back and linebacker. Ramirez was one of eight players to be named either first- or second-team All-State at more than one position.
“It really speaks to his versatility. He’s just a football player. He probably could have played a lot of different spots and been successful,” PV head coach Jared Howell said of Ramirez. “He loves and truly enjoys football. Just to be playing football, that’s what he loves, and it showed on the football field.”
Senior Eric Ensign picked up second-team honors as an offensive lineman.
Howell said Weaver and Ensign were crucial to the Panthers’ success this season.
“We tell our kids, the most important unit on our team is the offensive line,” Howell said. “Without an offensive line that can get the job done, it doesn’t matter who you have in the backfield, they’re not going to be as productive as they could be. This year, our line really jelled together, and Eric and Dylan were a really big part of that.”
Sophomore kicker Christian Chavez rounded out the second team.
With Chavez’s field goal-kicking range extending to 50 yards, Howell said the sophomore gave the Panthers a scoring threat beyond what most teams had.
“Once we started crossing the 50-yard line, we didn’t have to worry about moving the ball that much farther,” Howell said. “It really opens up the play calling for us, and puts more pressure on the opposing defense.”
Kirtland Central’s Keishaun Aspaas was the lone player from San Juan County to earn first-team honors in 4A.
The senior was named first team as a returner after averaging 20.1 yards per punt return and scoring one touchdown on a punt return.
Bloomfield landed two players on the 4A second team.
David DeHerrera made the team as both an offensive and defensive lineman, making him one of seven players to make either the first or second team at multiple positions.
“David’s gift is his size and his strength, and he plays with a high level of energy. For his size, he’s very quick and has good speed,” Bloomfield head coach Bob Allcorn said. “He had a fumble returned for a touchdown for more than 50 yards, and that’s not easy to do for any lineman, and he pulled away from the rest of the team. It was an impressive run.”
JD Robinson landed on the second team as a running back after rushing for 94.8 yards per game and scoring 13 touchdowns on the ground.
“JD has been one of those kids who’s really fun to coach. You know you’re going to get his best every day,” Allcorn said. “It’s been fun to watch him grow and develop, not only into a solid high school football player, but a solid young man. He’s one of the kids who I’m very proud of how he conducts himself. He does well in school and keeps his nose clean. He’s a kid I can always look at and be proud of.”
In 3A, Navajo Prep’s Jake Rogers earned second-team honors as a wide receiver.
Rogers, a junior, led the Eagles with 64 receptions for 1,097 yards and 12 touchdown receptions.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.