Trojan Justin Priest brings the ball down in the end zone for a touchdown. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

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Priest, Buenzli, Mahlman All Metro 1st team

By From page A6 | January 15, 2014

A combined 10 El Dorado County football players were named to the All Metro teams.

Eight Oak Ridge and one player each from Golden Sierra and El Dorado were selected to the first, second and honorable mention teams.

Three Oak Ridge gridders were named first team: wide receiver Justin Priest was selected on offense and linebackers Trent Buenzli and Thomas Mahlman for defense.

In 13 games, Priest had 72 receptions for 1,073 yards, averaging 14.9 yards per catch, and 15 touchdowns. The senior wide out was one of the big reasons the Trojans averaged 186.4 yards per game, went 12-2 and reached the the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game for a second consecutive year.

Buenzli had 86 tackles in 14 games, including 64 solo. He also had seven and a half sacks and a fumble recovery.

Mahlman led the Trojans with 164 tackles, including 126 solo. He also had two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.

Trojan defensive back Colton Giorgi was named to the All Metro second team. Giorgi had 118 tackles from his secondary spot, including 78 solo. He also caused two fumbles and blocked a punt.

Oak Ridge quarterback Ian Book was named to the All Metro honorable mention squad. As a sophomore, Book started all 14 games for the Trojans in which he completed 204 of 340 passes for 2,558 yards and 30 touchdowns. He averaged 182.7 yards per game.

Trojan running back Josh Wellman was named honorable mention. The senior had 153 carries for 837 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per game, and nine touchdowns.

On the defensive line, Oak Ridge’s Austin Clarke made honorable mention. He had 63 tackles, including 40 solo tackles. He also recovered two fumbles.

Victor Bunce, one of the Trojans’ defensive backs, was named to the honorable mention list. He had 66 tackles, including 44 solo tackles. In addition to tackling, Bunce had five interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Golden Sierra linebacker Daniel Lesher was also named to the All Metro honorable mention list. Lesher had 92 tackles and four interceptions. Lesher was also the Grizzlies’ starting quarterback, and helped Golden Sierra make the section’s D-V championship game.

Another honorable mention pick, Cougar running back Logan Kirby provided excitement this past season for the 6-4 Cougars who reached the D-III playoffs. Despite a late injury, Kirby had 174 carries for 1,190 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also hauled in 10 receptions for 103 yards.

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