After winning their sixth Central Coast Section title in football Saturday, six Balers recieved Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division All-league first team accolades Monday.
San Benito’s wide receiver Robert Soto, lineman Nick Chicoine, lineman Noah Brann, linebacker Cody Freitas, defensive back Cody Cameron and defensive lineman Jorge Perez were all named to the first team.
Soto, a senior, finished with 34 catches for 457 yards for the Balers. He scored one touchdown during the year. Chicoine and Brann, both seniors, helped the Balers rush for 2,357 yards on the season.
Cameron finished with six interceptions, including one in Saturday’s CCS championship victory over Milpitas. Cameron also recorded a team-high 81 tackles. Freitas with two sacks and 71 tackles as the Balers edge rusher. He recorded an interception in Saturday’s game. Perez, who battled with injuries all year, was a force on the defensive line for the Balers.
Four Balers – Quarterback David Stanton, running back Damien Botelho, linebacker John Barrera and Richy Sosa – also recieved second-team accolades.
Stanton, who took over at the quarterback position in the season’s first game for injured Josh George, led the Balers to an 8-5 record. Stanton rushed for more than 400 yards and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, he threw for 950 yards and four touchdowns.
Botelho finished the season with a team leading 605 yards on the ground. He scored nine touchdowns for the Balers. Barrera finished the Balers season with an interception in the championship game to seal San Benito’s victory over Milpitas. Sosa, who finished with 2.5 sacks, was an important piece in the Balers run defense.
San Benito defensive back Lionel Munguia was named to the all-league sportsmanship team.