Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, July 14

TC High Warrior 2006 Football All Stars

Photo by Byron Poocha.

Photo by Byron Poocha.

TUBA CITY-It was a blockbuster year for Tuba City High Warrior Football.

The topper was finalized when three of its senior players won the prestigious Arizona Football Coaches Association Awards of 1st Team North.

Michel Mathias came in first for this award for Tuba City High School with Buck Navaho as the TC High Football alternate and Jimmy Tate DL, Honorable Mention.

Two team members were also awarded the Navajo Times 2006 All Star awards. These were Buck Navaho-2006 Offensive Player of the Year, Michel Mathias-1st Team Offense and Matt Shirley-1st Team Offense. Sport Teller took the honor of First Team Defense with teammate Michael Honahni taking First Team Defense.

The All Region 3A North Team honors went to TC High Football Warriors: Buck Navaho-MVP, Michel Mathias-1st Team WR, Matt Shirley-3A North Rushing Leader, Michael Honahni-1st Team Defense, Sport Teller-1st Team Defense, and Jimmy Tate-3A North Tackle and Sack Leader.

School Awards were as follows: Buck Navaho-MVP, Matt Shirley-Offensive Player of the Year, Sport Teller-Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Honahni-Defensive Lineman of the Year, Earnest Peyketewa-Offensive Lineman of the Year, Luta Longreed-Most Improved Player.

Buck Navaho finished 9th in the nation in quarterback stats with Michel Mathias finishing 11th in the nation in receiving stats.

According to which compiles statistics from the entire nation for all high school athletics and scholastics, both Navaho and Mathias finished exceptionally high in their areas.

Six varied universities have since contacted Tuba City District for taped materials on both Navaho and Mathias for possible athletic recruitment.

Jerrick Clinton also of the Tuba City High Warrior football team has had 3 separate university requests.

TC Warrior Head Football Coach, Bryan Tate, " It takes a whole team to produce high school football standouts like these nationally, so I tip my hat or should I say, "helmet" to this TC High senior group for all their hard work and dedication that they have put into their football opportunities here at Tuba City."

For more information about the TC High Warrior Football program, call the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

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