Radford, Miller head local all-state list
Colorado H.S. football honors run through Steamboat, Hayden
Steamboat Springs — Four area football players were recently given all-state kudos for their efforts during the 2001 football season.
Steamboat’s Mike Radford topped the list, making first-team offensive honors for his role as offensive lineman during the Sailors’ 10-2 season.
Radford helped pave the way this season for an offense that gained nearly 3,000 yards on the ground.
Radford, who played on both sides of the ball, was also one of the Sailors’ leading tacklers with 54 on the season. He also recorded three quarterback sacks.
The senior was named earlier this season as the 3A Western Slope outstanding offensive lineman. That accomplishment helped Radford earn an opportunity to play in the all-state game at the University of Northern Colorado on June 14, 2002.
For the first time in five years, the Hayden Tigers had a player named to the all-state team, which was compiled by the Rocky Mountain News.
Senior Tiger Kevin Miller was named to the state’s defensive second team for the 1A class.
Even though Miller played the season with a cast on his arm, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive linebacker was one of the Tigers’ leading tacklers.
“Kevin was a dominant player in our league. His all-state recognition was justified. I wish he could have received the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state,” said Kevin Kleckler, who coached the Tigers this past season.
Although Miller was selected to the second team, West Grand’s Jay Holmes earned the CHSCA’s nomination to play in the all-state game. Kleckler said Miller is looking at extending his football career to a small in-state college.
The Sailors had two more players who collected all-state honors this season. Gaspar Perricone, who played tight end and defensive back, made the honorable-mention list along with teammate Joey Marias, running back.
As one of the team’s leading defenders, Perricone helped the Sailors keep opponents to 130 points for the season, while they totaled 268. Perricone led the team in tackles with 97 solos and 39 assisted tackles. Marias was the Sailors’ leading rusher and was key to the Sailors’ second-place finish in the 3A Western Slope League as he brought in more than 40 percent of the team’s 2,910 rushing yards. He reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the Sailors’ eighth contest of the season against Montezuma-Cortez. Marias finished the season with 1,186 yards.
The Sailors were not the only 3A Western Slope players to make all-sate honors. Rifle quarterback Ryan Whittington, who will be joining Radford in the all-state game, made all-state second-team selection along with Moffat County defensive back Mike Charchalis and Palisade defensive back Chad Kelley.
Other honorable-mention Western Slope players were Moffat County’s Johnny Counts and Rifle’s Ryan Enright.
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