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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The News Tribune’s 2012 All-Area football Team

Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
All-Area player of the year
Quarterback, 6-4, 225, sr.
He has been the leader of the area’s most consistent football program over the past three seasons, compiling a 33-4 record as the starting quarterback. And even with a newer supporting cast, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, who is headed to Colorado, has put together his finest season (120 of 176 passes, 1,660 yards, 16 TDs, one interception). In fact, the Narrows 4A player of the year’s season passer rating of 126.1 is No. 4 behind Federal Way’s Evan Elliott (146.6), Washington’s Jordan Mezias (129.0) and Kentlake’s Steffin Church (127.7).

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Spanaway Lake
Offensive line, 5-11, 260, sr.
Coach John Robak called him the Sentinels’ “made-of-steel captain.” A three-year starter at right guard, he pulled or trap-blocked a lot as Spanaway Lake rushed for 264 yards per game this season. He was an All-SPSL South performer on both sides of the ball.
What makes Thanksgiving special: “We get to eat all that we want.”

Lakes (Lakewood)
Defensive line, 6-4, 245, so.
The Lancers’ next great star is in the making. But unlike his brother, Sione (now at UW), this younger Potoa’e is lean and fast at defensive end. Despite facing double teams, he tied for most sacks in SPSL 3A (five).
What makes Thanksgiving special: “We have four turkeys cooked every year.”

Defensive line, 6-3, 245, sr.
Moving to defensive end was no problem for Shelton, who was not only the leader of the SPSL 4A North’s top defense (250.8 yards a game), but he also was voted as the division’s lineman of the year (34 tackles, seven tackles for loss).
What makes Thanksgiving special: “My close family all being together in one house and not being able to move because there’s so many people.”

Federal Way
Linebacker, 6-2, 235, sr.
Gentle and soft-spoken off the field – when the lights come on, so does his unmatched competitive fire. Amid a group of explosive home-run threats, Havili was the steady rock – and was named SPSL 4A South linebacker of the year.
What makes Thanksgiving special: “Having the house full of family, and the day being noisy with little kids causing chaos.”

Second Team
RB Kai Van Sickle Capital (Olympia) Sr
DL Peau Seigafo Lincoln (Tacoma) Sr

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