December 13, 2011
Chance Randall was one of the few non-White Mountain football players to earn season-ending honors, recently published by The Arizona Republic. He made the second team defense as a linebacker. Aaron Barnes and Cody Crisp received honorable mention laurels.
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When New York Senator William Marcy declared, “to the victor belongs the spoils” he could have been referring to the selection of the 2011 All-Arizona Division IV football team rather than the victory of Jackson Democrats in the election of 1828. In choosing the All-Division team, The Arizona Republic sports staff focused on undefeated state champion Blue Ridge (14-0) naming eight players to either the first team offense or defense and one player to the second team offense. Which means of the 11 Yellow Jackets players on the field at one time, all but two received All-Division recognition. Some veteran coaches are saying that number is the greatest in recent memory. State runner-up Show Low (11-4) also fared well in the selection process having six players elected to either the first or second team offense or defense and two chosen second team offense.