Representation on all-conference

Representation on all-conference

There was Brahma representation in both football and soccer as 25 players made the all-conference teams in their respective sport.

Head football coach Carlos Woods was proud of his players that were given this honor.

“For any player to be recognized in our first year together is phenomenal,” Woods said.

For football, 16 players made all-conference. Four players made the 1st-team, wide receiver Christian Graves, quarterback Jonathan Saavedra, safety Jayme Colon and cornerback Dimetri King.

Woods said that the team wouldn’t had the success they did if the four of them didn’t stay on the team.

“Exceptional football players, great leaders. I’m really grateful that they decided to stay. Some of their friends and former teammates decided to go elsewhere, but they stuck it out,” Woods said. “They’re success is a testament to their mental healthiness and who they are character wise.”

10 made the all-conference 2nd teams. Running back Doma Morris, center Michael Sandoval, offensive lineman Jamal McDowell and Luis Ruiz, tight end Marcus Johnson, all-purpose David Kates, utility Premire Wilson, defensive end Sterling Cooper, outside linebacker Marqi Morgan and Dehron Holloway.

Two Brahmas made the wildcard team, quarterback Cam Perry and defensive back Dante Witcher Jr.

Woods said the new faces that made all-conference deserve to be there because of their hard work and dedication.

“They bought in with the program. They believed in me and in the system and we told them if they executed and did their job, we will always put them in the position to be successful,” Woods said.

Morgan led the team with seven sacks, forced a fumble and had two recovered fumbles.

Morgan was honored to have received recognition for the year he had.

“It feels pretty good to get recognized because you worked hard all season,” Morgan said. “I didn’t expect it and I was surprised. I dedicate it to my family and parents who have supported me. Also to my coaches because they pushed me to do my best.”

Football ended the year 6-4, their first winning season since 2013 when they finished 9-2.

Soccer had nine players receive honors, midfielder Diana Millan and forwards Gisell Cruz, Jordyn Conlon and the top goal scorer this season Keyonna Hill made the 1st-team.

Hill scored 29 goals this season, tying the all-time goal scorer Erica Vangsness. She was proud to have tied the record and thanked her coaches for being a huge help in the process.

“I would like to thank my coaches. Even though I wasn’t in shape when I first started they never gave up on me,” Hill said.

Hill said at the beginning of the season it was tough for her to adapt.

Her goal is to make the all-conference team next year as well.

Defenders Jessica Palmer, Kerian Neal and forward Jessica Tapia made 2nd-team. Two players received honorable mention, midfielder Cristina Peruch-Alegria and goalkeeper Iliana Yanez.

Head soccer coach Adolfo Perez said the highest that have made all-conference was 13 players. He described the protocol taken to determine who makes it.

“Depending on where you finish. Usually we finish first and when you finish top you always get more. I’m happy we have nine. Some programs only have one or two,” Perez said.

Perez was proud to have nine players recieve honors.

“It is awesome to be recognized that way with them making all-conference,” Perez said. “Everyone except Gisell is coming back so I’m excited for next year.”