SBLive’s preseason Washington high school football all-state teams: Tobias Merriweather, Dishawn Misa headline first team

Here are SBLive’s preseason all-state first, second and honorable-mention teams for the fall 2021 Washington high school football season, as compiled by SBLive Washington reporters Todd Milles and Andy Buhler:




Joshua Wood, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), sr.

A year ago, he was a top-notch point guard getting back into football. Now, this cool, calm and collected dual threat is arguably best signal caller in state.

Running backs

Myles Mayovsky, Kennewick (3A), sr.

Linebackers, be warned – if you want to run up to blast him, just remember, this all-MCC first-team tailback thirsts to run you over twice as hard.

Ben Schlenbaker, Squalicum (2A), sr.

Photo by Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune

Best in-state senior running back recruit – and WSU commit – is a bulldozer in strength, and a Range Rover in speed, traction and change of direction.

Wide receivers

Denzel Boston, Emerald Ridge (4A), sr.

Photo by Vince Miller

A fluid route-runner who snatches away passes from in-better-position defensive backs at the apex of passes – he is a bona fide star-in-the-making.

Tobias Merriweather, Union (4A), sr.

When you go around poking for NFL prototypes – size, speed and strength – this is your guy. All-state performer will head off to Notre Dame.

Jasiah Wagoner, Spanaway Lake (3A), jr.

The reigning 3A PCL player of the year’s best position on offense is at wide receiver, but he can play running back, too. Just a natural playmaker.

Tight end

Austin Terry, Tumwater (2A), sr.

Photo by Matt Baide

Watch this Boise State commit run routes and catch passes – you’ll know why the Broncos see Terry as a future high-ceiling contributor.

Offensive linemen

Malik Agbo, Beamer (3A), sr.

Has the big personality to match his massive frame (6-6, 330), this all-3A NPSL first team tackle will make some big-time Power-5 program very happy.

Josh Conerly Jr., Rainier Beach (3A), sr.

Photo by Vince Miller

The state’s No. 1 senior recruit is as complete an all-around offensive tackle as the state has seen in years – and he holds nearly 30 FBS offers.

David Iuli, Puyallup (4A), sr.

The lone remaining starter from the 2018 state semifinal squad, this Oregon commit is as athletic as he is powerful at left tackle for Viks.

Mark Nabou, O’Dea (3A), sr.

All-Metro first teamer is team’s most experienced blocker at strong-side offensive tackle – and new up-front leader now with Owen Prentice at UW.


Jackson Esary, Kalama (2B), sr.

Could start for virtually any team at quarterback, tight end or safety – reigning 2B Central most valuable player in football and basketball.


Ethan Moczulski, Mount Spokane (3A), sr.

Photo by Erik Smith

Quiet off the field – and loud on it. Converts 50-yard-plus field goals with ease, and Texas A8M commit loves booting kickoffs through goalposts.


Defensive linemen

Curtis Hill, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), sr.

On this Eagles’ defense, the buck stops here (with twin brother, Hunter, too) on the interior of the defense. Idaho State commit’s motor never stops.

Kaz Melzer, Gonzaga Prep (4A), sr.

Photo by Vince Miller

Talk about a mass-upside pass rusher off the edge, this all-4A/3A GSL first teamer is too big and twitchy to handle with just one blocker.

Jakobus Seth, Lakewood (2A), sr.

His future position at WSU is offensive tackle, but in high school, he has been part of an impressive run of high-level pass rushers at the 2A level.

Jayden Wayne, Lincoln of Tacoma (3A), jr.

Wherever he goes, people point him out – and Power-5 recruiters offer scholarships (he has 33 of them). Still raw technically, but elite athletically.


Isaiah Carlson, Ferndale (3A), jr.

Photo by Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune

Perhaps more know him in from other roles (all-Wesco running back, point guard), but he could be best linebacker in state, if he chose to.

Dishawn Misa, Eastside Catholic (3A), sr.

Photo by Vince Miller

The last of the key defensive contributors from back-to-back 3A state championship squads, nobody can match his physicality (or long hair) in the middle.

Luis Salgado, Kamiakin (4A), sr.

Photo by Tommy Wolf

The only thing holding him back from being a major FBS recruit in his size. But effort and production? He is MCC’s top defensive player for those reasons.

Peyton Wing, Sumner (4A), sr.

There were few bigger – or better – shortened-spring season revelations than this teenager, who gobbles up ball carriers. Reigning 4A SPSL player of year.

Defensive backs

Colton Bower, North Kitsap (2A), sr.

Look at all the other stuff he does – all-state quarterback and WSU commit for baseball at catcher. But he has 20-plus interceptions at safety, too.

Drew Carter, Lake Stevens (4A), sr.

Mix athletic, impulsive and ultra-competitive, and you get one of the best sure-handed ball hawks in the state as a rover for the 4A Wesco champions.

Isaiah Malloe, Kennedy Catholic (4A), sr.

By the way he studies film, and reads and reacts to quarterbacks, it is obvious he is a coach’s son (dad is UW assistant Ikaika Malloe) playing free safety.

Gabe Tahir, Kamiakin (4A), jr.

Photo by Tommy Wolf

There is a reason Penn State is coming hard at this all-MCC first teamer at cornerback – he is a big athlete with strong hands and smooth moves to the ball.


Troy Petz, Lynden (2A), jr.

What’s not to like? He is big, can play multiple positions and is arguably the fastest guy on the team. Oh yeah, his booming punts shave tree tops.




Quarterback: JP Zamora, Chiawana (4A), sr.

Running backs: Jason Brown, O’Dea (3A), soph.; Jayden Limar, Lake Stevens (4A), jr.

Wide receivers: Jason Grant, Toppenish (1A), sr.; Jaelin Green, Rainier Beach (3A), sr.; Julian Mason, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), sr.

Tight end: Jack Velling, Seattle Prep (3A), sr.

Offensive line: Vega Ioane, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), sr.; Ayden Knapik, Kennewick (3A), sr.; Keith Olson, Napavine (2B), sr.; Luka Vincic, Bothell (4A), sr.

All-purpose: Braeden Smith, Seattle Prep (3A), sr.

Kicker: Wyatt Redding, Sumner (4A), sr.


Defensive line: Takari Hickle, Tenino (1A), sr.; Ryan Otton, Tumwater (2A), sr.; Elijah Rodriguez, Richland (4A), sr.; Aaron Tano, Kamiakin (4A), sr.

Linebackers: Davin Beason, Mount Baker (1A), sr.; Hudson Cedarland, Gig Harbor (3A), sr.; De’Andre Gill, Kentwood (4A), sr.; Devon Nofoa-Masoe, Lakes (3A), sr.

Defensive backs: Kyle Chen, Mountain View (3A), jr.; Ishaan Daniels, Bellevue (3A), sr.; Jonathan Landry, Evergreen (3A), jr.; Caleb Presley, Rainier Beach (3A), jr.

Punter: Lance Spaniel, Southridge, sr. (3A), sr.




Quarterback: Gabarri Johnson, Lincoln of Tacoma (3A), jr.

Running backs: Talon Betts, Rochester (2A), sr.; Dylan Carson, Marysville-Pilchuck (3A), sr.

Wide receivers: Wesley Garrett, Kamiak (4A), sr.; Kyler Ronquillo, Yelm (3A), jr.; David Wells, Lakes (3A), jr.

Tight end: Dorian Thomas, Kentridge (4A), sr.

Offensive line: Micah Banuelos, Kennedy Catholic (4A), jr.; Kyle Cox, Eatonville (1A), jr.; Landen Hatchett, Ferndale (3A), jr.; Hall Schmidt, Peninsula (3A), sr.

All-purpose: Ryan McKenna, Gonzaga Prep (4A), jr.

Kicker: Marcus Merkelbach, Garfield (3A), sr.


Defensive line: Carson Clay, Mount Si (4A), sr.; Hunter Hill, Graham-Kapowsin (4A), sr.; Camden Loidhamer, Wenatchee (4A), sr.; George Sonko, Central Valley (4A), sr.

Linebackers: Tanner Beaman, Skyview (4A), sr.; Derek Bergeson, Royal (1A), sr.; Luke Jamison, Camas (4A), sr.; Brayden Platt, Yelm (3A), soph.

Defensive backs: Tristan Dunn, Sumner (4A), sr.; KeeKee McQueen, Spanaway Lake (3A), sr.; Rocco Traore, North Creek (4A), sr. Michael Westbrook, Lakes (3A), sr.

Punter: Hunter Green, Lake Washington (3A), sr.

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