Blue Devils put 21 on All-Delta League gridiron team

By Enterprise staff

A whopping 21 Davis High football players earned all-Delta League honors, it was announced by conference officials.

The Blue Devils — circuit champions who went on to carve out a 10-2 record and win a playoff game — saw eight members make first team, eight earn second-team honors and five received honorable mention.

For the second year in a row, scatback Payne Barksdale and Cosumnes Oaks Ismael Rehberg shared All-Purpose Player of the Year votes. Defensive Player of the Year went to linebacker Zach Brooks and Offensive Lineman of the Year was tackle Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan.

“I was happy with it,” DHS coach Steve Smyte said. “But remember, none of those guys gets there by themselves.”

Barksdale missed the first five games of the season but finished with 368 yards rushing and seven TDs. He caught 21 passes for 344 yards and three more scores. Brooks paced Delta players with 123 stops and a handful of fumble recoveries. He also played H-back on an offense that gained 2,602 yards rushing. Christian-Lichtenhan played tackle both ways.

Junior Brooks and seniors Barksdale and Christian-Lichtenhan were joined on first team by senior tailback Taylor Vaughn (1,118 ground yards and 14 touchdowns), junior guard/tackle Patton Miller, senior tight end/safety Joe Asta, junior QB Luke Carrell and junior safety Donovan Garvin.

Asta was good for 15 receptions and 283 yards with four scores. Carrell threw for 1,692 yards and 19 TDs.

Davis second-teamers linemen sophomore Kieffer Jones, and senior Marquist Allen; linebacker/guard Sebastian Tamayo; linebacker/guard Lucas Griffiths; receivers Ben Busano (a senior) and junior Xavier Chambers; and running back Aaron Turner. The junior gained 918 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.

Honorable mentions were senior kicker Teddy Oldham, defensive end Kel Williams, defensive lineman Uraib Ali, linebacker/quarterback Brennen Garvin and linebacker Andrew Baum. Baum is a sophomore, Garvin, Oldham, Williams and Ali are seniors.

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