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Coach Gonzalez, Brandon Gonzalez, and Gabriel Tapia earn WDN Awards

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COACH OF THE YEAR

Pete Gonzalez, Montebello

Gonzalez, who completed his eighth season with the Oilers, has built a budding power at Montebello. The Oilers have won the past four consecutive Almont League titles and have a league winning streak of 20 games.

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He’s 52-37 at Montebello, and helped the program end a nine-year stretch where it missed the playoffs. The Oilers are 35-13 since 2013.

This season was the best since taking over prior to the 2009 season. Montebello won 10 consecutive games in winning another league title and advanced to the CIF Southern Section divisional semifinals for the first time in three decades.

“It was a really exciting season,” Gonzalez said. “I thought our team did extremely well and prepared well for (the season). It was just a fantastic season. Another league title, which was great. It’s tougher to stay on top than to get there, so to win it four years in a row, it’s just been really exciting for our players and our school.”

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brandon Gonzalez, Montebello, Senior

Montebello put together one of the area’s better defensive efforts in recent memory and Gonzalez was at the center of that performance, which saw the Oilers give up a mere 9.2 points a game in leading Montebello to its fourth consecutive Almont League title and an appearance in the CIF-SS divisional semifinals for the first time in three decades. Gonzalez controlled his spot in the middle at nose guard. He finished with 53 tackles and had four sacks. He also helped on the offensive end with 26 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns. He was co-Almont Player of the Year.

 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Gabriel Tapia, Montebello, Junior

Tapia emerged from the Montebello junior varsity team to become one of the top players in the area. He keyed the Oilers run to an 11-2 record, the program’s fourth consecutive Almont League crown and first trip to the divisional semifinals in three decades. The senior accounted for 2,674 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was Almont League Offensive MVP after throwing for 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns.

 

 

 

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