January 9, 2014
The Bee's football players and coaches of the year by division

Here's a breakdown of all our Bee Players of the Year, overall and by division to formally wrap up a banner season.

In an effort to not repeat names, we spread the wealth a bit, so an overall Player of the Year will not repeat as a Division I Player of the Year, etc.

Sacramento Bee honor roll:
Player of the Year: Jake Browning, Folsom, QB
State state records for passing yards (5,737) and touchdown passes (75) with poise and precision for a 14-1 juggernaut.
Offensive Player of the Year: Damen Wheeler, Sacramento, WR
Led the state with 1,931 yards receiving, fourth best in the country, and 23 touchdowns despite hernia tear that slowed him all season - guts.
Defensive Players of the Year: Tyler Meteer/Tanner Woods, Del Oro, LB/DE
Gritty, fierce, determined stalwart foundations for the Golden Eagles march to Sac-Joaquin Section and NorCal titles and a CIF State bowl berth.
Coaches of the Year: Kris Richardson/Troy Taylor, Folsom (14-1)
Kept the Bulldogs snarling and unstoppable despite facing great Delta River League and playoff foes amid injuries; won second section title in three years.
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Bee Division I honors
Player of the Year: Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove, QB/DB
Remarkable leader whose big-play ability turned games at QB, at cornerback and on special teams for a playoff team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Jason Elenberger, Jesuit, QB
Torched teams with the pass and with his legs as a shifty, elusive, fast and determined leader for Jesuit's best team in 10 years.
Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Banks, Franklin, LB
Tackling menace had 22 stops and five sacks to beat Elk Grove, taking a knee to compose himself, then charging for more.
Coach of the Year: Eric Cavaliere, Oak Ridge
Replaced his entire offensive line, plugged in a new QB and a host of defenders, and then went 12-2 with a repeat D-I section title berth.

Bee Division II honors
Player of the Year: Noah Letuligasenoa, Elk Grove, TE/LB
Had 19 sacks, flattened foes as a blocker, and stood tall as a standout leader, respected by all for a 12-win team.
Offensive Player of the Year: Marcel Brown, Rio Linda, RB
Dynamic in the open field, tough between the tackles, and just a junior who is primed for monster 2013.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ngalu Tapa, Burbank, DT
Completely buckled offensive lines and had pursuit speed to chase down plays as one of the region's all-time great DT's.
Coach of the Year: Casey Taylor, Del Oro (13-3)
Unbeaten in the section; won SFL, section D-II and NorCal D-I title - and reached second CIF Bowl in three years.

Bee Division III honors
Player of the Year: Hayden Jones, Christian Brothers, TE/LB
Did it all: blocking, catching, tackles, kicks, punts, wins, scholar, leader.
Offensive Player of the Year: Caden Voges, Sacramento, QB
The sophomore passed for 4,300 yards and 46 touchdowns, second most in regional history for his class to Jake Browning in 2012.
Defensive Player of the Year: Lonny Powell, Sacramento, LB/DL
Punishing tackler, great motor who had 22 sacks; also a bullish FB, and just a junior.
Coach of the Year: Paul Doherty, Sacramento
The tireless work paid off with a school-record best 11-3 showing and three playoff wins, the first in program history; program is surging.

Bee Division IV honors
Player of the Year: Tyrell Anderson, Center, QB, DB
Devastating and dynamic playmaker as a passer or runner; had state-best 12 picks and he returned kickoffs for scores of 86 and 99 yards in the playoffs.
Offensive Player of the Year: Todd Valliere, Placer, RB
Could do it all on both sides of the ball as a shifty, diminutive and dangerous talent for the Pioneer Valley League co-champions.
Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Lenover, Placer, LB
Lenover was a defensive force for a program that surged after a slow start in carrying on the tradition of defensive stoppers.
Coach of the Year: Joey Montoya, Placer
The Hillmen started slow at 1-4, then took off, tying for the Pioneer Valley Conference title with rival Center.

Bee Small-School honors
Player of the Year: Justice Shelton-Mosley, Capital Christian, RB/DB
Amazing what he did as a junior, rushing, receiving, making plays on defense, on special teams, and he never seemed to tire.
Offensive Player of the Year: Kyle Betts, Bradshaw Christian, WR
Had 17 touchdown receptions, and also made plays on defense and special teams for a section small-school powerhouse.
Defensive Player of the Year: Nifae Lealao, Capital Christian, DL
Seems almost inhumane how big Nifae towered over foes, and then pummelled them; a young man of high character.
Coach of the Year: Drew Rickert, Bradshaw Christian
Led the Pride to their fourth small-school section title with old-school values of hard work and grit.

Bee age-group honors
Freshman of the Year: Jacob Norville, Capital Christian, QB
Passed for 802 yards and was calm and poised beyond his years for a program that will be even better next season.
Sophomore of the Year: Ian Book, Oak Ridge, QB
Made big plays without forcing matters in posting wins over Grant, Franklin, Rocklin, Jesuit and Pleasant Grove (twice).
Junior of the Year: Cameron Smith, Granite Bay, LB
Built like a Mack Truck, and hits like one, too; vows to be even more dominant as a senior which leads us to this: scary.
Senior of the Year: Troy Knox, Folsom, WR
His work ethic and pride is an example for every player striving to make a difference, regardless of size; has NorCal career records.

- Joe Davidson
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