It was no secret that Lincoln of Tacoma quarterback Gabarri Johnson was the unquestioned favorite to repeat as the underclassmen winner at the 2021 Northwest 9 Showcase – he was declared the overall camp MVP in Yakima.
But the class-of-2022 division result was squarely up in the air.
So, after event organizers reviewed the film and discussed their evaluations, they released the officials results Tuesday afternoon for all divisions.
Jones finished second, and Kalama’s Jackson Esary, the top player in the Class 2B ranks, placed third.
Meanwhile, Johnson – one of the top quarterbacks prospects nationally in the class of 2023 – held off newcomer River Lien, of Glacier Peak (No. 2) and Sheldon (Ore.) High School’s Brock Thomas (No. 3).
Thurston (Ore.) High School incoming ninth grader Kyle Miller won the freshman division.
Here are the officials results:
SENIOR DIVISION: 1. Joshua Wood, Graham-Kapowsin; 2. Jackson Jones, Tualatin; 3. Jackson Esary, Kalama; 4. Trent Nobach, Arlington; 5. Luke Abshire, Central Valley; 6. Malakai Martinez, Mountain View (ID); 7. Nate Beck, Kentlake; 8. Chase Harmon, West Linn; 9. Dom Montiel, Marshfield.
UNDERCLASSMEN DIVISION: 1. Gabarri Johnson, Lincoln of Tacoma; 2. River Lien, Glacier Peak; 3. Brock Thomas, Sheldon; 4. Brady McKelheer, Eastside Catholic; 5. Gabe Downing, Olympia; 6. Jake Schakel, Emerald Ridge; 7. Micah Balzarini, Puyallup; 8. Reed Harris, Great Falls (Mont.); 9. Danny Sirmon, Bothell.