College of the Redwoods

Corsairs well represented on the all-conference team

Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Mason Priddy

By Ray Hamill — A successful return to the football field this season has resulted in 10 College of the Redwoods players earning all-conference honors, including one who was recognized twice.

The Corsairs closed out the regular season with a record of 7-3, including a 4-1 mark in the American-Pacific 7 Conference, and they won seven straight games going into the final weekend of the season to put themselves in contention for a conference title.

Ultimately, they lost to Feather River in the conference decider but they will get to host the Grizzly Bowl against Monterey Peninsula a week from Saturday.

In the meantime, the all-conference selections have been named, with a sizable CR contingent, including five former H-DNL players.

Remarkably, the Corsairs enjoyed their success despite having just one sophomore — Hoopa’s Weyk-seyr Hutchinson — although he has played a key role on the team and was recognized for it with an all-conference selection.

The starting left guard, who was originally recruited by former head coach Frank Borba and played with the Corsairs in 2019, was an unanimous selection.

“That goes a long way toward telling you where he’s at,” head coach Jason White said.

Defensive back Mason Priddy, meanwhile, received all-conference recognition for two different positions, as a defensive back and a kick returner.

Priddy comes from Columbia River High in Vancouver, Wash.

Three other CR defensive players were named all-conference, including outstanding linemen Julian Garcia and Jayden Sandusky, who have set the tone for the defense all year along.

Garcia is from Clovis and Sandusky is from North Medford High.

Damario Watson

Weyk-seyr Hutchinson (77), Max Hough (8) and Carlos Duenas (71)

Del Norte’s Tanner Forkner also was recognized and has been one of the team’s most consistent players and biggest playmakers at linebacker.

On offense, Max Hough was one of two quarterbacks included on the all-conference team.

Hough has been CR’s offensive MVP since making his first start against Foothill and has been sensational in six starts, throwing for 22 touchdowns and just one interception, including no picks in five straight games.

Del Norte’s Kaleb Price also was named all-conference.

The standout tight end has been one of Hough’s favorite targets all season and has been particularly effective in the red zone.

Wideout Jaydan Burns, a Ukiah High graduate, also has been a consistent and reliable target and also earned all-conference honors.

Check out one of Burns’ TD catches below …

Rounding out the CR selections are offensive lineman Carlos Duenas and receiver Damario Watson.

Duenas is a Eureka graduate and another local player who has had an immediate impact at the next level, while Watson is from Ashland and was included as an all-purpose selection.

“If you get 10 selections, you’re doing real well,” White said. “I feel really good about that. I feel the coaches were fair.”

Conference champion Feather River, which was 10-0, swept the three main honors.

Quarterback Jared Taylor was named Offensive MVP, linebacker Braden Robinson was named Defensive MVP and head coach Nick Goulet was named Coach of the Year.

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