Truxton Sunset's Offensive Player of Year

Newport Harbor High senior wide receiver Quest Truxton earned the Sunset League Offensive Player of the Year award, highlighting one of 10 Sailors garnering first-team accolades after the program finished runner-up in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship.

Three additional Sailors received high accolades from the league for leading Newport Harbor (8-6, 3-2 in league) to its first section finals appearance in eight years. Junior quarterback Cole Norris shared the Offensive Back of the Year award, senior cornerback Cory Stowell received the Defensive Back of the Year award, and senior tackle Ramsey Hufford shared the Defensive Lineman of the Year award.

Newport Harbor's six other first-team members are junior linebacker Riley Gaddis, junior Chance Siemonsma, a tailback and safety, junior defensive end Brett Beaudette, senior safety Garrett Hall, senior Alex De Soto, a tight end and defensive tackle, and senior lineman Joseph Zavala.

Truxton finished with Newport Harbor single-season school records for receptions (83), receiving yards (1,325) and receiving touchdowns (17). He is a two-time first-team selection.

Truxton, who also started at cornerback and returned punts and kickoffs, finished with 20 total touchdowns. He returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown and an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, and he returned a blocked field goal 66 yards for a touchdown.

Truxton intercepted four passes and blocked two field goals. He averaged 14.4 yards per punt return and 28.7 yards per punt kickoff return.

Norris passed for 2,959 yards and 27 touchdowns, stats that rank No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, for a single season at Newport Harbor. He completed 227 of 381 passes and only threw eight interceptions.

Norris, a repeat first-team pick, shared the Offensive Back of the Year honor with Huntington Beach quarterback Kai Ross. Huntington Beach defeated Newport Harbor, 42-28, in the Southwest Division final at Angel Stadium.

Stowell finished with six interceptions, 49 tackles, 11 pass breakups, two blocked kicks and one forced fumble.

Stowell also started at receiver, tying Truxton for the Newport Harbor single-season record for catches with 83, before finishing with 1,074 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hufford helped the Sailors place second in league for the second straight year and upset top-seeded La Habra, 49-48, in the quarterfinals at Davidson Field. Hufford produced 51 tackles and three sacks.

Hufford, who has narrowed down his college choices to Fresno State and UC Davis, shared the Defensive Lineman of the Year award for the second straight year, the latest with Los Alamitos' Michael Hayden.

Gaddis made 152 tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown, forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles.

Siemonsma rushed 200 times for 1,073 yards and eight touchdowns.

Siemonsma totaled 75 tackles and forced one fumble.

Beaudette registered 62 tackles, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Hall finished with 103 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

De Soto recorded 44 tackles and two sacks.

Newport Harbor's second-team members are sophomore lineman Joey Stukonis, sophomore defensive end Caleb O'Neil, junior linebacker Keaton Cablay, junior fullback Trevor Shaw, senior center Gerardo Aceves and junior kicker Michael Schultz.

Edison's Tico Fuga was named the All-Sunset League MVP.

— From staff reports

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