While the conclusion of the Islanders football 2021 season may have occurred back in November, that still hasn’t stopped a select few from making news for their performances this season. As is the tradition, the all-league and all CIF teams were recently made public, with several Islander standouts made the cut.
Starting off with all central league honorable mentions on offense, the Islanders had Gunnar Tonkin and Michael Cordell. For the defensive honorable mentions, the Islanders had Logan Eastlick, who led the team in interceptions, and Finley Alexander who was one of the Islander’s best pass rushers as he tallied 5.5 on the year.
Moving to the second team all central league offense the Islanders had one representative with quarterback Hudson Herber. The sophomore signal caller threw for 10 touchdowns and 1,266 yards while also rushing for 6 touchdowns and showing that he can be a true dual threat quarterback when called on.
For the second-team defense, the Islanders had three total players selected. Junior Elias Valdivia was selected for his efforts in the middle of the Islander’s defense, as he recorded 56 total tackles and six tackles for loss. Also selected was JT Nelson, who anchored the Islander’s defensive line as he racked up 56 total tackles, five of which for loss. Conner Little also got the nod thanks in large part due to his fine play in the Islanders secondary as he recorded two interceptions and 20 total tackles.
Moving to the first team league selections, the Islanders would have four making that honor. Starting with the first-team defense, Asa Valdivia earned the selection at defensive tackle. The senior tallied a remarkable 46 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks, a rather unprecedented production and disruption from the defensive/nose tackle position.
Next, on the first-team offensive, three Islanders earned the honors. At wide receiver, Graham Bower was selected for his outstanding production and big-play ability as he led the Islanders with 411 yards rec. avg. 17.1 yards per catch to go along with 4 touchdowns.
Saxton Sylvester would also earn first-team honors for his work on the offensive line. Sylvester constantly dished out pancake blocks in both the passing and running game during the 2021 season.
The final Islander who received first-team honors would be senior running back Zane Delcore. Simply put, Delcore was a monster for the Islanders. Delcore ran for 1,016 yards, good enough for 92.6 yards per game and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He ran angry at all times, as the senior seemed to never go down on first contact.
With 12 total Islanders receiving All League Honors in football, it speaks to the talent the Islander team had in 2021 and shows they still have multiple strong building blocks for next season.