Unbeaten Wildcats claim several all-league honors
Throughout the 2018 season, several members of the Wilsonville football team stepped up to make the team's dominant run what it was. Before the showdown with West Albany in the state semifinals, which took place after the Spokesman's press deadline, the Wildcats had racked up an 11-0 record. Outscoring the opposition 616-209 in that time, both sides of the ball pitched in on the scoring effort.
Expectedly, more than 20 players received Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC) all-league honors for their contributions. Leading the way was senior quarterback Nathan Overholt, who was named NWOC Offensive Player of the Year after tallying 3,265 passing yards, 180 rushing yards and 3 receiving yards. In total, Overholt accounted for 58 touchdowns.
Fellow senior Trevor Antonson was named the NWOC Defensive Player of the Year. Over the 11-game stretch, Antonson racked up 34 total tackles and seven interceptions for a total of 139 yards.
NWOC Lineman of the Year went to senior Caleb Baker, who on the defensive line tallied 69 total tackles during the season, with a single game high of 10 coming in the opening round of the playoffs against Ridgeview. Baker at guard on the offensive line also helped contribute to the team's 1,652 rushing yards over the course of the season.
The NWOC Coach of the Year was Adam Guenther.
Receiving first team all-league honors as down linemen were seniors Christian Ramirez, David Fukofuka and the aforementioned Baker. At the linebacker position, senior Kody Gray, Cade Edmondson and Kalei Kauhi also received all-league distinctions.
Antonson at the corner, senior safety Kevin Burke, senior wide receivers Jonah Gomez and Sam Westing also got first team honors, along with Overholt, senior running back Cooper Mootz, senior tackle Cole Douglas and junior kicker Jacob Haussermann.
Heading into the game with West Albany, Mootz was the seventh ranked running back in the state of Oregon. With 779 rushing yards on the season and 543 receiving yards, the senior standout had 17 total touchdowns. His biggest scoring games came against St. Helens in the regular season and Crater in the state quarterfinals, scoring 24 points in both games.
Haussermann, in his first year as a starting kicker, has racked up 74 total points through 65 PATs and 3 field goals.
Second team honors went to senior wide receiver Zach Rivers, Overholt for his role as punter, and punt returner Antonson. Honorable mentions went to junior Noah Ochs at center, and sophomore linebacker Chad Overholt.