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Bubba Wa'a

Crescent Valley High's Bubba Wa'a, left, and Connor Spevacek sandwich Marist quarterback Max Campbell. Wa'a was a first-team all-state pick while Spevacek received honorable mention. 

Corvallis High’s Roy Williams and Crescent Valley’s Bubba Wa’a and Talanoa Hufanga were 5A first-team all-state selections for football.

Wa’a, a junior, was a first-teamer on the offensive and defensive lines while Hufanga received recognition at wide receiver and defensive back. Williams made the top team at running back.

The all-state teams are determined by a vote of the classification’s coaches.

Hufanga and Williams, who are both seniors, are finalists for 5A offensive player of the year. Hufanga is also a defensive player of the year candidate.

The offensive and defensive players of the year will be released at a later date. Hermiston’s David Faaeteete was named 5A coach of the year.

Wa’a and Hufanga, the Mid-Willamette Conference defensive player of the year, helped lead CV to a share of the league title and an appearance in the 5A state quarterfinals. The Raiders finished the season 9-2 overall, 5-1 in MWC play.

Teammates Sawyer Cleveland (quarterback), Cam Sanders (running back), Peyton McGiven (tight end), Connor Spevacek (linebacker) and Briley Knight (kicker) received honorable mention.

Williams ran for 1,295 yards and 16 touchdowns to win MWC offensive player of the year. The Spartans went 4-5 overall and missed the playoffs.

Junior punter Kenny Morley was an honorable mention recipient.

Conner makes honorable mention

Philomath senior Kenan Conner was a 4A all-state honorable mention pick at defensive back.

Conner also played quarterback for the Warriors, who finished 2-6 overall.


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