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Michael Davis, Jesse Pina, William Wang highlight Pacific League football first-teamers

Glendale, Hoover and Crescenta Valley football squads notch six first-team All-Pacific League picks.

December 20, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk,
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: BYU-bound wide receiver Michael Davis finished with 33 receptions for 409 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 258 yards and two touchdowns for the Glendale Nitros.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: BYU-bound wide receiver Michael Davis… (Photo by Libby Cline )

None of the three local teams qualified for the CIF playoffs out of the Pacific League this season, but there was still plenty to be recognized for Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover following the 2012 season.

The league’s coaches tabbed several key players from each squad for all-league recognition, including a handful of first-team selections in the Falcons’ William Wang and Chad Eggertson, the Nitros’ Michael Davis and Martin Marin and the Tornadoes’ Jesse Pina and Gio Martinez.

A first-team offensive selection, Wang replaced last year’s all-league first-team CV running back Marro Lee and rushed for 1,356 yards and 11 touchdowns in 206 carries with an average of 6.85 yards per carry to help the Falcons go 5-5 and 3-4 in league for fifth place.

“They’re a little different styles,” Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling said of Lee and Wang, a senior. “William actually had a little more speed and was a straight runner, whereas Marro was so shifty and quick. [Wang] was our workhorse.”


Eggertson enjoyed his second straight year on first-team defense, as the senior defensive back led the Falcons in tackles with four sacks, an interception and a fumble caused.

“It was kind of cool for him getting first-team all-league two years in a row,” Schilling said. “To be in the top four with the Muir kids, who are so fast and so athletic, is quite an honor.”

Glendale went 3-7 and 2-5 in league, with wins over Crescenta Valley and Hoover, to finish in sixth place.

Davis, a senior receiver bound for BYU who played all over the field on offense, was the Nitros’ most dynamic weapon and he finished with 33 receptions for 409 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 258 yards and two touchdowns in 39 carries. He also passed for one touchdown and returned five punts for 107 yards and 13 kickoffs for 394 yards.

“I thought Michael did a great job for us, he was obviously key in our wins that we had this year,” Glendale first-year Coach John Tuttle said. “Everyone knew where Michael was on the field and I thought he did a nice job of trying to adjust his play on the field to more than one position.”

Junior punter Marin, who also played receiver and defensive back, made the first-team defense. He had 265 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 17 catches, while notching 35 tackles and an interception on defense.

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