Cavs' Mitchell Modjeski named 6A football Offensive Player of the Year
Clackamas quarterback Mitchell Modjeski was named the Class 6A All-State Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to a perfect 14-0 record and their first high school football state championship.
Modjeski, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior, passed for 3,255 yards with 32 touchdowns and punctuated his season by leading the Cavaliers on a 10-play, 59-yard drive that ended with Jeffrey Nelson's game-winning 37-yard field goal, lifting Clackamas to a 31-30 win over South Medford in the championship final.
Joining Modjeski on the all-state first team offense from Clackamas were senior offensive lineman Hudson Bishop, senior wide receiver Cole Turner, and Nelson, the junior placekicker.
Cavaliers senior defensive back Braelen Bettles and junior linemen Kelsen Hennessy and Justice Pagan were named to the all-state, first-team defense, and Clackamas coach Joe Bushman was recognized as the 6A Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with South Medford's Bill Singler.
South Medford senior linebacker Jaylin Parnell was named the 6A Defensive Player of the Year.
Modjeski averaged 232.5 yards passing a game with a .736 completion percentage (212 for 288). He passed for over 300 yards in four games, including a season-high 318 yards against Reynolds when he complete 18 of 20 passes with six touchdowns in a 55-0 rout over the Raiders.
In consecutive playoff wins over Willamette, Oregon City, Central Catholic, Tigard, and South Medford, Modjeski completed 70 of 107 passes for 987 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
"Mitchell led our team to the final and he's the reason why we're state champions," Bettles said. "He's a really good leader, and anytime things go wrong, he doesn't get down. Nothing bothers him. He's just always the same."
Clackamas senior tight end Chad Bletko and Oregon City senior wide receiver Teron Bradford were named to second-team offense, while Cavaliers junior linebacker Jake Bushman and senior linebacker Jakobe Erskine landed on the second-team defense.
Honorable mention went to Clackamas senior center Dashiell Johnson and senior running back Nick Vaughn, as well as Oregon City junior offensive lineman Isaiah Cook and junior linebacker Zakayas Dennis-Lee.