The All-League WAC football players were announced last week, with the Los Banos Tigers and Pacheco Panthers well-represented for the 2022 season.

The WAC undefeated Los Banos Tigers had eight first-team all-league selections, led by “Offensive Player of the Year” David Herrera. The Tiger quarterback accounted for 2310 total yards from scrimmage (86 of 142 passing, 1358 yards, and 18 TDs, and 952 rushing yards and 14 TDs) for the season.

Mark Carreiro was named first-team all-league running back with 1032 yards and nine TDs and second-team all-league for his play in the defensive backfield.

Two Tiger offensive linemen (Salvador Garcia and Jackson Silva) garnered first-team all-league honors, and defensive lineman Jett Lindeman (86 tackles, five sacks, and Jamon Cannon (32 tackles and one sack) were named to the first-team all-league on defense. Joining them on the defensive all-league list were linebacker Lorenzo Chavez (85 tackles and two sacks) and defensive back George Garcia (46 tackles, four interceptions, including a “pick six” touchdown).

Receiver Kayson Welch (28 catches, 430 yards, and six TDs) rounded out the eight Tiger first-team all-league selections.

Tiger head coach Dustin Caropreso was named the “Coach of the Year” for the 2022 WAC football season, guiding the Tigers to a perfect 7-0 record in the WAC.

The Pacheco Panthers claimed four first-team and four second-team all-league selections for the 2022 WAC season.

Two-way star Manvir Gakhal was named the “Defensive Lineman of the Year” and received first-team honors for his work as the Panthers’ tight end.

Outstanding Junior running back Abel Bravo was named the first-team running back, amassing more than 1400 yards, despite missing several quarters of play due to a severe hand injury.

Caden Hale (a three-year starter at center for the Panthers) was named a first-team all-league offensive lineman. Named to the second-team all-league winners from Pacheco were offensive lineman Gabriel Escobar, defensive lineman Louie Setterberg, linebacker Brandon DeReza and defensive back Arturo Anguiano. 

Michael Martin