HERMISTON — The postseason honors and awards continue to roll in for the Hermiston football team, this time with some national recognition.
Head coach David Faaeteete was chosen as the all-Oregon Coach of the Year by USA Today High School Sports as part of the American Family Insurance All-USA State Football teams that were released on Wednesday. He was picked after leading the Bulldogs to an 11-2 season and their second state championship in school history after a 9-11 record and two first round playoff losses in his first two seasons at the helm.
Seniors Dayshawn Neal and Beau Blake also earned selections to the all-Oregon team, with Neal being a first team selection at defensive back and Blake a second team selection at offensive line. Neal was also recently selected as the Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year by the state’s coaches after catching 70 passes for 1,118 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.
Jesuit senior athlete Trey Lowe was picked as the state’s Offensive Player of the Year (2,316 all-purpose yards, 35 TD) and Crescent Valley senior defensive back Talanoa Hufanga (44 tackles, 7 TFL, 4 INT) was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year. Pendleton native and Wilsonville senior Draco Bynum was also a first team selection at defensive line.