Redskin Danny Gilmore was the best defender in the MLL. The Calaveras senior linebacker earned the Defensive Player of the Year award, leading a strong unit that allowed just 15.2 points per game in league play.
Redskins fullback Connor Hamilton is one of 12 players from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties selected to the MLL’s first team.
Hamilton, a junior, ran for 853 yards on 124 carries and 10 touchdowns.
Summerville junior quarterback Bryce Farrell threw for 1,563 yards and 11 touchdowns to receive first-team honors.
Catching Farrell’s passes this season was sophomore wide receiver Jake Fulkerson, a first-team performer. He had a breakout game against Amador, catching five passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Redskins senior tight end Blake Ehlers was a first-teamer as well.
Calaveras center Emmett Barrett, Bret Harte left tackle Jared Taylor and Summerville’s Daniel Kristofic were all named to the first-team offensive line.
On the defensive side, the Redskins and Bullfrogs each had two players voted to the first team: defensive lineman Logan Sullivan, defensive back Malachi Stockdale, linebacker Logan Lowe and safety Jake Bailey.
Summerville’s Brendan Brick was the lone Bear on the first-team defense.
Calaveras head coach Jason Weatherby was honored as the league’s Coach of the Year.
Bret Harte’s Mack McManus, Summerville’s Erik Wold and Calaveras’ Duncan Franklin were respected by the league with Character Awards.
Second-team honors went to center Tyler Stoy (Summerville), tackle Derek Rittenhouse (Calaveras), tackle Ross Whalen (Summerville), tackle Cameron Hiemann (Calaveras), tight end Dustin Lawson (Bret Harte), receiver J.T. McCready (Summerville), quarterback Justyn Thornburg (Calaveras), running back Humphrey Quirie (Summerville), defensive linemen John Boyes and Santino Combs (Calaveras), linebackers Erik Wold and Nathaniel Ulvevadet (Summerville), and defensive backs Peter Conrado (Bret Harte), T.J. Crenshaw (Calaveras) and Jordan Cashman (Summerville).
In other awards, Dustin Littlefield, of Amador, was the Co-Lineman of the Year with Argonaut’s Tyler Clays. Amador tailback Donald White was the Offensive Player of the Year.