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2013 Star Times all-area football team | Defense

The Seattle Times all-area Star Times football team features athletes chosen from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in the Metro and WesCo leagues.

How the Star Times teams are selected

Star Times all-area teams are chosen after the regular season by Seattle Times reporters, freelancers and editors. Selections must be from schools in King and Snohomish counties, or in Metro and WesCo.

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Elisha Pa’aga

Eastside Catholic, DL, Sr., 5-11, 275

Pa’aga, a Metro League Mountain Division Co-Lineman of the Year, recorded 76 total tackles, three forced fumbles and two recoveries and broke the school sack record with seven. He was a team captain on a team that earned an 11-2 record en route to a second-straight state title-game berth.

Josh Wright

Skyline, DL, Sr., 6-2, 220

The Defensive Player of the Year in the KingCo 4A Crown Division, Wright was the league leader in sacks with 16.5, five in one game. This season, he racked up 55 tackles, 22 assisted tackles, 11 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.

Brandon Kaufman

Eastlake, DL, Sr., 5-11, 215

Kaufman finished the season with 44.5 tackles, including a sack and three other tackles for a loss. He helped lead a resurgent Eastlake team to a 9-3 record and a win over Union of Vancouver in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

Jarius McDade

O’Dea, DL, Sr., 6-1, 313

McDade was the other Co-Lineman of the Year in the Metro Mountain Division, and it was hard to miss his presence on the O’Dea defensive line. He has interest from Idaho, Idaho State, Northern Arizona and Alcorn State.

C.J. Lat

Lake Stevens, LB, 6-1, 215

Lat is such a force to be reckoned with that Lake Stevens coach Tom Tri has to pull him out of practices sometimes. Earlier this season, Lat tied a school record with 26 tackles in a game.

Trevonn Russell

Lindbergh, LB, 6-0, 210, Sr.

Known for his unmatchable work ethic, Russell was the rock of the Eagles’ defense and keyed their unbeaten regular season. A two-time All-Seamount first-team choice on offense and defense, he was the Defensive Lineman/Linebacker of the Year.

Beau Shain

Mount Si, LB, Sr., 6-2, 212

Shain earned all-league honors as a tight end as well as at linebacker, recording 76 tackles this season. He had nine career interceptions, including a league-leading six last year, and earned a reputation as a great blocker this year.

Jack Flor

O’Dea, LB, Sr., 6-2, 215

A captain and two-way starter for O’Dea (also playing fullback), Flor had more than 90 tackles this season despite usually not playing in the second half. He also had more than 700 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns while clearing holes for RB Myles Gaskin. Flor has a 3.62 GPA and offers from Sacramento State, Air Force and Army.

Ernie Davis

Renton, DB, 5-9, 170, Sr.

Davis was a force on both sides of the ball for the Indians, carrying them to the 2A playoffs. In addition to piling up more than 2,000 all-purpose yards as a running back, he led the team in tackles and was the Seamount’s overall player of the year.

Budda Baker

Bellevue, DB, Sr., 5-10, 180

Baker’s name is well-known around the area by now thanks to his dynamic play in all phases. He plays running back and defensive back and also returns kicks and punts for the Wolverines. One of the top college prospects in the area, Baker has offers from all but one school in the Pac-12.

Keenan Curran

Federal Way, DB, 6-2, 185, Sr.

Opponents didn’t throw in Curran’s direction often, and paid for it when they did as he nabbed seven interceptions. The SPSL South defensive back of the year, he also rushed for over 1,500 yards at quarterback, helping the Eagles reach the state semifinals.

Jake Talbot

Redmond, P, Jr., 6-2, 185

Talbot, the first-team punter for the KingCo 4A Crest Division, was the obvious choice here, averaging 43.5 yards per punt.

Chico McClatcher

Federal Way, Returner, 5-8, 175, Jr.

One of the most electrifying players in the state, McClatcher is a two-time Star Times selection and a threat to score any time he touches the football. He averaged better than 30 yards on kickoff returns and keyed Federal Way’s semifinal run with 33 total TDs.

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