Lake Oswego's Casey Filkins named Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year
The best of the best is here.
The cream has risen to the top.
Oregon has chosen the best high school football players of 2019.
And players from Lake Oswego and Lakeridge were honored at eight spots in the balloting for Class 6A all-state teams.
LO senior running back Casey Filkins walked off with the state's biggest award for a second straight year when he was named Oregon's Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year. Filkins, a Stanford commit, was already a two-time Three Rivers League Offensive Player of the Year and the 2019 Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year.
The honor caps a senior season that saw Filkins lead his team with 2,500 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns on 315 carries. In the process, he led the Lakers to a second straight Class 6A state championship game appearance, where Lake Oswego fell to Central Catholic 49-28 on Dec. 7.
"Being a two-time POY wouldn't be possible without the amazing brothers that I've been surrounded by throughout my four years of high school," Filkins said. "These guys have shown me unwavering support, and for that I'm always going to be grateful.
He also expressed his gratitude to Erik Jernstrom of Eforce, physical therapist Ryan Baugus, sprint coach John Parks and LO strength coach Ryan Shepherd, as well as his talented offensive line.
"It also helps to have run behind one of the best lines in the state the past two years — I owe those guys a lot and want to thank coach (Chris) Hubley for working with the line and me to ensure our success."
Regarding that offensive line, senior tackle Tiger Shanks — he was previously selected as TRL Offensive Lineman of the Year — was named to the all-state first team, while senior guard Cody Carlson was named to the second team despite missing the end of the season with an injury.
"Making first team meant a lot to me," Shanks said. "It was definitely a goal that I set at the beginning of this season, and to achieve it means the world because I think it is a good reflection of the work that I put in last offseason.
"Obviously, I would have wanted to end my senior year with a win and another championship, but either way, my senior season was super special and I was just happy to finish out my career with such great teammates and coaches."
Also honored from the Lake Oswego offense were senior wide receiver Joe Hutson (honorable mention) and senior tight end Marshall McGuire (honorable mention).
On defense, the Lakers saw Hutson honored as a second-team defensive back, while McGuire was named to the honorable mention team as a defensive end.
For Lakeridge, senior running back Jalen John was the Pacers' lone all-state pick. John, an Arizona commit, was named to the Class 6A second team after piling up 2,074 yards and 21 touchdowns on 234 carries over the Pacers' 12 games.
Along with his talented teammates, John's efforts helped the Pacers rally from a tough regular season to win twice in the state playoffs and reach the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Tualatin senior linebacker John Miller was named Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year, while Central Catholic's Steve Pyne was named Class 6A Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to the 2019 state championship.
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