FAIRBANKS-Over the weekend the Greatland conference awards were announced. Monroe's Bobby Pace was named Coach of the Year.
Pace led a Monroe team of just 11-15 players, mostly 13 during the season, to their first state title game appearance against Nikiski this season. The Rams won a share of the Greatland Conference regular season crown after defeating Nikiski 37-27 were the number one seed going into the playoffs courtesy of a coin flip.
Eielson's Tony Griffith was named Greatland Conference offensive player of the year amassing over 1,600 yards of offense and 25 touchdowns for the Ravens. Eielson's Keyan Kincade shared lineman of the year honors with Brandon Derifield of Valdez.
Here are the first team Greatland Conference recognitions. Nikiski's Luke Johnson was named player of the year for the Bulldogs.
For Monroe Micheal Neville is on the first team at tight end and interior defensive lineman. Tyler Wells was selected at quarterback. Scooter Bynum was a first teamer as a wide receiver, defensive back and return specialist. Alex Callahan was also first team as a defensive back, wideout and was all-conference at kicker.
Monroe's Grant Olsen made it at guard and outside linebacker. Dylan Gavora at fullback and middle linebacker was a first pick as was Peter Button at center.
Eielson was also represented on the first team with Ryan Crooks at tackle, Kalib Dunlap at defensive back and Jaheem Prioleau at outside linebacker.
Here is the complete All-Greatland Conference teams.
All-Greatland Conference team
Offensive player of the year — Anthony Griffith, Eielson.
Defensive player of the year — Luke Johnson, Nikiski.
Lineman of the year — Brandon Derifield, Valdez; Keyan Kincade, Eielson.
Coach of the year — Bobby Pace, Monroe.
Tight end — Michael Neville, Monroe.
Tackle — Brandon Derifield, Valdez; Tanner Jackson, Nikiski; Ryan Crooks, Eielson.
Quarterback — Dennis Anderson, Nikiski, Tyler Wells, Monroe
Halfback — Anthony Griffith, Eielson; Christian Riddall, Nikiski.
Guard — Keyan Kincade, Eielson; Luke Johnson, Nikiski; Grant Olsen, Monroe.
Fullback — Dylan Gavora, Monroe; Michael Stangel, Nikiski.
Center — Christian Tofson, Seward; Peter Button, Monroe.
Wide receiver — Scooter Bynum, Monroe; Garrett Feller, Nikiski; Alex Callahan, Monroe.
Tight end — Tony Dunbar, Barrow.
Tackle — Bobby Clark, Barrow; Ben Miranda, Seward; Connor O’Kelly, Monroe.
Quarterback — Avraam Kalugin, Voznesenka.
Halfback — Glenn Suvlu, Barrow; Zach Martin, Seward.
Guard — Howie Hubbard, Seward; John McCormick, Nikiski.
Fullback — Dave Matthews, Barrow; Dennis Martishev, Voznesenka.
Center — Tua Mila, Barrow.
Wide receiver — Lawrence Kaleak, Barrow.
Tight end — Kyle White, Eielson.
Wide receiver — Sione Tuai, Barrow.
Defensive backs — Alex Callahan, Monroe; Kalib Dunlap, Eielson; Scooter Bynum, Monroe; Michael Stangel, Nikiski.
Interior lineman — John McCormick, Nikiski; Branden Derifield, Valdez; Michael Neville, Monroe; Keyan Kincade, Eielson.
Inside linebackers — Luke Johnson, Nikiski; Dennis Martishev, Voznesenka; Dylan Gavora, Monroe.
Outside linebacker — Christian Riddall, Nikiski; Grant Olson, Monroe; Dean Priolou, Eielson.
Kicker — Alex Callahan, Monroe
Punter — Luke Johnson, Nikiski.
Return specialist — Scooter Bynum, Monroe.
Long snapper — Christian Tofson, Seward.
Utility player — Zach Howard, Valdez.
Defensive backs — Lawrence Kaleak, Barrow; Tyler Wells, Monroe; Dylan Broussard, Nikiski; Avraam Kalugin, Voznesenka.
Interior lineman — Aiken Faalogo, Barrow; Connor O’Kelly Ault, Monroe; Austin Edson, Eielson; Rhett Sieverts, Seward.
Inside linebackers — Tua Mila, Barrow; Isaac Deaton, Valdez.
Outside linebackers — Sione Tuai, Barrow; Zach Martin, Seward; Tony Dunbar, Barrow.
Kicker — Garrett Feller, Nikiski.
Punter — Alex Callahan, Monroe.
Return specialist — Anthony Griffith, Eielson.
Long snapper — Peter Button, Monroe.
Utility player — Brian Meyer, Monroe.
Interior lineman — Howie Hubbard, Seward; Ben Miranda, Seward; Tevita Vehikite, Barrow.
Punter — Avraam Kalugin, Voznesenka; Howie Hubbard, Seward.
Return specialist — Avraam Kalugin, Voznesenka; Glenn Suvlu, Barrow; Zach Martin, Seward.
Long snapper — Jon McCormick, Nikiski.
Utility player — Alex Pahno, Seward.