Johnson named Kimball football MVP
by Tracy Press staff
Dec 07, 2011 | 1257 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kimball High’s junior quarterback Zack Johnson was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player during the Jaguars’ recent awards banquet.

Johnson has been the Jaguars' starting quarterback both years that Kimball has had a varsity team, and was also the junior varsity team's quarterback in the school's first year of athletics. While Kimball went 1-6 this year in the Valley Oak League, 2-8 overall, Johnson was third in the in the VOL in passing yardage in the seven-game VOL season, in spite of missing the last three games because of an injury.

He passed for 627 yards in the four VOL games where he did play. He passed for 1,068 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season, including 219 yards against Sonora. Johnson ran the ball for 502 yards and seven touchdowns.

Johnson also was chosen as All-VOL second team quarterback, and is one of the VOL’s scholar athletes for earning a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.

The Jaguars’ Back of the Year is junior Evan Owens, who was the team’s leading rusher with 663 yards and four touchdowns, and also had 102 yards and one touchdown as a receiver. He was one of Kimball’s All-VOL honorable mentions.

Lineman of the year is senior Anto Bidanian and the Coaches Award for outstanding character went to seniors Beau Lawrence and Chris Sampino. All three were team captains this year, and all were selected as All-VOL honorable mentions.

Also representing Kimball on the All-VOL list is second-team wide receiver Austin Griffith, who caught 25 passes for 295 yards, and was the Jaguars leading kickoff returner, averaging more than 25 yards per-return, and one of the team’s scholar athletes.

Junior lineman Nate Pearlman also is an All-VOL honorable mention, and seniors Richard Saunders and Isaiah Saunders, junior Michael Geser and sophomore Matthew Cooper are VOL scholar-athletes.

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December 08, 2011
A lot of 2nd-team and Honarable mentions for All-VOL...I think several of these boys deserved better...yet, it is understandably hard to make 1st team All-VOL with a 2-8 record. Looking for great things from Kimball HS Football in years to come...MOST IMPRESSIVE is that you mention several players in this article who are VOL Scholar Athletes! Playing Varsity Footballl AND attaining a 3.7 is impressive. Well done Kimball Athletes and coaches! Can't wait for 2012 season!

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