After helping make Bob Midgley’s inaugural season as head coach a successful one by leading Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity football team to a 7-3 overall record, a 4-2 Sonoma County League second-place mark and a postseason berth in the North Coast Section playoffs, 13 Dragons earned all-league honors, including one top award winner.
For the second year in a row, standout senior quarterback and defensive back Dan Deely was voted the SCL co-back of the year after directing the offense and leading the team in scoring as a passer and runner, while repeating as one of the top shut-down pass defenders and tacklers in the league.
In nine of 10 regular-season games played (he missed one game with an injury), the 6-foot, 185-pound Deely accumulated 2,057 total offensive yards for a 205.7 yards a game average, including 118 pass completions out of 225 attempts for 1,467 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 590 yards on 132 carries and 11 touchdowns, while being a key playmaker on defense and intercepting four passes on defense.
Sonoma’s SCL all-league first-team selections were 6-foot, 4-inch, 290-pound senior offensive lineman Matthew Robinson, a repeat first-team all-leaguer; 5-10, 150-pound senior defensive back Ed Pomeroy, also a repeat first-team all-leaguer; 5-10, 210-pound senior running back Austin Baily, who rushed for 767 yards on 91 carries and scored four touchdowns; 5-8, 150-pound junior wide receiver Tristan Mertens, who caught 28 passes for 390 yards and seven touchdowns; and 6-foot, 215-pound junior inside linebacker Alex Gustafson.
The SCL second-team all-league Dragons were defensive lineman Robinson; 6-1, 235-pound junior offensive lineman and place-kicker Noe Baron; and 6-1, 200-pound junior defensive end Trevor Welch.