Ten Pioneers selected All-NWC, Abraham and Werst earn First-Team honors

Ten Pioneers selected All-NWC, Abraham and Werst earn First-Team honors

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers had ten players selected for All-NWC awards, with sophomore Michael Abraham and senior Andrew Werst earning All-NWC First Team, the office announced Monday.

The ten selections for the Pioneers ties their second-most since 2011 when Lewis & Clark had 16 selections. This is also the first year since 2011 that the Pioneers have had more than one athlete selected to the All-NWC First Team. Dejour Williams and Devon Franklin were offensive selections to the All-NWC Second Team with James Tostado and Makana LaBoy selected to the All-NWC Defensive Second Team. Maka Ah Loo and Aidan Verba-Hamilton were offensive selections to the All-NWC Honorable Mention team and Ramonne Canales and 2017 NWC Freshman of the Year Cameron Chang were defensive All-NWC Honorable Mention selections.

A three-time All-NWC selection, Werst was selected All-NWC First Team for the second year in a row. Werst finished the year with two forced fumbles and a career-high two pass break-ups. He recorded two sacks for a loss of nine yards and had a total of 22 tackles on the season. Werst finishes his career with 113 total tackles along with 19 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

Abraham, who was an Honorable Mention selection last year, finished second in the NWC in total rushing yards (857) and in rushing yards per game (95.2). He had a career-high 167 rushing attempts on the season and scored nine touchdowns. Abraham had a career-high 198 yards on 18 rushing attempts in the Pioneers' win on Sept. 15 against Whittier. In the same game Abraham had a career-high 44 yards receiving on three receptions.

Williams, a senior, earned his first All-NWC selection of his career. Williams had a career-high 646 yards receiving and finished sixth in the NWC in yards per game (71.6) and fifth in the conference in yards per catch, averaging 14.3. Williams had a season-high 154 yards on seven receptions on Nov. 3 at Whitworth. He finishes his career with 1640 total receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

Franklin earned his second All-NWC selection in a row, being an Honorable Mention selection last year. Franklin, a junior on the offensive line started in eight of the nine games this season and helped the Pioneers to their best rushing season since 2011. The Pioneers rushed for an average of 130.4 yards per game.

Tostado, a senior, earned his first All-NWC selection of his career. Tostado had a career-high 39 tackles in his senior season and ranked fourth in the NWC in interceptions, with three. He totaled two sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble on the season. Tostado ends his career with 106 tackles in 34 games played.

LaBoy joins Tostado in earning his first All-NWC selection. In his sophomore season, LaBoy had a career-high 31 tackles, besting last years total by one. He recorded one interception on Oct. 13 against Linfield and had a team-high nine pass breakups on the season.

Ah Loo, an All-NWC Honorable Mention selection in his freshman year, earned the honor once again in his senior season. Ah Loo started in six of nine games before suffering a season-ending injury on Oct. 27 against George Fox. Ah Loo, a member of the offensive line, helped the Pioneers to their best rushing year since 2011.

Verba-Hamilton, a sophomore from San Francisco, Calif., in his first year with the Pioneers totaled 302 yards on 13 kick returns. He had a 97-yard kick return to score his first career touchdown on Oct. 20 against Pacific. Verba-Hamilton also totaled 102 yards receiving and had a season-high 65 yards on five receptions against Linfield on Oct. 13.

Canales, earning his first career All-NWC selection, finished seventh in the conference in total sacks with 5.5 and 13th in sack yards (28). Canales had a career-high 24 solo tackles on the season and finished sixth on the team in total tackles with 31.

Coming off of a Freshman of the Year selection last year, Chang totaled 15 solo tackles, two better than last years total. He recorded his first career forced fumble on Sept. 15 at Whittier and ended the year with two interceptions. Chang finished tied for third on the team in sacks, with three.

Despite finishing seventh in the NWC the Pioneers had the fourth most All-NWC selections, behind only Whitworth, Linfield and George Fox. Whitworth won the conference and had 17 athletes selected to All-NWC teams including Freshman of the Year Colten Chelin and co-Defensive Player of the Year Chad Wilburg. The Pioneers will return six of their 10 All-NWC selections next season.