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Three Patriots Named To ‘14 All-State Team As Honorable Mention Players

Staff Report

Landon DeFord Landon DeFord The post-season accolades continue for three standout senior members of Owen Valley High School’s 2014 varsity football squad. Landon DeFord, Seth Sparks and Evan Wood were each named to the class 4A all-state team as honorable mention players by the Associated Press.

DeFord, a 6’2”, 295-pound offensive lineman and defensive tackle, racked up 23 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 11 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, and scored two rushing touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions from the fullback position in short yardage offense.

An all-conference player, DeFord was also selected as the Bloomington Herald-Times’ player of the week during the course of the season.

Sparks, at 5’11” and 175 pounds, played the safety and wide receiver positions for the Patriots. Defensively, Sparks finished with 46 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, and came away with one interception and eight deflected passes.

Seth Sparks Seth Sparks On the offensive side of the ball, Sparks displayed his overall speed by racking up 26 carries for a total of 189 yards and an average of 7.3 yards per carry. He wrapped up his senior season with one rushing touchdown, four receiving touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversion. All told, Sparks reeled in 26 receptions for a combined 326 yards.

At 6’1” and 185 pounds, Wood served as the starting quarterback in nine of the team’s 11 games in 2014. He was sidelined for three games due to a high ankle sprain. A tough competitor, Wood threw 89 completions on 152 attempts for a combined 1,020 yards.

Wood’s season-ending stats included an average of 113 yards per game passing, 81 rushes for 684 yards and a per game rushing average of 8.4. He threw 15 touchdown passes and crossed the goal line for seven rushing touchdowns. He also threw for 10 two-point conversions, ran for two two-point conversions, kicked two extra points, was involved in an average of 17 points of offense per game and, like DeFord, was an all-conference selection and was selected as the Herald-Times’ player of the week during the course of the season.

Evan Wood Evan Wood DeFord, Sparks and Wood helped lead Owen Valley to an overall record of 8-3 in 2014 and to the program’s first sectional opening win since the 2010 season.

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