Fallon dominates state 3A football team

Fallon senior Ben Dooley reacts to his team scoring against Truckee. The Fallon senior was named Lineman of the Year.

Fallon senior Ben Dooley reacts to his team scoring against Truckee. The Fallon senior was named Lineman of the Year.

Fallon’s 3A state championship football team dominates the all-state selections conducted by the coaches.

Greenwave coach Brooke Hill earned Coach of the Year for leading Fallon to its second state title since 2015. The Wave compiled a 12-0 overall record and was also perfect in league at 9-0.

Hill has also won four regional coach-of-the-year honors since becoming head coach in 2009. He had been an assistant for seven seasons. His Greenwave team finished 12-1 in 2015 with its only loss to a California school, and for the team winning its first state title since the mid-1970s, Hill earned his first Coach of the Year.

Fallon had 12 total picks for the state 3A team. Running back and University of Idaho-bound Sean McCormick was named co-Most Valuable Player along with Truckee’s Marcus Bellon. McCormick and Bellon shared the same honor for the Northern 3A.

McCormick was a vital ingredient for Fallon’s success on both offense and defense. He rushed for 1,800 yards and scored 27 touchdowns, and on defense, he had 63 tackles and eight interceptions.

Fallon quarterback Elijah Jackson earned Offensive Player of the Year, the same honor he received in the Northern 3A. The Greenwave junior quarterback completed 109 passes for 1,952 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also his versatility by rushing for 856 yards.

Ben Dooley was the league’s top offensive lineman, and he captured the same recognition as the 3A Offensive Player of the Year. The offensive line led by Dooley and fellow state first-team picks Benni Otuafi and Nick Delgado provided the blocking as the Greenwave gained 3,390 yards on the ground and almost 2,000 yards through the air.

Dooley has verbally committed to play for Boise State University next season.

Brock Richardson earned all-state as a wide receiver on offense and defensive back on defense. He caught 47 passes for 1,093 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 382 yards. On defense, Richardson made 41 tackles and intercepted the ball three times. Richardson was also a first-team all-region player on both offense and defense.

Tommy McCormick rounds out the first-team selections as athlete or utility player. He scored six touchdowns by giving the Wave another receiver. He also caught 34 passes for 634 yards. McCormick was also a force on defense, making 63 passes and intercepting three passes.

Fallon’s Brenden Larson (linebacker), Trey Rooks (defensive lineman) and Ethan Andrews (defensive back) were named to the first-team defense, repeating their selections to the all-region team. Larsen, the “quarterback” of the defense, recorded 96 tackles, intercepted two passes and sacked the quarterback three times. Rooks had 41 tackles and five sacks, while Andrews had 29 tackles and three interceptions.


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