Four Grizzlies earn post-season football honors

Four Rocky Mountain Grizzly football players received post-season honors, coach David Hayes announced this week.

Senior Derik Romero and junior Jake Jones were named to the 1A West All-Conference team, and juniors Bryce Ward and Wilson Flowers received honorable mention recognition.

Rocky Mountain Grizzlies receiving post-season honors this week include (l-r) Jake Jones, Derik Romero, Bryce Ward and Wilson Flowers.

Romero was a very dependable back for the Grizzlies, Hayes said, noting that Romero missed only one game.

“He was our leading back,” Hayes said. “And he was fun to work with. He worked hard in the weight room and on the field. He gave it his all and played hurt pretty well.”

Romero also played linebacker and some cornerback for the Grizz.

“He was a pretty good tackler,” Hayes said. “He was good on both sides of the ball. He was also our kicker (and punter) and a punt returner, an all-purpose player.”

Romero gained 483 yards rushing this season on 81 carries, scoring five touchdowns on the ground. He finished second on the team in defensive points at 15.2 points per game and average 11.9 yards per punt return.

Jones, a junior fullback and linebacker, was another hard worker who would “do whatever you wanted him to,” Hayes said, adding, “He has very good character and keeps everybody upbeat. And he’s tough, tough, tough with his wrestling background. He’s not real fast but is a downhill runner. On defense he’s a sure tackler.”

Jones gained 183 yards rushing on 50 carries, with two touchdowns, and he caught six passes for 52 yards.

Ward, also a junior, played tight end and defensive end for the Grizzlies. He was dependable and had a great attitude, Hayes said. On the field, Ward has great speed and was a weapon as a receiver, the coach said. On defense, he held down one side of the Rocky defense.

“He was real solid on the edge and got better every week,” Hayes said.

Ward caught six passes for 85 yards this season and carried the ball nine times for 62 yards.

Junior Wilson Flowers came into his own this season as a flanker and defensive back, Hayes said, coming to play every day with a great attitude.

“He always had a smile on his face and was a very, very hard worker,” Hayes said. “He’s one of those you love to coach because he’s willing to do anything you ask. He has speed and is getting better and better as a tackler. He’s tenacious and is a super good kid to coach on both sides of the ball.”

Flowers led the ground-oriented Grizzlies with nine receptions for 167 yards, an average of 18.6 yards per catch.

By David Peck