The Times' high school football player of the year: ultimate respect for a wide receiver is when opposing coaches admit they can’t cover you with just one defensive player. Bru McCoy of Santa Ana Mater Dei spent week after week this season facing double coverage, which did not always stop McCoy.
All-Star football coach of the year: When you take over a football program that twice couldn’t finish its season because it didn’t have enough players, you know the challenge is great. That didn’t scare off Michael Klyce. He wanted to help his alma mater, Locke High.
All-Star football lineman of the year: There was no fooling around for 6-foot-6, 320-pound Jonah Tauanu’u of Harbor City Narbonne this season. His job was to block, and anyone in his way was considered a target.
All-Star football back of the year: Everyone knew running back Zach Charbonnet of Westlake Village Oaks Christian would be getting the handoff. The question was how to slow him down. It was like a hunter pursuing a prey, and this prey refused to make it easy.