Retzlaff, Turituri earn all-SWC honors

In voting dominated by Southwest Conference champion Sheldon, South Medford received five first-team all-conference football nods and Crater earned three to highlight the list of honors recently doled out by the SWC coaches.

Sheldon, which went undefeated in SWC play, secured nine of the 15 first-team spots on offense and six of the 13 on defense. The Irish also swept the top honors, with player of the year honors going to junior tight end Connor Strahm (offense) and senior lineman Sam McCaskill (defense) and Lane Johnson named SWC coach of the year in his first season at the helm.

South Medford senior Matt Retzlaff and Crater junior Derrick Turituri were each named to the first team on offense and defense, two of only six players to earn that distinction. Retzlaff made it as a wide receiver and defensive back, while Turituri made it as a tight end and linebacker.

Retzlaff, who was a first-team defensive back last year and second-team receiver, posted four interceptions during the regular season and returned two for touchdowns. He was also a leading tackler on a Panther defense that allowed 14 points and 270 yards per game during the regular season. Retzlaff trailed only Strahm in receiving with 902 yards and 14 TDs on 45 catches heading into the postseason.

Turituri helped spearhead a Crater defense that was especially stout at stopping the run — allowing 121 yards per game and 330 overall — and was versatile on offense, averaging 8.6 yards per carry and 11 yards per reception when not serving as a lead blocker.

South Medford senior running back Denzel Mobley, senior defensive tackle Jimmy Ditty and junior linebacker Pat Alexander also were named to the first team, along with senior defensive back Corey Wynant of Crater.

Mobley combined for 979 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns during the regular season, while Ditty was also a second-team honoree at center and Wynant a second-team selection at wide receiver.

All-SWC Football

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Connor Strahm, Sheldon.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Sam McCaskill, Sheldon.

COACH OF THE YEAR — Lane Johnson, Sheldon.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

C — Sam McCaskill, Sr., Sheldon.

G — Jacob Foutz, Sr., Sheldon; Dale Baker, Sr., Sheldon.

T — Brett Nielson, Jr., Sheldon; Drew Cordell, Sr., Roseburg.

TE — Derrick Turituri, Jr., Crater; Connor Strahm, Jr., Sheldon.

RB — Ryan Land, Sr., Sheldon; Denzel Mobley, Sr., South Medford; Trevor Westover, Sr., Thurston.

WR — Mitch Carman, Sr., Sheldon; Matt Retzlaff, Sr., South Medford; Devin Chappell, Sr., Thurston.

QB — Dillon Miller, Sr., Sheldon.

PK — Sean Bellotti, Sr., Sheldon.

Defense

DL — Marq Randall, Sr., Roseburg; Sam McCaskill, Sr., Sheldon; Kameron Canaday, Sr., Sheldon; Jimmy Ditty, Sr., South Medford.

LB — Dawson Housley, Sr., Sheldon; Ben Goirigolzarri, Sr., Roseburg; Derrick Turituri, Jr., Crater; Pat Alexander, Jr., South Medford.

DB — Matt Retzlaff, Sr., South Medford; Connor Strahm, Jr., Sheldon; Mitch Carman, Sr., Sheldon; Corey Wynant, Sr., Crater.

P — Sean Bellotti, Sr., Sheldon.

SECOND TEAM

Offense

C — Jimmy Ditty, Sr., South Medford.

G — D.J. McGinnis, Sr., South Medford; Marq Randall, Sr., Roseburg.

T — Desmond Harrington, Sr., South Medford; Peter Anderson, Sr., Sheldon.

TE — Jarren Goddard, Sr., Thurston.

RB — Javier Mandera, Sr., Roseburg; Christian Bowley, So., South Medford; Mitch Lewis, Jr., Sheldon.

WR — Adrian Garcia, Jr., South Medford; Corey Wynant, Sr., Crater; Sean Bellotti, Sr., Sheldon.

QB — Jack Singler, Sr., South Medford.

PK — Dakota Massey, Jr., Crater.

Defense

DL — Desmond Harrington, Sr., South Medford; Chet Spears, Jr., Sheldon; D.J. Brown, Sr., Roseburg; Dustin Randall, Sr., Grants Pass; Anthony Tobar, Sr., Thurston.

LB — Hector Mandera, Sr., Roseburg; Garrett Alner, Sr., Crater; Mitch Lewis, Jr., Sheldon; Aaron Downes, Jr., Thurston.

DB — Jake Heverly, Jr., Roseburg; Daniel Jimenez, Sr., South Medford; Dylan Lewis, Jr., Sheldon; Riley Veritch, Jr., Grants Pass.

P — Ty Wolf, Jr., Crater.

HONORABLE MENTION

Offense

G — Patrick Powell, Sr., Grants Pass; Rudy Asman, Sr., Thurston; Anthony Tobar, Sr., Thurston.

T — Zachary Phillips, Sr., Grants Pass; Cameron Cook, Sr., Thurston; Jordan Sparks, Sr., North Medford; Colin Lahti, Jr., Thurston; D.J. Brown, Sr., Roseburg; Wade Kerr, Sr., South Medford.

TE — Kolton Mahr, Sr., Grants Pass; Jordan Browne-Moore, Sr., North Medford.

RB — Ben Goirigolzarri, Sr., Roseburg; Selmar Hutchins, Sr., Roseburg; Ty Wolf, Jr., Crater; Garrett Alner, Sr., Crater; Chance Fahndrich, Sr., Crater.

WR — Chase Beach, Sr., Thurston; Chris Shoffner, Sr., Roseburg.

QB — Chad Olson, Sr., Thurston; Hayden Lent, Jr., Roseburg.

Defense

DL — Jacob Foutz, Sr., Sheldon; Talon Livingston, Sr., Thurston.

LB — Selmar Hutchins, Sr., Roseburg; Tanner Zent, Sr., Sheldon; Steven Etheridge, Jr., Grants Pass; Chad Lowe, Sr., Grants Pass; Kirk Eastman, Sr., South Medford.

DB — Cole Berriochoa, Sr., Crater; Rhett Ybarra, Sr., Thurston; Chris Shoffner, Sr., Roseburg; Josh Cole, Sr., Roseburg; Joe Bando, Sr., Sheldon; Mario Saldana, Sr., North Medford.

P — Ben Goirigolzarri, Sr., Roseburg; Garrett Smith, Sr., South Eugene.

Reach reporter Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@mailtribune.com, www.facebook.com/krishenryMT or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry

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