Amandoli, Deely, Cole nab top SCL honors
7 Dragons named all-league
Sonoma’s senior defensive end Jonny Amandoli (left, No. 83) was named the SCL’s defensive player of the year, while senior teammate Brennan Cole (middle, No. 44) earned a co-specialist of the year award as a place-kicker, linebacker and tight end. Seven other Dragons also received all-league honors.
In leading Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity football team to a flourishing regular-season finish with five straight Sonoma County League wins for a 7-3 overall record and an SCL second-place 5-1 mark, before dropping a North Coast Section first-round decision to Cardinal Newman, 10 Dragons garnered all-league honors, with three receiving top awards.
Sonoma’s athletic and quick-pursuing senior all-league defensive end Jonny Amandoli, who made more plays behind the line of scrimmage than anyone in the league, was named the SCL’s defensive player of the year.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Amandoli made 79 total tackles in the regular season, including 58 solo and 21 assisted for a 7.9 tackle-a-game average.
Voted the SCL co-back of the year was the Dragons’ multi-talented, play-making junior all-league quarterback and defensive back Dan Deely, who deftly directed the offense and accounted for most of the scoring as a passer and runner, while being one of the top shut-down pass defenders in the league.
In the regular season, the 6-foot, 185-pound Deely completed 87 passes out of 168 attempts for 1,543 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a 104 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 538 yards on 112 carries and 11 touchdowns, while recording 45 total tackles – 33 solo and 12 assisted – and intercepting two passes on defense.
For his versatile, high-energy play at multiple positions, Sonoma’s all-league senior place-kicker, tight-end and inside linebacker Brennan Cole was chosen as the SCL co-specialist of the year.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Cole scored 64 points in the regular season with four touchdowns, 28 point-after kicks and four field goals, while defensively making 53 total tackles, including 34 solo and 19 assisted.
Five Dragons were SCL first-team all-league selections, including offensive standouts senior Dustin Sloane, a 5-foot 10-inch, 160-pound wide receiver – one of the league’s premier pass-catchers with 38 receptions for 966 yards and 12 touchdowns in the regular season, and he was also an honorable mention all-league defensive back – and junior Matt Robinson, a dominating 6-4, 260-pound offensive lineman.
Sonoma’s first-team defensive all-leaguers were 6-foot, 190-pound senior linebacker and team-leading tackler Skyler Marciel, who recorded 102 regular-season tackles, including 65 solo and 37 assisted, while intercepting three passes; 6-foot, 185-pound play-making senior linebacker Sean Forney, who had 55 total tackles, 46 solo and nine assisted; and 5-10, 145-pound hard-hitting, cover-corner defensive-back Ed Pomeroy, who made 37 total tackles, 29 solo and eight assisted.
Also for the Dragons, 6-2, 270-pound senior right-tackle Vince Bruton earned SCL all-league second-team recognition for offense; while 6-4, 260-pound senior offensive lineman John Engebreth received all-league honorable mention.
The SCL major award winners also included: player of the year – league champion Analy’s senior wide receiver and defensive back Aaron Maher; co-back of the year – Analy’s senior running and defensive back Kyle Lewis; lineman of the year – Analy junior Jacob Hicks; co-specialist of the year – Analy’s sophomore kickoff and punt returner, and running and defensive back Ja’Narrick James; and coach of the year – Analy’s Dan Bourdon.