Bobcats’ football lands 5 players on All-SJBL roster

A pair of Ignacio High School football players joined the elite of the elite in the San Juan Basin League this season.

Ignacio seniors Austin Haire and Clayton Jefferson were voted to the All-San Juan Basin League first team.

Voting was conducted by the conference coaches.

Two more Bobcats were voted to the All-SJBL second team: sophomore quarterback Adison Jones and sophomore lineman Blaine Mickey.

Senior Andy Guire was named honorable mention.

“It was a tough year for us with all the injuries,” Ignacio head coach Lupe Huerta said.

“They definitely earned it (all-league honors).

“Clayton, I know, had a lot of receiving yards. But losing all those kids, all those receivers, it wasn’t hard for the other teams to focus on Clayton ... they knew exactly where he was all the time,” Huerta said.

Haire provided a steady influence on offense and defense for the 2-7 Bobcats, Huerta said.

“Adison did well. He finished in the top three in 1A in passing yards,” Huerta said of Jones, who finished with 1,641 passing yards. “Of course, we threw the ball a lot. A good chunk of those went to Clayton.

“This should really help Adison for next year,” Huerta said of the sophomore.

Shadron Wenta of Monte Vista was voted the SJBL Offensive Player of the Year; Jareb Aziz of Centauri was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Monte Vista’s Gary Jones was voted SJBL Coach of the Year.

Monte Vista (9-2), the regular-season conference champion, lost 18-0 to eventual state champion Cedaredge in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs.

Cedaredge beat previously unbeaten Buena Vista 18-16 in the 1A state championship game.

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