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Briar Cliff lands 15 players on All-GPAC football teams

Briar Cliff lands 15 players on All-GPAC football teams

After finishing with the first winning record in program history, the Briar Cliff Chargers garnered recognition with 15 players being selected to the GPAC Football All-Conference Teams. The Blue and Gold had two players named first-team selections with defensive lineman Omar Dyles and linebacker Caleb Wilson.

The BC offense was well represented on the All-GPAC second-team with running back Noah Ylagan, wide receiver Elijah Brown and offensive linemen Amari Beal and Kory Woodruff.

The Cliff had nine players earned honorable mention honors including Loagnn FreemanLaDarrian BowmanKenny TrezvantLogan KnutsonTyler WilsonPeyton BaileyMarcus TappenMarkel Roby and Tyler French.

Omar Dyles, a sophomore defensive lineman from Bellevue, Washington, recorded 44 tackles in 10 games and set a school record for sacks in a single game when he was credited with 3.5 sacks against Concordia in a 23-14 win over the Bulldogs. His 5.5 sacks on the year ranked second in the GPAC and his 11.0 tackles for loss was second best for the Blue and Gold.

Caleb Wilson, a junior linebacker from Norfolk, Virginia, led the team in tackles and tackles for loss with 97 and 14.0, respectively. Of his 97 tackles, 57 were solo tackles. He ranked fourth in the conference in tackles and third in tackles for loss. He also had 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Noah Ylagan, a senior running back from San Diego, California, rushed for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns. Ylagan is the only player in Briar Cliff history to run for 1,000 or more yards in a season and 2018 marked the second time he accomplished the feat. He hauled in nine receptions for 113 yards and two scores while also throwing for 56 yards and a TD. Ylagan finished second on the team in scoring with 59 points, adding 11 with his foot by kicking eight PATs and a field goal.

Elijah Brown, a junior wide receiver from Cleveland, Ohio, tied a school record for touchdown receptions in a season with 10. He finished the year with 35 catches for 704 yards, surpassing 100 receiving yards in a game twice. He had at least one catch in all 11 games this season.

Amari Beal, a junior offensive lineman from Los Angeles, California, started all 11 games for Briar Cliff. He shifted around when needed, playing both tackle positions as well as left guard. He did not allow a sack all season and had 38 pancake blocks.

Kory Woodruff, a freshman offensive lineman from Sioux City, Iowa, started all 11 games while playing right tackle and right guard. He recorded 36 pancake blocks for the BC offense.

Loagnn Freeman, a sophomore wide receiver from Las Vegas, Nevada, was second on the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns with 458 yards on 24 catches and five scores. Freeman had the longest play from scrimmage for the Chargers with a 94-yard touchdown catch in the Cliff’s homecoming win against Dakota Wesleyan. That touchdown was the second longest play from scrimmage in Briar Cliff history.

LaDarrian Bowman, a junior kick return specialist from Lakeland, Florida, was third in the nation in kick return yards with 590. He averaged 21.9 yards per return with a long of 78 yards. Bowman also played defensive back for the Chargers and recorded 34 tackles.

Kenny Trezvant, a senior offensive lineman from Modesto, California, started all 11 games while playing right and left guard. Trezvant had 30 pancake blocks and was invited to play in an NAIA senior game for his success throughout his career at BC.

Logan Knutson, a sophomore defensive lineman from Williamsburg, Iowa, played in all 11 games and tallied 36 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. He also forced and recovered two fumbles with 64 fumble return yards.

Tyler Wilson, a senior defensive lineman from Norfolk, Virginia, was fourth on the team in tackles with 52. His 4.5 sacks were third best among BC players and he had 6.5 tackles for loss on the year.

Peyton Bailey, a junior linebacker from Vacaville, California, recorded 73 tackles on the season to rank second among Charger defenders. He had 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one interception.

Marcus Tappen, a junior linebacker from Pasadena, California, had 40 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks. He recorded the lone safety for the Cliff defense on a sack that secured the victory over Concordia as the team set a program record for team sacks in that contest with eight.

Markel Roby, a sophomore defensive back from New Orleans, Louisiana, led the team with three interceptions including one pick six. Roby was third on the team in tackles with 58 and had 4.0 tackles for loss.

Tyler French, a junior tight end from Mobile, Alabama, had seven receptions in 10 games for 103 yards and four touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns came in the Chargers win over #22 Midland that locked up a winning season and capped off an undefeated campaign at home.

The GPAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year was awarded to Morningside’s quarterback Trent Solsma. Defensive Players-of-the-Year went to Morningside linebacker Joel Katzer and Northwestern defensive back Bryce Van Beek. Steve Ryan, of Morningside, was given Coach-of-the-Year accolades.

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